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I could use a little advice from the multi wisdom bank. I've had my first Ducati for 3 years, 06, 620 mts. Learning to ride and mostly a daily commute. Looking for the right time to upgrade to a "real bike". I bought the 620 at 12,000 and just crossed 34,000. No big issues but have the feeling that money is on the horizon.
Saw a 03 1000 ds with only 7,000 on it. Trust the seller and mechanic. Great deal nice easy step up. Will probably only pay difference of $1,500 to buy 1000 ds, hard to pass up...
However these early bikes obviously no electronics with ABS or traction. I'm a little worried going liter bike and out doing my skills.
Pass up the good deal and wait til I can afford new MTS with all the right electronics. ?. or upgrade and work out my skills slowly? Is the 1000 ds worth it?
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It is worth it. A really smooth runner. Keep in mind, the engine's 2V version and it's still mellow. I used to have MTS620 and realized that I was too fast for it then jumped up to 1000DS S. Well worth it, faster and smoother at freeway speed plus great adjustable suspensions. Ohlins! These absorbs bumps really well.

I've demo'ed the Multistrada 1200 in 2010 and 1200 DVT this year. I like them a lot. Lots of power and easy to ride. The electronic legs (self adjusting electronic suspension) are nice touch, works well. I have not yet to get the feel of the abs system, no panic stop yet but I bet it works well. I did test it's power mode selection. I tried Sports mode and boom, so effin' fast, a lot faster than my bike. I put it in Urban mode (rain mode, not sure if I remember) and it felt slower than my bike and it had to do with traction control.

Oh, my 1000DS S is for sale as well. ;)
 
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