Saw one this past weekend on the floor of Chicago Cycle Center. Paint was very reminiscent of a Darmah. Of course, the Ducati sales guy had no idea what I was talking about. Sigh. People have no sense of history.
I got to sit on one last week. Felt great. I've got to go back and take them up on the test ride offer. I must have heard the price wrong, under 9K for the non sport. Also I'm pretty short and was worried about the saddle height, it's lower than you think. I almost wish I hadn't sat on it. I'm trying to figure out how to come up with the money even before riding it. I don't need it, but I want it.... There is a write up in this months Cycle World and of course the write here in the reviews.
I just got back from Italy, where I spent a week riding the little Multistrada 620. That was a great bike for the tight roads we were riding. My primary bike is the ST3, and when I purchased that bike I also considered the MTS but couldn't wrap my head around the looks. While I still don't like the way that the MTS looks, it was a brilliant bike. Upright position gives good visibility, wide bars give good handling on tight hairpin curves, and I had several 10 hour days with no pains in my wrists, bum, or back. A very relaxed upright riding position.
I would love to get the Hypermotard, but initial reports is that this is not the most comfortable bike. For comfort, all-around practicality, and good handling, get the Multistrada 1100S. If you need to carry stuff, get the top box, and you'll be able to filter through anything.