Ducati Multistrada, the Lemonade Update

Ducati Patch
Credit: Del Campe – Ducati Meccanica

Ok, so we’ve heard from Ducati. Italy.

The word is that despite being (now) 5 months out of warranty, they will honour replacing the parts of both the heated handgrips (~$500) and the rear shock assembly (~$3300). Which is music to my ears.

The unfortunate part is that I still have to foot the labour. I mean I suppose I could technically get the parts and do it myself, or get another mechanic to do it, but essentially the choice is “working bike, pay labour” or “you’re on your own”

What? Oh, how much is the labour and fitting? A “deep breath, figure out which kidney or child to sell,” $675.

Still, I am really happy that they’ve acknowledged the fault, are prepared to replace the parts, and sometime when I get back from my travels, I’ll get my bike back.

Hopefully, rideable.

Yay.

Looking forward to the lemonade from this lemon.

What do you reckon? Is it worth trying to get Ducati to pay for the labour too?

 

Ride Review: The Ducati Scrambler – Episode Two – The Long Ride

Getting my Hipster on #Scrambler #Ducati

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Back in February I reviewed the new(ish) Ducati Scrambler, then I had a 30 min test ride on the 800cc version. Today I got to ride the LAMS approved Scrambler Sixty2.

My opinions haven’t changed too much from that previous review, although I did get to take it down to Wollongong for the Wings Over Illawarra Air Show.

That’s 84 kms each way…

…my butt is still hurting. Seriously I shifted all over the seat. The further back I got, the easier on my knees and the harder on the gluteus maximus.

This is simply not designed for highways, or long distances.

Added to the stiff suspension is the ‘parachute’ effect. Not only is the bike naked (no fairing), but also has an upright seating position with wide set handlebars. This gets pretty, um, pronounced above ~100 kph. You have to hang on on like a limpet in a hurricane.

Having said that, this is a great ride for a learner. The 400cc air-cooled engine is uncomplicated, with little to go wrong. And surprisingly nippy. At speed you’re not accelerating anywhere fast, but you have plenty of go off the lights. Good for keeping in a ‘vehicle exclusion zone.’

Funky Dash and uncomplicated cable clutch makes this #DucatiScrambler #Sixty2 an ideal learner bike

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It is really light, has ABS brakes, and a funky little display.

The bike held its own on the motorway, and I returned from the ‘Gong’ with a mate on his 1200GS. I managed to keep up with him all the way, even up Mount Ousley.

If I was 16 looking for a first bike, with rich parents, for $13k I’d probably opt for the Monster 659. To be fair, you’re not riding anywhere far on the Monster either.

(Although I know one enterprising woman who rode it to the Red Centre on the Black Dog Ride)

But the Scrambler has an aesthetic that’s hard to beat, and if you want something to look cool and have fun whilst learning to ride, the Sixty2 could be just the bike for you…

Ride Review: My Take On The (Not So New) DVT Multistrada

Finally

It was way back in August that I saw one of the new 2015 DVT (Ducati Variable Timing) Multistrada’s ‘in the wild’ and blogged about the differences. But it has taken until now for me to get to ride one.

Thanks to the great sales team at Frasers, when the service department was out of loan bikes, they lent me a base model Multi.

What a Ride!

The seat is narrower on the new bike. I had no idea just how much narrower until the knobbles in my knees were banging against the trellis frame. Also both calves get hot in traffic, especially the left. It appears the radiator fan blows directly onto your legs.

Confident

The suspension is everything my 2010 Multi was, and so much more. Definitely better than my current bike (hopefully that’s an anomaly). Really confident in the corners in all modes.

Smooth

If anything this bike is smoother again than the previous model. The 2013 introduced dual-spark cylinders to smooth out the ride in low revs, and I’m guessing the DVT does the rest here. Essentially altering the timing of the desmo engine through the rev range.

Confusion

I found the new controls, menus and dash confusing. It seems some of the telemetry of the previous models is missing, but that could be unfamiliarity with the new menu, and that this is a base model.

Interestingly they’ve removed the ‘centre stand assist handle.’ Probably saving on a moving part that few people used.

Worth the Upgrade?

All in all, I loved the ride. If my suspension is a reflection of the 2013 model (rather than a failure) then this alone would be worth the upgrade. If, however, my suspension is improved through the fix, this wouldn’t be worth upgrading to.

Now the new Multistrada Enduro… 🙂

Free Motorbike Parking?

Multistrada parked at Sydney Airport
For Once, Parked in a genuine motorcycle spot

My second most popular article ever, is Free Parking at Sydney Airport.

One of the reasons is because, well, it’s not click bait. Even today my motorbike is parked at Sydney airport. As you know, I fly a lot, both domestically and internationally, so given the popularity of the post, I was wondering:

Which airport do you park your motorbike at, and is it free?

I’d love to use this blog as a resource for travelling motorcyclists everywhere. Feel free to comment below, or write a full article and reach out to me to guest post.