Searching for a Replacement Motorcycle (Sporty Touring)

DanRoM

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To be honest, I've treated the chain on my old bike miserably, essentially spraying some oil on it.... sometimes. It was still fine. So I'm not that worried about it.
I also browsed the used bike marked for used, not-too-high-mileage BMWs, and saw how expensive they still are.

I mailed the Ducati dealer in reference to my visit yesterday and asked for a testride once that bike comes in.

Also on the financial site: Using the insurance company I had used for the CBF, I got quotes for €190/year for the Multistrada and €160/year for the R1200RS and the Tracer GT. Taxes would be cheaper for the Tracer (€66/year) than for BMW and the Ducati (€88/year).
So the most expensive option is ~€270/year just for having it standing around doing nothing, while the cheapest is ~€225. Not in any way significant.
I assume, without any knowledge, that the Yamaha would be significantly cheaper in maintenace, though. I'm leaning towards ignoring that. :D
Regarding fuel consumption, I'm used to over 6 l/100 km from my old bike, so the 1200 cc bikes don't scare me. Again, the Yamaha with the smaller engine would be better, but that would be a bonus, not a decider.
 

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So, this morning I had a test ride on a Ducati Multistrada 1200. Weather was shit (light rain, about 5°C), so the conditions were far from ideal.
Nevertheless, it was enough to rule out the bike. I just don't like the engine characteristic. It's far too shaky at not-even-low revs, making city riding decidedly not fun.
Heated grips are nice, though. :D Cruise control, too.

One thing I noticed: Eight years of riding a bike with a combined braking system have really fucked me up. I need to get that out of my system.
 

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The 90° V-Twin does have a different feel than other engines, the triple in the MT-09 is much smoother.
 

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This triple is anything but smooth to me! How shaky is the L?! 😂
I don't find it as buzzy as a small parallel twin, but it's not as buttery smooth as a V4. The L-twin isn't as a shaky as a narrower twin, but you will feel the engine more since. you have only two large cylinders rather than 3-4 smaller ones at higher RPM.
 

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I feel I have to testride the Tracer again. Last spring the ride was rather short. :D
Also, I need to get myself onto a R1200RS to experience how bad the boxer engine is. ;)
 

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The 'shakiness' is the signature Ducati terrible fueling below 4k RPMs, which I presume is due to making the things pass Euro-whatever emissions.

Just get a tune flashed, there's plenty of threads on ducati.ms and other forums. A Ducati is best enjoyed in the twisties with the engine on boil.
 

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Thanks for the info, @Der Stig - but getting a tune that circumvents emissions things does not sound like a good idea to me here in TÜV land. ;)
 

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So.... decision has been made. In writing.

All the other bikes didn't really fit, so of course in a couple of weeks or so there will be a Yamaha in my garage. Nevertheless, it was a good thought process, weighing and test-riding the alternatives. Made me all the more sure my decision is the right one. :)

Test-rode one today (sadly this morning someone was faster on getting one closer to me and 1k cheaper...), and especially in comparison to the BMW I test-rode earlier this week, it was very apparent that this is just the bike I need.

More details to come in a PYB thread once it's actually in my possession.
 
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