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post #1 of 31 (permalink) Old Oct 28th, 2017, 4:21 pm Thread Starter
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Thinking of a Diavel....... tips?

long story short, I'm going to sell my 95 916. i commute 76 miles a day and my 35 year old back just can't to the super bike thing anymore.

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i went and sat on some Diavels today. I like! any tips on things i should look for when getting a used one? hows the maintenance requirements?
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post #2 of 31 (permalink) Old Dec 14th, 2017, 9:44 pm
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Maint on new ones is easy - but I will say the X Diavel is not the best highway touring bike. Its a great quick hopper, and very stylish, but you need to hold on to that thing and fight some wind!
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Diavel, not X-Diavel?

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I have a Gen 1. 2012.
Had a few recalls. Nothing major. Get those checked off first.
80.000 Kms. Getting and average of 40 mpg Statute miles.
Love every minute of it.
Insurance in Ontario Canada. $2000 Cdn.
Not perfect with getting false neutrals.
Overall. 8/10.
For fun 10/10
Would I buy If I had a choice. Most certainly.
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Why such a radical change? why not a Monster or a Multi? They are far better bikes unless you just think cruisers are cool?

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Good point. I have both a Diavel and a Multi. Both great bikes, same engine etc. But the Multi is by far the most practical (luggage, skyhook suspension, wind protection, riding position, etc). ...........unless you're coming off a 916 of-course, then frankly anything will seem easy for commuting!

To your question. Nothing really to remark on my Diavel. Owned since 2012. 10,000 miles. On 3rd set of tires. No failures. Slight negatives:
- Gen 1 have more choppy throttle response at low speeds - never bothered me, but then I've never ridden a Gen 2.
- Handlebar fluid reservoirs leak if over-filled. Leaves corrosion.
- Rear brake is not great and front can get a bit soft over time.


I'm looking for a 916. Can you provide details?

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Good point. For me, new tires every season. PIA.
Lots of folks complained about the rear brake. Whilst mine was still under warranty the Stealership bleed the brake. Never failed me since.
Regards the low end throttle jerkiness i installed a quick fix. 10 minute job. Cost $100.For the life of me I have forgotten what it is called.
I`m sure somebody here will chime in.

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Friend of mine has a Diavel with a recently expired warranty. One day after the ride home he put it on the kickstand to open the garage and the radiator started dumping fluid. He had sucked in a marble sized rock that got trapped between the cooling fan and radiator, which shredded metal. That was a $600 replacement. There should be a screen on the intake vent. I've never seen a pebble do that much damage to a bike.

The Diavel is the worst cornering bike I've ever ridden (never tried Harleys). If you like twisties, where you don't have to fight the bike, consider another machine. It's also brutal in bad weather and high winds. Have you tried a Super Duke? KTM, BMW, and Ducati have awesome demo programs. Ride before you buy and spend demo time at freeway speeds.
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Friend of mine has a Diavel with a recently expired warranty. One day after the ride home he put it on the kickstand to open the garage and the radiator started dumping fluid. He had sucked in a marble sized rock that got trapped between the cooling fan and radiator, which shredded metal. That was a $600 replacement. There should be a screen on the intake vent. I've never seen a pebble do that much damage to a bike.

The Diavel is the worst cornering bike I've ever ridden (never tried Harleys). If you like twisties, where you don't have to fight the bike, consider another machine. It's also brutal in bad weather and high winds. Have you tried a Super Duke? KTM, BMW, and Ducati have awesome demo programs. Ride before you buy and spend demo time at freeway speeds.
How long after the Warranty run out?
I had a problem with false neutrals and it was 3 months after it ran out. Called the stealership whom talked to Ducati North and not a problem, fixed no cost.
Regards cornering, lots of fun. Flick it one way, then loves to flick the other way.
I come from sports bikes and TBH did not want Diavel. Such a fat ugly tank.
After I rode it, just Wow.
Was looking for a lower bike as had hip problems.
The Diavel fitted the picture. Gobs of speed, torque, gave me everything I wanted.
Have ridden in many a nasty T`Storm, High cross winds. I found it very stable, considering I am not wrestling it.
Test ride it first then form an opinion.
My 2cents worth.
You might not like, that`s OK.
OP. Each to their own.
Try also the other bikes mentioned here. Good choices.
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At 35? What did you do to your back?

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