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post #1 of 46 (permalink) Old 09-11-2018, 03:34 AM Thread Starter
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Do I buy or not?

Okay the well advised problems for me.
1, Seat height 850mm. Fix; Forks can be dropped but may affect front damping, and geometry?
2. Rear Indicators fill with water. Fix: drill holes in housing, easy.
3. Clutch sensor problems. Fix: new sensor although bike I want will be out of warranty period.
4. Quickshifter/cruise control stop working. Fix: Do I need to, just ride as is.
5. No top box yet from any manufacturer. Never will be, not after 3 years of manufacture. Fix; Make your own with altered base from another bike.
Some have tried on this site with mixed success, mainly in the looks. I need a top box and panniers, I just do, okay. I know it's a sport/touring bike, but the touring part is my trip. The sport part is the bonus for me. And the beautiful looks and light weight.



Or keep a well sorted 1100 Multistrada,which seems to age better as time goes on, with any issues/mods and luggage sorted long ago. Horribly reliable too. For an Italian bike.

I know, you will all say, just go ahead and buy one, you won't look back.
But I'm getting too old to faff around fixing things.
The one I'm eying is an Edition One, exactly half new price here in Australia, 26k km, and still no interest. At least still for sale.... for now.
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I do not like inheriting others' problems no matter what the price. As you suggest, some are an easy resolve (although I would ensure a tight seal on the indicator lens rather than drill holes in the housing) while others might lead to more expensive and time-consuming problems. Just my point of view from my 'OCD' perspective!

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Better the devil you know, as they say. But do you want a change or not? Sure you might have some issues with the TV but it is sure going to be a change from a MS1100.
I think there is a rear shock linkage available to lower the rear.
The rear indicators on my bike appear to be sealed units with the outer clear cover glued to the rear black half. If they fill with water then drilling holes will be the only solution.
The quickshifter/cruise issues are mainly caused by the clutch pressure switch failure so that's probably going to be a one stop fix (if it needs it). Plus you can still start and ride the bike as normal, even with a non functioning pressure switch (you have to select neutral to start it as I understand).
If you don't need to take a pillion I would personally use a tail pack on the pillion seat, but then I'm no fan of top boxes anyway. If you are planning on 2 up touring I would say a TV is probably not the right bike. That factor held me back from buying when the TV came out in 2015. Now I only ride solo so it's fine.
Nothing ventured nothing gained, as they say. Only you can decide. Good luck.
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Dont ask us the question.
Ask yourself the question, do I want the bike or not. Your first thought is what you do.
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The question has already been answered by the dilemma proposed.

Do not buy.
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Dont ask us the question.
Ask yourself the question, do I want the bike or not. Your first thought is what you do.
Not sure that's entirely fair. There are many people who might feel a bit 'insecure' in making such a decision and might rely upon others' experiences (of which there are many on this forum) of members who MIGHT have encountered a similar predicament: shall I buy a bike that needs a bit of work or stick with the tried and trusted?

Fortunately, the variety of responses - both supporting and conflicting - will surely aid David.
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Not sure that's entirely fair. There are many people who might feel a bit 'insecure' in making such a decision and might rely upon others' experiences (of which there are many on this forum) of members who MIGHT have encountered a similar predicament: shall I buy a bike that needs a bit of work or stick with the tried and trusted?

Fortunately, the variety of responses - both supporting and conflicting - will surely aid David.
You got a fair point there.

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OP, don't second guess your "GUT."
You only live once.
After a while, if you don't like the MV.
You can always ghost ride it off a cliff, then get a different bike.

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OP - take the target bike out for a test ride. If it floats your boat - then you have a decision to make.

On your list - if items 2, 3 or 4 are presently malfunctioning on the bike - probably should go for much less than half the MSRP. Pristine and low to almost no mile used bikes with no needed service in the US are going for under half the original MSRP. Your market may be vastly different down under so YMMV.

My new to me TVL had no issues of consequence and was out of warranty by the time I got it. I drilled the holes in the turn signals - took more time to find my smallest drill bit than to drill the holes. I ordered a spare clutch sensor to have on a shelf for #3 & #4, along with a sprag and some cush drive rubbers. Add to your list that the gas gauge & sprag may go south on your nickel - neither part are particularly pricey. Although, the sprag does look to be a bigger job labor wise if you don't do it yourself. My bike has been solidly reliable and all the spares purchased have remained on a shelf. The issues you mention have been well documented here and were not deal breakers for me. There are no MV dealers close to me, so I accepted out of the gate that I may have to do some wrenching outside of my comfort zone being oil, tires and brakes.

Good luck either way - I pulled the trigger and have no regrets.
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Okay the well advised problems for me.
1, Seat height 850mm. Fix; Forks can be dropped but may affect front damping, and geometry?
2. Rear Indicators fill with water. Fix: drill holes in housing, easy.
3. Clutch sensor problems. Fix: new sensor although bike I want will be out of warranty period.
4. Quickshifter/cruise control stop working. Fix: Do I need to, just ride as is.
5. No top box yet from any manufacturer. Never will be, not after 3 years of manufacture. Fix; Make your own with altered base from another bike.
Some have tried on this site with mixed success, mainly in the looks. I need a top box and panniers, I just do, okay. I know it's a sport/touring bike, but the touring part is my trip. The sport part is the bonus for me. And the beautiful looks and light weight.



Or keep a well sorted 1100 Multistrada,which seems to age better as time goes on, with any issues/mods and luggage sorted long ago. Horribly reliable too. For an Italian bike.

I know, you will all say, just go ahead and buy one, you won't look back.
But I'm getting too old to faff around fixing things.
The one I'm eying is an Edition One, exactly half new price here in Australia, 26k km, and still no interest. At least still for sale.... for now.
3-4 are likely linked and caused by the clutch sensor.
1, 5 are up to you to decide.
2: even with the fix you mention, plan to replace the blinkers at some point (they'll end dying led by led, whatever the hole or not)

Decide first based on 1 and 5, and then if you are still tempted: based on 2, 3 and 4 I would either use this to get a discount at least equivalent to the cost of all the parts potentially to be replaced (clutch switch, quick shifter (worst case, but as it is not done, assume it may require replacement), blinkers) plus work time cost, either go away and search for another more suitable candidate.

No one has your answers. We all have different ways to decide and inputs participating to the decision. All which is required is that you take a decision based on fact and not based on guess.

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