After getting in about 250 miles of local riding the past two days, a few comments...
In stopped traffic, and it's 85+ degrees, the right side gets pretty hot. Solution, I won't get in stopped traffic above 85 degrees. Didn't change how great the bike is. But to those curious, if that is a deal breaker, you'd need to look elsewhere for a bike you'd like that doesn't get so hot in that situation.
She does ride very "soft" or comfortable. Bumps etc., are no problem. I'm getting the message Rosso Classico - I will adjust the suspension to the stiffer settings. I'm curious what the riding experience will be like then. I'm not a mechanic so I'm a little hesitant to fool around with the settings. If the bike's performance increases with taut suspension that will be great, it's so damn good now. If it gets better - wow
I played around with the ride mode settings. I can see using Urban when it rains. I could get in trouble full power/sport mode in the rain. That would suck. Touring - it's hard to set the engine at Medium for tooling around riding - I want to have all she's got in the moments when there are opportunities to play. I set it on High engine in touring mode the last few miles but I think I'll put it back to Medium engine. The miles I rode at the Medium engine setting were great, I didn't really notice any lagging nor was I disappointed at all, not at all. I'll save the engine High mode for sport. It's so easy to change modes, I kind of like the idea that when "touring" the bike will behave a little, not so much I'll really notice. She does get a little "twitchy" in High engine while putzing around. So I guess they got it right having all this mode adjustability - well done Ducati.
The mirrors stink, I can see if there are cars back there, but very buzzy. And if I have my jacket on I see less, they just barely are positioned out enough to see past my arms. I've ordered CRG Arrow bar end mirrors to replace the ones that came on the bike. I like the look, hope they're less buzzy. But, I can cope with it if they are. And I know the positioning will be better regardless.
I think I'll stick with the stock pipes. They sound great. The slip ons or full systems would be awesome, I just don't need louder. And the stock exhaust looks fine as is. The cooler look is appealing of the aftermarket pipes, but again - perfectly acceptable as is. Save a little (or a lot) of money.
The display is hard to see if the sun is directly shining at it. I put it in night mode right away at the advice of forum riders. I haven't had it set in day mode yet. It's not really an issue. Minor problem, no way a deal breaker. And the missing gear indicator - it would be convenient, but I pretty much only use 1st, 2nd, and 3rd gears. It's really obvious as you ride whether you're in too low or too high of a gear. I'm expecting steady highway riding will be either 4th or 5th. Again, it's obvious when you need to go up or down.
Any conversation about a wind screen is just stupid. If you want or need a wind screen get a different bike.
There's not much space for any baggage. I don't want to load it up with side bags, tank bag, etc. for trips to the mountains. I'll just have to deal with a smaller bag strapped on the back of the seat. Rain suit, change of underwear, and a tooth brush. A little cash and a credit card and that's all I have to have. The bike is a dedicated fun machine, that's what I wanted and that's what I got! I bet the Multistrada is the perfect do it all bike, I'm sure it is. And no offense, but it's just ugly. I know, I'm superficial, but the Monster 1200 is just so damn gorgeous, I can deal with minimal luggage space and a little wind.
It's a cool morning (60 degrees) here in the Piedmont of North Carolina this morning. Heading out soon to do some more "research." Haha!