Against our better advertising sales judgement, we’ve been honest about the problems we’ve encountered with our Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Touring (MTS 1200). As an eternal optimist though, I’ve felt a swell of anticipation dropping the bike off to Vancouver Ducati BMW for a slew of recalls and upgrades.
If there’s a major quirk or flaw to show up in the internet forums, we’ve experienced it with our 2010 MTS 1200 – so please, no one create any new fictions about the bike. The keyless ignition system is only intermittently recognizing the fob, we don’t dare use the bar lock after nearly being stranded in San Ysidro (the US’s dodgier conjoined-twin to Mexico’s Tijuana), there’s been stalling on deceleration and more concerning the front suspension’s been acting up leading the normally sublime MTS to require a forceful turning before it flops and wallows into the corners.
There are recalls for nearly all these issues and more. There’s also a small matter of an overdue 6000km service, but the nature of travel is that a dealer isn’t always handy.
So things are rough, but powering across Cambie Street Bridge at “some kilometers an hour” the Multistrada still draws me in. Blame the engine, where a quick overtake of traffic, sees the front tire skimming the pavement, and damn it feels good, but it’s going to feel so much better with the upgrades retroactively transforming our 2010 MTS 1200 S into a 2011.
More importantly, I’m told that’s not special press treatment, but a courtesy extended to all 2010 Ducati owners. One I’m sure will be well received for those who’ve toughed out the 2010 beta testing growing pains of a machine that didn’t seem quite ripe. I look forwards to reporting on our “new” Ducati Multistada 1200 S Touring. Maybe we’ll get to change the bike’s nickname to Steve, as in “Gentlemen we can rebuild him, better than he was before. Better. Stronger… More dependable.”