Ducati Diavel: Ride with the Devil

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The cruiser of today is stuck in the of the past. This means all must have chrome, styling and lolloping V-Twins, if the rest of their lineup fit that aesthetic. But what if the wasn’t stuck in the past?

if a brand wasn’t satisfied the notion that comfort have to come at the expense of Ducati, a brand built on racing heritage, has decided to the cruiser status quo with the In the process, chrome has been with carbon fiber.

the Diavel first debuted, people saw it as a brand expansion had gone one step too far. was Ducati’s “Cayenne moment” – moment in time where a sells itself on its image of its product. However, that be true only if the Diavel was a that did not live up to Ducati’s heritage. And it not only meets the but exceeds it.

With the Diavel, has redefined the cruiser segment of the other way around, and created the urban assault weapon.


You can tell that is not your grandfather’s cruiser by looking at it. In pictures, the Diavel ungainly and large, but in person the is compact and squat. On paper, it disjointed and wrong, but all the details cohesive in person. The Diavel like it is bursting at the seams sitting still; like a pit all muscle and power.

So it has the traditional cruiser aesthetic of tough while sitting but it does this with a modern design.

Not to mention detailing is exquisite. On this model, the tank and rear cover is actual carbon Where one would find on most bikes, the Diavel has aluminum. The Diavel also Marchesini wheels that not look good, but cut unsprung And the rear wheel is showcased by hallmark single-sided swingarm.

on this bike not only the cruiser aesthetic, but helps the perform better.

The fact is the Diavel manages to stand but looks like it belongs, in place you take it to. I picked up the at Chicago Motoworks, a dealer in the of Chicago that offers Triumph and Vespa scooters. there, I was taken on a tour of the from biker bars to restaurants on the gold Coast, and in between. The feedback from was always positive.

Even a guy in a Prius shot a up. You can’t take a traditional into the heart of a modern without looking a touch but this is no problem on the Diavel. showing up to a biker bar on a sport is a faux pas, but not on the Diavel. A is supposed to attract attention and the does so without conforming to the aesthetic tropes that the segment.

Not to mention, with electronics and impressive ergonomics, actually comfortable in the inevitable traffic instead of crippling.


The first warning of the performance is the start-up sound. engine meets Moto GP, the 11 1200cc V-Twin Testratta has a sound all its own, not to mention it is alarmingly loud; so much so I thought that the tester had fitted with aftermarket but I was mistaken. The engine emits a that can be heard before the is seen. So even though the was painted like a stealth it managed to constantly stand

Most bikes sound neutered with the factory so if Ducati can get away with sound from the factory, there is no excuse for anyone However, there were times were I would liked the subtlety that with quieter pipes. The of the exhaust is just a teaser of the behind the sound though.

of the Diavel is particularly brutal. The produces 162hp and a massive but this doesn’t tell the story. Unlike in a sportbike, the on the Diavel is much lower, to a lower center of gravity, in non-technical speak means V rocket thrust everywhere.

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superbikes want to wheelie, the lays the power down and out. This is not only boosting around town, but that in many cases, you can be than just about off the line. Ducati claims a time of 2.5 seconds, and I will their word for it.

Massive acceleration isn’t the bike’s talent either. The for the braking and handling are Marzocchi up front, Sachs adjustable in the back, and Brembo brakes in the and rear. The result is a bike handles and stops like no cruiser. The Diavel leans and responds in a clear direct Lean angles that are a problem on a cruiser are no issue on the

Steering is quicker and confident. the low center of gravity that the bikes acceleration helps it down as well. The most feature is that the big rear a custom 240/45-17 Pirelli Rosso II rear radial, not hinder performance an iota. took special care to sure that the Diavel to inputs just as well as other offerings even the rear tire is really and it works.

With this and incredible braking, you have a inspiring machine that is a to have when riding can change in a millisecond when around dense urban

The Diavel also has a host of electronic controls to keep all power in check. Three modes are available (Touring, and Sport) that adjust maps to deliver more lower in the rev range (Urban) or power with the least of rider aids (Sport). The is also fully adjustable so you can how much traction control you in each setting (1- the last to 8).

All of this is managed through the on the bike with controls on the steering wheel. Motorcycles are all simplicity, so getting used to an set of controls is a little tough at but is pretty intuitive with You can adjust all the parameters while but with 162HP between legs, I would suggest not that.

Comfortable Cruising, Performance

Add all of these elements and you get the best motorcycle for urban Jaw-dropping looks, brutal and the comfort of a cruiser. The ergonomics are laid out, and even the is comfy. The real question is, if you going to take a superbike to the why not buy a Diavel and be just as fast and be

The Diavel competes on paper the Harley-Davidson V-Rod and the Star but it is a different animal altogether. It more technology, weighs and has riding dynamics that are and tails above the others. prices start at $17,495 as tested), so it actually splits the in price between the Harley and the But more importantly, it’s a first and a cruiser second.

All the of Ducati’s lineup are present looks, 90 degree V-Twin), but in a new In doing so, Ducati has brought the back into the 21st

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