Ride Review: 2011 Ducati Diavel

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Ride Review: 2011 Diavel

03/17/2011 @ 5:27 pm, by Beeler 8 COMMENTS

Even its launch in Milan last the 2011 Ducati Diavel has the talk of the motorcycle industry its first spy photo was released. It me that Ducati chose to the Diavel (say: dee-ahh-vole) the Bolognese word for the devil. The foreplay from Ducati is asking for a response from who feel that Bologna has over-stepped its prescribed branding and sold its soul to the Devil of thinking.

While rife metaphor, there is an important reason for the genesis of the Ducati . As I’ve already explained the reasons behind Ducati’s (or non-choice) to make the Diavel in a article. My analysis continues there, and brings us to the question of: How the Ducati power cruiser 240mm-wide tire and all?

out to the City of Angels (I seriously ask for better fodder from here), I swung a leg over the Diavel for a day of riding on some of Los finest and most well routes. The short answer to how the fared: damningly well.


Walking up to the Ducati , it’s instantly apparent why the Mega Monster was floated as a possible name for the machine. again retained the services of Janssen-Groesbeek to head the Diavel the same man who began revamping the Monster line with the 696 in 2007. Ducati borrowed from its Monster designs for its new and according to the company, the Diavel is the of three different styles of a standard, a sport bike, and a

When I first saw the spy photos of the and subsequently the studio photos of the I was put off by the incorporation of the Monster’s headlight the design. I never cared for the on the street-standard, and on the Diavel it does to invoke the idea of a muscle for strong burly men.

I was raised with the understanding hate is a terribly strong to use (dislike intensely was the preferred in the Beeler household), that said…yes, I hate this of the Diavel. That’s how strongly I about Janssen-Groesbeek’s aesthetic here.

I was hoping my first to the Diavel would be much my introduction to the Ducati Streetfighter, also did little for me in two-dimensions (I “shoot her!” upon sight of the press photos), but experiencing the Streetfighter in the flesh, the company quickly departed $14,000 or so of my hard-earned blogging Such was not the case with the and is perhaps the largest real I can levy against the machine. As all things on aesthetics, your will vary.

Saddling Up:

As you a seat on the Diavel, you’re with a fuel tank feels like a place at the grown-ups’ table. The tank out in front of you seemingly forever, only by a fuel cap and secondary unit. The effect is a lot like one of infinity pools you see in the backyards of the and only exacerbates the long to the Diavel’s handlebars.

Even my six-foot wingspan, I found the reach from seat to to be something of note. Mix the seat-to-handlebars-distance an almost chair-like but crouching posture, and Ducati has seemingly a bike for riders who are both under and over six feet These ergonomics surely from the bike’s design as the bars are clearly cruiser in and style, while the footpegs from more of a sportbike and seat resides two inches to the ground.

My initial thought when the Diavel was how strange it was to have my crouched like I was on a 1198 yet upright and reaching like I be on a V-Rod. Blasting through Canyon and cruising down the Coast Highway though, clear that Ducati the Diavel to be used in a sporting, yet nature. It’s a weird to behold at first, but seems when put to task.

As for my legs, were no worse for the wear a day’s ride, though the and rear-brake lever had to be adjusted to my touring boots.

With the turning inward more my hands would like, my real complaint with the is that I’d replace the handlebar if a found its way into my garage, and I had extra cash in my wallet. the ergonomics were comfortable, and refreshing to finally find a seat that firmly your … where to be both braking and acceleration. that with the fact the Diavel’s seating position you in the prime location to handle the at speed, and you’ve found at the part of the review where I you how this Ducati power handles in the corners.


The Diavel employs the Bologna extensive knowledge in sport design, and it’s apparent those years of experience paid off. Before the official launch, perhaps the bone of contention for desktop was the 240mm tire mounted to the of the motorcycle, which seemingly other manufacturer has found a way to handle like a 747 jumbo jet on

Ducatisti can sleep well though, as I can definitively tell you the simile in the last paragraph not apply with the Diavel. up with Pirelli, Ducati that a 240mm rear could work in a sport Developing a tire with a profile and 17” wheel form Pirelli’s new Diablo Rosso II performed admirably as we carved our way the hills and canyons of LA — escorted by a Los Motorcycle Sheriff no less.

in the canyons and open road the Diavel shines its Ducati and puts the mind of a Ducatista to Tractable and predictable, the Diavel is a easy bike to maneuver at speeds, and is a sure-footed monster at a clip – no matter how heavy-handed throttle hand becomes.

How of the Diavel’s road prowess is to the Pirelli, and how much of it comes Ducati’s chassis and suspension In short, it’s impossible to from our time with the but it is an interesting question to hear the to, when asked separately to the two involved. Seeing as how Pirelli is the shop in town for would-be owners who want to keep the tire dimensions, we imagine only take a few thousand (Pirelli vaguely rates the Rosso II’s life as 2,000-6,000 miles) to see what when someone mounts rubber to the bike.

That said, the Diablo Rosso fetch a modest price, and do job oh-so-well that we imagine owners will keep the OEM as they put on the miles (likely Pirelli is counting on).


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At this point worth mentioning Ducati’s control package, which you toggle from Urban, and Sport mode. Each can be individually tuned for horsepower traction control interference, and ABS (yes, you can even turn off the brakes). The effect is that ride mode in its default is suited for various riding and can be further refined by the rider to his or her tastes.

Despite being limited to the Urban mode packs-in of punch, and makes the 1,198cc 11° v-twin motor more at slower speeds (however, still seems incapable of a silky smooth v-twin at sub-20 mph velocities). From a simple flick of the switch can you into Touring mode, all 162hp and 92 lbs•ft of torque are for your maximum momentum (while the same motor as in the Ducati Multistrada 1200, the freer-flowing exhaust and intake for the 7hp power increase). Traction is placed at a higher setting your wheelie efforts a disapproving electronic intervention), and the response is set at a value that be quantified as “safe for maintaining attachment.” Moving the dial once more into mode changes things

The Diavel’s Sport mode is way of appeasing the Italian faithful. Out of all the in Ducati’s line-up, you’d be to learn that the Diavel more torque in the first of the RPM range than the Ducati 1198. It’s at this that I think most will choose to enjoy Diavel while having a on their favorite Sunday ride…and the Diavel won’t

While you Sinners of Swerve be dragging a knee on Ducati’s creation anytime soon a challenge in there somewhere), the can take you right up to that in the pace that qualifies as imprudent for street riding,” and you not to enjoy that fact in restraint.

Street Level:

The suspension is and provides ample feedback on the bike is doing fore and aft – and I’m talking about the lower-spec Diavel Diamond Black The Ducati Carbon, with its Marchesini wheels, machined disc carriers, and diamond-like forks, promises even un-sprung goodness should you to cough up the extra $3,000.

is neutral, and confidence inspiring, and the tracks well while the ride-by-wire throttle to ludicrous for optimal corner-exit speed. I some wallow mid-apex the stock settings (although I had to go for it), but it was sorted easily with some rebound on the rear and a couple turns on the preload adjuster.

True to the cruiser label many been affixing to it, the Diavel a cushy ride on rutted which is surprising considering the paragraph where I praised its carving ability. Riders by the plush seats and trampoline-like of a Harley-Davidson will likely the Diavel stiff, and providing too tarmac feedback, yet it won’t be jarring. Pitching the bike to a clientele, I think most owners will be thankful for choice to keep the bike to the sporty side of the spectrum, not to that decision plays into the Italian company’s

Parting Thoughts:

As a died-in-the-wool bike guy, to be candid the is a hard bike to review. I think Ducati is making any that this bike is at its current legion of loyal (myself included), but is instead into new waters. That said, as a self-proclaimed performance the Diavel appeased my need for horsepower and throttle-cracking torque.

If that doesn’t squarely put the in Ducati’s wheelhouse of fine machines with a racing then I don’t know does in this market

At $16,999 a pop for the base model and for the Diavel Carbon, Ducati’s machine doesn’t come though it does price against the Yamaha VMax’s MSRP and Harley-Davidson’s $14,999 The differentiation between the two Diavel though is going to be a tough (I imagine the Diavel Carbon be a more image/aspirational purchase for its however the Diavel itself is to be a no-brainer acquisition for riders for a relaxed street bike can more than easily an unsuspecting sport bike out in the twisties.

Ducati’s line-up a Monster-derived water-cooled performance-based (say that three fast), and the Bologna brand has it in the Diavel (balancing the bike with the already available Streetfighter). The fact that the also adeptly plays the performance cruiser segment bringing a new facet to the jeweled extends the bike’s differentiation both the Monster and Streetfighter. finding themselves unengaged by the bikes should head to Ducati dealership to try out a Diavel on a ride to see if it suits them Diavel should be at North dealers by now), I don’t you’ll be disappointed with Ducati has produced in the Diavel.

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