I loved my Hammer, and love Victory, so I know that there will surely be another Vic purchase in the future. Damn that bike was a great machine, and gave me thousands of trouble free miles.
Good bye old girl, and welcome to my new baby, factory fresh 2012 Ducati Diavel Carbon in red.
1198cc motor, 162hp in a bike that weighs only 450lbs... (0-60 in 2.6 seconds, and can out-accelerate a Ducati 1198s from 0-100). It is a beastly handful, but ABS and 8 levels of traction control help tame it a bit. So now I have the power of a superbike, but the comfort of a cruiser... a nice bit in-between the two.
I have a lot of breaking in to do, and I'm enjoying every minute of it!!!
Looks scary fast. That would be way too much motorcycle for this kid.
Congratz on a beautiful bike!
It is scary fast. I can't flog mine yet because as part of the break-in I have to keep it under 5500rpm for 600 miles but I was allowed to flog their demo bike. Oh good God, it tries to peel you off the bars with all the torque.
While I never had any issue going into full lean on my Hammer S, the Diavel rides very much like a sportbike in corners even though it still has a 240 rear tire.
Gobs huh? The Vic made more torque by 2200 RPM than the Diavel will make ever. What the Duc has is HORSEPOWER.
Good thing is that the Duc weighs about 40% less than the Hammer, so the torque require to get her going is less, and the higher hp propels her more quickly. Acceleration is nearly night and day between the bikes. Of course, their applications are very different, so this is to be expected. If Duc made a "true cruiser", then a better comparison could be made, but this is IMO a pseudo-cruiser.