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As way of background, I'm 6'8" (2.03 m for you Euros out there) tall, so choosing the right bike has always been a bit of a challenge. 13 years ago, a buddy told me to check out the Multistrada 1000DS. I fell in love and despite a brief fling with a 749 we've been faithfully hitched ever since. 13 years though is a long time, so two months ago I went to the local motorcycle show where I saw a gorgeous white Supersport. I've been out of my mind ever since. After pestering every dealer within 500 miles, I took my first ride on a base model Friday. Like many have said, it is nearly telepathic. It just goes where you want it to go. I was following one of the sales reps on roads I'd never ridden, on a bike I hadn't had time to familiarize myself with, and it didn't matter. It was just perfect. We rode in both Sport and Touring modes and I really couldn't tell much difference, although, we didn't ride it too fast (maxed out at 80 mph I'm guessing). The thought that kept occurring to me was, "I could do anything on this bike."

Of course, there was the matter of me being 6'8". Because of my long arms, I was nearly upright from the waist, which to me, was a positive. The windscreen in that position did very little. Raising it or lowering didn't matter as either way it was below my sternum, but like on my Multi, it was better than nothing. My leg position was another matter. The fairing is built in such a way that your thighs can only go so high until you are stopped by the bodywork. (I later tried a Panigale and this was not the case with that bike.) Due to the bodywork stopping my legs, I had trouble upshifting (several failed shifts to 2nd) and depressing the rear brake pedal. I simply could not rationalize getting the bike with these shortcomings.

I had assumed this would be a problem and was already resigned to the fact that if I didn't fit on the Supersport, I would "just" get a 1200 Multi. I had heard nothing but good things about that bike, so I figured I'd be fine with a new Multi. The dealer then lent me a 1200 base model for a demo ride. Almost immediately upon leaving the parking lot, I was sure I wouldn't be buying the bike. It just felt loose and tall (taller than my 1000DS) and in no way a sport bike (despite the claims that it is 4 bikes in one.) I will admit that the engine is impressive, but I felt like I was riding a lightweight BMW GS, not a Ducati. Frankly, I like my old 1000DS better than the new 1200, at least in terms of the ride feel. Admittedly, I had just gotten off a Supersport, so this must have affected my opinion of the new Multi. In any case, I left the dealership frustrated and in search of a completely different bike, Aprilia, BMW?

The next day I went to the BMW/Ducati dealer. Overnight I had decided I was going to see if I could make the Supersport work. I walked into the dealership and said, "If you can fix the positioning of the controls and pegs, you have a sale today." This seemed to motivate them and they moved the gear shifter and the rear brake to the full down position. They were unable to modify the peg position and don't expect to be able to due to all the components attached to the rearsets. I then took a demo ride on this adjusted red Supersport S. What a difference!! Same bike, but now I could comfortably access the controls. The only further observations I would add are that it's very comfortable at high speeds (110 mph), comfortable and locked in two up, easy to access the preload controller, it gets a little hot between the legs although this wasn't noticeable except at stops, and the exhaust note seems pretty quiet. Oh, and the mirrors are nearly as useless as my current Multi. At the end of my second demo ride, I put money down on a base model.
 

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Wow, what a great post, really enjoyed reading it.
Being vertically challenged I have the opposite problem, always looking for a bike with a low seat height. I'm sure you get some one to modify the seat and make it a little higher?
 

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great post. enjoy. I will be asking to get my controls lowered too. Enjoy and let us know when you modify it! It will happen. I said stock but now I have a tail tidy, taller shield, tank guard, rim stickers, couple needless carbon add ons...cant stop.
 

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See, red is better!

... I then took a demo ride on this adjusted red Supersport S. What a difference!! Same bike, but now I could comfortably access the controls. ...
You only think it was the adjustments. It is actually the colour that makes all the difference>:)

Joking aside, although not as tall as you, I am a couple of inches over 6 foot and adjusting the controls made a big difference (particularly the rear brake, which was dragging).

Enjoyed the post, now you can enjoy the bike and the forum.
 

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Wow, those top two posts are over a year old.

At the First Annual when se7en hosts the Annual Forum Awards ceremony, my money is on dsoeater to sweep the category award for "Oldest Post Revived".
 

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I was tooling around on my beauty today at temps between 71 and 88 F, sunny, slight breeze. What a joy. Have I ever mentioned how much I love this bike?

BTW, I have a new project: introduce as many American cagers as possible to the joys of lane splitting. I demonstrated the procedure to about 100 of them that I passed this evening. Judging by all the honks I received I'm guessing they were fairly impressed.
 

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BTW, I have a new project: introduce as many American cagers as possible to the joys of lane splitting. I demonstrated the procedure to about 100 of them that I passed this evening. Judging by all the honks I received I'm guessing they were fairly impressed.
Lol...yeah, that's why they were honking, for sure. :wink2:

It's not legal here, and even if it were, I'm not sure I'm cut out for it. Seems way too dangerous. Here in TN, every redneck has BIG mirrors that stick out about 2 feet from the truck. I can see them extending them as I come toward them in hopes of knocking me in the head, lol.
 

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I was tooling around on my beauty today at temps between 71 and 88 F, sunny, slight breeze. What a joy. Have I ever mentioned how much I love this bike?

BTW, I have a new project: introduce as many American cagers as possible to the joys of lane splitting. I demonstrated the procedure to about 100 of them that I passed this evening. Judging by all the honks I received I'm guessing they were fairly impressed.
Hopefully positive impressions!
 
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