Hey all, after some feedback before I command buy.
Love the look of the 2022 Diavel 1260s.. my issue is I’m 45, 5’11 - a dirt rider back ground only got my road license a few years ago. I had 659 monster that I didn’t ride a lot but I found it very user friendly. I don’t mind giving this ago and love fast cars. I consider myself an average rider because of the lack of time on a bike and wondering if I’m pushing the boundaries taking this on.
I'm 62, 5'8", dirt/ single track background 20 years ago. Just got my permit 3 months ago and my license 3 weeks ago. I bought a 2022 Diavel 1260S in red. Gorgeous machine. There are 3 engine modes. I started in the middle, Touring mode for the test drive. Bought the bike, tried all three modes on the ride home. I left it in sport mode. If you have good throttle and clutch skills from dirt riding, you will have no issues controlling this beast. Yes, the engine is a beast at WOT above 6000 rpm; adrenaline pumping, arm stretching, addictive.......
If you are concerned about whiskey throttling the bike, start out in the Urban mode, the engine is much more mellow.
Most street riders don't learn clutch control like we have to in the dirt. Learning clutch control is the only reason why I can ride this m/c confidently and without fear.
The Diavel carries it's weight low and is easy to balance when stopped. It also steers easily from weighting the foot pegs; though not as easily as a Scrambler. I found lowering the triple clamps 10 mm below stock greatly improved the handling and makes the bike more agile yet is still stable enough at 90mph to ride using 2 fingers. Ducati really did a great job designing this m/c.
I suggest using the cruise control in any urban setting. I find it much too easy to exceed 35 or 40 mph, so I use the cruise a lot to avoid getting speeding tickets.