Jamie Robinson does Joshua Tree on a Diavel

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Ever used a motorcycle to create a much needed break from the humdrum routine of family life? Brand new dad Jamie Robinson left little Giacomo (you know who after) in bed with mom and took off for the California desert aboard a Ducati Diavel. Hell, I don’t even have a kid and this kind of ride is often all I can do to keep sane.

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  • BigRooster

    Even the natural beauty of the greater LA area is not immune to the inhabitants doing their best to make it look post apocalyptic. What is it with SoCal and f-ed up road signs? At least this example is not covered in barbed wire with an abandoned couch under it. It’s like LA is 16yr old given a brand new Ducati for his birthday who then proceeds to make it into a rat-bike. If ever there was an example of paradise lost it is LA. What a shit hole done in by residents that don’t take care of what they have. (I guess this is pretty far from LA but still)

    Other than that quibble, great pics and looks like a wonderful place to ride. Love that helmet.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Grant Ray

      Joshua Tree is definitely not LA, those are 2 very different flavors of weird.

      • BigRooster

        Yeah, good point, overzealous internet snarkatude. I’m looking forward to watching the video when I get home from work – stupid firewall.

    • Restless Lip Syndrome

      It seems to be something that afflicts most of SoCal’s desert areas (and to some degree parts of southern Nevada and parts of Arizona). Desert people out here overwhelmingly don’t give a shit in general. The numerous trailer parks you find in our deserts are in some state of dilapidation and are littered with garbage.

      What you get here is awe-inspiring, I-can’t-believe-this-isn’t-Mars desert beauty contrasting against a multitude of desert communities that look truly post-apocalyptic.

      • http://rider49er.blogspot.com Mark D [EX500]

        Riding around that part of the country, I was shocked by the difference between SoCal/Nevada, and Utah. Utah is really, really nice. Even the backwaters.

  • mikedard

    @BigRooster, do you go out much? Like to other Big Cities? About the Diavel, it did look like it was handling better that you’d think for a BBU (Big Butt Ugly) motorcycle.

    • BigRooster

      Yeah, lots and LA is definitely on the list as one of the biggest shit holes due to graffiti, bad urban management and garbage. I’m just comparing it to other west coast cities like SF, Portland, Seattle, San Diego, or Phoenix in the clean department.

      Great bones, but it’s being left to rott. It’s sad because LA has so much going for it, naturally.

      The Diavel does not photograph well, I was amazed how much better it looks in person.

      • BMW11GS

        I like everything you have had to say about LA. I feel this way a lot too and it makes me more sad than anything else. Im in a northern suburb and really my only desire is to go farther north.

  • mikedard

    Watched the video again… I think I’m getting it, it is better looking (Diavel) than my first impression. Watching Jamie Robinson gear up, reminded me how my CA to CO ride was like with some Harley riders. When I would gear up I got razzed every time for all of my gear, but they didn’t noticed they geared up also albeit with leather tasseled gauntlet gloves, tshirt under fringed vests, engineer big fake buckled strap boots, leather fringed chaps, and scull cap helmets. I guess that’s better than a tshirt and jeans? Nice Video, getting me ready for another ride through fly over country ,maybe to the Sawtooth Mtns. and then down to New Mexico!

    • EricP

      I think for all the bad press it got up front about having a large rear tire and not fitting nicely into one category it’s one of the best road bikes currently made. Kevin Ashe raved over it and so has almost every other respected moto journalist.

      It is objectively a great bike. But, some people want everyone to think that the only people who want one are the uninformed. Or that the numbers written on the side of the rear tire mean it’s pigeon-holed for middle-aged posers. Nevermind how it actually rides. Which is just terribly ignorant. But, I guess not everyone gets it.

  • Trevor

    Love the Diavel. I think it’s got a future.

  • Scott-jay

    Favorite: little eyes opening at daddy starting motorcycle.
    Jamie makes a silly motorcycle seem good; if you live next door to desert highways.

  • http://www.TroyRank.com Troy R

    Fantastic imagery, Fantastic Noise, Not so fantastic nickelback/staind esque garbage music. Tragically poor music selection IMO.

  • wwalkersd

    I assume this Alpinestars commercial was filmed with full road closure in Joshua Tree, since Jamie was definitely exceeding the park speed limit, which IIRC is mostly about 40 mph. Right? I, of course, have never exceeded the posted limit any of the numerous times I’ve ridden through there.

  • Campisi

    Lovely windmills, lovely scenery. I still think the Diavel looks too damn chunky (yes, I’ve seen one in person) but it sure as hell moves.

  • Jericho7

    Spaghetti Western

    • BigRooster


  • http://www.lgdm.fr stempere

    Man, 12 hours of riding and not a single mile more on the odometer. Was it all a dream? Was Jamie dead the whole time!!??