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.
|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|
|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|