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Old 08-13-2012, 02:02 PM   #1
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Old 08-13-2012, 03:22 PM   #2
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It was Colin Chapman's philosophy and it seems to be Lamborghini/Ducati's as well. I did not see (or understand) the power cruiser market segment but I see it now.
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Old 08-13-2012, 03:22 PM   #3
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Chromo? Reminds me of that Simpsons episode where Homer rejects pregnant Marge's suggestions for names for their new baby boy because they have easily-mocked rhyming nicknames. Then she suggests Bart:

Marge: What about Bart?

Homer: Let's see. Bart, dart, cart, e-art. Nope, can't see any problems with that.
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Old 08-13-2012, 04:16 PM   #4
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The quarter mile times seem even faster than the engine's considerable output would suggest. Chalk it up to V-Twin hookup out of the hole and long wheelbase. I bet this bike is pretty hard to beat in a 1/8th mile run.

A buddy of mine had a modded TL1000 with a long swingarm and a seriously modded engine (crank work, heads ported, crazy compression, etc) that dynoed at 140 hp. That thing punted the rider forward so damn hard and yet utterly controllable, with just a low wheelie. He competed in bracket racing (got 1st place too) running about idential times to this Diavel - low 10s. The twin is very repeatable and comparatively "easy" to consitently run the 1/4 mile on, making it great for bracket racing, which rewards consistency over ultimate speed.

Can't wait for the comparo!

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Old 08-13-2012, 05:38 PM   #5
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I like the Carbon better.

Does the Chromo come with the nifty forged wheels? I think the Carbon does. The fancier wheels are worth the price of admission alone.

I did a demo ride on one a few months ago here (it was sponsored by CW). It really is an amazing ride and seems to get better looking after you ride one.

I've known a few girls like that.
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Old 08-15-2012, 05:14 AM   #6
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And people say VStroms are ugly...yeesh. This bike looks like a dog that's been chasing parked cars.

Any chance you could throw a Harley V-Rod in with the V-Max for your upcoming comparo? Come to think of it, is HD still building V-Rods?
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Old 08-15-2012, 06:41 AM   #7
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And people say VStroms are ugly...yeesh. This bike looks like a dog that's been chasing parked cars.

Any chance you could throw a Harley V-Rod in with the V-Max for your upcoming comparo? Come to think of it, is HD still building V-Rods?
The VRod is nicer looking. In any other measure, it will get hosed.
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Old 08-15-2012, 07:18 AM   #8
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In the specs box you show the valve service inspection as 24,000km (24,000m). That should be 15,000m not 24,000m. Or more accurately as 14,880m.
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The VRod is nicer looking. In any other measure, it will get hosed.
I thought that was supposed to be their claim to fame? Straight line speed I mean...not 'hosing'.

About the Duck, I cannot begin to express how much I would love to have one of these in my possession. It just looks like mad fun.
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Ugliest Duck since the Indiana. Looks like a mating between the Alien and a walrus. It f***ing better perform well if they want to sell any.

I take that back. BMW sold plenty of those clownish laugh-riot 1200Cs. No way to predict the "taste" of the buying public.
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