Monday, August 17, 2020

2011 Ducati Diavel Carbon

The Ducati Diavel is a beast of a street bike! Like my FTR1200 there are no other motorcycles in it’s class which is why I have wanted to own one for some time. These amazing Italian machines have over 160 horsepower and a huge 240 rear tire. I have put a few hundred miles on this baby and there is nothing like cracking open the throttle and hearing the carbon race exhaust roar as the Diavel powers it’s way down the road. 

First ride with the baggers. SF-Gilroy-Santa Cruz-Gilroy-SF


I picked this one up below market value because it was in need of some TLC and more importantly a dreaded Desmo service. This bike represents one the biggest mechanical projects I have undertaken to this point, but with all my experience I was confident it was something I could accomplish. 

First on my list was replacing the tires. I bought a No Mar tire changer not too long ago and figured this was a great time to test it out! The No Mar worked great on the front tire, but that 240 rear was a real pain in the a$$ so I took an extra set of hands to get that monster mounted. I also chose to try the “dynamic” balancing beads instead of the usual static balancing technique. Before re installing the wheels I replaced the front brake pads.

Ready for new shoes

Huge 240 rear
240 battle with No Mar
Looks like a car wheel!
“Dynamic” balancing beads

 

Polish the spokes
Upgraded the Plate Mount


New Pads installed

Rubber and Brake Pads Changed




After the fresh rubber was mounted up I went a a nice long ride to try out the dynamic balancing. The ride started in San Francisco down to my friends house in Gilroy to meet up with a few baggers. From there we rode over to Santa Cruz for lunch then back to Gilroy to watch MotoGP. After MotoGP I rode back to San Francisco. This ride confirmed a few things for me. One, the Diavel is like no other motorcycle I’ve ridden to this point. Two the Dynamic beads worked in balancing the tires. 

After the ride I committed to the Desmo service by ordering up a bunch of parts which included a Barnett racing clutch, Shell oil, oil filter, belts, and plugs. The service itself wasn’t difficult, but was time consuming due to the level of disassembly required to access the engine. Basically all the bodywork needs to come off along with the exhaust and the tank needs to be lifted out of the way. The fortunate aspect of this service was that all the valves were within spec. The local dealer starts at 10 hours labor for a similar service so tacking this myself save me at least $2k! The only part of the Desmo service I can’t perform is resetting the Service indicator, why does Ducati make this unchangeable by the owner?

Clutch change in progress 

Disassembly Level 10

Belt change is straightforward

All valves measured in spec

Cleaned and oiled the K&N filter to complete the service

Ready for the next ride



 

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Coastal Adventure

It's that time of year when I usually go on an adventure so when MotoQuest sent me an amazing deal it was time to ride! My best bud Ari was also itching for an adventure and the scheduling worked out for the same week as his birthday so he was in! Since we've ridden together on a handful of long rides, including a 6 week journey around the entire country, we are familiar with what's needed to properly enjoy the trip. The plan was fly down to LAX, Uber to Long Beach for breakfast at Berlin Bistro with Ari, then we Uber to MotoQuest Long Beach to pickup our bikes and start our journey North. 

Installed Cardo so we can communicate
Cardo action for tunes and communication
New Velomacchi Bag fits all my gear!
Face covering required at SFO


Arriving at MotoQuest around noon the staff were really helpful in setting up the bikes with us and giving a rundown of everything. We were surprised to find that the BMW F850 GS Rallye's slated for our ride were brand new with only 4 miles on the ODO! We have never owned a BMW motorcycle to this point so this would be a great introduction to BMW Motorrad. I was able to leave the panniers behind as I didn't need them with my Velomacchi holding all my gear and I like the slimmer profile. 

Brand new BMW for the win!




All loaded up and ready to leave.

We left Long Beach and headed up Highway 1 north taking in the beauty of the So Cal coastline on our way to a friends ranch in Templeton. The ranch is beautiful and the stop came in perfect time for a break from riding. Unfortunately we couldn't spend as much time there as we would've liked since we still had quite a few miles left to ride.


Iron horses at the ranch.







Catching up at the ranch



After leaving the ranch it was a mad dash to our friends place in Gilroy for dinner and rest. We made just as the sunlight was fading into the distance and the temperature was starting to drop. The next morning our host hooked us up with breakfast burritos and led us on an awesome ride from Gilroy to San Francisco.

Donut stop in Half Moon Bay

Three Amigos riding for the day

We made a quick stop at Cycle Gear in San Francisco to buy a couple cramp busters, as the BMW's lacked cruise control, before continuing north up the coast. The ride from San Francisco up the coast has some of the most scenic and great riding roads in America and we enjoyed every bit of it!



We made it all the way to Redway, California before calling it a day after some of the best twisty roads you can ride anywhere in the United States. The section of highway 1 that turns inland to meet with 101 ending in Legget is one of the most fun twisty sections of the trip and there was almost zero traffic. Unfortunately for us the only motel available was pretty sketchy and even left us without hot water the next morning for cold showers!

Breakfast in Redway


After a hearty breakfast we headed to the giant redwoods scenic highway to take in the beauty and splendor of the giant redwoods. We rode most of the scenic route along side 101 taking in the sights and stopping for pictures.




After enjoying the giant redwoods it was more Northern California coastal beauty on our way to Portland.






Since we had a long day own the saddle to Portland, we decided to splurge on a nice place to stay and book a room at the Jupiter Hotel. The room was plush, had hot water, and was in a nice location near restaurants and shops. 

Nice view from the room @ Jupiter Hotel

After checking in and unloading the bikes it was time to celebrate the trip and Ari's birthday with a nice dinner. Luckily there was a great sushi restaurant that harkened back to a time before covid, where one could eat fresh sushi in a restaurant, have a beer, and enjoy the atmosphere. 

Yes, Grand Opening during Covid






The next day we explored Portland a little before dropping off our bikes at MotoQuest Portland and catching our flights back home. Until the next adventure.....................................

Beautiful Portland weather
MotoQuest Portland




Thursday, July 2, 2020

2011 KLR650 "tractor" Service

This tractor has covered just over 17k miles and was in need of a detail and service. After a nice degreasing and shine, it looked nice and was ready for servicing.


Air filter looks like it hasn't been cleaned in a while so it was cleaned, dried and re oiled for a few thousand more miles of fun!



Oil and filter were changed using all Kawasaki items


While the oil was drained I too the time to inspect the doohickey for proper function. It was loose, but still in working condition so I adjusted the tension. This is a 2011 so the OEM doohickey should be good for another 12k miles or so.

Chain was cleaned, adjusted, and lubed concluding the service for this tractor. It's ready for miles of adventures!!