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10 hours ago, keithu said:

Talk me down from the cliff.

Nope, you’ve come to the wrong place.

Motorcycles are raw, emotional decisions... it’s not like buying a new toaster.   The Kawasaki H2 SX SE+ is also in that $25K range, and I want one SO badly.  The rational me recognizes that a Ninja 1000 is 95% of the bike for 50% of the price, but that still doesn’t sway me.  

You only live once:  Get the Multistrada V4!  :D 

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7 hours ago, roadwarrior said:

The V4 mill is heavy but is also the most amazing motor ever. It never stops putting a shit eating grin on your face.

I'd own this bike with that motor within a second if I could justify the price.

The bike would never see a day of offroad .

I am going to guess by your comments that you have ridden the new Multistrada V4 enough to be familiar with how amazing the motor really is???  Would you care to share your thoughts on the overall performance and handling?

No doubt that motor is probably a fantastic powerplant, but the price and the weight are deal breakers for me, especially the weight.  I could just about pull the trigger on a new Multistrada if it were not so heavy.  On long days of riding twisting roads the lightness of the Tracer GT really pays dividends in agility and reduction of fatigue toward the days end.  I spent two days riding in the mountains with a friend who has a 2018 Multistrada.  I had no problems keeping pace with him and in the tighter stuff like going up Blood Mountain I pulled away from him!!

In my humble opinion, a V4 is probably the perfect engine design for a motorcycle.  I was blown away by the performance of the V4 of the Aprilia when I took my friends RSV4 for a spin!!  Although I am very impressed with the Yamaha CP3 and it's excellent power delivery.  And the CP3 has plenty of power to keep this old man smiling.  

I find bikes like the Tracer GT and Kawasaki Z1000 SX to be much more value for the dollar, and they offer plenty of performance along with unbeatable reliability and more reasonable cost of ownership.

Just my two cents.    

 

 


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On 2/20/2021 at 6:45 AM, johnmark101 said:

I am going to guess by your comments that you have ridden the new Multistrada V4 enough to be familiar with how amazing the motor really is???  Would you care to share your thoughts on the overall performance and handling?

No doubt that motor is probably a fantastic powerplant, but the price and the weight are deal breakers for me, especially the weight.  I could just about pull the trigger on a new Multistrada if it were not so heavy.  On long days of riding twisting roads the lightness of the Tracer GT really pays dividends in agility and reduction of fatigue toward the days end.  I spent two days riding in the mountains with a friend who has a 2018 Multistrada.  I had no problems keeping pace with him and in the tighter stuff like going up Blood Mountain I pulled away from him!!

In my humble opinion, a V4 is probably the perfect engine design for a motorcycle.  I was blown away by the performance of the V4 of the Aprilia when I took my friends RSV4 for a spin!!  Although I am very impressed with the Yamaha CP3 and it's excellent power delivery.  And the CP3 has plenty of power to keep this old man smiling.  

I find bikes like the Tracer GT and Kawasaki Z1000 SX to be much more value for the dollar, and they offer plenty of performance along with unbeatable reliability and more reasonable cost of ownership.

Just my two cents.    

 

 

 

I don't have to ride the bike to know that a 170hp V4 motor would be a lot of fun.

 

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On 2/19/2021 at 9:49 PM, texscottyd said:

Nope, you’ve come to the wrong place.

Motorcycles are raw, emotional decisions... it’s not like buying a new toaster.   The Kawasaki H2 SX SE+ is also in that $25K range, and I want one SO badly.  The rational me recognizes that a Ninja 1000 is 95% of the bike for 50% of the price, but that still doesn’t sway me.  

You only live once:  Get the Multistrada V4!  :D 

But today we have specs on the H-D Pan America and they are pretty damned impressive: 150hp / 94 ft-lbs, 534lbs with 5.6 gallons of fuel, $17.3k for the base model and $20k with semi-active suspension and other bits. Dealerships in every town in America, many open Sundays. About the only thing I don't see that I would really want is a quick shifter. And frankly I prefer the looks of the Pan America over the Multistrada. That's the first time I've ever said that about any Harley-Davidson. 

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Well, that's it. I'm totally over the Multistrada. Unless the Pan America turns out to be a turd I think that's the one. 

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16 minutes ago, keithu said:

Well, that's it. I'm totally over the Multistrada. Unless the Pan America turns out to be a turd I think that's the one. 

Well, I hope you get one and can come back and tell us about it! Bikes are certainly an emotional decision. But for some of us, a deeply rational one. I've owned two Kawasaki's and two Yamahas. One Aprilia. The Aprilia was an emotional decision, a gorgeous bike, great on paper. But it was built with poor quality parts and the engine was doomed to fail from it. I've gone back to Japanese and can't imagine not doing that unless I win the lottery. I have never in my life purchased an American made car because I grew up in the 70's and 80's when the only good American cars were the old ones, and all the new ones were trash in design and quality. I went from calling all Japanese cars by slang racist names, to seeing that they were better designed and far more durable. Have only owned them since. I just don't have the sort of extra cash that would let me buy something that is not as durable or reliable, most of the time. Like @keithu, this is the first HD I would ever even look at, but buying one is incredibly unlikely for reasons beyond the price or quality. It's hard to trust them, and I don't want to be a guinea pig with my wallet. But I hope for their sake the bike sells well, and for the future of American motorcycle manufacturing, that HD continues to try and make bikes other than the ones my dad rode back in 68. 

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Not sure I want to be a guinea pig either. This would probably be a next-winter purchase for me, after the bike has been out for a while and teething problems are revealed. 

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My buddy has a 200 hp V4 Aprilia, and he was a total race twin fanatical until he owned a V4.......he said they are perfection in terms of everything beyond maintenance. LOL

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