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By Andy Downes -
15 December 2010 15:55
Ducati has released two videos explaining the design and technology of the new Ducati Diavel sports cruiser as it gears up for the bike to be released in the New Year.
The videos explain the thoughts behind the design of the bike being based on the appearance of a 'sprinter hunched on the starting blocks' and the technology which is standard on the bike.
Ducati is aiming the Diavel to open up new markets for the firm as it broadens the range outside the normal sportsbikes and the traditional Monster range.
The firm started building the first batch of the new Ducati Diavel two weeks ago. Ducati General Manager Claudio Domenicali officially opened the production lines at the Bologna factory as the firm gears up to build enough models for the first run. Ducati UK has already taken more than 50 confirmed orders.
Spokesman Alan Jones said: “There are over 50 confirmed orders but following the bike show in Birmingham this is rising rapidly. It’s slightly less than the Multistrada had achieved at this time but I think more people were clear on what that bike offered. The Diavel is one of those bikes that has to be experienced and tested.”
The Diavel is a 162bhp sports cruiser with a 207kg kerbweight for the more expensive Diavel Carbon model, ABS, traction control, different riding modes, a 240 section rear tyre and two versions; a standard one and the range-topping Carbon model.
The Diavel is a new take on the market sector defined by the Yamaha V-Max and the Harley-Davidson V-Rod although Ducati has been at pains to say the performance of the Diavel will destroy both of them in terms of braking and handling and it’s much lighter.
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monster on steroids
Like the look of the Diavel. They will sell well in the USA. comfy seat, big engine. although the bike looks a big plastic to me, the carbon one looks nice. With the drop off on sports bikes, Ducati have not put all there eggs in one basket. Although the multi isnt to my taste, they are selling well.
Still dont understand why Ducati dropped the ST range, with some more development and new engine, under estimated bike.
18 December 2010 13:03
Go with the (Ducati) Flow
17 December 2010 18:21
Ducati certainly seems to have put its best styling days well and truly behind it. There's not a current model of Duc that appeals to me. They butchered the Monster, the Multi has always been more of a Muttley and even the 1098 looks like just another Japanese litre bike.
17 December 2010 11:46
What's in a name ?
I will admit that when the bike first came out I wasn't convinced, however the more I see it the more it's starting to grow on me, but I'll reserve final judgement until I see it in the metal and take it for a test ride.
But come on Ducati, the name, the goddamn awful name !
17 December 2010 09:32
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