‘Maybe we’ve been lucky but hardly anything ever goes wrong’
“When the 1200 Multistrada first came out it was very exciting, very new with the electronic suspension, traction control, ABS and modes.
“There were a few teething problems with early ones, as always, but they were soon sorted by the factory. There were a few recalls, just silly little things really.
“But overall it’s been very good, very reliable. Obviously it had the 11° motor in there which is very good, tried and tested, the same motor that’s in the Diavel with the rider modes that make it very comfortable. You’ve got the base model and the S model with the electronic Öhlins suspension, which is controlled through the rider modes. You can also customise the settings as well, which was very good. Then in 2013 it went to the Skyhook suspension, which I think made it more agile. Overall, it’s simply been very, very good.
“Service intervals were raised to every 9000 miles or 12 months. The cambelts now have a life span of 18,000 miles or 60 months, which makes servicing very reasonable. In fact they were quite reasonable anyway as it’s only a 1.5-2hour service, 2.5 with the fluids. It’s been a fantastic motor. It’s got bags of torque. It’s just sublime. “As always with Ducatis, and I always say it, the guy down the road may be the best technician in the world but if he doesn’t have the latest service kits, factory software updates and so on they’ll be left behind. Every time a bike comes in for a service with us they’re plugged in and updated and that might be the engine, it might be suspension, it might be brakes. So you need to keep them serviced by an official dealer.
“Chassis-wise, again, they’ve been brilliant. Maybe we’ve been lucky but hardly anything goes wrong and that’s true of the basic one and the S.
“There are far, far more S models out there and I’ve also been surprised how many Pikes Peak models have been sold, too. They sell very, very well and make a good buy.
“Cosmetically, apart from some fasteners they’re very good. Their bright work has been fantastic. It’s just some fasteners and fixings on the older bikes, the 2011 and 2012 models, you have to watch out for.”
‘Service intervals were raised to every 9000 miles’
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JOHN BURROWS Service Manager at leading dealer Ducati Coventry