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Old 07-19-2014, 10:09 PM   #1
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Ducati Diavel or BMW r1200r

Looking to add another bike to my stable and looking for anyone who has experience with either. I am a big guy 6'3 32 inseam. The Diavel riding position appears more aggressive especially with the reach to the handle bars. How is reliability and maintenance between Ducati and BMW
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Old 07-19-2014, 10:12 PM   #2
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where do you live? i find that the service dept has a lot to do with reliability. if you can find a good dealership, it seems easy to keep the bike in good condition. i only have experience with dealerships in california - and some north of cali.
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Old 07-20-2014, 01:28 AM   #3
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There is no question that the Beemer is easier (and likely cheaper) to service. Reliability. ..well, neither is exactly Japanese.
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Old 07-20-2014, 02:17 AM   #4
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If you are looking at the Diavel, why not also consider the V-Max....definitely cheaper/easier to maintain and probably more reliable. AND has a cult following
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Old 07-20-2014, 02:24 AM   #5
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I would go with the Ducati. Great engine and handles better than you would think based on the giant rear tire, Ride them both if you can.
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Old 07-20-2014, 05:59 AM   #6
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I live in AZ three bimmer and two ducati dealers nearby , I just heard Ducati maintenance is even worse then BMW. Maybe I will check out the VMax
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Old 07-20-2014, 06:06 AM   #7
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Added bonus is that the Vmax will blow the doors off both as it's a bloody rocket ship.
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Old 07-20-2014, 06:07 AM   #8
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Ducati. For sure.
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Old 07-20-2014, 06:17 AM   #9
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Diavel would be my first choice, but the BMW would likely make me happy as well.


As I prefer bikes that go around corners, the Vmax would not even make the bottom of my list.
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Old 07-20-2014, 06:27 AM   #10
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in advrider tradition I vote for one not on the list -- moto guzzi california


of the ones you said, diavel -- that motor is way more entertaining than the boxer, and that is what these bikes are about
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Old 07-20-2014, 06:43 AM   #11
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california? based on his choices, wouldn't the griso suit him better?

of the two in the op, the diavel hands down. the boxer is boring relative to it.
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Old 07-20-2014, 06:50 AM   #12
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Added bonus is that the Vmax will blow the doors off both as it's a bloody rocket ship.
Can we throw in the S1000R ?
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Old 07-20-2014, 07:11 AM   #13
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another vote for the Griso, though it is heavier than the others. Do your own valves and maintenance becomes cheap.
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Old 07-20-2014, 07:55 AM   #14
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My vote is for Diavel ... Has character and it's new. Ducati reliability seems to be very good now.

R1200R a great bike IMO, but the design is mild to vapid. AAAND is expected to be redesigned soon (watercooled engine)... And BMW quality control has show to be very bad on newest bikes.... I'll wait at least a year after new model introduction for gremlins to be polished.
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Old 07-20-2014, 07:58 AM   #15
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Added bonus is that the Vmax will blow the doors off both as it's a bloody rocket ship.

unless you intend to turn right and left, then it will be sadly embarrassed by both
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