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post #1 of 39 Old 05-22-2014, 08:18 AM Thread Starter
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It's happening... goodbye 919...

Well, after about 2 years of deliberation and looking, I've decided to say goodbye to my lovely 919. I've had a lot of great times on my bike, but it hasn't given me that tingly feeling for a while . Finding the "right" replacement was tough, but I think the stars aligned and I found it.

For a replacement, I looked at:
- Tuono: brilliant power and capability, but I can't get over the belongs-in-a-Michael-Bay-movie look...just not my thing
- Brutale: awesome in pretty much every way except for complete lack of dealer support in my area.
- S1000R: I love this thing but not sure the comfort levels would be where I'd want them for the long distance trips I do
- R nineT: Gorgeous bike, but not enough power to give me the tingles

Tuesday, I went to the Ducati dealership and test rode the Monster 1200 and the Diavel. These were the first two Ducati I've ever ridden and I left the dealership grinning from ear to ear. The Monster surprised me with how comfortable it was. The riding geometry is almost identical to my 9er. And the torque! Accidentally popped up the front wheel several times with no effort whatsoever. The only thing I didn't like about the Monster was the exhaust pipe on my right knee. Even with the heat shield it was pretty damn hot. Then I got on the Diavel....it's a crazy bike, and I was instantly in love. It fits me perfectly in "WOOHOO!" inducing power, maneuverability, quirky style, and uniqueness. Not to mention the comfort...it's SOO comfortable. The 919 was never bad, but it wasn't what I'd call comfortable. Even with aluminum bars and weights, I never satisfactorily got rid of handlebar buzz at highway speeds. The Diavel (and Monster) was dead smooth.

Anyway, somehow I avoided the impulse buy and was actually responsible enough to think about it for a few more days (after about three months of already thinking seriously about it). But.....I just put my deposit down and in several weeks will be taking ownership of a '15 Diavel Dark Won't feel real until I pick it up, but I'm super excited.

I do still have a couple issues to figure out in terms of a long-distance setup for it, but for 90% of the riding I do, it is perfect for what I'm looking for.

So now I have several weeks to figure out how to say goodbye to the 919. I don't really NEED to sell it, but I know once I have the Diavel, the 919 will sit unused. I'll probably be parting out most of the bits that I've added to it. Once I do, I'll post them here. I'd love for a WT friend to be able to use some of the parts that I've acquired over the years. Or maybe I'll end up hanging on to it

Once I get my new ride, I'll post some pics up.

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Congrats on the upgrade! Just sell the 919 bits, and the 919, and buy some goodies for the Diavel. You'll feel better about it ;-D

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post #3 of 39 Old 05-22-2014, 08:37 AM
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Congrats on the new bike! One of my riding buddies has a Diavel and the power is definitely intoxicating!! It's surprisingly comfortable too. How would you compare the Monster 1200 vs Diavel power?
I test-rode a Brutale 675 and 1090RR - and was really impressed with both - but I've had my eye on the Brutale 800 for a while now.
Enjoy your new ride!

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Congrats, I hope to replace the 9er with a duc one day, anxious to see pics and parts from 919

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So the Tuono doesn't appeal to you aesthetically, but the Diavel does

Do you even ride bro

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Congrats on the new bike! One of my riding buddies has a Diavel and the power is definitely intoxicating!! It's surprisingly comfortable too. How would you compare the Monster 1200 vs Diavel power?
I test-rode a Brutale 675 and 1090RR - and was really impressed with both - but I've had my eye on the Brutale 800 for a while now.
Enjoy your new ride!
Thanks The Monster 1200 (I rode the "plain" one, the "S" has another 10 HP) was very quick, but it's tendency to lift the front wheel in first and second without ever trying kept me from really finding out what it's capable of. Very torquey, easy to get around even at low speed/RPM. The Diavel is way easier to keep the front wheel down due mostly to different geometry (I think, a little extra weight too) so I was able to test out hard acceleration on the test drive. On an entrance ramp, I literally caught myself screaming "wooooooohoooo!!!" in my helmet when I accelerated hard. The Monster was more like "oh sh******t!!" due to the wheel lift. For general hooliganism, the Monster is the one to get. For pretending you're an astronaut hanging onto a rocket, the Diavel is boss.

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Congrats, I hope to replace the 9er with a duc one day, anxious to see pics and parts from 919
Not exactly what I'll take off and what I'll decide is too much of a pain to deal with, but here's a preview of what I'll likely strip:
- Delkevic carbon cans
- Black SSR screw on gas cap
- Black levers w/ red adjusters (I think they're Pazzo, but I'd have to double check)
- JW Speaker LED headlight WITH my custom mounting brackets that keep the stock adjuster and require no modification of your existing headlight system

I have a centerstand as well, but that seems like a pain in the butt to take off since I don't have a spring helper tool, so I may not part that out. We'll see. Also some luggage, but I'll probably just try to buy the Ventura brackets for the Diavel so I can use the bags I already have. Maybe someone will want the mounting brackets for the 919 though.

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So the Tuono doesn't appeal to you aesthetically, but the Diavel does

Do you even ride bro
Ha Diavel: There's something beautiful about being ugly

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Too early to call dibs on the headlight? HA

Congrats! Can't wait to see pics of this beast!
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Fantastic choice. Looking forward to the pix.

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Dibs on the cans till the classfied ad arrives.. I haven't been here long, but one thing I know is if don't you jump on it, You'll lose it.

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Man, gotta love demand! When I'm ready to part out (probably within the next couple weeks), I'll contact you guys first.

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Oh and congrats! That's a damn sexy bike... This video made me fall in lust with the diavel:
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Congrats on your new ride!! At a Ducati promo I sat on a Diavel and knew instantly the bikes ergos were amazing! Can't really explain the feeling?!?

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That 1200 motor is stunning. Congrats!

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What racks are you using for the luggage?

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After about a minute of that vid, I had to bail. Is it just me, or is there something subliminally gay about Ducatis ?

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After about a minute of that vid, I had to bail. Is it just me, or is there something subliminally gay about Ducatis ?

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After about a minute of that vid, I had to bail. Is it just me, or is there something subliminally gay about Ducatis ?
This and there way overpriced, 18 grand for a motorcycle

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What racks are you using for the luggage?
Eyeballing the Ventura rack right now since I already have Ventura bags for the 919. Also just found the Kriega drypacks, they look pretty well engineered and flexible, and not crazy expensive.

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After about a minute of that vid, I had to bail. Is it just me, or is there something subliminally gay about Ducatis ?
Subliminally? Ha...can't argue against their own promotional material...
Diavel-Dark_2014_Amb-003_1920x1080.mediagallery_output_image_[1920x1080].jpg

But, just hop on its back once and you'll be addicted. Talkin about the Duc here...

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This and there way overpriced, 18 grand for a motorcycle
Odd statement when every major motorcycle company (other than Suzuki, as far as I can tell) sells multiple models in the general range of the Diavel (from $2,000 less to $10,000+ more).

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After about a minute of that vid, I had to bail. Is it just me, or is there something subliminally gay about Ducatis ?
If you tell a woman you ride a 919 she's confused, if you tell her you ride a Ducati she's immediately turned on and twirls her hair.

On the off chance she does part B after mentioning a A: 919.... Marry her!
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Ha, nice!

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Welp, came in early! Wasn't expecting until end of June, but got the call this past weekend. First ride was home in the rain, but Sunday was perfect. Racked up several hundred miles on it. Smile factory, it is. I'm well aware that it is not everyone's cup of tea, but if you ever get the chance to ride one, take it.

Sent some pictures to my family. My 5yr old niece's response? "That's a fancy key!"

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I'm probably keeping the 9er until end of July/early August. Taking a several thousand mile trip and not sure which I want to take yet...

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Congrats on the new ride. I love the Diavel, just waaaay out of my price range, haha.


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Congrats on the new ride. The Diavel was on my short list when it first came out. Never did anything about it though.

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Congrats on the new ride. I love the Diavel, just waaaay out of my price range, haha.

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Congrats on the new ride. The Diavel was on my short list when it first came out. Never did anything about it though.
Thanks

The dork in me definitely wants one of these


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So.. what does the key look like?
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So.. what does the key look like?
Pretty standard VW / Audi style key, but she was impressed :-)
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Beautiful bike and congratulations.

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Take "subliminally" out of post #22.

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The looks of the Diavel are not for me.

However, I am glad for you being thrilled with your fabulous new ride!!!!!

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So the Tuono doesn't appeal to you aesthetically, but the Diavel does

Do you even ride bro

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Awesome bike! If you've not seen it yet, "motogeo" on YouTube has a great Diavel video.

Ducati Diavel - MotoGeo First Ride Review: http://youtu.be/ZjR8mfky4x8

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