Pacific Northwest with an Italian Supermodel

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by AntiHero, Sep 10, 2013.

  1. LoneTraveler

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    All the best plans are laid with the intention that something even better might come along. Can't wait to read about your next adventure.
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  2. Blind Mule

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    Subscribed!!! Waiting to hear your wisdom from the road. chomping at the bit so to speak.
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  3. AntiHero

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    Day of my departure I stopped in at Ducati HQ for lunch and took a few pictures in and out of their offices.

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    What's the adage again? Do what you love and you'll never work a day in your life? I'll go more in-depth as things move on, but god damn, the boys at Ducati are the coolest guys ever.
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  4. Squidbrah

    Squidbrah Been here awhile

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    And it begins.
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  5. fast neutron

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    Subscribed! Couldn't agree more with your outlook on life. Your intro was inspirational!
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  6. oalvarez

    oalvarez Resident Raggamuffin

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    Good to see you back on the road, Dennis.....enjoy the ride.
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  7. AntiHero

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    Thank you all for such a warm welcome back, guys. The pressure is on now, though! I'll do my best not to disappoint.

    After lunch we came in through the tech bay where they prep and restore press bikes. Apparently very few bikes are actually wrecked by journalists. They quoted something like 2/300 bikes had been down. Seeing as though these bikes are beat on fairly substantially, that's a shockingly small number. I'd mentioned I'd never ridden a Diavel and 3, 2, 1 seconds later I signed a waiver and folded up a Ducati NA registration card while they zip tied a plate to the back hugger and checked all the fluids. Their GM had taken this particular bike out last, so they had to do things like check to make sure he hadn't ground off any necessary pieces of the bike.

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    I told 'em I was only going out for a quick ride and they wouldn't have any of that--"Go hit up Hwy 9--and don't come back until you have."

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    Well, if you must insist....
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  8. AntiHero

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    Disclaimer #1: No, I despite how much I'd love it, I don't work, nor am not being paid by Ducati. I don't receive any special compensation from them other than being a very fortunate owner of one of their superbikes and a grateful recipient of their genuine hospitality and camaraderie. But I'll admit that my cynical ass would probably wonder &#8216; is this whole "X to Y on an Italian Supermodel" thing just a deceptively clever &#8216;reality marketing&#8217; strategy on behalf of Ducati?'. If all of this had been architected in advance, it would be a clever move. But it is not so. Now if Ducati wanted to hand a legal-sized white envelope to me stuffed with cash (I'd actually prefer a larger manila envelope) to pontificate about their company and their bikes, I could be convinced to meet in dark alleys at midnight. But &#8216;tis not the case. So until then, please PM me if you know of anyone needing software to help their company comply with 21 CFR Part 11 so I can keep words on the page, gas in the tank and rubber on the road.

    Disclaimer #2: I don't like the idea of other people's bikes. I always feel as though if I'm going to crash, it's going to be on a bike not my own. That's just the way the hairy hands of fate operate. But I&#8217;m an addict who cannot resist the temptation of twisting the throttle of any bike, so out I set on this particularly pristine Ducati-owned Diavel reminding myself to, well, not do anything stupid. That meant no running over banana peels, no riding off of cliffs, no parking under Acme Anvils suspended by pulleys and no riding down any street in which men dressed like Mario or Luigi are moving panes of glass. And of course, on my bike or any other: in the event a Mentos theme song can be heard, safely pull to the right, kill the ignition and, with gloved fist, punch in the face anyone with a beaming smile and bleach-white teeth.

    With that said I climbed aboard, and immediately felt like a moron. I couldn't figure out how to fire the beast up (after confidently stating I didn't need a primer on any of the controls). Being keyless (electrics are activated when the key is 6&#8217; from the bike) I, err, did need some instruction. Instead of a push of a starter, there&#8217;s a red trigger-switch like button on the right bar that is pushed downward, which felt remarkably like a weapons system had been activated. Simple, cool.

    The riding position of the Diavel is definitely more outlaw-hooligan and less MotoGP. In fact, I felt a lot like Mr. Grimm from Twisted Metal. All I needed was a chainsaw and instructions on how to launch the Diavel's rockets. To Highway 9 I went worrying about Needles Kane more than banana peels, driving in a manner that was a little less prudent than I anticipated and a little more like:


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  9. jwblanton

    jwblanton n00b

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    I want that new diavel so damn bad, can't wait to hear your impressions! Thanks for sharing.
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  10. AntiHero

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    Hwy 9 may have been devoid of flaming-headed clowns driving ice-cream trucks, but I did get into a little combat with a squid dragging his knees through as many corners as he could. Only thing I dragged were the pegs (and some of the brake pedal), and like all the magazine reviews have said, this bike in sport mode is capable of things it really shouldn't be capable of, as witnessed by the lack of difficulty I had sticking to the back of Mr. Racer Boy on his Gixxer. The Diavel is billet-solid in the turns, kicks you in the butt with a motor twisting out 162 hp and 90-some-odd ft.lb of torque and reels all that maddness in with brakes that could easily handle another 50hp. It's not the bike for me, but I have to say it was a blast to ride, reminding me of a particularly intense drive I had in a 600hp Z06 that burbled menacingly at stoplights and sounded like wails from hell under WOT. And although the stock-exhaust-rumblings the Diavel makes under acceleration could greatly be improved with some Termi Bazookas fitted, the off-throttle deceleration burbles and pops sounded as ominous as the bike looks. It's got the antagonistic demeanor of a 68 SS Camaro and the agility of a Carrera RS. I didn't think I'd have as much of a blast as I did on the beast, and definitely did not think it would be as capable of really hauling ass in the turns or on the stoppers. Think of it as the Lamborghini Aventador of bikes and the ride Batman would nab the keys of when he was really pissed off.

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    The Diavel won't anytime soon replace my Superbike addiction, but for any power-hungry rider who enjoys feeding off of the souls of unwary GSXRs or CBRs or anyone hell-bent on on vehicular Armageddon looking for the perfect bike to mount a pair of water-cooled machine guns to, look no further.

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    After the ride I was anxious to get back on the Panigale...after all...a much longer and much more uncomfortable ride awaited.
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  11. fifthcircle

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    :clap AH is back at it again!!!

    Glad I am in at the beginning on this one. Last time, you were done, and I had a few days of ignoring my kids and reading.... "Go watch TV, daddy's doing something" :lol3
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  12. fritzcoinc

    fritzcoinc Enjoying my last V8

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    Bring it.
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  13. Contevita

    Contevita Cigar Adventurer

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    Great followup to the previous epic ride. I sense another book in the deal, take great photos so I can add this book to your first.

    Btw, I used to live the in PNW and did a lot of riding there. You're going to love it up there.
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  14. Tallbastid

    Tallbastid Let's get tropical

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    In! Can't wait to read about this new trip.

    Btw, my girlfriend is pissed at you (me). I Took your 'buy the bike you want' advice from your last ride literally. Broke but my garage is about to get real sexy.
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  15. rico2072

    rico2072 Been here awhile

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    Still using the same camera or have you changed to something else?
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  16. ///Monster

    ///Monster Does it have wheels?

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    I was lucky enough to sit my butt on a Diavel this summer too. I too glossed over the part about how to start the Diavel and then when the small group ride was about to begin, guess who held up the pack because he couldn't figure out how to start his bike... The keyless part gets better, after I ride my Z1000 home and I'm searching for my house keys I pull out the Diavel key. Damn it! Despite the key issues I had, I loved the Diavel. I got the exact same feelings you did after riding it. Except the one I rode had termi's on it. Lots of burbling and popping!
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  17. AntiHero

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    Yep. Only this time I brought a GoPro that was upgraded (today) to a Hero3. The Sony Rx-100 has (and has had) a fuzzball on the sensor since day 1...going to Sony this week to see what they'll do, but I can't wait a week or two for a repair.

    Monster: Termis would change the Diavel completely.

    Tallbastid: Keep doing what you're doin' and you'll live happily ever after. Seriously.

    Contevita: Already love the riding. And the food, and the landscape. But first....gotta close out SF.
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  18. AntiHero

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    Took a few pics in SF and had a glorious time terrorizing tourists on the red devil. Enjoy...

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  19. AntiHero

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    You might remember this guy from Austin. CAlexio. We met up for a ride and some grub in the Haight with one of his friends (the pic above is from his rooftop entertainment area).

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    Ha ha ha ha. Oh everyone in SF might pretend to be green, but a creek with an emergency shut off is about as environmentally restorative as a 3000 lb hunk of metal and plastic run off of electricity is environmentally conscious. Either no one is bright enough to spot the hypocrisy or no one is bold enough to challenge it. Next time I'm in SF I'm going to take pictures of denizens drinking $6.75 Grande Vanilla Soy Latte Mochas with "Feed the Hungry" bumper stickers climbing into their Hybrid Lexus sedans, NPR blaring.

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    With that said, I'm guessing this grass is so green because of good karma:

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    All this lake is missing is a rusty shopping cart and a Gap bag clogging up the algae filter:

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  20. Trane Francks

    Trane Francks Been here awhile

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    Parks and Rec pulled that stuff out of the water on Saturday morning.

    Good to have you back. :lurk
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