Ducati Diavel -- A New Category of Bike

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It attracted criticism and controversy when the first images came out, with some calling it too ugly and too expensive. But now it is quite clear that the Diavel is one of the most exciting bikes of the year.

The Diavel is a thrilling bike that has completely proved the early critics wrong.

With the Diavel, Ducati clearly set out to try something different. It’s original, so much so that it seems to defy being categorised. And although this has confused some people, the fact is that this is a very exciting bike indeed.

On first appearances, the Diavel is a beast, but its large size belies its lightness and agility. The 240-section rear tyre, specially designed for the bike, was one of the most controversial aspects when the first pictures emerged. Some would say it does not help it at all in the image department, and it was feared that it would lead to difficult handling. But when you ride the bike it is not even noticeable. In fact, the Diavel is excellent at cornering, and has fantastic balance.

With its 160bhp, the Diavel may not be as powerful as some of its main competitors such as the Yamaha V-Max (197 bhp), but it wins hands down in the power-to-weight ratio. It is this leaner aspect that boosts its performance and makes it so thrilling to ride, and with a powerful acceleration of 0-62mph in 2.6 according to Ducati, that’s amazing for the price.

Even with the controversial rear tyre, the Diavel looks great. Ducati has done an excellent job with the styling, both for the standard and lightweight carbon models. The finish is sublime, the best of any Ducati, and the whole model just oozes luxury.

The dash consists of a bar-mounted LCD display complete with time, coolant temperature and tachometer, with the lower TFT display providing an easy-to-use menu for such info as the traction control and fuel level.

With a saddle 30.3 inches high, this is the lowest height for any Ducati. But the thick padding means that it’s comfortable to sit on and supportive. Indeed, the upright riding position places the rider within easy reach of the handlebars, making for a supremely comfortable ride.

It comes with traction control to choose from three different riding modes: Sport, Touring and Urban. Sport is the most powerful and has an excellent throttle response, whilst the Urban setting is restricted to 100bhp which is perfectly adequate for many riders.

The Diavel is a thrilling bike that has completely proved the early critics wrong. It’s powerful, visually compelling and its handling is excellent. The performance is immense, yet the posture is more relaxed leading to an enjoyable ride. You can try to compare it to some of its closest rivals, such as the more expensive V-Max or the lower-performance Suzuki M1800RZ, but at the end of the day this is a bike that refuses to be easily categorised.

Ducati said they wanted to create a new category of bike with the Diavel, and it looks like they have done exactly that. Starting at £12,995, make sure your investment is protected when you take it to the road with adequate motorcycle insurance.


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