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#21 matyoka

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Posted 28 October 2019 - 10:45 AM

I will wait and see if they drop the price... specially due to that nasty tank dent. They showed me the xDs book value but this is a plain non "S" version. Sneaky a-holes... Yes, I knew about the DRLs which is a nice feature for sure. My 2013 Corsa Blue Diavel still not sold, so basically I have to wait on going forward with purchase till funds become available. Thanks for all the great replies folks.

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    #22 DucaRicardo

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    Posted 08 November 2019 - 10:31 PM

    I saw a video on YouTube where someone actually repaired a dent on a white tank. Pretty impressive repair. Also if you look at the mods. Exhaust is about $3000 USD and mid controls add another $1000USD plus labor is already a great deal. Only other issue about these bikes are the PITA rear brakes. Mine went soft at the final stretch of the riding season. Bought some Castrol SRF fluid and hopefully that'll fix the rear brake issue. Overall I like my flat black XD. Didn't really care for the XDS, too many shiny bits and not a fan of machined finish. Bluetooth I use my Sena 30K for that. Only thing I wished they added on the XD is the standalone horse shoe DRL when riding in the daytime.


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    #23 matyoka

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    Posted 08 November 2019 - 11:05 PM

    They sold it the same weekend... however the distance was just too damn large for me. Ended up with Batman's 2016 xDs... will be delivered within a couple of weeks.

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    Posted 01 December 2019 - 06:13 PM

    View PostCrussell, on 23 June 2018 - 08:03 AM, said:

    I completed a 2700 mile road trip on my 2016 Xdiavel S in May and I thought I would share some of my thoughts about the Xdiavel’s long distance capabilities .

    I should point out that I have made some modifications to my bike and I will comment on their usefulness or lack thereof. In addition to the Termi exhaust, I tweaked it a little bit to make the bike more suitable for long distance travel; I have a custom seat by Corbin which has a removable rider backrest and added Ducati’s rearward bars to get the seated position more upright so I can use the backrest. I moved my pegs all the way forward. I added ports on the bars to charge my GPS as well as my cell phone and a port behind the tank for my heated gear. My dealer installed Ducati’s heated grips for me. I added Hepco Becker’s “Rugged Bags” mounted on their C-bow hardware and added a small bag I picked up at REI behind the backrest for quickly accessible small items. I mounted the Puig Touring windscreen up front and added the small Puig visor for additional wind and rain protection for the trip. The visor also reduces buffeting to the helmet which makes communications and music thru my Sena 20s more enjoyable.

    My trip with two buddies started in Southern California and took us as far north as Portland Oregon. Actually we crossed over in to Washington but only for a short while to get a better view along the Columbia River Gorge. Temperatures ranged from the high twenties to the low nineties. We planned on limiting our interstate travel and ride secondary mountain highways as much as possible. Two days of heavy rain caused us to veer off course and we actually spent more time on Highway 395 than originally planned.

    Touring in the rain is not the Xdiavel’s forte. There is simply not enough protection from the rain and wind for you to be really comfortable and stay dry. My rain jacket performed well with the help of the windscreen and kept my upper body dry but my hands and legs got soaked. I admit that my rain gloves and pants were a little worn and the high pressure wash coming from the highway was just too much for them. Even sopping wet, my hands stayed warm tho. The Ducati heated grips are phenomenally good.

    I am running Michelin Power RS tires and did not expect them to be a good rain tire but they are. They stuck to the wet pavement really well. The much maligned Xdiavel rear “half a fender” did a great job of keeping my backside dry. Getting rid of it is not even a consideration for me at this point.

    I was pleasantly surprised at how dry my saddle bags stayed inside. I had all my belongings inside garbage bags but I don’t think that was even necessary. The leather Hepco Becker bags performed well with only the slightest bit of moisture working its way inside despite many hours of heavy rain.

    I’ve made my XDS as comfortable as I can but it still doesn’t hold a candle to a real touring bike for comfort on the interstates. My Corbin seat has eliminated vibration I previously felt thru the seat area and is extremely comfortable especially with the riders backrest but...... on long interstate hauls the XDS transfers vibration to your hands thru the bars. The vibration also causes some distortion to the mirrors which I have since replaced with CRG’s. The same can be said about the foot pegs. Thick rubber soles on your boots and good insoles can eliminate some of it but not all and just like the bars it is noticeable on long rides.

    The original seating position on the XDS was comfortable for short rides but I could never have done a 2700 mile ride on it because the forward controls placed too much weight on my lower back. The rearward bars and the backrest take stress off my lower back. I usually ride locally without the backrest but can ride only about a hundred miles before my lower back aches a little bit. So it was a life saver on this ride. My back never bothered me and I appreciated the forward foot controls so I could stretch my legs.

    Cruise control is a necessity for me on long rides and the XDS cruise control is excellent. Super easy to use and adjust the speed exactly where you want it. It’s easy to bump it up or down in small increments and it is perfectly placed on the bars. You can reach it with your left thumb while keeping your hand on the grip. My Moto Guzzi has the Cruise control on the throttle side. So lame!

    I think the front suspension on the XDS is good but the rear must be adjusted perfectly to be just barely adequate. I overdid the preload setting on the shocks for this ride. I was adjusting for the additional load of all my gear but I already had it cranked up pretty good for sporty rides thru Southern California canyons near my home and by increasing it even more, it was simply too stiff. I got side aches on a couple of the days and I think that had something to do with it. I don’t blame the bike for this as it was my mistake but a better valved shock and a more progressive spring would make this bike more enjoyable for touring.

    The bikes electronics are great. Three riding modes with ABS and traction control, fully adjustable in each mode. I like the fact that you can easily switch between riding modes while riding. The Ducati “infotainment system” is a nice feature which pairs with your phone and helmet headset and allows you to see that you have incoming calls or texts and advance the musical tract from your phone to your headset. It is supposed to adjust volume as well but I have never heard of anyone actually getting that to work. There is an array of helpful information you can scroll to on your dash such as; Air temp, coolant temp, two trip meters, range, etc, etc. All these are useful when touring.

    Where this bike really shines is on the mountain passes and secondary highways. This is where I like to tour and this bike is unbelievable fun on twisty roads. It corners really well. The massive back tire hugs the road and somehow doesn’t seem to hinder the handling. It’s still flickable! Changing directions from one turn into another is easy as the bike rolls side to side like a sport bike. It’s stable at high speeds and super quick. Maneuvering thru gas stops, small towns, rest areas, etc. is a piece of cake on this 485 pound (dry) marvel of a machine.

    Yes you can be very happy touring on this bike if you keep your expectations realistic. It’s never going to be as comfortable on the interstates as a Goldwing or other full on touring bikes but it will put a smile on your face everywhere else.



    thanks you sir for the info on. i'm feeling exactly the same like you on the stock condition of XD.

    I ought an used 2017 XDiavel few months ago and just had chance to take her for a long distance trip (1000km round trip) with stock condition. My lower back started to feel the pain after the 1st 300km journey and it gets very serious upon my arrival at Thailand in another 200km.

    I wasn't expecting this and I'm now in a phobia to take her on any distance over 45minutes... Surfed around and found this useful forum, hopefully I could get a solution on this to enjoy this beauty for a long distance ride. I'm 43 and my height is 176cm.

    Could you share more close up pictures on the seat, back support, handle bar and windshield of yours? Appreciate if you could share the links for these items. Million thanks in advance sir.

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    Posted 18 December 2019 - 07:04 PM

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    thanks you sir for the info on. i'm feeling exactly the same like you on the stock condition of XD.

    I ought an used 2017 XDiavel few months ago and just had chance to take her for a long distance trip (1000km round trip) with stock condition. My lower back started to feel the pain after the 1st 300km journey and it gets very serious upon my arrival at Thailand in another 200km.

    I wasn't expecting this and I'm now in a phobia to take her on any distance over 45minutes... Surfed around and found this useful forum, hopefully I could get a solution on this to enjoy this beauty for a long distance ride. I'm 43 and my height is 176cm.

    Could you share more close up pictures on the seat, back support, handle bar and windshield of yours? Appreciate if you could share the links for these items. Million thanks in advance sir.




    Sorry for the delay in responding, just noticed your post today.

    I have a Corbin custom seat. They were able to add a backrest because of the large support buildup in the tail section part of the seat. They will only make a custom seat if you deliver the bike to them and I am assuming that is not an option for you. They now make a seat for the Xdiavel which they will ship but without the backrest option. Even without the backrest the seat may cure your discomfort. Their seats have a little step-up section in the tailbone area that supports the lower back. That combined with the much thicker and better foam padding make for a much more comfortable seat than the OEM one.



    Use your search engine for Corbin Seats, Ducati rearward handlebars and Puig touring windscreen.



    Good luck with your project.

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    Posted 20 April 2020 - 11:34 AM

    are the corbin seat back rest an options that you order for extra $ or does it already comes with it? the website doesnt state anything abt a backrest

    nvm...repeat question

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    Posted 22 April 2020 - 10:18 PM

    View Postlaurentj23, on 20 April 2020 - 11:34 AM, said:

    are the corbin seat back rest an options that you order for extra $ or does it already comes with it? the website doesnt state anything abt a backrest

    nvm...repeat question

    You can order a Corbin seat on their website but it doesn’t come with a backrest. To get a backrest on it you will have to deliver the bike and have them do a custom job. Yeah, more dollars. Probably worth it tho if your back needs it. The seat is really comfortable even without it and looks better but I usually use the backrest on long rides.

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    Posted 22 April 2020 - 11:11 PM

    View PostCrussell, on 22 April 2020 - 10:18 PM, said:

    You can order a Corbin seat on their website but it doesn’t come with a backrest. To get a backrest on it you will have to deliver the bike and have them do a custom job. Yeah, more dollars. Probably worth it tho if your back needs it. The seat is really comfortable even without it and looks better but I usually use the backrest on long rides.
    Russell charged another 350 for back rest by sending along the rear seat...so almost 1k for a comfortable seat

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