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.

 

 

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!