Ducati Diavel Carbon review

Controversial aesthetics, but brute force overrules ignorance.

By Ben Cope on Sun, 23 Jan 2011 - 12:01

Details
Manufacturer:
Ducati
Category:
Custom
Price:
£ 15495
Overall
4
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Something completely different, huge power. <p> Surprisingly good handling, intelligent traction control.
It doesn't look as good against the grey backdrop of Britain in winter.

“So, ah. How do you like ah cruising in Bolognese sauce?” says Ducati’s Marketing Director to me as we sit down for a coffee having tackled the amazingly twisty and sun-drenched Ronda road in Spain.

And that's the thing, the Diavel is hard to pigeonhole. Before talking to the team behind the bike, on looks alone I thought it was a cruiser with a good engine. Even though it shares a lot of parts you’d find on a superbike, it’s not a superbike. And, it’s just too different to be lumped into the naked category.  So, why am I bothered about squeezing  this bike into a niche? Well because that’s what we do when we judge anything;  a new bike comes along and it’s judged on whether it’s better than the bikes that came before it.

Read more: http://www.visordown.com/road-tests-first-rides/first-ride-ducati-diavel-carbon-review/17000.html#ixzz1EayntqXl

“So, ah. How do you like ah cruising in Bolognese sauce?” says Ducati’s Marketing Director to me as we sit down for a coffee having tackled the amazingly twisty and sun-drenched Ronda road in Spain.

And that's the thing, the Diavel is hard to pigeonhole. Before talking to the team behind the bike, on looks alone I thought it was a cruiser with a good engine. Even though it shares a lot of parts you’d find on a superbike, it’s not a superbike. And, it’s just too different to be lumped into the naked category.  So, why am I bothered about squeezing  this bike into a niche? Well because that’s what we do when we judge anything;  a new bike comes along and it’s judged on whether it’s better than the bikes that came before it.

Read more: http://www.visordown.com/road-tests-first-rides/first-ride-ducati-diavel-carbon-review/17000.html#ixzz1EayntqXl

Score Breakdown
Overall
4
Engine
4
Brakes
4
Handling
4
Comfort
3
Build Quality
4
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