Living with a Multi V4

West Cork Paul

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Seeing as how I’m now a fully paid up member of the MultiStrada Society I thought I’d start a thread to a) keep a journel of my new bike and b) try and liven up this desolate corner of the Forum.

Having eventually got the bike on Wednesday last, after a 12 week wait, the first opportunity to ride it was today 👍.

The weather forecast was good, no rain, just a bit overcast as the day progressed so I headed out on a familiar route so I could concentrate on the bike and not where I’m going; also so I could compare and contrast as the route goes over a particularly shitty section which has been in dire need of resurfacing for tue past few years🙁.

Wow 😮, what a bike. Best bike I’ve ever ridden 👍👍.

There are mirrors that actually do what they are supposed to and give a great view of what’s behind👍.

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The DQS is a thing of technological beauty. It was a little bit clunky the first few changes but after about 30km it had either ‘learned’ or something had smoothed out. iirc the manual did say it takes a while for the quick shifter to learn from what you’re telling it to do. Upshifts are seamless. Downshifts select with the slightest of ‘snick’ noises. I found it easier, well less clunky, to use the clutch to go from 1st to 2nd but after that, just open the throttle and click up with your toe at the desired revs. The only way you note you’ve changed gear is because the revs fall then immediately build again. This bike is effortlessly fast.

As I’m running it in, I’m trying not to go above 5.5k rpm, which is kinda difficult so often it was 6 or 7k. Open the throttles in 2nd, rev to 6k then bang bang bang bang making each gear change at 6k it’s like a, I don’t know what, a very very fast thing, there’s just oodles of power propelling it forwards, in a few short seconds it’s in 6th st 6k doing 150 (Kmh). I’m going to try and time it. It’s 100% addictive and I had the biggest grin on my face from riding a bike I’ve ever had. I’d just drop down through the gears, snick, snick, snick, snick, back into 2nd, and do it all again, it’s brilliant 😁😁😁. I can’t wait until it’s fully run in and I can repeat the exercise in Sport mode with full engine power and at 10k rpm rather than 6k (I was in Touring mode and I’ve only got medium power for a while 🙁).

Anyway, I spent 3hrs and 45 mins in the saddle with just a 3min stop at a prepay fuel pump to put €20 worth in; it’s so comfortable I could easily have done another 3hrs 45 mins 👍. I have never, ever, spent that long in the saddle before. I’ve always had to stop after 90-120 mins, relishing every fuel stop, to stretch my legs or relieve my wrists. Not anymore 👍.
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Sadly however, the clouds came down as I was up in the mountains and Shithampton descended upon me. Bollox🙁, it’s brand new and note it’s getting wet and mucky😕. I almost headed back but then I thought ‘sod it’ who cares if it gets wet & mucky, I can just clean it, besides I’m having too much fun, so I just continued in the rain for the next 90 mins. Weather protection is actually very good👍 and whilst I may have been experiencing Shithampton weather it still didn’t stop the scenery being stunning.

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Finally I got back home and wheeled it into the shed, dripping wet, it’s still chucking it down so a rinse off will have to wait until tomorrow.

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This bike is so good that if I didn’t already have one I’d have to go and buy one 😁👍.
 
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DesmoHyper

RIP John, we miss you
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Seeing as how I’m now a fully paid up member of the MultiStrada Society I thought I’d start a thread to a) keep a journel of my new bike and b) try and liven up this desolate corner of the Forum.

Having eventually got the bike on Wednesday last, after a 12 week wait, the first opportunity to ride it was today 👍.

The weather forecast was good, no rain, just a bit overcast as the day progressed so I headed out on a familiar route so I could concentrate on the bike and not where I’m going; also so I could compare and contrast as the route goes over a particularly shitty section which has been in dire need of resurfacing for tue past few years🙁.

Wow 😮, what a bike. Best bike I’ve ever ridden 👍👍.

There are mirrors that actually do what they are supposed to and give a great view of what’s behind👍.

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The DQS is a thing of technological beauty. It was a little bit clunky the first few changes but after about 30km it had either ‘learned’ or something had smoothed out. iirc the manual did say it takes a while for the quick shifter to learn from what you’re telling it to do. Upshifts are seamless. Downshifts select with the slightest of ‘snick’ noises. I found it easier, well less clunky, to use the clutch to go from 1st to 2nd but after that, just open the throttle and click up with your toe at the desired revs. The only way you note you’ve changed gear is because the revs fall then immediately build again. This bike is effortlessly fast.

As I’m running it in, I’m trying not to go above 5.5k rpm, which is kinda difficult so often it was 6 or 7k. Open the throttles in 2nd, rev to 6k then bang bang bang bang making each gear change at 6k it’s like a, I don’t know what, a very very fast thing, there’s just oodles of power propelling it forwards, in a few short seconds it’s in 6th st 6k doing 150 (Kmh). I’m going to try and time it. It’s 100% addictive and I had the biggest grin on my face from riding a bike I’ve ever had. I’d just drop down through the gears, snick, snick, snick, snick, back into 2nd, and do it all again, it’s brilliant 😁😁😁. I can’t wait until it’s fully run in and I can repeat the exercise in Sport mode with full engine power and at 10k rpm rather than 6k (I was in Touring mode and I’ve only got medium power for a while 🙁).

Anyway, I spent 3hrs and 45 mins in the saddle with just a 3min stop at a prepay fuel pump to put €20 worth in; it’s so comfortable I could easily have done another 3hrs 45 mins 👍. I have never, ever, spent that long in the saddle before. I’ve always had to stop after 90-120 mins, relishing every fuel stop, to stretch my legs or relieve my wrists. Not anymore 👍.
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Sadly however, the clouds came down as I was up in the mountains and Shithampton descended upon me. Bollox🙁, it’s brand new and note it’s getting wet and mucky😕. I almost headed back but then I thought ‘sod it’ who cares if it gets wet & mucky, I can just clean it, besides I’m having too much fun, so I just continued in the rain for the next 90 mins. Weather protection is actually very good👍 and whilst I may have been experiencing Shithampton weather it still didn’t stop the scenery being stunning.

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Finally I got back home and wheeled it into the shed, dripping wet, it’s still chucking it down so a rinse off will have to wait until tomorrow.

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This bike is so good that if so didn’t already have one I’d have to go and buy one 😁👍.
With the dqs I never use it from 1st gear to 2nd but everything after and I never use the downshift blipper to 1st from 2nd.
 

Dirty Leeds

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Seeing as how I’m now a fully paid up member of the MultiStrada Society I thought I’d start a thread to a) keep a journel of my new bike and b) try and liven up this desolate corner of the Forum.

Having eventually got the bike on Wednesday last, after a 12 week wait, the first opportunity to ride it was today 👍.

The weather forecast was good, no rain, just a bit overcast as the day progressed so I headed out on a familiar route so I could concentrate on the bike and not where I’m going; also so I could compare and contrast as the route goes over a particularly shitty section which has been in dire need of resurfacing for tue past few years🙁.

Wow 😮, what a bike. Best bike I’ve ever ridden 👍👍.

There are mirrors that actually do what they are supposed to and give a great view of what’s behind👍.

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The DQS is a thing of technological beauty. It was a little bit clunky the first few changes but after about 30km it had either ‘learned’ or something had smoothed out. iirc the manual did say it takes a while for the quick shifter to learn from what you’re telling it to do. Upshifts are seamless. Downshifts select with the slightest of ‘snick’ noises. I found it easier, well less clunky, to use the clutch to go from 1st to 2nd but after that, just open the throttle and click up with your toe at the desired revs. The only way you note you’ve changed gear is because the revs fall then immediately build again. This bike is effortlessly fast.

As I’m running it in, I’m trying not to go above 5.5k rpm, which is kinda difficult so often it was 6 or 7k. Open the throttles in 2nd, rev to 6k then bang bang bang bang making each gear change at 6k it’s like a, I don’t know what, a very very fast thing, there’s just oodles of power propelling it forwards, in a few short seconds it’s in 6th st 6k doing 150 (Kmh). I’m going to try and time it. It’s 100% addictive and I had the biggest grin on my face from riding a bike I’ve ever had. I’d just drop down through the gears, snick, snick, snick, snick, back into 2nd, and do it all again, it’s brilliant 😁😁😁. I can’t wait until it’s fully run in and I can repeat the exercise in Sport mode with full engine power and at 10k rpm rather than 6k (I was in Touring mode and I’ve only got medium power for a while 🙁).

Anyway, I spent 3hrs and 45 mins in the saddle with just a 3min stop at a prepay fuel pump to put €20 worth in; it’s so comfortable I could easily have done another 3hrs 45 mins 👍. I have never, ever, spent that long in the saddle before. I’ve always had to stop after 90-120 mins, relishing every fuel stop, to stretch my legs or relieve my wrists. Not anymore 👍.
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Sadly however, the clouds came down as I was up in the mountains and Shithampton descended upon me. Bollox🙁, it’s brand new and note it’s getting wet and mucky😕. I almost headed back but then I thought ‘sod it’ who cares if it gets wet & mucky, I can just clean it, besides I’m having too much fun, so I just continued in the rain for the next 90 mins. Weather protection is actually very good👍 and whilst I may have been experiencing Shithampton weather it still didn’t stop the scenery being stunning.

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Finally I got back home and wheeled it into the shed, dripping wet, it’s still chucking it down so a rinse off will have to wait until tomorrow.

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This bike is so good that if so didn’t already have one I’d have to go and buy one 😁👍.
Brilliant Paul pleased for you… it’s good to get the weather on it too as it’s always the thing we all avoid on a new bike but it’s going to happen at some point and it improves riding in the crap weather, it’s only water and muck like you say
 

WAYNE

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Nice one mate, shame Shithampton sort of ruined the day but like you said fuck it, you can clean it off!!(y)(y)
Talking of rain it fucking absolutley pissed down here and i mean pissed down for about 5 mins, crazy rain!!
 

West Cork Paul

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With the dqs I never use it from 1st gear to 2nd but everything after and I never use the downshift blipper to 1st from 2nd.

Same as Desmo, between 1&2 it’s easier to clutch.
None of my previous, or current, bikes ever had DQS, so for me it’s new. It will go 1-2 but it can only be described as clunky, I guess as it has to pass through N. The rest of them though, wow, so smooth as I said above👍.

@JAT when it’s time to change the Panzer take one on a test ride👍
 

Dirty Leeds

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Brilliant Paul pleased for you… it’s good to get the weather on it too as it’s always the thing we all avoid on a new bike but it’s going to happen at some point and it improves riding in the crap weather, it’s only water and muck like you say
The other thing I would add is ride it into the ground mate…apparently we are dead for ages 👍
 

AirCon

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When I first rode the MTS1200 back in 2010/11 I thought "Wow... Best Bike I've ever ridden...... 4 hours in the saddle".
Nearly the same experience... Wish I'd discovered something similar in my youth.... I'd have done a lot more smile miles.
Eventually I got the next one Dyno'd and remapped..... even more awesome.
Love the Mutley ( I may have mentioned this previously), I'm on numbers 4 and 5 or is it 5 and 6... I forget.
 

Kirky

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Good to read your experiences and views. I always thought I'd change my 2010 MTS1200 for the V4 when it came out but am holding off.

A couple of things I don't like; the added weight, the leaning towards off-road (crazy!), the reduced MPG and of course the price. Let's see how the road based "Pikes Peak" looks; fingers crossed it is in the pipeline. How to try one out during a Spain tour, in a straight swap to see what 11 years of new tech can do! A pal really rates the adaptive cruise control and rear camera warnings as great aids. Certainly good on a tour.
 

West Cork Paul

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Good to read your experiences and views. I always thought I'd change my 2010 MTS1200 for the V4 when it came out but am holding off.

A couple of things I don't like; the added weight, the leaning towards off-road (crazy!), the reduced MPG and of course the price. Let's see how the road based "Pikes Peak" looks; fingers crossed it is in the pipeline. How to try one out during a Spain tour, in a straight swap to see what 11 years of new tech can do! A pal really rates the adaptive cruise control and rear camera warnings as great aids. Certainly good on a tour.
You really don’t notice it’s a 19” front wheel at all if it’s that you’re referring too about the ‘leaning towards off-road’. In reality mine will probably never go off-road - hence my choice of cast iver spoke wheels - I really can’t imagine a 240kg bike off road and I’m never going to do a McGregor/Bormann. The closest it gets will be single track, grass in the middle, gravelly bureens.

As for fuel consumption, I’ll see how we get on but as far as I’m concerned it’s not an issue. I’d happily accept a slightly higher consumption for the power from that engine.

The ACC and BSD are revelations, the latter a life saver. Unless someone has actually used the ACC one cant fully appreciate its value, it’s amazing.
 

Dox

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None of my previous, or current, bikes ever had DQS, so for me it’s new. It will go 1-2 but it can only be described as clunky, I guess as it has to pass through N. The rest of them though, wow, so smooth as I said above👍.

@JAT when it’s time to change the Panzer take one on a test ride👍

It'll probably be smoother and quicker too once it's out of Touring and into Sport.
 

JAT

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You may remember a while back when WCP turned into Dukey moaning about the football.
Whilst perusing Mordor earlier it seems Dukey has also bought a Multi V4.
Putting 2 and 2 together and getting 7 I have come to the conclusion that WCP and Dukey are one and the same..

This also means that Rob is going on holiday with Dukey!!
 

Exige

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You may remember a while back when WCP turned into Dukey moaning about the football.
Whilst perusing Mordor earlier it seems Dukey has also bought a Multi V4.
Putting 2 and 2 together and getting 7 I have come to the conclusion that WCP and Dukey are one and the same..

This also means that Rob is going on holiday with Dukey!!
Rob is Steve R Cockwomble 👀
 

West Cork Paul

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You may remember a while back when WCP turned into Dukey moaning about the football.
Whilst perusing Mordor earlier it seems Dukey has also bought a Multi V4.
Putting 2 and 2 together and getting 7 I have come to the conclusion that WCP and Dukey are one and the same..

This also means that Rob is going on holiday with Dukey!!
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I was hoping that piece of information would never leak out 🙁
 

West Cork Paul

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To change the subject and swiftly moving on, I noticed today it’s rusty already 🙁. Well the disks anyway. I’m loath to apply acf50, or anything, on those surfaces, anyone any suggestions, or should I ask Dukey on the other channel ?

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JAT

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To change the subject and swiftly moving on, I noticed today it’s rusty already 🙁. Well the disks anyway. I’m loath to apply acf50, or anything, on those surfaces, anyone any suggestions, or should I ask Dukey on the other channel ?

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By asking Dukey you would be talking to yourself....
The Panzers discs are just perfect...as to be expected..

Don’t worry about them WCP the discs on my T6 rust over night.
 
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