So the Multi had its 30,000 Km service yesterday. I'm still maintaining a reasonable average usage, after 33 months of owning the bike. The dealer hinted that I may get a 1098 as a loan bike, but alas, it had been sold, so I was given a secondhand 2007 Honda Hornet 900. (My dealer sells Honda and Ducati.) Boy, did that bike remind me why I love my Multistrada! I enjoyed the smooth torquey power of the Hornet at low revs during the brief ride home, so I decided to put a little petrol in it and take it for a bit of a ride on the way back to the dealer. I am able to take some twisty roads by taking the long way back, so I did. By the time I was half way there I had had enough! First, the steering geometry seems to have been designed by children for children. I guess the rake is steeper than the Multi or something. All I know is that when you wobble the handlebars just the front wheel wobbles. When you turn the handlebars to countersteer into a corner it doesn't mean that the bike will lay over and turn into the corner, as is expected. I could see that a lowside due to the front wheel just turning, and then sliding on the road would be really easy to achieve. When I wobble the bars of the Mutli, the whole bike moves. When I countersteer, the bike lays over into the corner I am negotiating beautifully. On a dry but cold and maybe slightly greasy road, at less than 70 Km/h on a mild corner, and lean angle both the front and rear tyres of the Hornet slid sideways a considerable distance. I was having to hang off a bit just to get around mild corners. While the Hornet did have some worn Battleaxe 56 tyres on, it should not have been so easy to slide sideways. Later, on a road that has seen some resurfacing and repairs, resulting in grooves and lines on the road, and slick tar surfaces in the wheel ruts on corners, the Hornet moved about with every little road defect. I was worried the damn thing would just track off the road. It was quite an effort to keep the bike balanced and on course. I was watching the road surface like a hawk, trying to avoid the worst of it. On top of that, the suspension was quite hard, with much less travel, and even though I was gripping the tank with my knees and holding the bars lightly, I felt I was in a boxing match! Not to mention I would hate to have a bad back and try riding that bike. My lower back was getting a pounding from the rear suspension. On the way home, down the same road, the Multi just went exactly where I wanted it to. I only felt the very worst of the edges caused by repairs, and the tyres (Michelin Pilot Power front and Road 2 rear) both tracked exactly where I wanted to go. The Ohlins suspension with new oil in the forks did its job wonderfully, as it always does. I could ride hanging on with my knees, or hanging on hard to the bars, and still didn't get a work out. I'm not saying that the Hornet is a bad bike. It was very easy to ride in traffic, being upright, with a soft clutch and smooth gear changes. The Multistrada is much harder to ride in traffic. You have to work at riding it, with a stiff clutch, notchy gears and lumpy power at low revs. It was just that I felt so much safer on the Multi. I could exceed the Hornet's capabilities on those tyres easily. I doubt I will ever exceed the Multistrada's capabilties. I guess the Hornet is just a work horse, and cost half the Multistrada does (including half the service costs: AU$800 for the 30K Km service ) but I reckon if it was someones first introduction to a motorcycle, they could well be put off for life. I just thought I would share. [ Flame suit ready at my side. ] PS: As a result of the service, I have confirmed the bike needs: A new chain and sprockets. $$$ A new clutch pack, but not a basket. $ A new rear disc (undersized) and pads. $$ New tyres. The rear is unroadworthy . . . again! $ Ah well.