2013 Ducati Multistrada 1200 Pikes Peak – First Ride

As you have guessed from my previous two posts, I chose the Multistrada as my next step from the Streetfighter. I picked it up Saturday morning, March 9th, a nice sunny day making it a great way to start this new partnership. I needed to go back home, yard work was calling me… instead I did a little detour and some 90 miles later I made it back home. Those first miles are critical, so I took it on some roads where I could vary engine speeds, use engine braking, all the while keeping engine speeds below 6,000 RPM, paying my dues for buying a new bike.

First ride on this awesome machine. March 9th, 2013

First ride on this awesome machine. March 9th, 2013

There are plenty of roads around here that are perfect to take this machine in its break in ride, with no traffic, nothing to interfere with a leisurely paced ride.  I’m not religious, but thought this little church looked nice with its white walls for a picture with the bike and for a symbolic blessing on the bike’s first day out.

Symbolic blessing on its first day out. March 9th, 2013

Symbolic blessing on its first day out. March 9th, 2013

It is not yellow, but it is not bad looking, right? It certainly isn’t a looker like my yellow Streetfighter was. Well, okay, I admit it, it is an acquired taste at best. Here I present you with the 2013 Multistrada 2013 Pikes Peak. In this picture it is exactly the way it was when I picked it up about 15 minutes earlier at the shop, with the touring screen (it comes with the smaller carbon screen as well) and the side bags. I also added heated grips, a rear rack and a center stand. And I ordered a small pelican box to be installed on the rear rack. It arrived yesterday so installing it is this weekend’s project.

2013 Ducati Multistrada 1200 Pikes Peak

2013 Ducati Multistrada 1200 Pikes Peak

The way I see it this Ducati is my sport/touring motorcycle. The Triumph Tiger 800 XC will be the touring/enduro bike with some accessories I will eventually add to it. And the Yamaha WR250R remains the enduro/dirt bike. It makes for a nice gradient: from dirt to enduro, from enduro to touring, and from touring to sport on three motorcycles, and all of them under the adventure riding umbrella. I’m all set now. It took me exactly seven years to arrive at what I believe to be the perfect stable for my favorite types of riding!  You may think it is too much, and I agree it is perhaps too much. But I counterbalance that feeling with the reality that I will only be on this earth this one time, and I’m here in Oregon now, with these beautiful roads and landscapes literally starting just a couple of miles out of my door. I better make the best of it while I can. Riding and writing about it is one component that makes it good and interesting among everything that colors my life. As long as it is balanced on that front, I declare this is fine. Will re-evaluate when needed or when priorities change.

2013 Ducati Multistrada 1200 Pikes Peak - March 9th, 2013

2013 Ducati Multistrada 1200 Pikes Peak – March 9th, 2013

I filled it up with non-ethanol premium fuel and took it back home. Sunday morning I installed the carbon fiber screen and the handle bars camera bag and at about 12 noon I took off again.

Ready for more! No bags and carbon wind screen, March 10th, 2013

Ready for more! No bags and carbon wind screen, March 10th, 2013

What this bike doesn’t have in looks, it shows in performance. This machine is just simply brilliant. I started this ride on the Willamette valley, going north on my usual Pacific loop.  Stopped along the way to check one of Oregon’s main export products. I live close to the train tracks. By looking at the number of trains and their cargo as they go by my neighborhood, and what I notice on the wood mills around here, it is clear construction has picked up its pace.

Multistrada, March 10th, 2013

Multistrada, March 10th, 2013

From there I quickly arrived in Philomath, where I topped the tank off with more non-ethanol fuel, and from there I took Hwy 34 towards the Pacific. There was some road construction on one of my favorite set of curves on Hwy 34, in the area close to the Mary’s Peak access road. Photo below is of the exact point on the road in question, you will see it if your eye sight can travel past the yellow beauty.

Hwy 36 close to Mary's Peak Access - Photo from September 2012

Hwy 36 close to Mary’s Peak Access – Photo from September 2012

Imagine it down to one lane, the left lane all taken apart and filled with construction equipment and piles of stuff and with a lady holding the SLOW or STOP lollypop sign on the right of the road.  The sign was on its “slow” side, so I just slowed down but continued on.  But when I went past her she looked at my bike and I clearly saw a surprised look and her jaw dropping, it was as if she wanted to say something but knew there was no time or something like that. So I thought maybe she mistakenly had let me go and realized only when I went past her that it was a mistake. I slowed down to a crawl as I was on a curve and I could not see if cars were coming from the other side on this temporarily one lane highway. I kept going, just waiting for cars to show up at any moment, I was hugging the inside of the curve. No one, no cars showed up to the end, they were all behind the stop sign on the other side. Therefore I can only conclude that she likes bikes and the red and white Multistrada made quite an impression on her. Right.

Good swells, Yachats,  March 10th, 2013

Good swells, Yachats, March 10th, 2013

Excitement apart I hope construction work is completed soon and all debris removed because those curves are just perfect and this bike will carve them nicely! So I continued on, enjoying this road I had not seen for about 6 months. I did not stop along the way, threatening skies and all, I just wanted to get going.  And this bike invites you to more and more riding, making it easy to add miles to it. I’m really enjoying this new partnership.  I made it to the pacific where it was colder.


When on the coast, I could not stay away from my usual stop at Ona. At some point I was fearing rain would start at any time so I thought about skipping lunch and just going back home. But I did stop. I was surprised to see so many people out under such gray and cold conditions. It was in the 60’s in Eugene, it was barely 50 on the coast.

View from Ona's parking lot. Yachats, March 10th, 2013

View from Ona’s parking lot. Yachats, March 10th, 2013

Thank you heated grips. And at this point I was wishing I had not installed the smaller screen. The plexiglass touring screen is noisier (buffeting), but it offers better protection. So I had the small screen raised to its highest position – I’m really enjoying the on the go ability to move the screen up and own. Heated grips was at the max at some point. The heated grips work really well, it has three settings, although it is odd that you operate them from the engine start button. I’m getting used to not think that pressing it when the motor is running is really not engaging the starter motor.


Eventually it started raining, luckily it did not last. I stopped along some of my favorite view points, and at one of them I suddenly heard this clearly Italian sound… I turned and unfortunately my camera did not capture it well enough. What a beautiful Ferrari. Not unlike the example I mentioned a couple of posts ago in terms of how in my view the Ducati design contrasts with a motor that reminds me of a 60’s Ferrari. Nice omen!

1960's Ferrari 250 GT, give or take.

Early 1960’s Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta, give or take model and year.

A Ferrari of that model and vintage is worth quite a lot. Nice color too. If I could have a Ferrari, I would want it to be that kind of model and from that vintage. I wish they had stopped so I could take a look and photograph the car.

After seeing such a great example of a classic look in that Ferrari, I looked back at my Multistrada. By comparison, today’s motorcycles designs place them on a different planet, it is science fiction.  While the Streetfighter looked like a transformer, caught in the process of changing from something into something else, the Multistrada with the Pikes Peak carbon windscreen looks like a bug or some alien being. And when with the plexiglass windscreen and that narrow beak with two air intakes it looks like a bird. Where are those nice round shapes of many years ago? I predict that sooner or later we will see new designs that will explore the round shapes again, not as a recreation of a vintage motorcycle, like the Ducati 1000 GT or the Triumph Boneville or the Moto Guzzy V7, but as new designs of new motorcycles. Somehow the Ducati Monster, celebrating its 20 years now, was a retro design on a new bike.

A bug? A bird? No, it is the Multistrada

A bug? A bird? No, it is the Multistrada

I jumped back on the bike and continue south, hoping to see the Ferrari parked on some of the look out areas. It did not happen.

Pikes Peak 2013

Pikes Peak 2013

I kept going south towards Florence. Here is a view looking north towards Yachats on this gray and foggy day.

Looking north towards Yachats, Oregon coast.March 10th, 2013

Looking north towards Yachats, Oregon coast. March 10th, 2013

I stopped at the Heceta Light.  I’m glad to know their renovations have been completed.

Heceta Light, March 10th, 2013

Heceta Light, March 10th, 2013

Similar profiles: the mountains and the bike’s front.

Tye Multistrada and the Heceta Light. March 10th, 2013

Tye Multistrada and the Heceta Light. March 10th, 2013

From there I just rode all the way back home, with only one stop at the gas station for more non ethanol fuel.

Back Home, March 10th 2013

Back Home, March 10th 2013

The total between yesterday and today, 315 miles, puts the bike half way to the first service, at 620 miles.  I noticed the fuel economy is improving already. Before my first fill up it showed 38.5 mpg. On the second fill up it jumped to 39 point something.  On my way back home at the last fill up it was indicating 42+, and on the last stretch, where it is mostly in the valley and with some traffic, so I was riding more slowly, it indicated 43.9 mpg as an average.

Not bad...

Not bad…

This means if I ride conservatively this bike can go beyond 200 miles between tank fills. That is pretty good, almost the same distance as the Tiger can go.

My impressions on this beast are very good. It has made me forget about the Streetfighter, at least in terms of performance. It is comfortable, but it has those attributes I was looking for, especially that it gives that hot rod feel you get from its sport bike performance, the feel of the road, and the engine sounds.  It is tall, but that carries some advantages, like the easiness and speed of turn in with minimal counter steering input.  But if I want to just ride and enjoy the landscape, this revised motor is smooth at lower engine speeds, allowing you to cruise.  The riding ergonomics complement that by allowing your body to be straight up which gives you a better physical position to scan your surroundings. On the other hand, for more spirited cornering, you can freely move your upper body, bring your torso towards the curve, lower your body towards the curve.  There is plenty of room to maneuver.

And the bike offers the suspension and the turn in speed for mid-curve  corrections should you need to do that. It gives you that extra confidence that it has room and capability to spare should things require you to go tighter on a curve.

The Skyhook suspension felt a bit harsh on normal circumstances, you only feel it at work on radical stuff, as in potholes and other major road imperfections.  I was riding at the Touring mode, default settings, with low profile acceleration to prevent me from going north of the 6k RPM upper limit during break in.  At some point I moved it to Urban mode, but it felt too slow and not reactive enough in terms of acceleration.  I could see some increase in comfort, with a more compliant suspension, but I did not like the power delivery on this mode.  I took it back to Touring and selected the softest setting for front and rear suspension.  I liked it better that way.  Will leave the Sport mode for the harder setting.

Can’t wait for my next ride on this beast. Looking at the forecast for Saturday and Sunday and most of the sites indicate precipitation. Except for Accuweather, where it shows a sunny Sunday, as it should always be.  I believe they have the right forecast.

Thanks for reading.

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43 Responses to 2013 Ducati Multistrada 1200 Pikes Peak – First Ride

  1. SonjaM says:

    Not quite the same… I have to admit I really like your photography with the breathtaking scenery and the bike decoratively put into the spotlight. However… it is not yellow, and it’s not naked 😉

    • cesardagord says:

      It shows the weight of the decision I had to make. I miss the yellow bike as well. But this one is a lot more functional for the type of riding I do. And it performs so well, it is just simply amazing. And thanks about your comments on the photography. It requires some talent to make this bike look half as good as the Streetfighter. 🙂

  2. Dave Roberts says:

    Wow ! Just a week or so ago I was mourning your separation with the yellow Italian beauty and then you go and totally redeam yourself. Took her to the chapel on the first date? She must be a keeper! Heartfelt Congradulations on your new relationship.
    Dave Roberts

    • cesardagord says:

      Ha! Yes this one is a keeper. And just yesterday evening I took her for a short ride, making the miles for the first service. This bike has found its space in the stable a lot easier than any of my other bikes. It is a natural.

  3. GiL says:

    Congratulations! Love it!! Knew it was coming 🙂
    I was at dealer yesterday and they had a new PP on a display pedestal, man was it difficult trying to convince myself not to trade my 2012 PP for it, lol.
    Looking forward to seeing more photos and blog photos.
    Ride Safe!

    • cesardagord says:

      Hey Gil, I would imagine you had seen it coming, considering you have a Multistrada as well, and a Pikes Peak at that. You have the one with the Öhlins, that carries some value to your bike in terms of the fun it brings when riding, and what it means to have the blue Ö sticker on a gold fork. Independent of that, these bikes are fun! I now check the weather forecast constantly, looking for a break in the weather for my next ride. Hoping tomorrow afternoon I will take it out again.

  4. bob skoot says:


    Lovely machine. You have nearly bonded already

    I remember that section of hwy 34 near St Mary’s Peak but not knowing the road I took it slower. Too bad they had construction that day. I’ll bet you were just itching to twist the throttle and gear down. I know would have IF I knew that road better.

    Oh, the ONA. I like it there too

    contrats on your new ride

    Riding the Wet Coast

    • cesardagord says:

      Hey Bob, thanks! Hope all is good with you and Yvonne! Yes, this bike has more immediately bonded with me than any other of my bikes, except for my first bike, the Honda 250XL, which remains in my memory banks as my “Numero Uno” partner in crime. I can’t wait to go back to that session of Hwy 34 when construction is complete, and all debris are cleaned and I have the Multistrada with me. And there are so many other roads where this bike will be great, including places more far away. I’m hoping for many riding adventures with this new bike.

  5. Trobairitz says:

    Looking good. She may not be the sleek super model the yellow one was, but she is still very photogenic. I always love the composition of your photos. You seem to get it just right.

    I can see you having lots of happy miles together.

    I am not sure how long the Hwy 34 construction will last but the construction over Alsea Falls is supposed to be done and the road reopened April 1st. But I’m not holding my breath.

    • cesardagord says:

      Thank you Trobairitz. She is growing on me by leaps and bounds. This bike requires a bit more of camera work and composition to get it nice when compared to the Streetfighter, but I’m just liking it better each time I see it in the “environment”. But most importantly, it is so much more fun to ride it, when I can experience the same performance as I had in the Streetfighter but I will be riding in complete comfort. I’m looking forward to warmer days when I will take it on longer distance rides. Thank you for the notice on what I believe to Alpine Rd on Alsea Falls? I did not know there was construction going on there.

  6. George F says:

    Beautiful bike but the yellow naked Ducati is just special. Wishing you many good miles with her.
    I love Ducati’s, the only thing is maintenance and expensive valve adjustments. I know for the Multistrada they increased the interval compared to previous Ducati’s, they had to, it’s a bike built for adventure and you can’t/shouldn’t have to do valve adjustments in the middle of a trip. I did a 12900 miles to Prudhoe Bay last year, my bike has now 23K miles and it’s going in next week for the 24K “first” valve check. It’s going to cost me over $500. If I had to do valve checks every 6k miles like my brother’s BMW, I would have already spent $2000 in service. I ride a Yamaha Super Tenere by the way.

    • cesardagord says:

      Yes, first thing people mention when they hear about Ducati is the cost of the valve check/adjustments and service intervals overall. The Ducati is serviced at 15K miles intervals, not too bad. Especially since I have three bikes, the mileage gets distributed across them all. But when I go to Alaska, something I will eventually do, I’ll take the Tiger. I will reserve the Multistrada for other types of fun riding. About your bike, the Super Ténéré, it is one of those things, it is a great bike, but it doesn’t sell very well. Makes for a nice niche in the segment that it seems it will remain with a small group of enthusiasts. It seems incredible that such a capable machine doesn’t sell as well as a BMW, which costs more. I believe it is a great bike in terms of adventure/touring performance and low cost of maintenance. Thanks for writing George! Cesar

  7. Mark says:

    I have been reading your stuff all day. Your report on Kevin Ash is the only source of clear information I have found and it is consistent with the scuttlebutt in the riding scene in SA. I was in George a couple of weeks after the accident. I rented a GSA from GS Africa (perfect arrangement, no problems) and rode from Joburg into Natal and on to Cape Town. I used your report to look at the roads that KA was on. I didn’t do that ride but we were all around that area. Spectacular place to ride.
    A few observations; asking about road conditions is always problematical. Its like ski mountains, one person’s black is another’s green. And 24 km’s of a 25 km dirt road can be quite reasonable. One never knows. I know my limitations, particularly with a pillion and a loaded bike and I didn’t do every pass or road that folks said was doable. The GSA is a incredibly stable platform.
    Back home, I rode the new GS. That bike would not be my choice for those dirt roads near George. I really hope that the “twitchy” throttle and other problems did not contribute to this tragedy. In my mind the jury is still out on that issue.
    Horses for Courses.

  8. Greg says:

    Excellent piece. I am so looking forward to mine arriving end of April. I have only heard very good reports about this bike. I do plan on running it in differently and also changing the oil twice prior to the first book service. I am so excited I can hardly sit still….. WOO HOO !

  9. Brian Howard says:

    Thanks for another great piece on the Multi Skyhook. I’m currently looking at either the Crosstourer 1200 or the Multi as my next steed so am particularly interested in anything you have to write! I’d love to hear your thoughts on the following:
    1. Why you chose a PP @ extra $$ instead of a regular S touring.
    2. Why you have a standard exhaust/baffle instead of the shorty Termi (here in Australia Termi comes std with PP so I assume it does over your way?)
    3. Could you tell us a bit about your camera box on the bars please? How does it attach, what is it made of, are they common and how much. I’ve never heard of one and wonder about the advantage over a spot in your pocket. (assuming a small camera).

    Lastly, don’t put her down so much in the looks dept!! The street fighter is an agressive wonderfully styled machine but I think the Multi is the stylish way of the future. I remember seeing her in the prototype shots back in ’09 and thinking to myself how futuristic and stunning she was – ahh, they’ll never produce her exactly like that – but they did to their eternal credit.

    Oh, any plans to test a Crosstourer 1200 any time soon? If not, can you share any thoughts on the bike?

    Please keep us update often on your continuing thoughts of your new best friend . . .

    Many thanks – Brian. (Sydney Australia)

    • cesardagord says:

      Hey Brian

      First of all, thanks for writing and offering feedback! Now, answering your questions one by one.

      1. Why I chose the Pikes Peak? One reason was because I like the looks. Another is for the inspiration I get from Greg Tracey and his victory at the Pikes Peak race (when they still had a dirt section on that climb). As my motorcycling riding started on dirt, it was a symbolic gesture to go with a sport/touring bike that has that trophy on their wall of fame, and this variant is called after the track where it had that successful run. Of course, Marchesini wheels also made me look at it twice.

      2. In the US the Pikes Peak does not come with the shorty Termi. I thought about adding the Akrapovic shorty, it seems like it has a better sound and looks better than the Termi in my opinion. But I haven’t felt the need to do it, as I don’t think it changes the performance and I’m enjoying the OEM slip on sounds. Perhaps next year I will add the Akrapovic.

      3. The camera box is a standard, off the shelf, el cheapo, camera box, called “case logic”. It is a semi rigid case, not water proof. I don’t like cameras in my pocket, in case of a crash, that thing will create some extra body injury as I roll on the ground or on first impact. Also, my camera is too large for a pocket (I’m using now the Canon G1X and this thing is larger than the regular G series). Finally, I really don’t like tank bags. Convenient, yes, but it destroys the lines of the motorcycle. I like photographing it, looking at it almost as much as riding it.

      So, how do I place it on the handle bars? I create a thin wood platform for it (profile around 5 mm), with four holes that match the four handlebar allen bolt mounts. I add four bolts to the platform that will fit inside the allen heads of the four bolts on the handle bar mounts, the bolts serve as pins matching the allen heads and the platform just sits on top of the handlebars. The wood platform is slightly smaller than the camera box. The camera box is zip tied to the handlebars, with two zip ties, going through another set of four holes going through the camera box and the wood platform, and pressing and sandwiching the wood platform into the four allen head bolts. The whole thing is fixated to the handle bars with the two zip ties, which presses the four “pins” into the four bolt heads. It is very firm and by cutting the zip ties I remove the whole set up. If I remove it, it is easy to reinstall, by threading two new zip ties through it.

      4. About the looks… The bike is looking better, in my view, each time. I’m starting to see how the red and white scheme fits well with the surroundings where I take it on my rides. So I should soon stop putting her down in terms of looks.

      5. The Crosstourer is not available in the US. Yes, somehow we do not get the same selection of bikes you get in Europe or even Australia. The Crosstourer is one of them, the Tenere 660 is another, we never got the Varadero or the Honda Transalp bikes (the models coming after the mid 90’s), or the old 750 Tenere. I don’t quite know why, but it seems it is a pattern, especially for the Japanese manufacturers for enduro bikes. But since you bring up alternatives to the Multistrada, I’ve been looking forward to riding that KTM 1190 adventure, not the R model. If that bike turns out to be good, it may replace my Tiger 800 XC in a couple of years. I also find the 2013 Aprilia Caponord an interesting alternative for the Multistrada, I will be interested in riding that bike as well. Lots of great options out there. Although the 2013 GS 1200 is a real improvement from the previous model, somehow those motors just don’t draw my attention.

      In terms of BMW like a lot better the feel I get from the 800 GS. Now that Husqvarna and BMW went their separate ways, BMW may bring the 900 cc motor (their development of the 800 rotax used in the Nuda) back to their BMW fold here and put it on the F 800 GS bikes. Well, that is my wishful thinking here. But if that is the case, and in happens in the next couple of years, I will be in between the F900GS and the Adventure 1190 as a replacement for the Tiger. Ok, I got side tracked here…


  10. Brian Howard says:

    Thanks Cesar, That all makes perfect sense. Every time I read something of yours I learn something. I find I think a lot like you and many things. Thanks again, -Brian.

  11. Stevo says:

    I have the same bike as you (2013 PP) and really like it. Urban mode is great for riding around the city, but on a highway I select Sport or Touring mode.
    This is my first Ducati after 30 years of Japanese sports bikes. I really love the PP but I’m 5’7″ and it is a bit of a stretch touching the ground at traffic lights….that is my only gripe :).
    My bike has the first service in 2 days and I’m looking forward to the Termi slip on to hear if it sounds any different from the standard 2 outlet muffler. I’ve bought an Oberon clutch slave cylinder to get fitted and I think the speedo needs calibration because it is clocking up the miles faster than I am actually travelling…
    Thanks for the great read. Regards

    • cesardagord says:

      30 years of Japanese sports bikes… congratulations on a change! It must be quite the experience moving from in-line 4’s and other bikes with the fine vibrations, high RPM machines to a torquey V-twin. Yes, it is a tall machine, I would recommend a lower seat, if you haven’t already considered it. Other than Ducati seats, there are various other companies making aftermarket seats that are lower. I’m 5’10” and I feel it is tall for me as well – I’m always carefully planning stops, especially when there is a camber situation and uneven pavement. I thought about a slip on as well. Besides the Termi, there is the Akrapovic slip on that to me, based on youtube videos only, sounds better than the Termi, looks better and is less expensive. According to the manual, the speedo shows speeds at an 8% rate higher than real speed. I see it as a good thing to keep the speeds within the limit, when I need to have it under control, that is. 🙂 Enjoy your machine, it gets better as you add miles to it.

  12. Stevo says:

    Thanks for your reply.
    Yes I wanted a torquey bike. It is surely a great bike. I got an Abba workshop stand for chain maintenance and cleaning, highly recommended. The more I ride this bike the easier it gets. From the youtube video I didnt think the Akro sounded better (louder) than the Termi slip on. Im thinking a full system without CAT maybe too loud.

    • cesardagord says:

      Hey Stevo,
      From other accounts, you re right, what I hear is that if you want it better, louder, the good Ducati sounds, you really have to go full system. For now I will keep mine as is. And I agree there may not be much difference between the Akra and the Termi slip ons. And from them to the OEM.

  13. PC says:

    Just come back from an 8 countries in 8 days (England, France, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Denmark, Norway and Sweden in case you were wondering) tour on my new PP. What a revelation having ridden Ducati/MV racing bikes for the last 15 years….at last I had somewhere to put my luggage! Not only that but it handled well and performed well from the Autobahns of Germany to the mountain passes of Norway (in the snow)….I really should have had those heated grips put on before I went! Uk spec has Termi on and that was probably the thing I missed most….the sound of open pipes on a Duc! Happy riding.

    • cesardagord says:

      Thanks for reporting, PC.
      Heated grips make a difference! Yes, this bike is quiet (in my case when compared to my SF848), but I won’t complain. I will take it on my first interstate trip tomorrow, bags installed and all. Looking forward to it.

  14. DANNY LIM says:

    Enjoy! From a fellow MTS PP owner. albeit 2011

  15. Johnny says:

    Great blog. Quick question – is the Sachs suspension as good as than the previous year ohlins? Would also love to hear if you are enjoying the skyhook suspension. I am between getting a 2013 or 2012 multi – curious for your opine if the 13 is worth the extra price.


    • cesardagord says:

      Hey Johnny
      Skyhook, the Sachs semi-active suspension is phenomenal, I’m enjoying this bike a lot. Ohlins has come out with a similar setup and for about $300 you can buy a module, install it on the Multistrada (plug and play), and have the Ohlins bike behave almost like the Skyhook bikes. However, I would like to point out other differences between the 13 and pre 13 models. The motor on the 13’s is so much more organized at low RPMs than the pre 13 bikes. This results in better fueling, better fuel economy, and slightly more torque. Check this post here for more info: https://idratherberiding.com/2013/02/11/the-2013-ducati-multistrada/
      Thanks for reading.

  16. Jim says:

    Hello fellow Oregonian, just found your blog, good reading and pics. I have an 09 Multi 1100S, which is a great bike, but the PP has “peaked” my interest. Do you still have yours? And how’s it working? Thanks, Jim

  17. kurt says:

    Any chance you could do an explanation/break down of the skyhook suspension settings?

    • cesardagord says:

      I’ll be glad to. Give me some time to prepare something. As is, I’m a month behind on my posting…

      • kurt says:

        Picked up my mts gt this weekend.

        Its hands down a better riding bike than the r1200. As good as the 12gs is, the mts is just in another leauge. The fact I can set rear preload for my weight makes a huge difference. Road handling and power are so nice.

        Ill drop you a line if I head north!

      • cesardagord says:

        Congratulations Kurt!

  18. Gary Marks says:

    Loving the blog… Well done

  19. Gavatron says:

    Hi Cesar,

    I am considering purchasing the last “new” 2014 Pikes Peak Multistrada in Australia. A consideration is the new DVT model, however all the forums are full of first series faults. On top of a price of around $6,000 as a gap between the Pikes and a DVT, I am more interested in the PP. the Pikes also comes with a full Termi system.

    I am interested in your opinion as you would no doubt have had time to add further kilometres to your PP. have you continued your enthusiasm for the bike? Would you rate the PP as a better option to any experiences you have had with the DVT?

    Thank you.

    Gavatron 🙂

    • cesardagord says:

      Hey Gavatron,

      I’m always for the new and latest bike and technology available. But then there are problems with new bikes and this DVT version has had its share according to many folks in several forums, like you mention.

      Today I test rode the Scrambler Ducati and rode my Tiger back and forth to the shop. When I got back I took my Pikes Peak out of the garage to arrange the bikes and the sun which had been hiding behind the clouds showed some light, just enough for me to enjoy the Pikes Peak, the contrast of the red, white, carbon and black on the bike. It is beautiful. Just on looks alone I feel selling it now would be a loss. But it also performs so well.

      Eventually Ducati will resolve all the DVT problems. They already took care of several issues. I will likely trade my Pikes Peak in for a DVT bike. But I’m not in a hurry, I have a feeling I will still enjoy my Pikes Peak for the next couple of years. By then the DVT will be working great all issues resolved, and maybe there will be a new Pikes Peak version or something similar. Who knows what other motorcycles Ducati will unveil this Monday… Other options may be available.

      Now, if I did not have the 2013 Pikes Peak, and I had to decide today between the 2014 and a DVT… which is your question, that’s a problem I can not resolve. Knowing that I would ultimately want a DVT, I would probably wait and get a “better” DVT. There is a long winter ahead of us… come Spring things will probably be fine with the 2016 DVT. Wait another year or two, and it may be even better. I know, I speak about this while I have a beautiful and great performing Pikes Peak in my garage.

      Whatever you decide, ride them both first. Get a feel for them, find out which one talks to you, or talks better and on your language. To me that is the fundamental point. My Pikes Peak talks good to me and better at each new ride. I’m sure that’s not what you want to hear, but motorcycles are such a personal thing.

      • Gavin says:

        Hi Cesar,

        I really appreciate your time and effort to respond. Thank you 🙂

        I am in Australia. It is Spring and the riding weather is here. Summer in less than three weeks!

        I had a 2014 Multi S. It was a lively bike in complete standard trim. However, I was wanting something closer to a sports bike. It did everything well enough however I looked for more of an individual and aggressive feel to it. I decided to advertise and within three days it was sold.

        Looking for that sports bike, I found the KTM 1290 Superduke. I was enjoying the look and feel of riding the bike very much. However like you and your Streetfighter, in the back of my mind on several occasions, I missed a more comfortable ride when riding all day and the next. Something I always do with a group during summer either in our Victorian high country of Tasmania. The KTM was awesome for fun blasts, however it posed a potential problem over the longer rides.

        After riding home from the Moto GP at Phillip Island a few weeks ago, a young driver decided to do a sudden right angle turn across the highway into the medium strip. He took me out sending me and the 6 week old KTM down the road. I was just two minutes from home.

        Bruised and scratched, I managed to pick up the bike from the highway and get out of any further harms way. The bike, twisted and bent. Insured and will be written off.

        Therefore I get to look at my options again. I always liked the look of the Pikes Peak. I think the more aggressive styling over the 1200s, lighter wheels and a full termi system might do the trick. Although I left the Ducati brand for the first time, I’m keen to head back there.

        The other option is a used Multi GT. However I fear it would be similar if not worse than my initial thoughts on the 1200s. Great bikes, however the sports bike still burns inside a little. It’s like a small flame slowly disapearing with age (45 currently).

        I just need to be pushed over the edge. I’m keen to really understand your thoughts on reliability. If you had to rate the Pikes in your history books of all bikes, where does it rate?

        Thanks Cesar. This next bike choice I plan to keep for many years.

        Gavatron 🙂

      • cesardagord says:

        Hey Gavatron,

        Sorry to know about your KTM Super Duke. That type of accident is a typical car -> motorcycle accident. Although there isn’t much that can be done, because it happens all of a sudden and unexpectedly, I’m always on the look out for left turning vehicles (our version of your right turning vehicles). Glad to know you are okay, that’s what is the most important thing!!! And well, now you can buy something that will be comfortable and still fun! Not as fast as a light Superduke, but still, plenty good.

        Reliability and Ducati, or KTM, or BMW do not go hand in hand in my opinion. I buy street motorcycles not for their reliability, but for how much fun they can deliver. To me it is a purely emotional decision. When going to dirt oriented bikes it is a bit different, as I dread being stuck with a broken down bike in the middle of nowhere, with less than a car-a-day traffic, no cell-phone coverage… I always travel with a 24 hours supply of water, food when venturing out to south-eastern Oregon. And I’m much more comfortable on a Japanese made motorcycle in the middle of nowhere. Otherwise, you can get a tow truck anywhere on paved roads in the United States. It just may take a while, but certainly not 24 hours or a 10 mile hike which could be the case on the dirt somewhere. But I digress… 🙂

        Having said all of that though, my Pikes Peak has only 11K miles or so but has been reliable – never left me stranded anywhere, except for a flat tire. And considering its low mileage in a bit more than two years of ownership, it has not had much going against it. It had the typical Ducati bulletins and one recall. But really only one “mechanical” and chronicle problem that I have not resolved yet – and which has not left me stranded by the way, because I can remedy it on the road with two small wrenches, one piece of cloth and a small plastic tube. Eventually I will find a solution, which might include changing the hydraulic system that operates the clutch. Here is a link to the post where I review the 10K miles with the Pikes Peak:


        And yes, I much rather have a Pikes Peak than a GT… It offers the same comfort, you can always get a better wind screen for the PP, and I would not want to have bags as wide as the GT. I always try to go lighter than over-loaded on my travels. It is an art I’m still to perfect, although I rarely miss what I left behind I still carry items (aside from tools) that I did not wear or use during the trip.

        Again, not much help! And well, great to know you are in Australia and just about to start the riding season. If you ever do not have a riding season, that is… Between the GT and the PP, I would go PP. Between the PP and the 2016… that’s where I don’t know… But yes, you don’t have the luxury of waiting. I would take the DVT for a spin just to see what’s all about before making my decision.


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