Diavel in the detail
Ducati’s red-hot cruiser goes like, well ... hell
IF the devil is in the detail, Ducati’s Diavel cruiser was designed by a lawyer. The new machine combines superbike performance and the latest electronics with a laid-back look that should be a gamechanger for the Italian brand.
The obvious rival for the Diavel is Harley-Davidson’s V-Rod, which is powered by the sweet 1250cc Revolution engine jointly developed with Porsche. The Harley can’t match the Ducati on paper and the extra 70kg it has to haul dulls real-world output.
For the record, Harley claims 91kW/117Nm; the Diavel, 119kW/128Nm.
The heart of the Ducati is the 1198cc desmo V-twin that also powers its Multistrada multi-purpose bike.
But it’s the thought that has gone into the Diavel that is earning praise.
A remote key fob automatically disarms the bike as the owner approaches, the split-level instruments give access to everything from fuel use to adjusting the eightsetting traction control, the rear pillion pegs fold out of sight when not in use, it has LED lights in the tail, indicators and front running lights to help the bike stand out.
Brembo four-piston calipers clamp down on a pair of 320mm discs at the front and a pair of calipers grab a single 265mm disc at the back. It’s a massive braking system for this class of bike, especially backed by anti-lock software. It’s probably also a smart move, given Ducati claims 2.6 seconds for the 0-100km/h sprint.
Fully adjustable Marzocchi front forks are teamed with a Sachs rear shock to keep the big beast level, but the muscle cruiser look is just that— under the aggression is a deceptively lean 211kg machine. An extra $5000 for the Carbon version gets expected tell-tale weave on many of the key components, plus 2.5kg lighter Marchesini wheels.
The Diavel has already won acclaim for design and performance-based execution.
It’s well-priced, extremely well-featured and a big step in expanding the company’s street cred with a crowd that traditionally appreciates looks and power, not lean angles and podiums.
Acclaim: The Diavel doesn’t want for much ... street cred especially
ENGINE The heart of thenew Ducati is the 1198cc desmo V-twin