Friday, November 05, 2010

2011 Ducati Diavel: Monster on steroids

2011 Ducati Diavel 2011 Ducati Diavel 2011 Ducati Diavel 2011 Ducati Diavel 2011 Ducati Diavel 2011 Ducati Diavel
Its 162bhp Testastretta L-twin notwithstanding, the Diavel is likely to be best suited to boulevard cruising rather than bombing along mountain twisties...

Ducati have made up a nice story about how their new muscle-cruiser came to be known as Diavel. ‘One day, early in the development process of the bike, the first prototype was assembled and wheeled out in front of a group of Ducati engineers and technicians who were viewing the complete motorcycle for the first time. One person looking from the rear of the bike saw its silhouette and exclaimed in Bolognese dialect, ‘Ignurànt comm' al Diavel,’ which meant ‘Evil, just like the devil,’ and thus the Ducati Diavel was born,’ goes the story.

With its 162-horsepower Testastretta L-twin engine, Monster-on-steroids styling, 240-section rear tyre and 210-kilo kerb weight, the Diavel is the most unusual, unlikely Ducati ever. Then again, if Yamaha can build an R1 and a VMAX, why can’t Ducati have a Diavel standing next to their 1198R? If people want an Italian VMAX, they must have the God-given right to have one, and Ducati have taken it upon themselves to fill that niche.

With its low seat height, low-slung trellis frame and raked-out stance, the Diavel is the quintessential cruiser – a squat, stubby and aggressive one. It has flourishes of style – LED taillamps and turn-indicators, large air-intake scoops and single-sided swingarm are all styling elements and they don’t look too bad at all. And yet, the Diavel is likely to be a triumph of style over substance, pose value over riding dynamics. Despite its multiple riding modes and 162bhp engine etc., the bike doesn’t look like it’ll be great fun to ride. It should certainly have great street presence and the VMAX set will probably love the Diavel, but for those who love Ducati because the company makes bikes like these, the Diavel will remain an irrelevant blip on the company’s lusty line-up of sportsbikes.

The base model 2011 Ducati Diavel is priced at €17,000 while the higher-spec Diavel Carbon is priced at €20,000.

Ducati Diavel Nicky Hayden Ducati Diavel Nicky Hayden 2011 Ducati Diavel 2011 Ducati Diavel 2011 Ducati Diavel
The VMAX set is likely to appreciate the Ducati Diavel...

No comments:



2WD AC Schnitzer AJS Akrapovic all-wheel-drive Alpinestars AMG Aprilia Ariel Audi Avinton Bajaj Barry Sheene Benelli Bianchi Bimota BMW Bosch Brammo Brembo Britten BSA Buell Bultaco Cagiva Campagna Can-Am Carver Casey Stoner Caterham Chinese bikes Classics Concept Bike Confederate CRandS Custom-built Dainese Derbi Diesel Ducati Eddie Lawson EICMA 2008 EICMA 2009 EICMA 2012 EICMA 2013 EICMA 2014 EICMA 2015 EICMA 2016 Electric Ferrari Fischer flying machines Freddie Spencer Giacomo Agostini Gilera Harley-Davidson Helmets Henderson Hero Motocorp Hesketh Honda Horex Husqvarna Hybrid Hyosung Ilmor Indian Intermot 2012 Intermot 2014 Intermot 2016 Interviews Isle of Man TT Jawa Jay Leno Jeremy Burgess Kawasaki Kevin Schwantz KTM Lamborghini Lambretta Laverda Lazareth Lotus Mahindra Malaguti Markus Hofmann McLaren Mercedes-Benz Mick Doohan Midual Millepercento Mission Motors Mondial Morbidelli Morgan Moriwaki Moto Guzzi Moto Morini Moto2 Moto3 MotoCzysz MotoGP MotoGP-2007 MotoGP-2008 MotoGP-2009 MotoGP-2010 Motorcycle Design Motus MTT MV Agusta MZ News Nissan Norton NSU Peraves Petronas Peugeot Photography Piaggio Porsche Quad Renard Renault Riding Impressions Roehr Ronax Ronin Rotary Royal Enfield Scooters Segway Shootouts Short Films Skills Specials stunt riding Supercharged Suter Suzuki Toyota Travel trike Triumph Turbo TVS Two-stroke Ural V10 V12 V4 V6 V8 Valentino Rossi Velocette Vespa Victory Vincent Volkswagen Voxan Vyrus Wakan Wayne Gardner Wayne Rainey Wunderlich Yamaha Yoshimura Zagato