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Old 03-24-2015, 09:25 PM   #1
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Ducati Diavel or KTM 1290

Hey everyone, I am contemplating either. Would like opinions on either from present or former owners , or which one you would buy.
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Old Yesterday, 04:54 AM   #2
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Two very differently focused bikes and which 1290? Your question as presented needs work. otherwise they're both really keen motorcycles that come in really cool colors and stuff
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Old Yesterday, 07:04 AM   #3
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I am looking at weekend rides, occasional long distance, quality , reliability and performance. It would the 1290 R Superduke
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Old Yesterday, 08:08 AM   #4
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I test rode a Diavel and currently own a 1290 Superduke R. Both have great motors. I was dragging parts through turns on the Diavel on a test ride! The Diavel chassis is more like a sport cruiser chassis. The seating position is strange too. I have a 34 inch inseam and even with the tall seat the bike felt too cramped. The 1290 is more of an overall sport motorcycle. It handles well and does not easily touch down parts in turns. The seating position is very comfortable for me. The only really irritating thing about the 1290 is that it does not remember all the engine and traction control settings, so you have to buy a plug to get the bike to remember all that stuff. Not expensive but still!

At the time I rode the Diavel I owned a KTM 990 Supermoto and the engine in that bike was so-so. I was wising the Supermoto had the Diavel engine. The 1290 is pretty much what I was wishing for.

I have owned my 1290 since last May and have no plans to replace it. Fun bike!
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Old Yesterday, 08:44 AM   #5
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...or which one you would buy.
Diavel. I'm 5'6", with a 29" inseam. I can fit comfortably on the Diavel, not so on the KTM.
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Old Yesterday, 09:31 AM   #6
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Do you want a naked sport bike, or a power cruiser? Which do you like the looks of better?

The diavel is a pretty unique bike with one of the all time great street bike motors (I have the same motor in my multistrada). We looked at one for my wife. The looks can be polarizing. The tank range is pretty short, which ended up being the biggest turn-off.

The KTM is a balls naked sport bike. I have not ridden the 1290 superduke, but I have an RC8R that I love. There are a lot of bikes currently that fall into this category including the BMW s1000r, ducati streetfighter and monster, an offering from EBR and others.

In classic advrider tradition, I'm going to suggest a bike that you didn't ask about - a ducati 1200 monster. You get the great testeretta motor in an overall better package than the diavel.
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2nd the advrider tradition and concur you should buy a Monster 1200S.
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+1 ^^ but I'll admit to the bias...
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Do you want a naked sport bike, or a power cruiser? Which do you like the looks of better?

The diavel is a pretty unique bike with one of the all time great street bike motors (I have the same motor in my multistrada). We looked at one for my wife. The looks can be polarizing. The tank range is pretty short, which ended up being the biggest turn-off.

The KTM is a balls naked sport bike. I have not ridden the 1290 superduke, but I have an RC8R that I love. There are a lot of bikes currently that fall into this category including the BMW s1000r, ducati streetfighter and monster, an offering from EBR and others.

In classic advrider tradition, I'm going to suggest a bike that you didn't ask about - a ducati 1200 monster. You get the great testeretta motor in an overall better package than the diavel.
Good call; The S version at that.
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Chalk and cheese. Two completely different types of bikes.
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Hey everyone, I am contemplating either. Would like opinions on either from present or former owners , or which one you would buy.
A diavel in full termi song is something to behold...I beheld that (without db killers) from CT to MI on a fly and ride. They went in when I arrived home.

They are very different, but very good at what they do. Try both.
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