DUCATI DIAVEL (2011-on) Review

Published: 11 February 2011

Ducati's take on the power-cruiser blows away class stereotypes by bing light, fast, fine handling and sophisticated – awesome

DUCATI DIAVEL  (2011-on)

Ducati's take on the power-cruiser blows away class stereotypes by bing light, fast, fine handling and sophisticated – awesome

Overall Rating 5 out of 5

We’re absolutely blown away by the Diavel. It’s so light, fast and sophisticated, so good handling and fun, it completely turns on its head everything we thought so-called ‘cruisers were about until now. Or, to put it another way: the Diavel does to the cruiser bike class pretty much – if not more – what Ducati’s Multistrada did to the adventure bike class last year. It adds a degree of performance and sports ability to a class of bike where it simply didn’t exist before.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

We can’t quite get our heads around how Ducati has managed it, considering the Diavel’s long, low cruiser gait and fat back tyre, but this bike steers and sweeps and scratches and stops almost – almost – as good as a super naked. It’s that good. It steers perfectly neutrally and holds its line without complaint or (amazingly) decking out – and boy we tried. Its ride is smooth and controlled, the suspension exuding strength and quality. And the brakes are simply awesome. Sports bikes WILL be humbled by the Diavel.

Engine 5 out of 5

Testastretta 11º engine is essentially identical to that of the Multistrada 1200. Different exhaust and airbox, however, liberates 12 extra bhp to produce a peak bhp of 162 enough for it to be quicker even than the 1198 0-100kph. Fuelling is and delivery is perfect, switchable riding modes (engine maps) allows a choice between Urban (100bhp), Touring (soft 162bhp) or Sports (sharp 162bhp) maps, making it not just fiendishly potent, but practical and versatile, too.

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

Too early to pronounce on reliability, although recent Ducatis are generally much improved with extended 15,000-mile service intervals, but quality certainly impresses: all the wiring and hosing is neatly hidden away; the raised badging is mouthwateringly tactile; all the surfaces are either glossy paint, saucy carbon fibre or mouthwateringly milled aluminium; the fold-away pillion pegs and retractable grab handle are exquisite, I could go on…

Insurance, running costs & value 4 out of 5

£13,000 for the standard version is a lot of money in anyone’s book, with the carbon versions substantially more, but we think it’s still good value, especially compared to competition such as Yamaha’s (currently £22K) VMax and Harley’s
£14K VRod Muscle. You get an awful lot of tech, quality and style from Ducati and, best of all, performance that simply blows away anything else in the class.

Insurance group: 17 of 17 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

Equipment 5 out of 5

Tons of high tech as standard, including ABS, DTC (traction control) the riding modes system, TFT instruments, top spec brakes, not to mention a ‘car-style’ keyless ignition, novel LED head, tail and ‘strip’ indicator lights, footpegs with detachable rubbers, billet mirrors and a large diameter exhaust which includes not one but two lambda sensors, a catalytric converter and an power valve. High tech? The Diavel’s certainly got it…

Owners' Reviews

15 owners have reviewed their DUCATI DIAVEL (2011-on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

Review your DUCATI DIAVEL (2011-on)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4.4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.1 out of 5
Engine 4.7 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.2 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 3.7 out of 5
Equipment 4.3 out of 5
5 out of 5

Quite simply the best road bike ever.....

04 February 2016 by Simon Lewis

Quite simply the most outstanding road bike you can buy. I challenge anyone to ride one and not be blown away and completely converted. This bike is accomplished at everything, has a huge amount of character, massive grin factor and turns heads... Read more wherever you go. Kids give you thumbs up, old boy Jaguar drivers wind down their windows and gawp, dogs bark or run in terror. Nothing else has this much presence. Goes like a stabbed rat, sounds like armageddon.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
Outstanding chassis, handles way better than it should. You can absolutely stuff this bike into corners with complete confidence, trail braking deep and late. It does a pretty decent impression of a much nimbler machine at a trackday, and will embarrass all but the very latest sports bikes. Massive rear end grip, steer with and feel with your bum (although you can make it slide for fun), M50 Brembo callipers are the best brakes you will ever feel on a road bike with no perceivable fade under really hard use and outrageous stopping power, ABS gives huge confidence in the wet. Easily adjustable rear preload.
Engine
5 out of 5
Bonkers ! Feels like you have pulled the pin on an Inter Contintental Ballistic Missile. Ridiculous giggles, and hours of fun monstering sports cars. I'm surprised it's legal.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Cleans up really easily, no corrosion, pitting or signs of weather after 4 years. Fantastic build quality. I've been touring in Europe through Spain with no issues. Starts on the button, nothing has ever gone wrong apart from a loose ABS sensor cable - which attaches to the battery, and was fixed by tightening the bolt.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
Good service intervals.
Equipment
5 out of 5
3 rider modes, TC (useful). Standard seat is a pain after 100 miles. Ducati GT replacement seat is lovely. We have fitted the Pannier set, for (very fast) touring, 2 x 35 litres, and well designed and made. The overall fit an finish on the bike is superb, and shows a real step up from Ducats of old.
Buying experience

Bought privately, and immaculately presented and well cherished bike.

4 out of 5

09 November 2015 by Papavento

Nice bike, on smoth roads. Very expence for the quality presented, lot of vibrations at low revs. Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
3 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
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Equipment
5 out of 5
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4 out of 5

28 October 2015 by happ

great bike Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
3 out of 5
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Engine
3 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
3 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
3 out of 5
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Equipment
3 out of 5
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5 out of 5

Fun time

27 October 2015 by Doug

Best thing about this bike is it puts a smile on your face.I have been riding very sensible bikes for a few years now, BMWs RTs but at 63 I needed a bit of fun. Smiling all the time so much fun. Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
Not made for long travel for a passenger
Engine
5 out of 5
Lots of power liks to be reved
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
5 out of 5
Liked to have an USB outlet for my Sat nav
Buying experience

Great price from SMC Sheffield Tony

5 out of 5

01 July 2015 by Simon

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Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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4 out of 5

Just purchased one

20 October 2014 by my748s

Having had enough of killing my arms on my 748 i decided it was time to get something a bit more comfy and also something the wife could get on the back of, I test rode one the Thursday before last and returned to the dealer and ordered one, the bike... Read more handles very well for its size it pulls like a train and the wife had enough room to be comfy, i also ordered a tail tidy and venture shield, in the end we plumped for the carbon white,, its not a pretty thing in my opinion but it looks great from the side and the rear, i must admit i did think twice as the price is quite scarry but after picking it up friday i am well chuffed it rides so well for a big lump,

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
3 out of 5
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Equipment
5 out of 5
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4 out of 5

Booted out!

23 August 2013 by Ricklehurst

Obviously I took too long writing the review underneath! P.S: The mph figure mentioned should have read 100. Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
4 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
2 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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4 out of 5

Nice, but not the bike for me.

23 August 2013 by Anonymous

Took one on loan for the day while my 1100 Monster was being serviced, covering about 50 miles. First thing to strike me was how surprisingly smooth & easy to ride it was. It turned in to corners eagerly & exceeded expectations all round in terms of... Read more handling. Engine wise, I have to say I was a teensy bit disappointed: Sure, it's plenty fast, but not breathtakingly so & you have to rev to get at the power, which tends to mean changing down. I can honestly say that my Monster feels like it has more grunt, plus the power is much more readily accessible & delivered in a more pleasing way. Obviously the Diavel would streak away at much over mph but who wants to do that regularly on a naked? Maybe the Strada version with the screen would be the one to go for. I found the riding modes utterly pointless: The bike is smooth & well mannered enough not to need any cap on peak power, & switching between modes is far too complicated to be realistic on the move without being dangerously distracting. I loved a lot about the Diavel but the best thing was that it convinced me that I don't need to change my own bike any time soon. If I was rich I'd have one in my garage in the lovely new blue with white wheels & stripes) but to anyone who isn't, I would say get a Monster Evo instead & with the change buy a used Fireblade! :-)

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
4 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
2 out of 5
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Equipment
3 out of 5
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5 out of 5

LOVE IT

29 April 2013 by daldry2504

Had the Diavel for two months and done 1000 miles and every one of them has been fun!!!!! Riding position is spot on for me (5'8) no aches or pains from the standard seat, only thing i changed is the exhaust to the Termagini full system fitted for... Read more £2500 and they sound amazing even though they are expensive. The power and speed of this bike is amazing and breathtaking it goes around corners as well. in my eyes 10 out of 10!!!!

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
5 out of 5
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5 out of 5

try one!

11 April 2012 by CosherB

had a test ride today of the Diavel. if you're in the market for a big bike that isn't a 'superbike' or a tourer, get yourself down to your Ducati dealer and try one of these - it's an absolute hoot to ride. i think chriswren has rather missed the... Read more point of this bike, it's all about good fun, not the nth degree in absolute engineering for the last millisecond around a track. having said that, the attention to detail on the Diavel is superb, with build quality to match. you can guess that i liked it! lol

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
3 out of 5
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Equipment
5 out of 5
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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2011
Year discontinued -
New price £14,395
Used price £9,000 to £17,300
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 17 of 17
Annual road tax £81
Annual service cost £400
Performance
Max power 162 bhp
Max torque 94 ft-lb
Top speed 169 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 11.5 secs
Average fuel consumption 35 mpg
Tank range 132 miles
Specification
Engine size 1198cc
Engine type 8v liquid-cooled V-twin, 6 gears
Frame type Tubular steel trellis
Fuel capacity 17 litres
Seat height 770mm
Bike weight 210kg
Front suspension Preload, compression and rebound
Rear suspension Preload, compression and rebound
Front brake 2 x 320mm discs, Brembo 4-piston callipers, ABS
Rear brake 265mm disc, twin-piston calliper, ABS
Front tyre size 120/70 ZR 17
Rear tyre size 240/45 ZR 17

History & Versions

Model history

2011: Diavel launched

Other versions

Diavel Carbon: £15,495
£2500 extra gets you carbon fibre body panels and mudguard in unpainted black plus a black nitride coating on the forks and forged Marchesini wheels with matching, machined disc carriers – all of which trims weight by 3kg (the wheels alone are 2.5kg lighter).

Diavel Carbon Red £15,895
As the Carbon but (as tested here) with red paintjob. Carbon models will be available first, but all models are expected to be in dealers before the end of the month.

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