DUCATI DIAVEL (2011-on) Review

Published: 11 February 2011

Blows away class stereotypes by being light, fast, fine handling and sophisticated – awesome

DUCATI DIAVEL  (2011-on)

Blows away class stereotypes by being 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. 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 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 from 0-60mph. Fuelling is and delivery is perfect, switchable riding modes (engine maps) allows a choice between Urban (100bhp), Touring (soft 162bhp) or Sports (sporty 162bhp) maps, making it not just fiendishly potent, but practical and versatile, too.

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

Modern Ducatis are generally much improved with extended 15,000-mile service intervals. 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, we could go on…

Insurance, running costs & value 4 out of 5

The Diavel is good value, especially compared to its competition such as Yamaha’s VMax and Harley’s 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), TFT instruments, top spec brakes, not to mention keyless ignition, novel LED head, tail and ‘strip’ indicator lights, footpegs with detachable rubbers, billet mirrors and a large diameter exhaust which includes two lambda sensors, a catalytric converter and an power valve. High tech? The Diavel’s certainly got it…

Owners' Reviews

18 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 4.5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.2 out of 5
Engine 4.7 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.3 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 3.7 out of 5
Equipment 4.3 out of 5
5 out of 5

28 August 2017 by Keith

This bike is the cutting edge of motorcycle technology, with 8 levels of ABS and traction control, 8 being the "rain" setting where maximum interference is required regarding wheel spin or skidding. Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
The ride quality is outstanding as are the Brembo brakes.
Engine
5 out of 5
The engines performance is tremendous, it has torque at all points and pulls like a locomotive fueled with nitro, in fact it took me months before I could go through the gears flat out, the engine "explodes" with power and simply gets stronger all the way up, by the time you are out of 2nd gear you are flying.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
The quality is unsurpassed,Ducati uses the finest components available, the fit and finish of the components are exquisite, my bike is mechanical art, I can look at it for hours.
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
The valve adjustments take many hours which equates to approximately $1,500 and this is not including parts such as tires, brakes, chain, sprockets which wear faster than lesser performance machines. One thing I discovered is there are many barely used motors available online for the Diavel and they are selling for not much more than a tune up. I had a 1991 BMW 850 V 12 Coupe and it's engine was very similar in that if it required much repair the costs soon eclipse the cost to simply swap in a used motor with low mileage. The forums called it a "throw away motor" because if the water pump or cams failed it was cheaper to replace the motor rather than repair it.
Equipment
5 out of 5
The bike is the closest thing to a Ferrari I have ever owned, it is more of a machine than I can use, it's capability surpasses my skills , thankfully the electronic aids allow me to ride the bike much more safely than a bike with this much HP and no electronic aids.
5 out of 5

MODERN MUSCLE AND DESIGN

04 June 2017 by Brutto Motore

There's no perfect bike, but this comes pretty close in many areas. It's darn good looks and the mighty engine retrieve most of its weaknesses. Diavel's raw twin engine is at it's best on curvy country roads and it's modern looks draw admiration on... Read more city boulevards.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
An ultimate blast to ride between 60-160 km/h (massive grunt and insane top end too). Below that the ride is a tad jerky and above that the lack of wind protection is obvious. Chassis and brakes are good. Sitting position and the ergos are comfortable, but handlebar vibrations become quickly irritating on longer journeys.
Engine
5 out of 5
Compared to inline-4s the engine feels rough and unrefined, but that's a vital part of Diavel's charisma. And so is the racy sound of it too. Raw power is available at any time and anywhere, which makes overtaking devilish fun. Quickshifter would double the fun though. It takes 240-280 kms for the Testastretta L2 to swallow a tankful of gas.
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
Let's get this straight: Italians know the design! This bike really turns heads - so much you may even be tired of it. Reliability is good and quality quite wood as well. 1st Gen bike had certainly more small annoying flaws to be fixed.
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
Service and insurance costs are generally higher than other bikes'. Rear tyres lasted about 9000 kms, but that's ok considering the huge torque of the L2 and the grip of a 240mm rubber.
Equipment
3 out of 5
Standard equipment is pretty good with the riding modes, keyless start and so on. The dash looks damn good and has lots of info, but is situated too low below the field of view. Diavel is certainly not a bike for a pillion and the lack of stylish hard cases hurts its touring abilities too. A cruise control would broaden the bikes' range of use.
5 out of 5

Ducati Diavel Carbon

09 August 2016 by Harry Robinson

Redefines the 'Cruiser'class of bike. The Diavel is much nearer a Sports Bike than a Cruiser Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
Excellent Brembo brakes as fitted to a Sports bike
Engine
5 out of 5
Loads of 'Stmo' and very good all round performance.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
The main service comes at 15000 miles, the Desmo Service, and it costs a very large £650
Equipment
5 out of 5
ABS and Riding Modes
Buying experience

Brought New from a Dealer

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

Read more

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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Read all 18 owners' reviews in full

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2011
Year discontinued -
New price £14,395
Used price £7,700 to £15,500
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 17 of 17
Annual road tax £85
Annual service cost £730
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: 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: As the Carbon but with red paintjob.

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