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So I bought a 12 diavel few months ago, mainly because I liked the looks, and the uniqueness of the bike. I ride mostly local in south florida, lots of traffic, unless you get out to naples, keys or lake ocechobee all within 100-200 miles......, I have it in shop, pipes are being ceramic coated black. and so , I decided to stop into miami bmw/triumph and test drive in this order, streetfighter, 800R, R1200R, and really liked the R1200R, so I began to think,,,,hmmm, Do i really want the diavel, or did I buy it because it was a ducati, and unique. The 1200R felt so smooth, and I was at ease riding it....it was a 2013 blue...would love to get feedback on the pros and cons of switching to the R1200R and or other models of BMW. I am not a fan of the 1200GS, fyi...mainly because, I do not plan to do off roading, seat too high, I am 5'10 and dont love looks....The RT is too much of a touring bike and not local enough....any way, appreciate the feedback.....
 

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Interesting. . . I was almost sold on the Diavel, but couldn't get bags or heated grips. . .kind of important to me. . .The pros of going to the 1200r are that it is a clockwork precision, shaft-driven do everything bike. Cops ride them. They're pretty bulletproof, smooth and work as steam-punk bad boys or commuters. They don't overheat; they get probably 20mpg better mileage than the Diavel. They're quieter and the reviews suggest the 1200's are lot more comfortable for the long-haul.

That being said, it is doubtful that women will strip naked and splay themselves out on the 12, as they very well might on the Diavel. The 12 will not rip your arms out of their sockets. These may be important factors to weigh in your decision.. . .
 

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Two other bikes to try are the 6 cylinder BMW's and the 2013 Triumph Trophy, which has been getting rave reviews from pretty much everybody.
 

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Great summary on the comparison

especially the part on the girls throwing themselves naked, though I am still awaiting that actually happening.

Thanks Dr. Dave.
 

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Psilitsky, When it does, we expect pictures. . .:)
 

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2 very different bikes. daivel has way more HP and weighs much more too. R is nimble and handles just about everything well, from commuting to the track to the canyons. daivel is a beautiful bike but huge, and more of a cruiser than a sport bike while the R sits right in the middle. i sat on a daivel, it did not speak to me, felt like too much attitude and not enough performance in the ways i prefer (twisties versus straight line speed), and the R is much more comfortable in my opinion. that being said, for '13 they introduced a touring version with saddle bags, top case, heated grips, etc, and i have to admit, as much as i'm not a huge fan of this model, the touring mods really helped it's cause.
 

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Rebobd, I'm a little worried about temptation after hearing about the Diavel Strada as well. . .if they made it in red, I'd be a goner. . . .
 

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the myth, versus the reality. . .I was thinking more like this:
 

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found one for you... not as naked as you were hoping for I am sure... :clown:

Although I have to admit, this picture puts a whole new spin on the term "ground" transportation. . .
 

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2 very different bikes. daivel has way more HP and weighs much more too. R is nimble and handles just about everything well, from commuting to the track to the canyons. daivel is a beautiful bike but huge, and more of a cruiser than a sport bike.

BMW R1200r Length 84.4 inches (2,145 mm)
Diavel about 88 inches

BMW weight 492 lbs wet
Diavel 527 lbs wet

The Diavel is little bit bigger, but not much. The weight is about the same. You sit "in" both bikes with the deep seat, and both are described as good city bikes. There's a big difference in gas mileage: 30's for the Diavel and 40-50's for the BMW's per the various bulletin boards. The Diavel gets about 160 miles on a tank. BMW, over 200.

Comfort? well pretty much nobody wanted to ride very far on the Diavel's seat. And your pillion would have her (or his) legs practically around your neck. .which may or may not be a plus for you. . .

And of course, at least until the 2013 Strada, versatility was not even comparable, with the BMW in an entirely different league.
 

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If you check out the Diavel in person at a show or a dealer, you'll be surprised how much smaller it actually is, compared to its massive look.
 
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