‘It’s definitely one of my favourite bikes. It’s a brute, but beautiful’
‘ 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
Service Manager at Ducati Coventry JOHN BURROWS,