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Phil West  says:

Ducati Diavel first ride: "I'm simply blown away!"

MCN’s Phil West has just ridden the all-new Ducati Diavel ‘power-cruiser’ at its world launch in southern Spain. This is what he has to say: “I’ve got to say I’m simply blown away by the Diavel. It’s so light, fast, sophisticated and so good handling and fun it completely turns on its head everything we thought so-called ‘cruisers were about until...

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May 09

Posts: 18

Larzarus says:

Good News!

I'm looking forward to seeing what other companies will do to compete with his! :)

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Nov 05

Posts: 3

barryvfr800 says:


Why would anybody want a "gigglingly fast cruiser",doubt the Harley riders will be rushing to buy this!

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Dec 10

Posts: 130

bikenutter says:


This isn't meant for harley riders, the only thing they want is the a badge. If they wanted a decent cruiser they'd ride victory's. This bike sounds very exciting, looks very cool and different and if it performs like Phil says it could be a very good bike. Test ride booked.

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Oct 10

Posts: 6

C12Steve says:

Custom. I dont think so.  Cruiser. I dont think so.

More like a B-King or the Yamaha MT01 thing from a few yerars ago.

Harley have a hard enough time selling the V Rod,  you would look silly dressed up as a pirate on a Diavel.

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Jan 11

Posts: 303

TomRR says:

About time

About time, I dont think this is for the Die-hard HD rider, its for the market that want all the good things about riding bikes, speed looks comfort,etc  It would be cool to take this around europe, UK to s-Spain and back, and do some serious window watching!  on the way, Its better build / better looks / better speed, then any HD,,,, and NO Orange crap clobber!

How much for the black one...  any one know!!!!

Snev you could trade your Busa for this ... drag you out of the 90s  LOL :)

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Nov 04

Posts: 3830

750FLYER says:


think it looks very cool!

Not in the market for a new bike, and if I was it'd  be sports but this is really interestinh=g looking and I like it a lot

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Lightning Boy


Mar 07

Posts: 82

I love it.

I have to say, I saw it at the bike show and was really taken with it. I'm not inclined to call it a cruiser or custom, more just a superb looking naked. If I had the money, I would definitely have one in my dream garage.

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Aug 02

Posts: 987

ANichol says:

I like that

Ducati are doing something different; but why the endless Harley references? The Diavel is not a cruiser; as soon as your measurements become power, weight, and handling, you're not discussing the merits of a cruiser anymore. You'd never attack the new 'Bonnie' for not being having a Y2K gas turbine engine, so why claim that Harley are somehow failing by comparison?

Here's the basic argument for the hard of understanding: Not everyone wants to go fast.

Neither does that mean that all you care about is a badge. For cruiser riders, it is about going for a ride they enjoy. They don't enjoy cramped seating, speed, hard cornering, worrying about speed cameras. What they like is feet kicked out, relaxed position, hands in the breeze, enjoying the ride. That doesn't require power, or helium-bubbled carbonfibre chassis, or sophisticated suspension; it just needs an engine, seat, bars, tank, wheels. Puts Harley "into the 1930s"; well good, 'cos I rather like Knuckleheads - but (again) MCN totally misses the point with cruisers.

Real Diavel rivals:
V-Max (bit obvious I know)
Rocket? (at a push)
Buell Lightning?

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Jun 09

Posts: 194

Pads1982 says:

Yes different strokes for different folks but how the hell do HD justify their prices if they dont do any R&D and just style the same bikes slightly differently?

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Sep 10

Posts: 72

Can't fail to pull a bird on that

machine. Just a  shame there'd be nowhere to put her.

Can someone please explain how, by any strecth of the imagination, this a 'Custom cruiser'? 

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