Video road test: Ducati Diavel

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Ducati Diavel

Video road test: Diavel

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We love oddities and mold-breakers at Gizmag. And in the motorcycle world, so used to seeing evolution than revolution that we get excited when a new machine along that thinks the square. That’s why we’ve hanging out to throw a leg over Diavel — it’s the first foray into the market in recent years, and it a distinctly Italian approach to the

A laid-back musclebike style and back tire make it like a boulevard cruiser, but you twist the throttle and unleash horsepower through the screaming superbike engine it houses, you this is one right out of the box. Loz and Noel McKeegan get to grips the Ducati Diavel in the latest of our HD review videos.

So here’s what we understand a to be: a big, heavy, comfortable with a gigantic twin-cylinder preferably 1600cc or larger. out forks to deliver stability at the of quick turning. Classic to evoke the bad-boy, post Harley-riding outlaw gangs of the and low-set forward footrests drag on the ground in the corners.

everywhere, massive open and lazy-torquey engines that foot-pounds over horsepower. that look like and tanks that look teardrops. Ornamental front and strong rear ones.

The market is massive and growing as boomers age and look towards shapes and relaxed rides. clearly wanted in, as part of its to diversify away from its image in recent years. And what it came up with: the

The Diavel Carbon, our test looks like no cruiser ever seen. Its design is and front-heavy, futuristic and foreboding a far cry from a classic shape. fibre drips off its tank, fender and rear seat giving way to brushed metal and paint finishes throughout.

In of the classic analogue cruiser there’s a twin digital half LCD and half TFT screen.

And the between the Diavel and the rest of the class only get wider there. Lazy engine? I think so. It’s the high-revving engine from the 1198 In a class where 100 horsepower is an figure, the Diavel makes than 160.

Old-school never had a chance on this — it sports every one of electronic engine management from fly-by-wire, to traction switchable engine maps and a digital menu of options.

Even the brakes fly in the face of conventions; they’re race-caliber monoblocs with ABS, and combine with the Diavel’s high weight and long to make this the fastest Ducati ever built.

The experience has been described as confronting for cruiser traditionalists, and no big surprise. Our Ducati contact us that Diavel test either sell the bike or bring people back and swearing never to touch the again.

Ducati Diavel

As primarily a sportsbike I wasn’t overly surprised by the — but it’s certainly fast, and with the front end so it tends to be the gigantic 240-section tyre that breaks before the front wheel the ground — assuming switched the traction control

On the gas, you’re very of the stock seat design, wedges you up against the tank and your … a backstop as the fires forward like a bat out of But on the highway, it’s downright To get any relief for your poor … you’ve got to stand up or sit on the seat.

The Diavel out-handles any I’ve ever ridden by a margin — ground is quite decent and if you throw body off the side you can get a decent angle going. On the other that massive rear tends to talk to you a fair bit pushing back against you so you to keep continual pressure on the bar to get around the corners. The further you the more it pushes back, a bad pillion.

While the Diavel is fun in the it’s not a quick bike to a sporty or …. And it’s not a cruiser either — the demands revs and throttle at all so it’s important to keep focus, or else you’ll run it a corner too fast to get its bulk

So you’re left with an odd full of contradictions. Treat it as a bike and you’re disappointed it goes and stops like a thoroughbred but slows you down in the Treat it as a cruiser and it demolishes its in handling, technology and pure power output, but it’s uncomfortable on the freeway without the touring seat, and it demands you ride it like a psychopath than a cool, laid-back guy.

It doesn’t belong in class. The Diavel is like I’ve ever ridden, in a class of its own. Lighter and than a VMAX, racier but turning than an MT-01.

And that makes it a significant — one that should be on the test ride list for any cruiser buyer, if you think you can it.

Oh, and shooting a bike review for great still photography — check out our Diavel gallery to see the results.

Ducati Diavel


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