Hi all .. I have been a member for while .. mainly to educate myself about the MTS 950.
Today, Saturday April 21st, I did a test ride of a MTS 950. It was good. However there are three things about the bike that I would have to accept.
1. Rear brake foot brake lever .. why so low? Removing the rubber pad from the stock foot peg would probably help. Remember that this was a demo bike.
2. Heat. Today in the Scotland the temperature was 20C / 70F. After the bike got up to temperature and I was stuck in traffic it was hot enough for the radiator cooling fan to come on which is great. However I sure could feel the heat radiating from the rear exhaust manifold under the seat. In hot weather when in slow city traffic it must not be pleasant.
3. My motorcycle trousers have a leather on the inside of the calf. The leather kind of gets caught on the rubber bung that is located side of the bike at a frame joint.
The above points have been documented on this forum so it is really a case of living with it and it was not a surprise to me today. To be forewarned is to be forearmed.
When it came to deal time .. I was looking for a red MTS 950 with five accessories: center stand, engine bars, aux/fog lights, heated hand grips and LED turn indicators. The accessories are fitted by the dealership. The center stand and heated hand grips were on back order (from Italy) with no guaranteed delivery time. That for me was deal breaker. I am doing a two week solo road tour in June and really would need the center stand for lubricating the chain. The amount for my trade-in/part exchange and the price for the bike was acceptable. The unknown delivery of accessories to my mind was not good. There have been some forum threads from folk waiting for accessory parts from Ducati so I was not willing to wait. A lost sale on the day due to supply issues by Ducati. Pity. Maybe I will try again later on in the year.