Cruisers and sportsbikes usually lie at the opposite ends of the bike segment’s spectrum. These 2 types of bikes are drastically different from each other in so many aspects – cruisers are more about comfort and feature high torque engines meant for long rides at steady speeds while sportsbikes are about looks, handling and their engines are designed to propel the bikes to the fastest speeds possible. But when you combine these conflicting aspects into one beautifully-designed body, you end up with the Ducati Diavel.
Diavel is the word for ‘Devil’ in Bolognese which is a dialect spoken in the Italian town of Bologna (The birthplace of Ducati and Lamborghini). In almost all mythologies, the Devil was an entity that gave humans something that was forbidden by god, and in that sense, it looks like Ducati has chosen the most apt name possible. The Diavel manages to blend the best aspects about a cruiser and sportsbike in a way that only Ducati can. Comfort without compromise on handling, power accompanied by a host of safety features and looks to die for, the Ducati Diavel is not only a jack of all trades, it’s a master of them all as well.
Ducati is currently selling 4 variants of the Diavel – the Diavel, Diavel Carbon, and the newer XDiavel and XDiavel-S. The first 2 models are powered by 1198.4 cc Testastretta L-Twin engines that produce 162 hp and 130.5 Nm of power and torque respectively while the XDiavel models have a larger 1262 cc engines that produce smaller figures of 156 hp and 129 Nm delivered to the rear wheel by a belt drive instead of a chain. This surprising change was done as Ducati wants to focus on low speed ride-ability of their modern day cruiser. But the engine specifications aside, what makes the Diavel really unique is it’s unique design and the mind-boggling number of electronic aides it offers.
The Diavel looks like a naked sportsbike that has been forced to be a cruiser, but somehow, it manages to look insanely good nonetheless. The straight-cut exhausts, Marchesini wheels and a single seat with a curved end lend the aggressive look to the Diavel. Where it really stands out though is the amount of adjustable options available to its riders. The Diavel comes with 8 traction settings, 3 riding modes (urban, sport and touring) which vary the power delivered to the rear wheel and adjustable suspension and footrest positions. The XDiavel-S also features an infotainment centre and bluetooth module which is only found on hardcore touring and adventure bikes.
All in all, the Ducati Diavel is an unbelievable bike that seems to effortlessly blend the positives of the 2 most popular bike segments into a single, wonderful vehicle. Not ones to conform to guidelines, Ducati might just have invented a brand new segment in the world of motorcycles and we can only hope that they continue to build upon it.
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