Yes, good discussions for sure, Evomind.I agree, its not like a cbr1000 or an s1000rr....At all.
Those are RACE REPLICAS.
I realize outside of that we are talking semantics.
Agreed on your 2 examples im just saying a sport bike doesnt have to be a race replica.
An MT-10 isnt a race replica but I still consider it a sport bike.
I just dont think a bike has to be a track weapon to be a sport bike. A race replica is a track bike.
Ive owned many race replicas so I get your example of track performance and no, the Diavel wouldn't be my bike of choice for the track, but it can certainly hold its own on sweeping mountain roads, country roads, etc.
Whatever one chooses to classify it as its a great bike. If you want to call it a cruiser or a power cruiser fine.
I appreciate the Italian tongue in cheek humor, I think they call it that for its riding position more than anything else as most of their sport bikes (race replicas) are uncomfortable as hell.
And thank god I haven't had second gear popping out.
One thing I think that we both do agree on is that the Diavel is a very special bike and unique unto itself. All though I haven't put a huge amount of saddle time on any of my bikes recently due to starting my company. The 2013 Diavel will always be in my garage sitting next to my original purchase of a 1993 CBR 900rr.
I remember when a good friend of mine bought a 1987 V-max that had that quad cam V-4 engine with their V boost system. That was actually the very first power cruiser bike that I had ever ridden, and loved every minute of it.
When I was out in 2013 looking for a new ride to replace the Ducati Panigale that I sold to my son. The 2013 Yamaha V Max was on the short list. I actually test rode one and I was impressed. That was until I rode the Diavel. The 2013 V Max was actually more money than the Diavel and had no selective riding modes. It did have ABS, but the Diavel Brembo brakes were far more superior in my opinion. Also the handling was not even in the same class as the Diavel's. Don't get me wrong, it handled pretty good for a 600 plus pound bike, but that big V-4 engine and heavy frame left a lot to be desired if you were doing any spirited back road twisty riding.
But to be honest it did have a killer look too, but the Diavel just nailed it with the single-sided swing arm and that big fat beautiful 240-17" rear tire.