I've just completed a four(4) month tour of Europe from Australia to the the Isle of Man TT on my XDS and ridden from john of groats to lands end in England. I covered 18,000 Km's and had 4 sets of tires so I reckon I could give you some pointers!Hi All,
New to forum, as I'm about two shakes from buying an XDiavel, so I've been lurking & learning. Long-time Ducati Superbike rider - went through 916/996/998 - stopped riding about 9 years ago because family.
Cut to 2017, and I have the ITCH again. But I'm 45 now. The back. She eez not so young. I won't be tracking anytime soon (I'll dust off an SV650 for that kind of fun again)
I just can't do a superbike again as a main rider. I am absolutely in love with this sexy machine, the XDiavel. I test rode one locally, and had my mind blown. It was an erotic blast. I've no question I would enjoy this machine. MOST of my riding will certainly be day trips, local fun, and some regional jaunts, so in this regard I have no qualms about this style of bike fitting my need, and solving for my midlife crisis need sex appeal. This bike simply drips awesomeness, and I'm self-actualized enough to know that I want to feel badass on my ride.
But I think I'd like to start taking some longer rides - and ideally even take my daughter with me. This gets into real adventure touring territory, and I'm curious if any owners can tell me if this is simply not reasonable to plan for on an XDiavel. I can imagine getting creative with some luggage - packing light, and making a go of it. But boy, I sure did hit one pothole on my test ride, and it surely drives all bumps squarely into the spine. I think I could solve the windage - I felt like a spinnaker sail facing the wrong way.
But I also wonder if I might not get hooked on some touring. I have no doubt that if I wanted to cross country tour - i should be looking Multistrada et al. I rode a 1200s - and man that bike is nice to ride. It's also ugly, to me. But just lovely to ride.
Not looking for advice on my existential crisis - that is mine to solve. But has anyone really toured on an XDiavel? Can it be done? Aside from comfort - I simply loved my test ride on the XDS. I felt like my arms were being pulled from their sockets and f***ing loved it. If I could tolerate an 8 hour ride on it here or there, I feel like it could still be the way to go.
Talk to me, Goose...