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How reliable has your Multistrada 950/950S (only those models please) been so far?

It's been absolutely flawless. I would buy another one in a heartbeat.
26 (66.7%)
Small issues, but not better or worse than the average Japanese bike.
9 (23.1%)
I still love my bike but it's had more issues than expected and not sure I'd buy another one.
3 (7.7%)
Simply unnacceptable reliabitliy, bike has been out of service multiple times. I regret buying the bike.
1 (2.6%)
Never will I ever buy another Ducati. Stay away!
0 (0%)

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  • Offline sandy2424   us

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    Re: How reliable has your Multistrada 950/950S been so far?
    Reply #10 on: November 26, 2021, 07:18:18 pm
    November 26, 2021, 07:18:18 pm
    Transmission failure. Posted about it a few months back
    Last Edit: November 26, 2021, 07:19:49 pm by sandy2424

  • Offline Speedo007   ca

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    Re: How reliable has your Multistrada 950/950S been so far?
    Reply #11 on: November 29, 2021, 03:13:25 pm
    November 29, 2021, 03:13:25 pm
    *Originally Posted by sandy2424 [+]
    Transmission failure. Posted about it a few months back

    That sucks...glad they took care of it swiftly.

  • Offline Speedo007   ca

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    Re: How reliable has your Multistrada 950/950S been so far?
    Reply #12 on: December 25, 2021, 06:29:41 pm
    December 25, 2021, 06:29:41 pm
    Looks like there's only 25 owners of Multistrada 950's on this forum? :)

  • Offline TO17NYB   gb

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    Re: How reliable has your Multistrada 950/950S been so far?
    Reply #13 on: December 26, 2021, 08:51:28 am
    December 26, 2021, 08:51:28 am
    Had mine almost from new 800 miles when bought, it has been flawless , 15,000 miles on the clock with the Desmo service in the new year. I would buy this bike again no sweat.

  • Offline Ian_H   gb

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    Re: How reliable has your Multistrada 950/950S been so far?
    Reply #14 on: December 26, 2021, 03:21:19 pm
    December 26, 2021, 03:21:19 pm
    I have a 950 for 18 months or so ...
    Fuel sender issue - warranty repair for common problem.
    Gear position sensor failed

    That's it.

    Been so pleased with my 950 I'm just about to exchange it for V2S arriving in a couple of weeks.

  • Offline DesmoD   gb

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    Re: How reliable has your Multistrada 950/950S been so far?
    Reply #15 on: December 26, 2021, 07:05:05 pm
    December 26, 2021, 07:05:05 pm
    I just want to add my experience to help you make your decision.

    I have had my 950s for about 2.5yrs and I just love it. Its my first Ducati and it wont be my last now, like many bikes the only downside now is the eye watering price of these things, but thats not what this discussion is about...

    In my time, I would say the reliability is no different to any other bike I have owned (mostly Japanese and one British). Actually working on certain aspects of this bike, its a very well built bike and can no longer be tarnished with that brush of old Italian bikes (electrics etc).

    In the first year I had a set of Brake Discs replaced under warranty. The ultimate issue was never really detailed, but the replacement fixed it. It felt like the disc had an area of material that may have burnt on and it caused a "grabby" area you could feel under slow speed braking, created a judder.

    Next Warranty replacement job was actually a Drive Chain (approx. 8k miles) which I found had tight spots due to loss of O-Rings. The chain was cleaned several times in its life, but nothing out of the ordinary (typical off the shelf chain cleaners). The annoying thing is the replacement Chain failed 3000 miles later for the same reason, but that couldnt be warranted this time. Before anyone asks, it was again a quick wipe down with Chain Cleaner no more than a couple times (no wire brushes and a wash with Petrol  :008:).
    So I replaced with an Aftermarket DID (uprated also) and hopefully the end of that one.

    The above are not even specific Ducati issues, so its not really a true reflection on the bike. The only specific thing I can think of on the bike is a little moisture on the inside of the clocks. Its something that happened about 2yrs in, but it has not got any worse.

    I hope you can come to a decision on your purchase.




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    Re: How reliable has your Multistrada 950/950S been so far?
    Reply #16 on: December 29, 2021, 02:33:43 am
    December 29, 2021, 02:33:43 am
    *Originally Posted by DesmoD [+]
    I just want to add my experience to help you make your decision.

    I have had my 950s for about 2.5yrs and I just love it. Its my first Ducati and it wont be my last now, like many bikes the only downside now is the eye watering price of these things, but thats not what this discussion is about...

    In my time, I would say the reliability is no different to any other bike I have owned (mostly Japanese and one British). Actually working on certain aspects of this bike, its a very well built bike and can no longer be tarnished with that brush of old Italian bikes (electrics etc).

    In the first year I had a set of Brake Discs replaced under warranty. The ultimate issue was never really detailed, but the replacement fixed it. It felt like the disc had an area of material that may have burnt on and it caused a "grabby" area you could feel under slow speed braking, created a judder.

    Next Warranty replacement job was actually a Drive Chain (approx. 8k miles) which I found had tight spots due to loss of O-Rings. The chain was cleaned several times in its life, but nothing out of the ordinary (typical off the shelf chain cleaners). The annoying thing is the replacement Chain failed 3000 miles later for the same reason, but that couldnt be warranted this time. Before anyone asks, it was again a quick wipe down with Chain Cleaner no more than a couple times (no wire brushes and a wash with Petrol  :008:).
    So I replaced with an Aftermarket DID (uprated also) and hopefully the end of that one.

    The above are not even specific Ducati issues, so its not really a true reflection on the bike. The only specific thing I can think of on the bike is a little moisture on the inside of the clocks. Its something that happened about 2yrs in, but it has not got any worse.

    I hope you can come to a decision on your purchase.

    Thanks good feedback. Funny on my 2013 Monster 1100 evo, the entire front brakes were also replaced for the same reason. All Brembo parts...its the only bike I remember having this issue with. For that chain, thats a weird one and Ducati is definitely not manufacturing the chains, did you change sprockets or anything (like removing one tooth in front)?

    I had a speed sensor fail on my 2019 Triumph 1200XE as well, gotta love electronics on modern bikes...I've seen riders having issues with their new Africa Twins as well...so I guess we'll have to expect that when buying new high end bikes unfortunately...

    As for moisture in the clocks, I've seen that happen on a few brands, I ride in the rain, but I avoid washing that area with the pressure washer and have a dehumidifier in the garage so it should do ok. I remember a friend having the clocks replaced under warrenty on his T120 Bonneville for that reason.

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    Re: How reliable has your Multistrada 950/950S been so far?
    Reply #17 on: December 31, 2021, 11:44:35 pm
    December 31, 2021, 11:44:35 pm
    I have had my '21 MTS 950 S for a 4 months. It has spent more time sitting in service or my garage waiting for parts then it has being able to be ridden.

    Does anyone actually ride the 950 off road? I ask because before 2K on the bike, the fork seals needed to be replaced. That was a 3 week wait for the dealer to get parts, then more waiting to get the bike into service. I ride 200+ miles a week, including 20+ mikes of a dirt road (forest service road, not single track, so there ae not logs or rocks to climb over). The road does have ruts and can be a bit of a wash board, but nothing  it should be able to handle.

    I'm afraid this was the wrong bike to replace my '15 BMW F800 GS.

    Any thought on if this model is off road worthy or is it strictly a road bike?

    Thanks,

    Alan
    Old to new: 86 Honda Rebel, 95 HD, 96 Kawi 600, 88 Honda CBR, 94 Ducati 900 SS, 97 F650 , 94 Ducati M900, 95 R1100GS, 99 Cagiva GC, 06 F650GS, 06 R1150 Rockster, 09 F800GS, '15 F800GS, '21 Multistrada 950S

  • Offline Paul_Smith   ie

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    Re: How reliable has your Multistrada 950/950S been so far?
    Reply #18 on: January 02, 2022, 07:38:42 pm
    January 02, 2022, 07:38:42 pm
    *Originally Posted by aksaz [+]
    I have had my '21 MTS 950 S for a 4 months. It has spent more time sitting in service or my garage waiting for parts then it has being able to be ridden.

    Does anyone actually ride the 950 off road? I ask because before 2K on the bike, the fork seals needed to be replaced. That was a 3 week wait for the dealer to get parts, then more waiting to get the bike into service. I ride 200+ miles a week, including 20+ mikes of a dirt road (forest service road, not single track, so there ae not logs or rocks to climb over). The road does have ruts and can be a bit of a wash board, but nothing  it should be able to handle.

    I'm afraid this was the wrong bike to replace my '15 BMW F800 GS.

    Any thought on if this model is off road worthy or is it strictly a road bike?

    Thanks,

    Alan
    The MTS950 is at least as good an off-road bike as the F800GS and, it could be argued, is quite a bit better in many areas. If you have done much off road-ing then I am quite surprised that you still use a dealer to do your seals. The forks are standard KYB 48mm USD so parts are generic and easily available. To replace the seals yourself requires two 'specialist' tools that combined cost less then the dealer charges for labour; a fork compressor and a seal driver. Admittedly, the first time you do it is a bit scary, but having done them once, you will never think of using a dealer for the job again. The tools are pretty generic so check if your buddies will lend you theirs before you buy.   

    Fork seal driver: https://www.amazon.com/s?k=fork+seal+driver
    Fork spring compressor (the one I use, others are available) :  https://www.amazon.com/Sealey-Motorcycle-Spring-Compressor-MS1824/dp/B00BTYQB04

    That said, seals leaking after 3K (when not landing wheelies heavily) tends to be dirt rather than failure. If it happens again, try Googling "cleaning fork seals" before you get the dealer involved.

  • Offline Speedo007   ca

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    Re: How reliable has your Multistrada 950/950S been so far?
    Reply #19 on: January 04, 2022, 04:02:33 pm
    January 04, 2022, 04:02:33 pm
    I've seen many Africa Twins with forks leaking. I installed these on mine when it was new and 30000km later, forks are still perfect:
    https://kriega.com/accessories-1/fork-seal-covers

     


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