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Old 05-01-2009, 07:52 AM   #11
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I gotta agree with the consensus here....did they have to make a really nice bike so ugly? Is ugliness somehow related to utility? I don't think so.
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Old 05-01-2009, 08:17 AM   #12
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So the real question is Wee or Vee?
That's easy. Get the Vee. The Wee owners have to spend a lot of time explaining how they have "more than enough power" instead of blowing off every car and most bikes like the Vee does. They put a lot more "stuff" in the Vee like nice trim, better swingarm, pegs and brackets. The value versus price equation was an easy call for me.
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Old 05-01-2009, 04:19 PM   #13
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That's easy. Get the Vee. The Wee owners have to spend a lot of time explaining how they have "more than enough power" instead of blowing off every car and most bikes like the Vee does. They put a lot more "stuff" in the Vee like nice trim, better swingarm, pegs and brackets. The value versus price equation was an easy call for me.
So loaded with stuff at 80 what do you figure it gets for mpg?
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Old 05-01-2009, 06:59 PM   #14
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Something that I forgot to put in the story: observed economy was about 38 mpg.

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Old 05-01-2009, 07:39 PM   #15
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That's easy. Get the Vee. The Wee owners have to spend a lot of time explaining how they have "more than enough power" instead of blowing off every car and most bikes like the Vee does. They put a lot more "stuff" in the Vee like nice trim, better swingarm, pegs and brackets. The value versus price equation was an easy call for me.
What he said. As a hobby rider, I like to have a "neat" bike in the garage. The Vee will do anything the Duc will do. But, if you buy a Vstrom of any type, you can no longer make positive or negative comments about the looks of any motorcycle.
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Old 05-01-2009, 08:25 PM   #16
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Rollerball? Man, that bike is...GOOFY LOOKING!
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Old 05-02-2009, 11:02 AM   #17
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Hello,
I read the article since it was posted on a website I frequent. Generally it was very good and depicted what a Ducati Multistrada can do. The looks thing has been argued since day one and I for one never liked the bike for that reason. However, over time as I began to realize from talking with others and wanting to start sport touring, my mind has changed 180 degrees. This is especially true after buying an 1100S model. Well actually, I traded for it when a dealer in Seattle wanted my special 95 916 Ducati. The Multi is a very surprising package and the author is totally correct regarding its performance in the twisties. In fact after I bought it I took it out to an area frequented by many motorcyclists, including sport bikers that I know. The roads are generally known to be on the lumpy side so I knew going in I had an advantage. Sure enough it was quite easy and comfortable staying with the faster guys eventhough I don't ride like that anymore since my big accident in 05 and the fact I'm retired. Thats right, I'm an old dude. Anyway, the Multi is a fantastic road machine (not off road) and very versatile. My only complaint is wind protection and as the author pointed out, it depends on your body shape. I'm considering upgrading to the Ducati max protection screen, that should do the trick.

Some of you guys concentrate too much on appearance when we all know beauty is only skin deep and beauty is in the eyes of the beholder.
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Old 05-03-2009, 05:23 AM   #18
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"...beauty is only skin deep and beauty is in the eyes of the beholder..."

True. But ugly is to the bone. This Duc is a sk@nk.
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Old 05-03-2009, 02:05 PM   #19
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So loaded with stuff at 80 what do you figure it gets for mpg?
Loaded with stuff? About the same as my Mini...30's. Going down the Interstate at a steady speed, into the 40's. One thing is for sure, I need a stop before the tank does.
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Old 05-03-2009, 03:33 PM   #20
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I would LOVE to have a Multi, but I just can't stand to look at the goddam things from the front. You can't see it when you're ridin' it
Man that doesn't sound like you're talking about a bike.....
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