Ducati diavel

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  1. Dhillon

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    Ducati’s Diavel stunned the assembled press at its launch in sunny Marbella. The Bologna manufacturer’s devilish new offering has a surprisingly good chassis powered by what must be the best engine in motorcycling – and that’s some statement!

    We weren’t too sure what to expect when Ducati displayed its unusual take on a muscle bike at the end of year bike shows. Here was a huge, hunched motorcycle with a brawny chassis, a tank that mimics the vast bonnet of an American muscle car, a big round single headlight, sawn-off rear end with cool under-seat lights and super-trick way of displaying the number plate that doesn’t detract from the bike’s lines, and twin-sided silencers. It looked like Ducati’s iconic machine, the Monster, had taken a load of steroids and spent the winter down the gym.

    But rather than perform like a big bulky machine, the Diavel (which apparently is Bologna dialect for devil) proved to be edgy and sophisticated; exhilarating on the twisties, with the ability to trounce anything on a straight piece of road – including its supposed rivals, the Yamaha V-Max and Harley V-Rod.

    The engine is the same 1198.4cc, 90-degree V-twin, Desmodromic eight-valve used in the latest Multistrada, but with a year’s extra development refining the fuelling to perfection. Other improvements bring power up to 161PS, so 12PS more than the Multi. While the Diavel makes less power than the V-Max’s impressive 198PS, it weighs a massive 100kg less which makes a huge difference to acceleration. The Diavel costs ` 6 lakh less than the V-Max too; a piece of Italian exotica costing a lot less than a Japanese model belonging to the same class? The motorcycling world turned on its head!

    But back to acceleration, and the Diavel storms 0-100kmph in 2.6 seconds – faster than Ducati’s own 1198 superbike! It also has the shortest braking distance of any production Ducati ever made, including the MotoGP derived Desmosedici, thanks in part to the efficient ABS system. Seriously guys, pull the brake lever in hard from high speeds and you’ll suffer decompression it stops that fast. It’s so good in fact that the front suspension gets a little overwhelmed and the bike ends like it’s on a pogo stick... But I’d love to take it to a place such as Bruntingthorpe, where here in the UK we take bikes for speed and brake testing, just to find out what it’s really capable of...
    And the Diavel has the technology to back up its prowess – hello Ducati traction control. This lets you open the throttle far wider than you’d ever thought possible without launching into orbit as the engine management system cuts in when the wheel spins. In fact it can cut in pretty frequently – if you open up the throttle even from a standstill the low down oomph is strong enough to make the back wheel break traction pretty quick. This low down grunt also makes drive out of corners phenomenal...

    Get on the Diavel and the expansive tank stretches out in front of you, although it’s not a long reach to the bars; the riding position is comfortable and spacious, placing you in control of the beast. Start the Diavel up and give it some throttle and the engine noise makes your hair stand on end. It roars and gurgles, urging you to give it more welly.

    A mere twitch of the right wrist is met by an immediate response from the engine, with outrageous torque thundering out of every nook and cranny, from way down the rev range all the way up to the redline. It feels good everywhere, as you creep along smoothly at low speeds, to the massive build-up of arm-wrenching speed as you hurtle up the rev range, launching you forward like a ferocious missile. The Diavel is easily the most satisfying engine in motorcycling.

    The Diavel has the usual engine modes; Sport, Touring and Urban. Sport gives you the full whack of power, Touring gives you the same amount of power, but delivered less aggressively. Urban is for those who feel intimidated by the thought of all that power, or maybe for the most slippery conditions – power is cut to a measly 99PS.

    But who would possibly want to dampen that divine motor? Maybe for fuel economy purposes, but you don’t ride a bike like this with that in mind... However, the lack of fuel gauge and even mileage range is annoying, and unjustified since the Multistrada has the world’s most comprehensive clocks. Why not give the Diavel the same?

    The chassis works astonishingly well – and I say astonishing mainly because on paper, it sounds all wrong, starting from the longest wheelbase in the Ducati family, to the raked-out forks and a fat 240 rear Pirelli Diablo. But while steering is slow at low speeds, and the suspension can get a little skittish over bumps taken at speed, it’s also beautifully balanced. Accelerate and the Diavel devours corners, urging you to ride until you can ride no more.

    There are two versions of the Diavel.
    The base model Diavel (` 10.3 lakh) which comes with traction control as standard, the power modes and ABS, and the flagship Diavel Carbon (` 12.3 lakh - red version ` 12.7 lakh) with a character-forming mix of aesthetic and performance components from carbon fibre bodywork specially machined Marchesini wheels.

    Ducati’s General Manager of Ducati Motor Holding, Claudio Domenicali, is rightly proud of his new motorcycle. He said: “The Diavel is, without doubt, the most exciting innovation in our 2011 line-up because it represents a new concept of motorcycle. It is a naked because it is essential, light and agile; a cruiser because it is imposing and also comfortable with a passenger; and a sports bike because it has a powerful heart, muscles, and levels of performance that take your breath away.”
    “Until now,” Domenicali continued, “no segment has ever captured these characteristics in just one bike. We are extremely satisfied with the Diavel, it represents the concept of ‘sport’ and celebrates all that Ducati has achieved in recent years. If the Multistrada 1200 represents the perfect synthesis between functionality and performance, the Diavel creates a new interpretation of performance, combined with technology and design.”

    And he’s right to speak so highly of the Diavel. Ducati has produced a fantastic new motorcycle that’s easy yet exhilarating to ride, and that laps up both straights and twisties while displaying superb stability and being capable of surprisingly low lean angles. And, it’s as exciting to look at as it is to ride.

    The Diavel has been in UK dealers since the end of February. It will be launched in India this April. Test ride it and you’ll be selling your soul to the devil to own one...


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  2. Codename.47

    Codename.47 Guest

    thats sick man...next year i get restrictions off my motorbike license ;)
     

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