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2011 Ducati Diavel First Ride Photo Gallery
2011 Ducati Diavel First Ride
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
LED lights proliferate throughout the Diavel, including the tail.
The security of DTC delivers a confidence boost, knowing a grin-saturated mind might push things a little further than prudent.
The Diavel mill shares all the familiar internal dimensions, including 160mm bore, 67.9mm stroke and namesake displacement of the 1198 Superbike.
A lower speeds the rear started to show its handling hindrances.
Brembo monobloc calipers clamp 320mm rotors delivering sensational stopping power for the claimed 463-pound dry weight.
Gorgeous 17-inch Marchesini wheels are both adorned with Pirelli’s sporty Diablo Rosso II tires.
The Diavel, by our reckoning, is not a power cruiser – not by a long shot.
Ducati reps at the tech presentation compared it to the Monster lineup in its ability to reach for a new riding segment.
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.
A 50mm Marzocchi fork anchors the front end of the Diavel. Its stout look is cruiser-esque, though its full-adjustment capabilities are not.
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.
Will the Diavel thrive, or become an interesting curiosity in Ducati history?
Pirelli did a fine job designing the 240mm Diablo Rossi II rear tire, handling high-speed maneuvering with aplomb.
The Diavel is a different beast. While monstrously powerful, it’s not a monstrosity.
A neutral riding position on the Diavel is amenable to long stints in the saddle.
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.
The Ducati Diavel features blistering acceleration from its Superbike-derived 1198cc L-Twin powerplant.
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.
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
The 41 degree lean angle makes for stellar ground clearance in the corners.
The Diavel chassis makes for a stable platform and confident handling when the road throws some bends.
Ducati claims the Diavel covers 0-60 in 2.6 seconds.
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.
The Diavel churns out 162 horsepower, with its bottom end the equal of anything in the Ducati lineup.
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