Originally Posted by PlowTown Missile
Have you ridden a Diavel yet?
No, but I find it to be a gorgeous bike. The Vmax will allow me to toss the wife on the back in some fair degree of comfort though, the Diavel, not so much. Plus I'm kinda digging the shaft drive idea, never had one, and it'll be kinda nice not worrying about constant chain maintenance.
For a pure solo ride though, man that thing is the hotness. I have sat on a couple, and it is probably the single most comfortable bike for my size that I've ever felt. When they first debuted last year, I went to buy one, but the dealer had pre-sold their entire allotment, and every Diavel set to deliver for 2011 in the US had already been purchased by dealers. Each dealer I contacted within 150 miles of me had theirs pre-sold. Not sure if that was a good or bad thing for me in the end, but at some point I'll probably end up buying one. I've switched from my car obsession to bikes now, so my wife is already expecting me to have 5 or 6 bikes in the garage soon.
65 miles on a touring bike is really a long ride.
Okay, I guess we'll wait 'till next week and see what new bike you'll be lusting for.
Are you trying to put out the fire with gasoline?
I don't know many people who "tour" to a dealership
5 miles isn't long for a nice ride, but it's damn long if you have a mechanical issue that needs attention. Also a damn long and expensive tow if the mechanical issue prevents you from riding it the required service. And not such a fun trip if you need to drop it off for an overnight stay (or longer) and the wife has to make that ride following you in the cage to bring your happy butt home.
The only sore spot I have with Vic is the lack of dealerships. Luckily our bikes are among the most reliable, so the need for emergency service isn't as prevalent as it would be if I were riding a Harley, but stuff can and will still happen on any manufactured product. And I'd rather not take a 3 hour trip (with our congested traffic) for something like that if it can be avoided.