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Ducati Diavel

Ducati Diavel

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Phenomenal. mind starting this with some background and up to the conclusion, you have to know now: the new Ducati Diavel way beyond the most optimistic

So much so, this is the most brilliant machine I ´ve ridden for years, and that’s not simply my expectations were low to start — I always thought it was to be fun — but because it handles and is powered by the best engine has ever made.

It came a good starting point of as the engine is exactly the same as the one powers the hugely and deservedly Multistrada, with the added of another year’s worth of of the fuelling. On top of that, the Diavel’s is more efficient and the exhaust is more conventional by Ducati than the Multistrada’s complex with the result that supposed Harley V-Rod and V-Max rival produces 12bhp more than the at 160bhp (162PS, 119kW).

I say because the Ducati Diavel those other two muscle into the weeds in just every respect. Okay, it less power than the 197bhp (200PS), but it weighs 220lb (100kg) less, a difference even before you into account the £7,500 advantage. Ducati’s performance say it all: the Diaval is compared not those rivals but with the factory’s own superbike, the 1198.

And the wins: it has a 0-100km (62mph) of 2.6 seconds, faster than the and has the shortest braking distance of any Ducati ever made. The will be left well the V-Rod will just plain silly, and the improvement the Multistrada’s even is way beyond mere numbers suggest.

Of course in these performance the 1198 is hampered by its high of gravity and short wheelbase, it needs for sharp handling and but for many riders, breathtaking and braking are enough. Then the goes on to give them so, so more. There’s the sound of all, an aggressive, snarling as you wind up the revs that the blood, then with the closed the bike responds a demonic, frustrated awwww as if you for shutting it down.

It’s a animated soundtrack that’s than matched by the astonishing from the Ducati Diavel’s The torque at any point in the rev range is the thrust huge when you the twistgrip, but more than it’s the immediacy of the motor’s that makes this the compelling engine in motorcycling. the throttle with the palm of hand and the bike thunders with a crash of sound and that would have the of the apocalypse turning tail and back into the darkness.

For along sinuous backroads the is perfection, happy to trickle to less than 2,000rpm complaint, wrenching your and neck with its explosive as the tacho climbs, then eagerly to its maximum where 160bhp has it hurtling along a missile. There’s no flatness at the top no zone of weakness anywhere in the rev just a tsunami of power at level, made all the more by its liquid smoothness — the are rubber mounted and only the lumps of torque at low revs can their way through, the rest of the you’re rewarded with a creaminess.

The sensation is more than crack …, and if you the experience might be spoiled by the imposed on the chassis through the of competing in the cruiser sector, you couldn’t be more wrong. that longest Ducati the most raked out forks, the fat 240 rear Pirelli (a Diablo for the what else?), this handles, and it handles superbly.

At low speeds the steering is slow but balanced and natural, with walking pace U-turns even for inexperienced riders. Up the (and that siren of an makes it impossible not to) and the bike and changes direction in an intuitive, fashion that’ll have you down corners until you with fatigue.

Never on a launch have I seen so journalists ride off at the end of the scheduled to put more miles on a bike for the sake of it. sorry, it’s a Bologna dialect for devil- for the of it. Most of the British contingent did the section of the route all over the fabulous A397 from to Ronda, and still they more.

There are imperfections time-). At high motorway the Ducati Diavel‘s quality is not good, as the bike and jumps over bumpy rather than absorbing That raked out fork is to blame, along with the travel and firm suspension.

not want to sustain high into a headwind for very either, as the riding position is upright even than the Monster 696’s, and despite low on the bike you do cop a fair amount of

It’s remarkably comfortable At first the seat feels it holds you tight in one position, and 15 minutes its rounded shape was pressure on me in slightly odd places, but a day’s riding later and I still have been to spend more hours on the and would have done if hadn’t insisted on getting it to prepare for the next group. in mind that I’m (1.91m), yet my legs weren’t while shorter riders very happy with the low and easy reach to the ground.

The view from the saddle is as the tank appears vast and stretched out in front of you around the — Ducati was aiming to the look of the expansive bonnet of an muscle car, and you really can that. There are two levels of a small, conventional LCD display on the bars and a second, high full colour display on the top of the used to change the bike’s modes (which like the are operated via the indicator kill You get three in place of the Multi`s as there`s no off-road option, and do the suspension is not affected by the modes, as it is on the S models.

The display itself is clear and easy to read, makes the omission of any sort of gauge or mileage range all the more unforgiveable. All you get is the old fashioned of low level warning light and which on a bike at this and sophistication level is not good Ducati says there room in the Diavel’s dash, but I much rather the generally engine temperature reading was by a fuel gauge — a light would suffice for instead.

Economy might be an issue for some anyway. It was to judge on this first exactly how much the bike was and bear in mind it was being mercilessly for most of the time but I’d imagine in more everyday riding you’d get 40mpg (14.2km/l, 7.1l/100km, US), with that significantly when you give in to the urge to go wild with the With a capacity of 3.75 (17 litres, 4.5 gallons US), ´s maybe 120 miles (195km) the warning light flicks on, so any of touring will mean of refueling stops on the way.

Maybe the Ducati Diavel use less in the Touring or Urban modes. In Sport it has a hard and instant response that moving over from rather than sports might find intimidating at although in the end the throttle control is and dependable. What can feel glitches in the response often are the control cutting in: if you crack the throttle in the lower gears the lunges forward so suddenly the tyre starts to spin up in quite grippy conditions.

In you get the same power (flagged in the as 162PS — Low) but out more gently, while feels relatively tame and a 100PS (98bhp, 73.6kW) on the output. In practice, experienced will remain in Sport or most of the time.

The traction can be kept busy on twisty too as the drive out of corners is epic even that fat Pirelli is by the torque. Heel the bike and you need some quite lean angles to get the Ducati around corners — a wheelbase, wide tyre and low C of G all cornering lean angles on a — but unlike conventional cruisers like the V-Rod or Hammer S, the Diavel achieves effortlessly and pretty rapidly

Then it sits on its line anything with a Ducati should, unflustered, neutral and faithful to your bar inputs. it a series of turns to deal and it sweeps through with an majesty that’s as rewarding as the while ground clearance an issue and there’s plenty of too as to how the rubber is coping.

Ducati Diavel

The braking makes you laugh at its ferocity. Grab the front stamp on the back and the bike so hard it makes your bleed. You’ll fully an 1198 couldn’t match although the flaw is that the suspension has the front skipping and on bumpy surfaces, and then the ABS to cut in regularly and extends the distances

But stability is exemplary throughout, and yet another hugely satisfying of the Diavel’s performance.

Then the look. When the Ducati first appeared it was difficult to what to make of it. But familiarity has a positive effect: as you get used to the the bike becomes more and dramatically good looking, a powerful visual balance hunches everything forward the front wheel, leaving the end lean and exposing the massive to stunning effect.

The detailing is as cruisers need to have, for example shaped aluminium reservoirs for brake and clutch a sports bike would functional plastic items, the rear footrests and passenger rail fold away out of to keep the back end clean.

The quality and fit is outstanding too, justifying Ducati’s premium status and the £12,995 starting The dark and aggressive Carbon version is £15,495 while the Carbon Red will set you back The raised paint on this the red has been applied over the fibre will annoy but it’s difficult to see how else it have been done lacquering the whole tank which would then from the carbon fibre’s

The Ducati Diavel manages to a bullseye in places you’d then perform breathtakingly in other areas too. It has visual presence and looks knockout; its soundtrack is marked by the evocative, angry voice in it is exceptionally comfortable, it handles and compellingly, and it has eye-watering performance in terms, braking and accelerating up with some of the fastest on the planet- indeed, very beating them.

The question of what it is — performance Monster on steroids, street bike or whatever — up as irrelevant, overshadowed by something more simple to understand: is the most exciting and rewarding you can buy.

Ducati UK has already the key to selling this bike is bums on seats, and I`d strongly that too. The problem is to be getting them off again. The deserves to be huge for Ducati.

Soon: Diavel Technical and video.

Model tested: Diavel Carbon Red

Price: (base model, from

Available: end of February 2011

90-degree V-twin, liquid dohc desmodromic 8v, 1198.4cc

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