Q How can I fix my Diavel’s harshness?
I’m the proud owner of a 2016 Ducati Diavel. The only downside is that I think the damping can be quite hard. Over speed bumps and similar it’s fine, the problem is on roads with bad surfaces like potholes, sharp edges and poorly executed surface repairs. It seems to be a high-speed damping issue. My friend has a Monster R with Öhlins and has no issues with his bike. Perhaps Öhlins forks and a rear damper would sort my bike out, but three grand is a lot of money. I have turned the compression and rebound all the way back, but it’s still hard and harsh. Do you have any suggestions on how I can improve the damping other than replacing the entire hardware? Geir Gåsland, Oslo, Norway
Answered by Gareth Evans, Reactive Suspension
The Diavel has fork internal damping cartridges that are sealed. You can’t strip them to service them or modify them. The whole unit can be replaced with aftermarket cartridges and springs to match the rider’s weight and use. Andreani have a shock piston kit that is £177 plus delivery, but it’ll be polishing a turd. The Misano cartridge kit is a good, economical conversion for the forks at £454 plus delivery. At the moment, I can’t see a good aftermarket option for the whole shock listed. Up to 2015, Öhlins had the ST46 shock, which was a really good option. Perhaps you can pick up a used one online?
I purchased a Buhel D01 motorcycle intercom headset at a bike show in October 2016. At the show the demo seemed OK, if a bit resonant. The first time we tried the unit out on the bike was six months later. It is sold as a unit for use with motorcycles but it is useless above 40mph. I returned the unit on the basis it wasn’t fit for purpose and asked for a refund of my £225. The seller refused, though they did send me the intercom back. Is there anything I can do? JR, Stratford-upon-avon
Sealed fork damping cartridges mean you’ll need to replace the whole unit