2012 Ducati Diavel Cromo Review —

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A devil of a different color

The standard Diavel is available in a similar Diamond black color scheme for the same seventeen-five price tag, but a Cromo it is not. The Cromo ranks fourth in the Diavel line, behind the AMG ($26,495) and the Carbon ($19,995). In any guise, the Ducati cruiser is a bike unlike any other.

The Diavel is surprising in so many ways,” says grand poobah, Kevin Duke. “It looks huge but feels small and has a caricaturish fat rear tire yet is amazingly agile.” To which senior scooter editor, Troy Siahaan, adds “Its stance is pretty badass, menacing, aggressive and mean, just as a bike in this category should be.”

Sitting dormant the Diavel could be construed as more form than function, but how lame would a title like Devil be if that were the case? This is Ducati after all, a manufacturer with a reputation for performance. With the key fob close by, flip up the red kill switch and push the starter button and Diavel belches (legal decibel level) hellfire from its 58mm cross-section exhaust headers and dual stacked shorty mufflers.

“Ducati exhaust notes are almost always delicious, and the Diavel continues that tradition,” says Duke. “It emits a tough and nasty bark befitting its muscle-bike persona.”

Riding the Diavel conjures a mixture of sensations. Hell, just sitting on it can be perplexing. “I’ll admit it was weird to place my feet in front of me on a Ducati. That’s something I’ve never done before,” remarks Siahaan.

Motion exposes Ducati’s go-fast intentions, and for the Diavel, that begins with the motor. Strapped to Hypercycle’s dyno the Cromo produced 134.5 rear-wheel horsepower at 9400 rpm and 80.1 ft.-lb. of torque at 7900 rpm from its Testastretta 11 engine. Twist a handful of right grip and the deeply curved seat immediately makes sense.

While it tends to lock its rider into a single position, the backstop it provides when unleashing the engine’s potential is welcome support considering the bike’s upright seating arrangement.

In the hands of MO’s dragstrip specialist, Duke put the Diavel through the lights at Famoso Dragway outside Bakersfield, California, in a very respectable time of 10.32 seconds at 131.29 mph. Corrected for temperature and air pressure, the ET converts to a seriously quick 9.95-second pass. Yes, we did run the Cromo against the VMax but we’re withholding that information for our upcoming shootout between these muscle-bike beasts.

Ducati Diavel

On the street and in the corners the Diavel Cromo blurs the lines between cruiser and sportbike. “Despite its cruiser pretense, this is one factory custom that doesn’t need to shy away from a twisty canyon road,” Duke says. Despite its conservative rake and trail figures and its wide swath of rubber out back, initial lean-in is easy to achieve, but it’s leveraging that 240mm wide tire to its edge that’s trying.

“When you get it leaned over, the front feels like it’s going to slide out from under you,” says Siahaan. “It won’t, but you have to slowly work up to that level of trust with the Diavel.”

Another eminent performance attribute are the Diavel’s brakes. “Its Brembos are notably strong, but their initial bite might be a little too abrupt for anyone accustomed to typical cruiser brakes,” notes Duke.

Included in the Cromo’s asking price is an array of electronic gadgetry such as ABS, DTC, riding modes and ride-by-wire throttle, while suspending the bike is a fully adjustable 50mm Marzocchi fork and a Sachs progressive linkage monoshock, both fully adjustable. As mentioned earlier, these components are identical to those on the lesser expensive standard model Diavel.

For a more detailed assessment of the Diavel’s performance read Pete Brisette’s full review. and stay tuned for our forthcoming shootout against the VMax.

For now, Duke sums the Diavel up best, saying it “impresses as much for what it isn’t than what it is. It’s not a typical cruiser nor is it a typical Ducati but a hybrid of cruiser and sportbike that delivers a pleasingly unique riding experience. There’s nothing else quite like it.”

Ducati Diavel
Ducati Diavel
Ducati Diavel


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