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Ducati Multistrada 1200

Ducati Multistrada 1200 The Track!

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It’s no secret I love my long-term Multistrada, but this bike to the track was yet reason that it keeps on me. Do I look ridiculous in pictures? Did people look at me funny at inspection? Yes.

But, did I two 600cc supersport bikes on the straight and a Panigale in the corners? yes.

First things I think it looks mean in trim! The angular lights all up looked sharp, and stripping off all of the do-dads lets the Multi its sleek lines. Adding a exhaust would have made it look purposeful, but my with the Multistrada long-term has always been simplicity.

brackets were built to the reservoirs (in this case brake) so that the large handguards (with integrated LED could be taken off.

In the of simplicity, let’s go through the of stuff we removed from ADV bike to take it to the track. of all, the windscreen was changed a few ago in the interest of getting some air in the Southern California summer. Scientific was nice enough to over a couple of windscreens for me to try on the and the Tinted Shorty (www.calsci.com was ideal for the aforementioned warm as well as track use.

The obvious stuff was the first to off; passenger pegs, taillight, blinker/license plate and centerstand. Equally obvious but complicated are the handguards with LED blinkers at the front. More because they act as brackets for the and clutch fluid reservoirs, so of the handguards means the reservoirs in the wind.

Our ambitious new Assistant James, suggested that brackets to hold the reservoirs be easy work, and tackled the

The brackets came out well—a clean, prime, and paint make them fully allowed me to leave the handguards off for the All told, the bits removed the Multi added up to just 15 pounds of weight saved, not to many dollars in a potential The last mod for track use was rubber, in the of Dunlop’s new Q3 tire, which good traction and no need to use warmers between sessions.

I attended a track day put on by Fastrack at Auto Club Speedway in California. The motorcycle circuit at  is built into a NASCAR but offers a great selection of The last set of left handers joining the NASCAR oval are reasonably fast, as is the Turn 1 that is essentially a fifth-gear which is extremely unforgiving for an bike.

The Multistrada’s cockpit in trim. The shorty windscreen and of blinkers/mirrors really open it up!

The was immediately a blast, although were some adjustments to The wide, tall bars excellent feedback and leverage, but pretty awkward riding at speed. The seat, too, is a strange. It doesn’t quite the range of motion I’m used to at the track, although there’s of space to comfortably hang Lastly, because the Multi is so compared to a sportbike it offers late-braking ability.

An ability that, I have to I didn’t really take of, for a couple of good reasons. I was there to have fun and see how the Multi on a track, not to try to set the world on fire or people by trying to break the ADV lap record.

Also, I was too distracted by the fun I was exiting corners, where Traction Control and I did our best to the Multi’s claimed 150 horsepower the rear tire safely. are a total of eight settings for and I settled on level one. with the Multi’s daunting and tires I had never ridden, I trust myself to manage by myself, especially in the couple of the track that are third-gear and open.

DTC level one seemed to catch slides on the fat part of the tire, but grip was largely in my hands. On a of occasions I threw myself out of the with a near-highside when to lay power down on the very of the tire. Later in the day the Dunlop Q3 astern had broken in a little, and became more manageable.

At point I took every to slide as much as possible, in the handful of 2 nd -gear corner Tremendous fun.

The previously Turn 1 chicane was one place I expected the Multi to misbehave, tall, heavy, and relatively sprung. But oh, the wonders of Skyhook. The was incredibly stable through the set of corners, and allowed me to take advantage of the wide handlebar to the bike from side to

As an added bonus, I was able to advantage of the Multi’s electronically suspension, and dial in more to the shock as my pace increased the course of the day. As Mr Editor blogged about before, the offers wonderful adjustability the menu system. At the track, sessions while munching on a bar, I went into the setting, selected single and turned the preload in the shock eight clicks (of 24) to 12.

Bingo, slightly stiffer suspension. It’s true, the can’t be done with ease on the front, but in the context of an level track day, an awesome convenience.

That’s a beast! The Multi stripped for use looks purposeful, and it works well on track.

Overall, I a total of 99 miles on the track, and I I did the Multi justice. Indeed, my were only a few seconds than when Ari and I tested a a Fontana a couple of years I even passed a guy on a Panigale at one which got me thinking.

We already that the Multi is probably through a twisty canyon than a purebred sportbike, an in-command riding position and of torque. Not to mention it’s a long-distance machine, with saddlebags, heated grips, and wind protection. So if a little and rider skill is all it takes to go at a track day than your on his Panigale, what argument than full-on racing) can you for the sportbike?

More to the point, the real now becomes how does the Multi as a dirtbike. I would never a BMW GS to a track day, but once I the Multi off-road will I be for a GS? Only one way to find out…


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