Pro-oiler installation on a Multistrada 1200

This tutorial will show you how to install properly the Pro-oiler kit on a Ducati Multistrada 1200 (2010-2013 all models). The kit itself comes with a thorough installation guide but you need to figure out how the cabling should be routed. The Multistrada has already a lot of factory installed electronics, so you don’t want to make any mistakes.

The Pro-oiler kit consists of a Pump, the Control unit, the Dashboard, a Nozzle, an Oil reservoir, a GPS module (optional) and some cables.

In short the Dashpanel connects to the Control unit which send electricity to the Pump which then sends oil from the Oil reservoir to the Nozzle. And the GPS controls how much oil it should send. So let’s start!

pro-oiler front panel removal multistrada

Start by revoving the left side front panel. It’s hold by a few alen screws.

pro-oiler front panel removal multistrada

 

The panel will pop-out quite easily. You don’t need to remove any fuses from the fuse box.

pro-oiler on multistrada

At this point I would recommend you to remove, both seat and pilion seat to have easy access to cable routing.

 

Pro-oiler install dash

Start by placing the Dashpanel near it’s final location (your preference), and routing the cables near the fuse box.

 

pro-oiler dash installation

Now place the Dashpanel-  I placed mine next to the Garmin stand (Garmin installation article here: https://desmotrack.wordpress.com/2013/07/01/installing-the-garmin-zumo-350lm-on-a-ducati-multistrada-1200/).

 

pro-oiler cable routing under seat

You will need to bring the cable from the Dashboard, to the back of the bike. Marked with green, is how I did that.

 

pro-oiler electronic pump installation

Next you need to install the pump behind the side panel. The Pump is electronic so it needs to get electricity from the Control unit.

pro-oiler side panel removal multistrada

Remove the back-side panel, hold by a few alen screws.

 

pro-oiler side panel removal

 

Remove also the mid-side panel. Now you should have access to the empty space between the panels, and the frame. There is where the Pump and the GPS module should be placed.

 

pro-oiler gps module installation

Use the fasteners that came with the kit to install the two modules (GPS + Pump) next to the frame. As the kit instructions say, the pump arrow should point towards the direction of the oil flow (that’s towards the sprocket).  The Pump should fit nicely, next to the GPS module. Don’t attach anything too firmly at this point, as you might need to move the cables/pump a bit still.

 

pro-oiler electonics installation

You need to open the cover of the Control unit as instructed on the manual, to connect all the cables. Don’t connect it to the bike’s battery. 

pro-oiler creating holes on a multistrada

The oil reservoir has to sit on a nice place, that’s easily accesible. I opted to install mine under the pilions seat. To do so, I had to open two holes on the plastic part under the seat. Drilling on the top seemed to be safe (no other parts there). You can refill the holes if needed by plastic mold, so this operation is reversable.

 

pro-oiler installation of oil reservoir

The Pro-oiler comes wth strong 3M double-sided tape. Before adding the oil (pictured above) you need to install the Nozzle and route the Pump.

pro-oiler nozzel placement multistrada

Place the Nozzle with the screw that came with the kit, as shown above. It should slightly touch on the rear sprocket – something which I confirmed with the kit manufacturer.

 

pro-oiler oil routing multistrada

The Pump you can route along the rear brake cables. It will look as if installed from the factory, and wont touch on the rear wheel at any point.

 

pro-oiler cables routing

Here’s the end result. At this point the Oil reservoid, Control unit, Pump, GPS and all cables can be mounted more firmly.

pro-oiler oil reservoir installed

Fill the Oil reservoir with oil up to 4/5 (leave some space for the airflow).

pro-oiler external electricity

Next you need to take electricity from the side-adapter of the Multistrada. This switches completely off, when the bike is turned off, thus not allowing the Pro-oiler kit to drain your battery at any point. You will need to open the adapter and route the plus (+) minus (-) cables of the Pro-oiler kit.

 

pro-oiler switched on

Once you give electricity to the Control panel, Pro-oiler Dashboard will come to life. It will display a number. This shows how much oil (in scale from 1-9) the kit will send to the rear sprocket, along with any adjustments from the GPS module (based on the bike’s actual speed).

 

Basically that’s it. As the kit instructions mention you need to pre-fill the pump with oil, so don’t start riding before that’s done. I have done about 1500 km’s with mine so far, both in sunny and rainy days and the Pro-oiler kit seems to deliver what it promises.

It’s maintenance free, you can use any engine oil to refill the Oil reservoir, and it the rear wheel rim staying clean. And no more cleaning the chain, as engine oil doesn’t stick to it for ages.

 

 

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Öhlins front suspension setup

Some months ago I chose to change the rear Öhlins spring, on my Multistrada 1200S, to the stiffer 100Nm version. As I wrote on my previous article (https://desmotrack.wordpress.com/2013/12/28/ohlins-105nm-rear-spring-upgrade/) this helped to balance the bike especially when touring with pillion and luggage.

 

100Nm_spring_upgrade

 

After the upgrade though, the front end wasn’t as well “planned” as before –  when driving solo. The issue didn’t feel that bad, but I decided to fix it anyway. I’m not of the heavy type, so perhaps that’s why I notised the difference more. First I thought that I would need to change the Öhlins front end springs, but that would have a relatively high cost, plus I wouldn’t be able to revert to the original ones easily. So I did my research, and decided to I adjust the front end preload setting instead. Basically that’s the the only thing (!) which you can’t adjust easily via the Multistrada’s DES settings menu.

Multistrada DES settings menu

 

To do so, you need to visit your Ducati dealer (who has a special tool) and ask them kindly to modify the front fork preload setting. It takes 2-5 minutes to that. They need to turn the two large blue bolts clockwise. On mine they turned each 2 full turns  This made the front end “stiffer” and thus compensated the loss (of balance) due to my stiffer rear end spring (100Nm vs 85Nm). Whether two turns are enough is up to your personal riding preferences.

 

Front end preload adjustment

Before adjusting this the bike would “dive” when passing over road bumps (the ones meant to slow you down, in the city) but not anymore. It’s more comfortable to ride. It feels more planned when accelerating. It doesn’ dive uncomfortably when braking down with a pillion. The bike also feels faster on corners e.g. on a track-day, as the ride is more controllable.

multistrada front rebound settings

 

After this I became curious, and started to play with the other front end settings (compression/rebound). In the Urban Solo mode I made some adjustments between +10 and -10, but didn’t see a big difference after all. Therefore I wouldn’t recommend to change the factory settings, unless you know what you are doing. I’m planning to write a follow up on what-does-what in the near future.

Ducati Multistrada 1200S

To find the “ultimate” Öhlins suspension settings, on such a versatily bike as the Multistrada is, requires a lot of riding-and-adjusting.  I have started this process by marking down my thoughts on paper after each ride. It will take some time until I can post these, and still there wont be a definity answer of which would work best for you. It’s a matter of personal taste.

What I can say for sure though is that adjusting the front preload improved my ride dramatically. Feel free to experiment with this!

 

Öhlins 100Nm rear spring upgrade

The Multistrada 1200S (2012) comes with Öhlins suspension. The rear spring is rated at 85Nm which is fine for riding solo, and in the city. But if you pack the bike oheavily (2-3 luggages plus pillion) the 100Nm spring is a better option in my opinion.

Multistrada exhaust spring

1. The S version of the Multistrada comes with Öhlins rear spring, rated at 85Nm

Although it’s feasible to change the spring by yourself, it does require some special tools. Considering the small cost for this installation(30€-60€) you could just visit a local Öhlins dealer. Please note that this setup might affect your Ducati warranty (consult your local dealer).

The “stiffer” 100Nm spring on the Öhlins catalog has the part number 21729-34. It costs about 100€.

As of today the spring cannot be ordered straight from a Ducati dealer. To have a similar riding height, the shock will be “screwed in” (by the mechanic) as to compensate the 5mm difference of length (the 100Nm spring is shorter than the original). You might consider adjusting the front forks preload, too.

Öhlins rear suspension

Öhlins rear suspension

2. The suspension “ring” will have to be adjusted, when installing the 100Nm spring

The result:  the bike is now even better to ride when fully loaded. It’s also safer, as there’s more ground clearance e.g. during cornering. That is perhaps why the 2013 model which wears a SkyHook suspension, has a progressive spring rated at 85Nm – 125Nm.

Similar results have been stated by AndyW’s: http://www.motorcycleinfo.co.uk/index.cfm?fa=contentGeneric.qsconequekcvtgsq&pageId=4678916

What hasn’t been stated clearly enough though, is that the electronic settings of the suspension must be modified, too. This can be done easily through the Multistrada’s settings menu. The Preload adjustment is what you need to change especially if  you are under 80-85kg. The bike might otherwise feel badly balanced.

Multistrada Preload settings

Multistrada Preload settings

3. The preload adjustments menu for the rear spring

Below can be seen the preload settings, as altered for the “Touring” mode.  The higher the number the more “stiff” the bike feels the lower the more “loose”.  These depend on your weight and riding preferences. In my case 80kg solo plus 55kg pillion, plus 20-60kg of luggage (top case and side luggage).

Suspension settings table

Suspension settings table

4. Altered suspension settings in Touring mode.

 

Update June 2014 – Afterthoughts

The difference is quite large when going from e.g. 6 to 2 in solo mode.  Note that I didn’t find it necessary to change the rest of the settings in any mode (front compression, front re-bound etc).   Riding for some months with the 100Nm spring, I came to the conclusion that the bike was still not so well balanced.  Decided to visit the local Ducati dealer and change the Front Forks Preload +2 full turns. That made a big difference! Perhaps the second best option, if you don’t want to change the Front Forks Springs. The bike feels now:

  • More “planned” when cruising on the town
  • During hard acceleration, the handlebar shakes less
  • Front suspension doesn’t “dive” as before
  • With pillion, more controllable braking in traffic

As I do a lot of touring fully loaded, I didn’t want to stiffen more the front suspension.

Securing side luggage pads

Here’s a quick tip. The side luggage of the Multistrada, made by Givi uses a small plastic pad on each side. While these keep the vibrations at minimum, it’s relatively easy to loose them (part number 86611201A). You can secure these in place using some silicone or glue.

1. Take off the pad from each side

2. Put some silicone (or glue) inside them. This will keep them in place, so you don’t loose them so easily.

3. Clean the area while the silicone (or glue) is hardening.

Luggage Bracket Pad pic4

4. Place the pads back , and attach the side luggage. Enjoy your ride!

ECU removal guide MTS 1200S

The following guide shows you how to remove the factory ECU from a Multistrada 1200S. The 2012 model uses a unit by Mitsubishi.

Multistrada 1200S 2012 ECU

Multistrada 1200S 2012 ECU

First things first, remove the battery from your bike.

Multistrada battery

Next take-off the three plastic covers, from the left side of the bike. You don’t have to remove the fuel tank to access the ECU.

MultistradaECU3

Start by removing the black cover next to the handlebar. It is hold by 3 screws.

MultistradaECU4

Next remove the red side-cover, hold by multiple screws. The third, black cover is attached to this.

MultistradaECU6

MultistradaECU7

You will see some cables. The ECU sits between the fuel tank, and the handlebar. It’s a square black box, about 15 x 15 x 3 cm.

MultistradaECU2

To be able to rotate it, you must first remove the  8mm screw next to it.MultistradaECU8

The same on the top side.

MultistradaECU9

You will see that the ECU is hold by a large plastic clip. This uses a torx screw not an alen. Use the appropriate tools, as there is not much space between the ECU and the fuel tank.

MultistradaECU10

Finally remove the two cables/sockets attached to the bottom of the ECU, which are hold from the back side. Unlock them with a flat screwdriver.

MultistradaECU12

Multistrada 1200S 2012 ECU

Multistrada 1200S 2012 ECU

Remember that remapping your ECU will void your factory warranty.

Installing the Mivv Suono and Decat and a Multistrada 1200

The Multistrada has been a pleasure to ride on the highway as it comes from the factory. It doesn’t have that old-school carburator Ducati sound though, due to its silent exhaust system.

After doing a small market-research, I ended up ordering the Mivv Decat pipe. The decat fits on all Multistrada models (2010 – 2013) with or without center stand. That’s an improvement from the previous Multistrada (2006-2009) Mivv decat pipe, that could not be fitted with the center stand.

Be aware that currently available after-market exhausts (both Mivv, LeoVince, and Akrapovic) cannot eliminate completely the exhaust valve system (found within the factory silencer). Why this is important? Because to install the Mivv you will need 2 minutes to disable the exhaust valve system, whereas in an Akrapovic it will take you about 2 hours. Read more, for installation instructions and tips.

Instaling the Mivv Suono.

Original exhaust

1. It will take you anything between 2- 6 hours to install this. Study the original parts before proceeding.

Multistrada exhaust shield cover

2. Start by removing the  exhaust shield protectors (comes in three parts).

Multistrada center stand

3. If you own a center stand, it has to be removed for a while, as to access the remaining bolts.

Multistrada center stand removed

4. Center stand removed- can be installed back at the end.

Multistrada exhaust valve adjustment part

5. Open the silencer from the side, and you will see the exhaust valve cable.

Exhaust adjustment valve open

6. Unscrew the 10mm nut, and release the wire.

Front cylinder exhaust pipe

7. Next you have to loosen the original exhaust, as to install the decat pipe. Locate the 3 bolts attached to the front cylinder, and unscrew each of them until the pipe starts to feel loose.

Exhaust springs Ducati Multistrada

8. Remove the springs that hold the original exhaust pipe in its place.

Unscrew catalytic converter

9. The catalytic converter that is part of the original exhaust comes as one piece. Locate and remove all screws attached to it.

Original exhaust removed

10. The original pipes removed. You can hit the pipes with a rubber hummer, if needed. Push and twist the pipes downwards until they start moving, and the whole system falls to the ground.

Mivv Decat pipe

11. Comparing the original parts with the Mivv Decat-  7kg less weight.

Mivv decat pipe in place

12. Intalling the Decat after this point is easy.

Multistrada exhaust spring

13. Place the springs that came with the kit and the original ones, in their place.

Mivv decat with center stand

14. The Mivv kit can be used with the center stand. You will notice a small rubber stopper on the package that comes here.

Mivv Suono with springs

15. Next install the Mivv Suono silencer, and the springs that came with it in their position.

Multistrada Heat shield

16. Re-install the exhaust shield in its place.

Mivv Suono heat shield

17. Insert the Mivv silencer heat shield in its place.

Exhaust valve wire mod

18. Insert only 1 of the 2 wire tighting parts, that came with the kit to the exhaust valve wire. Place the spring before the nut.

Multistrada ECU error

19. Once you turn on the inginition, you should hear the wire moving (ECU checkup). If the wire doesn’t have enough space to move, you will see an error message on the small gauge of the Multistrada. Adjust the wire tighting part accordingly in that case.

Mivv Suono closeup steel black

20. The Mivv Suono after first test ride- and ready to go.

Eat, Sleep and Ride!

-Desmotrack

DIY GoPro mount for motorcycle

This is a straighforward tutorial on attaching your GoPro to your motorcycle. The idea is to get a view from the back of the bike, while cruising. Let’s get to the point!

Start by sourcing the parts:

GoPro DIY mount

1. You will need the GoPro tripod mount (cheap!), and a long 5-6mm screw

Attaching the camera:

Ducati back view

1. This a were the camera will be mounted. The backside of the Ducati Multistrada 1200

Replace screw

2. Replace the original screw from your luggage stand, with the longer screw (5-6mm allen)

GoPro tripod mount

3. Attach the GoPro tripod mount to the camera. This is a multipurpose part that you should get, if you don’t have it already.

GoPro upside setting

4. Before attaching the camera, you can select the video to be recorded upside down. Go to Settings> More > UP, on your GoPro.

GoPro attachment

5. The longer screw will come to the other side of the stand. That will allow you to screw the GoPro on it.

Multistrada GoPro backside

6. Ready to hit the road!

Eat, Sleep and Ride!

-desmotrack