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MD Second Ride: Ducati

There are some consumer like electric ukeleles and ice-cream cones that you wonder, “who’s that The motorcycle world’s version of is the power cruiser. In fact, the underwhelming success of bikes the Victory V92SC. Harley-Davidson Rod or Yamaha Road Star (all bikes I like, by the so save the hate-mail), we haven’t much from the OEMs in the way of cruisers.

Oh, sure, there’s the VMAX and the Suzuki B-King, but not bikes you see parked in front of Gold’s Gym, are they? A cruiser appeals to a rider who the comfort and “look-at-me” styling of a with the performance and handling of his sportbike. Either there a lot of those guys out there, likely—there just wasn’t a that truly fit the bill.

because most of the “power I’ve tested are fun to ride—how can you not a good time with suspension and brakes mixed a torquey, soulful motor—but fully mask their identity. Maybe Drew could finish a marathon, but be really sweaty at the end of it, and he’d be hours behind those Kenyans at the front. I was still for an OEM to build a bike able to … like a sportbike but provide that hard-to-define zeitgeist . I thought I’d wait because to do that, you’d to find a way to lop 200 pounds off your cruiser design.

Leave it to a company that built a cruiser in a generation to do that. You’ve read our brief on the Diavel, and you’ve our first ride report on it as so you know the basics; long the new Testastretta 11° motor, sportbike-spec and suspension, and a 456-pound dry weight.

The sounded great, the overseas reports were glowing most first ride are  glowing, reminiscent of a first 100 days), but was this a motorcycle? Or just another oddity that would away in a few model years? I had a opportunity to ride the new bike in the mountains just west of Los and I jumped on it so I could find out for

 The first thing you about the Diavel is that it does feel like a when you’re seated on it. The is scooped-out and low, one of few Ducatis me can comfortably get both feet on the ground with (a lower and seat are both options). The come right back to hands, and the footpegs are fairly Not quite chopper-like, but definitely not

A low-to-the-ground dualsport is what it reminded me of. The seat did slant me which became uncomfortable a few hours of riding. And then you it off the sidestand and you feel how light and it is to handle, and you know you’re not on a cruiser.

Firing it up confirms that. is right on, and the exhaust note is like a recording of an unmuffled V-8 played at low volume (another thought that maybe the engine modes produced exhaust notes, but I couldn’t this). But pulling away the curb and rocketing around streets in the “urban” mode to 100 horsepower) lets you know is a sensational engine for cruiser

Any gear, any time—you can chug-chug-chug in fourth gear at 20 mph, if what you’re into, or you can along at nine grand. out how to put it on the “sport” or “touring” mode,  but sure you brought clean with you, as rolling on when you have 162 hp pulling 500 of bike will make you and feel real fear at the time, even with the control and ABS along as a security Sure, the 1198 is 80-odd lighter, but the Diavel has a bigger sprocket (a 43 tooth compared to a which makes it feel as maybe quicker.

Luckily, the rest of the bike is up to the of the 11°. The frame is stiff. The Marzocchi fork is fully as is the hydraulic-preload-and-linkage-equipped rear shock.

The tire, though stylishly doesn’t really hamper that much, although you it’s there—and that double for that stretched Thanks to the big fat handlebar and sensible a cruiser) geometry, the Diavel can get corners at least as well as any bike its size. It reminded me of much-missed ZRX1200R .

So there you carving up your favorite road. In front of you is that tank cover (the tank itself is roto-molded and Ducati tells me it has special to help it cope with the and distortion that results America’s ethanol-rich fuels) of the hood off a big old muscle car.

You can’t see much else of the from the saddle (a good according to the Diavel’s many the looks do need to grow on just the bar and the little instrument The TFT display under that a glance down to really The rider display contains of information (except, strangely, remaining, although there is a warning light).

Wind is not bad, great for a … like this, and there’s an windscreen available. You can go any pace like, really; press it and you will blow past or you can just leave it in fourth and enjoy the scenery.

Sound a good touring bike? I so too. How about a commuter? 15,000-mile service intervals, it may be practical. Trackday tool? For the lunatic, maybe.

So who will buy this bike? owners who refuse to shuffle off to the cruiser farm. Comfortable, to ride (but it’s not a bike), attention-getting and unique, the is one of the most interesting—and entertaining I’ve experienced in many Who’s it for?

Anybody who to ride a cool motorcycle. I’m maybe even you.

Daily attended a manufacturer-sponsored to which selected members of the were invited, to facilitate report.

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