‘It’s def­i­nitely one of my favourite bikes. It’s a brute, but beau­ti­ful’

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‘ The only thing to note is that it has a bit of an ap­petite for tyres’

‘It’s an ab­so­lutely fan­tas­tic pack­age. Ev­ery­thing’s been good, bul­let­proof re­ally, they’re a good bike.

‘Re­calls-wise, there was one on the num­ber­plate hanger so they were brought in and swapped. Not that we had any prob­lems in the UK, I think it was more abroad, just with the very first ones.

‘As re­gards re­ports of faulty key fobs, I al­ways say this: you bring you bike in for a ser­vice, and if you keep in the loop with your Du­cati dealer you re­ceive the nec­es­sary up­grades – that one was quickly re­solved with a soft­ware up­date. The Di­avel key fob is the same unit as the Mul­tistrada’s and, yes, early doors there were a few is­sues with the Mul­tistrada, but not with the Di­avel.

‘But the en­gine as a whole is un­be­liev­able. For me, along with the 916 (on which I’ve worked for a long time) the Di­avel is one of the best two Du­catis. If you’re lucky enough to be able to af­ford the full open sys­tem on it, oh gosh, what a crack­ing piece of kit it is. It’s def­i­nitely one of my favourite bikes. It’s a brute, but just beau­ti­ful, too.

‘We’re very lucky with Du­cati at the mo­ment: every model in the range is fan­tas­tic. It sounds bi­ased but it’s not. They’re just get­ting bet­ter and bet­ter.

‘The only thing to note with the Di­avel is that it has a bit of an ap­petite for tyres, but at the end of the day, when you’re putting that kind of power through it’s not sur­pris­ing. The front tyre feath­ers a bit but that’s about it. Over­all it’s un­be­liev­able, re­ally nice.

‘As for tyres, they were orig­i­nally fit­ted with Pirellis but Miche­lin have now come up with some­thing for it too and they are sup­posed to be as good if not bet­ter but I can’t vouch for that.

‘Elec­tri­cally, again, they’ve been as good as gold – I’m sorry to be bor­ing. While cos­met­i­cally, I think with a bike like this, if you use the right prod­ucts, there should be noth­ing wrong with them. Most peo­ple don’t use them every day so 97 per cent are still im­mac­u­late.'

The Di­avel is tough on tyres. Early num­ber­plate hangers were re­placed

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Ser­vice Man­ager at Du­cati Coven­try JOHN BUR­ROWS,

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