Thursday, February 10, 2011

2011 Ducati Diavel Review: Riding Ducati's Diabolical Power Cruiser

This motorcycle, so far, is universally loved by the motorcycle press. But every photo I see of it makes me think U-G-L-Y.
Maybe I need to see it in person...maybe I need to ride it?

2011 Ducati Diavel Review: Riding Ducati's Diabolical Power Cruiser: "

Ducati Diavel Review

One thing you need to know about so-called power cruisers like the Harley-Davidson V-Rod Muscle, Star V-Max, and Suzuki M109R: they may be quick in a straight line, but they also weigh between 673 and 764 pounds apiece-- yep, that's some serious peg-scraping tonnage.

Ducati's new 162 horsepower Diavel?

Well, the Italian company won't release wet weight figures, but considering its dry mass is a featherweight 463 pounds (or 456 pounds for the Carbon edition), I'd confidently say the Diavel offers a mind (and genre) bending experience for anyone who's ever wanted to break the sound barrier, yet failed to see the attraction behind torture rack sportbikes.

After blasting the Diavel through mountainous roads in Southern Spain, I'm hesitant to even use the word cruiser in the same sentence... what exactly am I talking about, and why the rampant hyperbole? Find out in my 2011 Ducati Diavel Review, and see pics of the bike in this photo gallery.



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