but the "idea" of the XDiavel ultimately succumbed to the "reality" of the Multistrada.
Now, on to the negotiation phase with my local dealer. Given that the Ducati fiscal year ends next month, I expect I'd have better negotiation leverage than other times of the year. Anything I should haggle for in particular?
What would you negotiate hard for (assuming the bike retail price is fairly firm)?
If you're still open to input I have a boatload of heresy for you.
Go ride the Indian Springfield.
I can give you a lot of background if you would be interested but the short answer is;
I rode the XDiavel and was not that jazzed (just wasn't that much better than what I already ride to justify $22K),
rode the Indian Roadmaster and it was okay but just too big,
rode the Chieftain Dark Horse (the one that got me interested in seriously checking out the Indians) and liked it a lot.
Then after riding the Chieftain a 2nd time I rode the Springfield (for due diligence) since it has the best handling of them all.
So, now for the last 4 weeks, there's been a Springfield in my garage. I don't really like chrome and the SF is drenched in it but I have come around and like it now.
My shortlist was the X, the Harley Slim S and the Indian. I wanted a cruiser to get me to slow down since I haul ass too much on my Commando and Duc E900.
But turns out you can ride the SF about 90% as fast as most any other bike. The only points where there are any issues is in really tight turns (as you would expect with a bike with a 67 inch wheelbase), but if you can take a 20 MPH curve at 50 on a Duc you can take it at 45 on the SF.
Anyway, now that you are running above $20K it might be worth a ride just to make sure.
And the Indians are far, far more comfortable than the Ducs (and maybe every other bike out there).