Ducati announces AMG partnership — and releases the 1200cc Diavel power cruiser

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Ducati Diavel

Ducati announces AMG partnership and releases the 1200cc Diavel cruiser

The 2011 Ducati power cruiser

Two very pieces of news from motorcycle marque Ducati week. Firstly, a co-operative and MotoGP sponsorship deal Mercedes-AMG – demonstrating the dollar- and power of star recruit Rossi – and secondly, the wraps come off one of the worst-kept secrets in the industry, with the Ducati power-cruiser making its public

The Diavel has got most Ducati stumped – it’s a bizarre-looking rod design that seems to fit in between the Ducati Streetfighter and the V-MAX – and it mates a whopping fat back tire with a performance-focused, quick-revving, 162-horsepower motor. It’s the first into a completely new market for and its bold, brutish design is causing fights among the

Ducati’s new partnership with

Ducati’s number-crunchers must known early on that any they threw at the signing of GP god Rossi would come in spades. The Doctor is one of the most dominant and popular figures in sports right now, and wants a piece of him – including, it seem, Mercedes-Benz’s performance wing AMG.

It’s not a straight dollars-for-stickers however. Ducati has wrangled a deal in which the two companies co-promote their high-performance and hopefully tap into each markets. First up will be a of joint test-drive events in AMG customers will be able to the latest Ducatis out for a spin, and versa.

The 2011 Ducati

Like the upcoming ZX-10R Kawasaki, the Diavel is another motorcycle that has been put on ice the debilitating global financial when there simply enough cash to go around for radically new bikes. It’s to see that Ducati has weathered the in such fine shape as to new bikes for 2011 – and it’s more encouraging to see they’ve a punt on something as far-out as thing.

Ducati has never anything resembling a cruiser not that the Diavel really much like a cruiser. longer and lower and fatter the Streetfighter, it’s a tiny bit raked-out at the front, and it has a swept-back cowl that’s clearly to evoke the Suzuki M109 power-cruiser. In looks, it’s best described as a stretched with a bad attitude, all hunched and low-slung menace with a that Sir Mix-A-Lot would rap

The design is full of nice – the trademark trellis frame, the fat pipes curling down the right flank, the split the angular bellypan. The seat is fat, stubby, short and clean, with its integrated LED and indicators. The license plate curves up around the rear off the single-sided swingarm in the tradition of show customs.

It’s a bike in its own way, but it has immediately the opinions of Ducati fans, of whom believe Ducati has no poking its nose into the market.

Whatever the Italians they’re up to, they’re certainly it Ducati-style. The Diavel gets a 1200cc Testastretta L-twin similar to the Testastretta Evoluzione powers our beloved 1198 .

In the Diavel, the engine’s cam timing an overhaul to boost low-end – which is hardly an issue on the so the power cruiser should along very nicely its impressive 127.5Nm of torque. The is wet, which will a few more Ducati fans, but they always have the of hanging a tambourine off the footpeg if want that authentic sound at idle.

In line with the new Multistrada, the features a ride-by-wire computer-controlled and three distinct riding governing what you get when you the throttle. Sport and Touring both deliver the full 162 at peak output, but the Touring softens off the power delivery for rideability. Granny mode is Urban here, and restricts the to 100 horsepower so they can make it from the coffee shop in if it starts to drizzle.

Speaking of the riding modes also dial in pre-set levels of from the Ducati Traction system (DTC) that’s as standard. You can edit these through the user menu if you your ride a little or less tail-endy, and thankfully you can it off altogether – because frankly, who buys a power cruiser and take off from every light in a plume of tire stands a very real of being excommunicated from the cruiser community and having skullface bandana confiscated.

Any time there’s a wheel sensor fitted to run a traction system, you can be sure there’ll be ABS as – and the Diavel doesn’t disappoint, the quality Bosch unit on a lot of recent model bikes. The themselves are top-shelf Brembo calipers with radial Add these to the ABS system, the bike’s low stance and the two fat Pirelli Rosso II and the Diavel is said to considerably the 1198 superbike.

ABS on bikes is a godsend in a danger situation – amazing just how hard you can in the rain or on gravel when got a computer helping you out.

In of handling, the forks and shock are and Sachs respectively, and fully These are quality roadriding delivering comfort as well as at a reasonably quick street The front end geometry emphasizes which is another way to say the Diavel turn in lightning fast, and the lean angle is around 41 which is beyond the abilities of cruisers but might get you into if you’re riding with the rocket crowd.

I guess there’s only so far you can go on a 240-section rear tire the front and rear contact get significantly out of line with one anyway – but it’ll be fun finding magic angle and grinding some expensive Italian

On another note altogether, has been making a concerted in the last five years to Desmodromic valves from and frequent servicing in the semantic of bike buyers’ brains. And to be they’ve done an impressive job in regard. Major services valve inspections for the Diavel are a Japanese-looking 24,000km (15,000 apart.

And as far as sales pitches go, left one of the most important for The Diavel has one of the lowest seat of the Ducati range at just 77 cm (30 a very friendly seat for the more diminutive rider wants to have 1200cc of anger at their fingertips. more, the foam on the seat is a generous 8 cm (3 in) thick, which that real shorties can get the reworked to get their boot even closer to the ground.

The Ducati Diavel will for around US$16,995 in America. If enthusiastic, you can throw another grand at it and buy the Diavel Carbon, features Marsechini forged and a heap of carbon fiber to bring the bike’s weight from 210 to 207 kg (463 to 456 lbs). in terms of handling performance and to weight, you can either spend thousand dollars or lay off the fettuccini for a few weeks – your choice.

The Diavel is a radical departure Ducati’s traditional racers-and-sports-nakeds and yet it still screams Ducati at It will be fascinating to ride, and more fascinating to see if the market is for such an unusual motorcycle.

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