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2011 Ducati Diavel First Ride Photo Gallery

Ducati debuts its wicked Diavel in Marbella, Spain, and Motorcycle USA gets a first ride aboard one of the most anticipated motorcycles of 2011. Check out the full report: 2011 Ducati Diavel First Ride.

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LED lights proliferate throughout the Diavel, including the tail.
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The security of DTC delivers a confidence boost, knowing a grin-saturated mind might push things a little further than prudent.
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The Diavel mill shares all the familiar internal dimensions, including 160mm bore, 67.9mm stroke and namesake displacement of the 1198 Superbike.
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A lower speeds the rear started to show its handling hindrances.
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Brembo monobloc calipers clamp 320mm rotors delivering sensational stopping power for the claimed 463-pound dry weight.
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Gorgeous 17-inch Marchesini wheels are both adorned with Pirelli’s sporty Diablo Rosso II tires.
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The Diavel, by our reckoning, is not a power cruiser – not by a long shot.
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Ducati reps at the tech presentation compared it to the Monster lineup in its ability to reach for a new riding segment.
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etailing for $16,995 in standard form and $19,995 in the higher spec Carbon version, Ducati expects its new Diavel to anchor a rebounding 2011 season in the U.S.
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A 50mm Marzocchi fork anchors the front end of the Diavel. Its stout look is cruiser-esque, though its full-adjustment capabilities are not.
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The styling of the Diavel has proven divisive since its first appearance. In person we found the styling pleasing and overall fit and finish quite refined.
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Will the Diavel thrive, or become an interesting curiosity in Ducati history?
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Pirelli did a fine job designing the 240mm Diablo Rossi II rear tire, handling high-speed maneuvering with aplomb.
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The Diavel is a different beast. While monstrously powerful, it’s not a monstrosity.
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A neutral riding position on the Diavel is amenable to long stints in the saddle.
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Thumb the starter button and the Diavel’s stainless steel exhaust sings pure Ducati Twin harmony, a particularly pleasant growl coming at idle and after rolling off the throttle.
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The Ducati Diavel features blistering acceleration from its Superbike-derived 1198cc L-Twin powerplant.
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At 62.6 inches the Diavel wheelbase marks the longest in the Ducati line, a full half-foot more than the 1198 and over two inches longer than its nearest kin – the Multistrada.
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The Diavel's braking comes courtesy of top-shelf components. Radial-mount four-piston Brembo monobloc calipers up front bite into a pair of 320mm discs
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The 41 degree lean angle makes for stellar ground clearance in the corners.
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The Diavel chassis makes for a stable platform and confident handling when the road throws some bends.
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Ducati claims the Diavel covers 0-60 in 2.6 seconds.
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The Testastretta 11 made its production debut in the redesigned Multistrada, but Ducati engineers unfettered an extra 12 ponies on the Diavel mill courtesy of a freer flowing exhaust.
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The Diavel churns out 162 horsepower, with its bottom end the equal of anything in the Ducati lineup.