The Ducati Diavel was one of the strangest rides to debut in 2011. It’s also one of the most fun to ride!
Motorcycle USA couldn’t get enough of the Diavel in 2011, testing it multiple times to figure out just what the hell the Italian devil really was. In our Performance Cruiser Shootout it completely decimated its supposed competition. Adding it to our Streetfighter Comparison it finally met its match against nimbler rivals. Even so, the Diavel proved its premium performance – smoking the likes of the Speed Triple and Z1000 in 0–60 and quarter-mile tests. We also had a ball thrashing the new Duc at a trackday too. Try that on a typical cruiser!
With its Testastretta engine spinning out 137 rear-wheel horsepower, the Diavel tosses cruiser conventions on their head. Wheel-lofting fun in the cruiser class? Yes, sir. And that Ducati Twin is rich in character too, with a blissful exhaust note. Amazingly, the adrenaline-jacking powerplant is easily tamed with advanced electronic aids. The Diavel bristles with technology: Three switchable riding modes, adjustable Ducati Traction Control, ABS which can be deactivated manually, top-shelf Brembo monobloc brakes, fully adjustable Marzocchi fork and Sachs shock, slipper clutch…
MotoUSA tabs the Diavel as cruiser of the year fully acknowledging its status as a bona fide cruiser is shaky, at best. That said, we praise it for shattering the performance expectations in a riding genre that hews firm to tradition, maybe a little too firm.
Motorcycle USA Best of 2011 Awards
Rider of the Year 2011: Ryan Villopoto
Manufacturer of the Year 2011: Polaris Industries
Best Cruiser 2011: Ducati Diavel
Best Sportbike 2011: BMW S1000RR
Best Street Bike 2011: Ducati Multistrada
Best Touring Motorcycle 2011: Harley-Davidson Road Glide Ultra
Best Adventure Motorcycle 2011: Triumph Tiger 800 XC
Best Enduro 2011: KTM 350 XC-F
Best Dual Sport 2011: Husqvarna TE250
Best Motocross Motorcycle 2011: Honda CRF450R
Motorcycle of the Year 2011: Kawazuki CRF65 SX