Di­avel in the de­tail

Du­cati’s red-hot cruiser goes like, well ... hell

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Two Wheels - CRAIG DUFF duffc@her­aldsun.com.au

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

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