Ducati Diavel is a sportbike that is comfortable – National Motorcycles…

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We had a chance to find out this morning, as Ducati, in conjunction with Cycle World, had brought a truckload of bikes to town and through an invitation-only event, we got to ride one.

Before the ride we had a bit of a classroom session, where the development of the Diavel concept was discussed and we were given the low-down on a few of the bike’s special features. First among these is the computer-managed mode selection, which run from Urban to Touring to Sport. With 162 horsepower in a bike that weighs around 450 pounds, there has to be some way to control those ponies.

The Urban setting, which, as the name implies, is for riding in town, limits the power to 100 hp and makes things manageable. Once you get out on the road you shift to Touring and the full 162 hp is at your disposal, though it is still held in check by the ones and zeros.

Bump things into the Sport mode and you have a screaming banshee between your legs. And with a lean-angle capability of 41 degrees, you’re going to feel right at home on the racetrack.

We didn’t get out on the racetrack. In fact, we never even got up into sixth gear, though we did hit the 90 mph mark in fifth gear a couple times. It was obvious that there was plenty of power going unused at that point.

Starting out, we took a stroll through the city as we made our way toward the foothills, giving us time to get a feel for the bikes. Once we hit Coal Creek Canyon we picked it up a bit and did some canyon carving. It was definitely a ride your own ride sort of thing but we had been encouraged to push ourselves. With that kind of lean capability, they told us, trust the bike.

Take a little more speed into the corners and lean it over as much as necessary to make that turn–the bike will do it for you. So we did and they did.

Back on the flatlands we opened it up. With no windshield, the wind blast was fine up to about 60 mph and above that we felt more comfortable leaning into it rather than taking the full blast in the chest. Particularly with the power of the acceleration, some forward lean was definitely a good thing.

Ducati 650 Indiana
Ducati 650 Indiana

And oh yes, the brakes work. Extremely. Well. In fact, the rear brake lever is a bit down in front so you have to actively seek it out to use it.

That is so you don’t inadvertently touch it, they told us. Mostly, the bike wants you to use the front brake only.

The riding position is very upright, with a bit of forward lean. Seat height is only 30.3 inches so even the shortest among us had no problem planting feet firmly on the ground. One description offered was that the Diavel is a sportbike that is comfortable.

It certainly was not one of those sportbikes where your knees feel like they’re sitting higher than your ears. This was something you could ride all day, though we wondered how long the seat would be sufficiently comfortable.

All in all, it was a very fun bike to ride, very smooth, very responsive. If you’re the kind of rider who needs your feet stretched out in front of you it may not be your ride, but if you’re sport-inclined to begin with the Diavel seems to be a bike you’ll never grow tired of.

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