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    Ducati Diavel - 2015

    Life has been good to me this past year, and now that I'm (finally) solo figured it was time to start grabbing opportunities that came up, especially if they were bikes on my short list.

    I've always been intrigued by this bike - ever since I saw slo1's crew with one almost 10 years back. With the housing market hot, recession woes inbound, and people panicking - there are some good buys out there. This was one of them - and actually called it my divorce gift to myself (hooray for me!).

    If you haven't ridden one you ought to. It really doesn't ride how it looks. Very capable bike, massive power, surprisingly comfortable even for a short fellow like me. Yes, you have to muscle it/hustle it when the road tightens up, but the bike will actually oblige and roll right up onto the edge of that 240 section tire (well, not the edge, but far enough for my taste). I originally figured I'd own it for a bit, and flip it when fall rolled around. Now I'm not so sure. I keep picking this for my casual weekend rides. The FJ09 isn't going anywhere as it is totally sorted and my first choice for going places - something I plan and hope to do often these next few years. This certainly doesn't replace that bike, nor could it. It's sort of a madmax machine, and the Devil inside will definitely have you carving long sweepers at higher than expected speeds and blazing the slab at well above legal limits.

    The bike has a few quirks, but it's a Ducati and I expected that.

    I will try to share my experiences here for anyone interested. No sense just parking all these moto thoughts in my personal journal where nobody else can benefit. Typing (aka writing) is a passion of mine that left long ago, one that still burns inside. Perhaps I can bore some of you blokes with weekend keystrokes and keep a corner of this forum alive. Besides, it's always nice to live vicariously through others

    WW/R

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    Life is a journey, not a destination.

    #2
    nothin like an italian bike to say i'm richer than you, smarter and faster and cooler.
    "It's only getting worse."


    MY rides: '97 VFR750, '90 Red Hawk, '88 Blue/Black Hawk, '86 RWB VFR700 (3), '86 Yamaha Radian, '90 VTR250, '89 VTR250 (2), '73 CB125, '66 Yamaha YL-1

    Sold: '86 FJ1200, '92 ZX-7, '90 Radian, '73 CB750, '89 all-white Hawk, '88 blue Hawk, '86 FZ600, '86 Yam Fazer 700 , '89 VTR250, '87 VFR700F2, '86 VFR700F.

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      #3
      Originally Posted by wildwhl View Post
      . Typing (aka writing) is a passion of mine that left long ago, one that still burns inside. Perhaps I can bore some of you blokes with weekend keystrokes and keep a corner of this forum alive. Besides, it's always nice to live vicariously through others

      WW/R
      Please do man! Please.

      That thing looks cool. Didn't know they existed till now..

      240 tire? Is it a drag bike? Is it fast? And most importantly, from what speed will it wheelie with no clutch up?

      just how hard must it be muscled around?
      Congratulations on your divorce gift dude..

      Funny, I logged on because I had a question about a sansui 5000x that I figured someone (probably you) would have an answer for, then I figured not, then thought fuck it, and then saw your post haha.

      Jerry, don't be a dick. Nice things are fun!
      Don't spend money and buy, spend time and learn.

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        #4
        Originally Posted by 6 View Post

        240 tire? Is it a drag bike? Is it fast? And most importantly, from what speed will it wheelie with no clutch up?

        just how hard must it be muscled around?
        Congratulations on your divorce gift dude..
        It's a sport naked, as far as I'm concerned. Sort of a cruiser and sort of a drag bike too. BTW Jerry, I bought it for less than I've sold Hawks for before

        Has all of the Ducati electronics package, wheelie, launch, traction control ABS etc. I've not tried to get the front up though it happens without intention. Yes, it is fast. I think 162 hp/93 ft lbs or something. ~540 lbs.

        It's not hard at all to muscle around, in some ways was reminiscent of the heft my ST1300 had but with 2x the power and overall much more agile feeling. It's really just *different*. Once you get used to it, you can haul ass in the canyons. Bouncing between this and the V4 Tuono isn't the best choice on a day ride though - as they are drastically different. On the straight slab - it's pretty happy around 95 mph and winds right up to 130+ on a whim.

        WW/R
        Life is a journey, not a destination.

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          #5
          Originally Posted by wildwhl View Post

          It's a sport naked, as far as I'm concerned. Sort of a cruiser and sort of a drag bike too.
          VMax like? Kinda looks vmax'ie.

          VMax is still the bucket list bike ive never got. Some day.
          Don't spend money and buy, spend time and learn.

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            #6
            Originally Posted by 6 View Post

            VMax like? Kinda looks vmax'ie.

            VMax is still the bucket list bike ive never got. Some day.
            Yes,likely the best comparison. I'd say Vmax is more power cruiser than this is - though I haven't ridden the latest iteration of that Yamaha to say for certain. It doesn't feel like it has such a long wheelbase and huge back tire until you start to really push it. On the other hand, it's stable as hell and tracks through corners as if on rails - just be sure you picked a good line.

            WW/R
            Life is a journey, not a destination.

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              #7
              I would be interested in your thought on it. I have always wanted one. Sat on one once and it felt massive compared to the Hawk.
              Write on.

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                #8
                We had to run to a job site today. Coworker has 2016 (I think) Multistrada 1200. We used it as an excuse to leave late, so we could ride a bit faster, and take the moto's because we only needed tape measure, angle finder + pen and paper.

                The Diavel continues to impress me quite frankly. I have no less then (5) moto trips planned int he near future. One is far too long to take anything other than the FJ09 with bags. However, I think I'll strap some soft luggage on the Ducati soon and take a 2 or 3 day adventure to see just what it is (and isn't) that I'm enamored with.

                On the way back (~35 minute ride is all) I spent more time on the Multi12. Kind of wish I hadn't. That is one helluva motorcycle. This sample only has 3k miles, has the electronic suspension and all the bells and whistles. Exceptionally comfortable and capable. I must not ride her again - my Yamaha made me promise.

                PaX (as I call him) totally dug the Diavel. He looks the part on it too.

                Life is good. WE are living in the future, even though I am discussing bikes of the past (nearly a decade old already!).

                WW/R
                Life is a journey, not a destination.

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                  #9
                  Ha, my newest bike is the 1988 hawk. The PO of the Hawk has a 1000 Multi first gen, 96 I think. that is all kinds of fun. A buddy of mine has the Diavel and loves it. He also has amid 00's V-Max and they are similar but the Diavel handles better. Congrats on the new toy!

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