DUCATI DIAVEL (2011 - 2019) Review

Highlights

  • Ducati's high performance cruiser
  • Distinctive huge rear tyre
  • Unique, aggressive styling

At a glance

Owners' reliability rating: 4.2 out of 5 (4.2/5)
Annual servicing cost: £890
Power: 162 bhp
Seat height: Low (30.3 in / 770 mm)
Weight: Medium (463 lbs / 210 kg)

Prices

New N/A
Used £7,300 - £16,000

Overall rating

Next up: Ride & brakes
4 out of 5 (4/5)

The Ducati Diavel was a risk. Considering the Italian company’s sporting heritage, when they announced that they were making a cruiser there was, understandably, a fair amount of scepticism. What on earth was a company like Ducati doing trying to go head-to-head with Harley-Davidson? However then the Diavel arrived and minds were well and truly changed...

Named after he Bolognese dialect word for devil, the Diavel isn’t a cruiser in the traditional sense of the word and is instead Ducati’s take on a performance cruiser. And a very fast one at that which was more than happy in the bends. Armed with a sportsbike-derived (and WSB-winning) motor, top-rate suspension, a sporty chassis, cutting-edge electronics and radical styling, all off-set by a huge 240-section rear tyre, the Diavel was a radical departure for not only Ducati but also cruisers in general. And it worked, with those who maybe would never have considered owning a cruiser being tempted to part with their cash.

Ducati Diavel Carbon

Available in stock form or higher-spec Carbon (pictured above), which adds lightweight Marchesini wheels and a dash of carbon fibre here and there, the Diavel is a mean and moody street cruiser that even hardened sportsbike fans can’t ignore. A second generation arrived in 2015 and brought with it a slightly modified twin-spark Testastretta motor and there have also been a few ‘special edition’ models such as the AMG Edition, Chromo, Titanium and Diesel, which are basically just flash paintjobs or bolt-on extras. The XDiavel, which arrived in 2015 in stock and S guise, upped the game a step further through a bigger capacity 1260 DVT motor (it also has a belt final drive) before 2020 saw the standard Diavel gain the DVT motor to become the Ducati Diavel 1260.

If you like the idea of a sporty naked bike with a bit of cruiser attitude and head-turning styling, the Diavel will certainly appeal and it deservedly has a huge worldwide fanbase.

The Ducati Diavel impressed MCN so much when it was released in 2011 that it won our Machine of the Year award that year. MCN Editor at the time, Marc Potter was blown away when he rode it.

He said: "There was no hesitation here because I've never known a bike exceed expectations by such a huge margin. It has massive presence as a cruiser and should clearly appeal in an entirely new market for Ducati, yet the performance is epic and the feel of the bike is fabulous."

The Diavel fought off tough competition from the BMW K1600GT, the six-cylinder tourer that had just been released at the time to take the UK's most coveted motorcycle award.

There's a thriving enthusiasts' scene for this bike. Once you've read this review and our owners' reviews, you may want to join an online community such as the Diavel-Forum.co.uk to meet likeminded owners.

Watch: Ducati Diavel video review

Ride quality & brakes

Next up: Engine
4 out of 5 (4/5)

Don’t be fooled by the Diavel’s cruiser look or its whopping 240-section rear tyre, this is a proper handing bike that destroys the bends. Armed with fat 50mm fully-adjustable Marzocchi forks (the Carbon’s forks feature a black finish) and a fully-adjustable horizontal Sachs monoshock, the Diavel’s trellis frame contains lots of the firm’s sporty DNA and as well as 17-inch wheels (lightweight forged Marchesini on the Carbon) the Diavel has four-piston Brembo monoblock calipers and ABS as standard. 

If you think that reads like a sportsbike’s spec list you would be right, it does, and that’s the key to the Diavel’s handling prowess. Despite its long and low stance, the Diavel whips through bends and seldom suffers from a lack of ground clearance. You can really push on and treat it like a super naked if you wish, which is incredible for a machine of its style. The Brembo brakes are seriously powerful, the ABS system excellent and aside from being absolutely terrible for a pillion, there is little to find fault with. It really is horrible for a pillion...

Ducati Diavel suspension – used guide

Most owners reckon the suspension is good as standard, but some (especially those riding on rougher roads) say the front forks are stiff, so they kick off bumps and ripples, and the rear is too softly-sprung. Both ends are rebuildable so it’s no problem to get them set up to suit you by a specialist. Switching to an Öhlins rear shock is also a popular option.

Ducati Diavel rear shock is often replaced by Ohlins

We had a few complaints of leaky fork seals, often at very low mileages and sorted under warranty – worth checking on a used bike. The forks should have oil changed every 15,000 miles – old oil breaks down quickly and can damage the black coating on some models’ fork legs. There’s a rose-joint bush in the rear suspension linkage that appears to be made of cheese – it’s not uncommon for it to completely wear through and fail in under 15,000 miles. A better-quality

replacement can be had for less than £10: you’re looking for a GE16-PW rod end (rose joint) bearing, but go for a decent brand like FAG or Durbal.

Which tyres for my Ducati Diavel?

Michelin Pilot Power 3 - the only alternative to the standard-fitment Pirelli's Diablo Rosso 2 and just as grippy. 

Engine

Next up: Reliability
5 out of 5 (5/5)

Powered by the Testastretta 11-degree V-twin, the Diavel makes a seriously impressive 160bhp with 94ft.lb of torque, which puts a fair few sportsbikes to shame, let alone cruisers! Retaining a chain final drive system (XDiavels run a belt) the motor has a ride-by-wire throttle with traction control as well as three riding modes – Sport, Touring and Urban. 

Potent when requested yet also fairly relaxed if you want to just take it easy, the Testastretta sounds and feels like a Ducati should and is a real joy to use. And one that isn’t as expensive as you might expect to run as Ducati extended its service intervals to 15,000-miles (18,000 on the 2015-onwards model) between the pricey ‘desmo’ valve-clearance check service. That said, you are looking at a bill of roughly £800 when the times comes... Loads of Diavel owners fit louder exhausts to emphasise that wonderful V-twin exhaust note and also release a bit of extra poke. In 2015 the engine was slightly updated with a new twin-spark head before being replaced in 2020 by the DVT 1260 motor.

Riding modes on the Ducati Diavel

Ducati Diavel engine and gearbox – used guide

The engine is a well-proven unit. Regular oil changes are a must, with fully synthetic oil – Motul 300V is popular. In normal use a healthy engine should use little or no oil between changes. If oil is blowing out through the crank breather into the airbox, the crankcase breather valve could be at fault – simple and cheap to check. Internal corrosion of waterways can be an issue, and word is that the later AGIP pink coolant is better than the earlier blue version.  

There’s a known issue with the gearbox jumping out of second and into neutral on some bikes, and/or showing a neutral light but still  being in gear. Repair can involve replacing some seriously pricey gearbox internals, so make sure you throttle on and off hard in second a few times on your test ride to see if it’s a problem.

The Ducati Diavel's performance is very impressive

Experienced Ducati mechanics recommend fitting an upgraded shifting detent arm and spring (see www.motowheels.com) – not pricey and easy to fit once the clutch is out of the way. There were also a few complaints of the gear lever refusing to spring back into position, caused by worn or broken return springs - quite a bit of workshop time to replace.

Reliability & build quality

Next up: Value
4 out of 5 (4/5)

The Diavel is built to a fairly high level of spec but owners report that there are a few issues to be wary of. The suspension linkages seem to develop play fairly quickly, which is annoying but not too horrific to get sorted, and there are occasional reports of fuel sensor issues and also a problem with the keyless ignition failing to recognise the fob. A very few owners have experienced the TFT dash misting up due to water ingress but this isn’t common. 

The 240-section rear tyre is a bit pricey (around £200 RRP depending on brand, it can be found for lower if you shop around) and as on any bike with a single sided swingarm you need to be very wary of damage to the hub caused by the pinch bolts being over-tightened and the eccentric hub adjuster itself becoming all gunked up. 

With all Ducati models, the key is to get it serviced by someone who knows their stuff as that generally irradicates the small and irritating faults before they start to affect reliability. In 2014 the Diavel was recalled for an issue with the number plate assembly potentially becoming detached and in 2012 there was a problem with sidestands possibly cracking (all models affected from 2011-to these dates) but it is almost certain the recall will have been completed. You can check by contacting a Ducati dealer with the bike’s VIN plate if you want to be certain.

Our Ducati Diavel owners' reviews show no serious reliability issues reported, although some owners have had warranty work carried out. 

Value vs rivals

Next up: Equipment
4 out of 5 (4/5)

The Diavel is a premium motorcycle and that means even older models are far from a cheap used buy. Prices start at £8000 and rise to £12,000 for a 2019 model. Special editions such as the AMG command a premium but be careful not to pay over the top as they won’t appreciate in value like an R or SP model Ducati sportsbike. Thanks to their longer service intervals the Diavel requires a service every 7500 miles with a major ‘desmo’ at 15,000 miles. The updated 2015-onwards bike have even longer intervals with the ‘desmo’ service at 18,000 miles and a service at 9000-mile intervals. If these aren’t reached, there is a cheaper yearly service that isn’t as in depth or expensive.

Rivals include the Yamaha VMax and the Harley-Davidson V-Rod Muscle

Your Ducati Diavel will appreciate regular oil changes to help it run smoothly

Equipment

5 out of 5 (5/5)

Standard the Diavel gets a ride-by-wire throttle, three power modes, ABS and traction control, fully-adjustable suspension, LED lights, a colour TFT dash and a keyless ignition. 

The higher spec Carbon adds a black finish to its forks, carbon panels and Marchesini lightweight forged wheels (saving 2.5kg) but the rest of the bike is unchanged. When it comes to accessories, most owners go for a louder exhaust with twin-stack Termignonis the most popular as it is the official Ducati performance exhaust however a lot of firms make single cans which are cheaper and some owners prefer. Replacement levers are common, as are billet brake and clutch reservoirs (the OE ones can leak) and screens. 

A few owners fit panniers, however if you want this feature you may be better off buying the Strada, which came with them as standard. Occasionally owners update the seat, but this is rare, and a few fit a different clutch master cylinder or slave cylinder to reduce the weight of the lever’s action. Generally, aside from a pipe, most Diavels remain pretty standard.

New and used parts prices

The Diavel shares most of its basic service parts with other Ducatis, so it’s no trouble tracking down spares for a service. A pair of cambelts will be around £80, an air filter around £50 and an oil filter about £10. If you want to make it faster or just dress it up, the only limit is the depth of your wallet. A race exhaust could set you back nearly £3000, and a road-legal Termignoni silencer is £1499. A carbon front mudguard is around £210, and a roadster screen kit £190 (both Ducati parts). You won’t find many Diavels in breakers, but used parts turn up on Ebay – you may have to search worldwide for specific items though.

Specs

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

Mpg, costs & insurance

Average fuel consumption 35 mpg
Annual road tax £96
Annual service cost £890
New price -
Used price £7,300 - £16,000
Insurance group 17 of 17
How much to insure?
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage

Top speed & performance

Max power 162 bhp
Max torque 94 ft-lb
Top speed 169 mph
1/4 mile acceleration 11.5 secs
Tank range 132 miles

Model history & versions

Model history

Ducati Diavel timeline

  • 2011-current Diavel New 1198cc sports cruiser. Changes for 2015 include twin-spark heads, new seat, clocks, wheels, exhaust and headlight.
  • 2014-current Diavel Carbon Carbon tank panels, single seat cover and front mudguard, 5kg lighter. 
  • 2011-current Diavel Dark Matt black finish and black frame, plus low-friction black plating on fork legs.
  • 2014-current Diavel Titanium Limited edition (500 made) with titanium trim, Alcantara and leather seat. 
  • 2012-2013 Diavel Cromo Chrome tank panels, headlight surround, exhaust and wheel details. 
  • 2012-2015 Diavel Strada Taller bars, plusher seats, touring screen, pillion backrest, standard panniers. 
  • 2018 Ducati Diavel 1260 replaces Diavel model.

Other versions

None.

Owners' reviews for the DUCATI DIAVEL (2011 - 2019)

24 owners have reviewed their DUCATI DIAVEL (2011 - 2019) 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 - 2019)

Summary of owners' reviews

Overall rating: 4.3 out of 5 (4.3/5)
Ride quality & brakes: 4.2 out of 5 (4.2/5)
Engine: 4.7 out of 5 (4.7/5)
Reliability & build quality: 4.2 out of 5 (4.2/5)
Value vs rivals: 3.6 out of 5 (3.6/5)
Equipment: 4.3 out of 5 (4.3/5)
Annual servicing cost: £890
5 out of 5
22 January 2021 by Ducati_fan_666

Version: 1198 dark

Year: 2019

Annual servicing cost: £200

Great speed and although it’s heavy it deals with most types of roads with no problems... acceleration is great. Not so good at low speed roundabouts - but you do learn to deal with it and enjoy the experience. A real head turner.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Great brakes - and best at 20mph+

Engine 5 out of 5

Great engine and sounds mean

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5

Buying experience: Great experience

4 out of 5 The Best Diavel
18 January 2021 by Jay Miller

Version: Dark

Year: 2017

I love all types of bikes but I'm definitely NOT a cruiser rider (more into sports bikes) but I wanted something interesting that I could also tour on with my wife and I've now had 2 Diavels and absolutely love them. I've also test ridden the latest 1260 model and although the 1260 feels a little more responsive in the midrange and is more refined as a riding experience, I still prefer my 2017 model overall. This model offers a more visceral experience in my opinion. It's slightly edgier and a bit more of a hooligan. It's also such a fantastic all round road bike to live with. I have clocked up around 40k miles on the 2 I've owned. This has been touring 2 up with full luggage and my wife across the best roads in europe, scratching around with mates around the UK and sometimes just riding to work. The Diavel is simply a fantastic piece of engineering genius and totally belies it's looks. Although not a super light superbike, I regularly outride and out corner people on such bikes...even 2 up. The quality and finish is excellent, my bike still looking great after 4 years of all weather riding. The engine and power delivery just make me laugh every time I go out on it. Now the negatives: I part-exed my previous Diavel for a nearly new version (1500miles) because at 18k the dreaded big service arose and with it came some very high cost fixes. The service itself being about £1400, plus the need for a new chain and sprockets (another £400) plus (and most annoying/concerning) the rear shock linkage had some play in it. Apparently, this can't be fixed without replacing the whole shock. SO all in I was facing a bill of about £3.5k +. The new bike has already had aftermarket race suspension and fork internals fitted, so I'm hoping to avoid a repeat. Also, another common fault I experienced was a broken fuel gauge sensor.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Excellent handling and fantastic brakes. Once you learn to ride this bike, it's an amazing and thrilling ride that totally belies its looks. The feedback you get is so good, the bike talks to you through the corners. The brakes are progressive and really strong and smooth. Puts a massive smile on my face every time I ride it and that's exactly what a bike should do.

Engine 5 out of 5

Huge torgue, massive acceleration and full of big V-twin magic and feel. Absolutely fantastic.

Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5

As above - fuel gauge sensor and then shock linkage are the negatives but other than that, the general quality is as you would expect from a Ducati. Lovely finish and quality feel to the bike, that's not been tarnished despite my all weather and hard riding antics.

Value vs rivals 3 out of 5

Service intervals are very good BUT....the dreaded £18k service soon comes around if your a proper rider and that is cringingly expensive, especially if you have any additional replacement parts needs like chain and sprockets etc. Obviously another high cost is Tyres. I have tried 3 different types, Corsa Rosso's and Michelin's offers. They are very expensive and I don't get much more than 3k out of a set. It's the only bike I've had that wears front and rear at the same time...which doesn't bother me because it saves the aggravation on replacement timings but it is very pricey. The best tyre life is the Michelins but they don't quite offer the same level of feedback...particularly the front compared to the Corsa's. Another point worth noting if you do your own mechanicing...simple jobs like filling the coolant, involve taking half the bike apart to get to the rad cap. The price of a new Diavel, like any Ducati, is very high and I don't see me buying another new one any time soon because of that.

Equipment 4 out of 5

It's good a reasonable level of gadgetry such as traction control etc but it's definitely not up there with the latest bikes. To be honest, that doesn't bother me. The only thing I would have liked that it doesn't come with is heated grips for those longer colder rides.

4 out of 5 The Diavel is in the detail
24 October 2020 by John Stylianou

Version: Carbon

Year: 2019

Annual servicing cost: £200

A real wolf in sheeps clothing, never had so many people wanting to take photos of it. Comfortable, easy to ride, great handling and monster acceleration, massive torque. Fine to potter around and really push on on B roads. On the minus side, throttle can be a little snappy until you refine your input. Battery in the belly pan, bit of a pain.

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

Never take a pillion, never felt the need to take a proper break

Engine 4 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 4 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5

Love it all, performance, finish. Looks great in all black, carbon. Leaving it standard

3 out of 5 Try a Super Duke 1290 first!
17 September 2020 by Cosgrove

Year: 2016

Fast and stops well but too long wheelbase that not only squares off front tyres in under 1500 miles if ridden 'quickly' but heart-stopping under-steer moments guaranteed. Not a bike for those who cannot muscle the thing thru bends!

Ride quality & brakes 3 out of 5

Range limited but comfortable. Not as quick as owners claim, try a 1290 Super Duke.

Engine 5 out of 5

Excellent engine if a bit 'clattery' even with Termis hiding the noises!

Reliability & build quality 3 out of 5

Handlebar mounted brake and clutch reservoirs leak for fun. Number plate bolts need to be thread-locked or replaced with steel & locknuts due to vibration. Minor electrical glitches regularly.

Value vs rivals 3 out of 5

Hugely expensive servicing.

Equipment 4 out of 5

Tail tidy a must but requires 'illegal' sized number plate. Won't fall off with vibrations though.

4 out of 5 expensive brilliance
07 July 2020 by simplysounds

Year: 2013

Annual servicing cost: £634

strada. 2013. 9k miles when purchased from ducati dealer. 6 months after having bike rear linkage replaced under dealer warranty. now got 24k miles after owning for 3.5 years. last service cost £1580 plus £230 for tyres. also broken side stand which cost £154. now suspect bbs (black box) might need replacing (£220 + workshop labour) as i get gear position errors and tail light errors from time to time. i love this bike but looking around for alternative v-twin but nothing comes close within my budget. other bits fitted: sargent seat (brilliant), zard exhaust (beautiful), lower pegs and a few carbon bits

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5

warp drive as standard

Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5
Value vs rivals 3 out of 5

it isn't gonna be cheap. last service cost £1580 - due to cylinder head removal to extract exhaust studs. plus £230 for tyres. also broken side stand which cost £154. now suspect bbs (black box) might need replacing (£220 + workshop labour) as i get gear position errors and tail light errors from time to time. belts and valve check every 15k miles or 5 years.

Equipment 4 out of 5

get a sargent seat

Buying experience: 2nd hand from ducati dealer with 9k miles

2 out of 5 Ferrari level maintenance costs.
02 October 2019 by Butch

Version: Carbon Black

Year: 2011

Annual servicing cost: £3,000

If I was just reviewing the bike without considering the massive amount of money I have spent and my extended warranty, thank God I decided to buy it! It has paid over $4,000 of the $8,000+ my bike required at the 15,000 Desmo service, Had I not had the extended warranty I would have had to pay over $8,000 to service my $10,400 bike I bought 2 years ago with 13,000 miles on it. $8,000 divided by 2000 miles = $4 a mile. The Desmo tune was $2,200 plus $600 parts, I had 2 tires, 2 sprockets, a new chain and new battery and it was over $,4,000, during the 3 months they had the bike they found a previous repair on the wire harness around the steering neck as the wiring harness was too tight and was kicking, they wanted to install a new harness for $3,000, during this they found the clutch slave cylinder leaking and did this and also the gear position sensor and all together it was over $8,000 between me and my warranty company. I have had it for sale for a slow as $8,500 and had no buyers, I think Ducati made a error routing there harness.

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 3 out of 5
Value vs rivals 1 out of 5
Equipment 3 out of 5

Buying experience: Bought from a Yamaha dealer on consignment for $10,400 with 13k miles

5 out of 5
28 August 2017 by Keith

Version: Carbon

Year: 2011

Annual servicing cost: £1,500

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.

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.

Reliability & build quality 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 vs rivals 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

Version: Dark

Year: 2016

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 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.

Reliability & build quality 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 vs rivals 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

Version: Carbon

Year: 2015

Annual servicing cost: £300

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

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.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 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

Version: Carbon Black

Year: 2011

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 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.

Reliability & build quality 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 vs rivals 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

Year: 2015

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

Ride quality & brakes 3 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5
Value vs rivals 4 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
4 out of 5
28 October 2015 by happ

Year: 2011

great bike

Ride quality & brakes 3 out of 5
Engine 3 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 3 out of 5
Value vs rivals 3 out of 5
Equipment 3 out of 5
5 out of 5 Fun time
27 October 2015 by Doug

Year: 2015

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.

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

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 5 out of 5
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

Version: Carbon

Year: 2012

Annual servicing cost: £400

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
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 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
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 3 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
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.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5
Value vs rivals 2 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
4 out of 5 Nice, but not the bike for me.
23 August 2013 by

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 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
Engine 4 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5
Value vs rivals 2 out of 5
Equipment 3 out of 5
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 £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
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
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 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
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 3 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
2 out of 5 Fantastic
18 February 2012 by grumpy ol git

Great bike Great mag. Seems your Mag is not posting my postings. Looks like were in censorship mode because i was criticle of your Biased testing.

Ride quality & brakes 3 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 1 out of 5
Value vs rivals 3 out of 5
Equipment 2 out of 5
5 out of 5 Fun Fun Fun
15 September 2011 by Ladge67

It sums up the Diaval, a smile on my face everytime I ride ... unless it's raining (don't like rain!). I'm just approaching the first 600 mile service and am blown away by this bike, the 3 riding modes are brilliant, the ride is very comfortable, have done 3 hours in the saddle without stopping. The noise .. oh the noise .. like a grizzly bear with toothache!! £13k is a lot but the kit on the bike is justified, the brakes are amazing. Can't wait now to take the rev's to the max .. in sport mode !!

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 4 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
5 out of 5 Better the Diavel you know
25 August 2011 by bayntuns

I'm at that age where riding with my arse in the air for too long requires the use of more drugs than should be legal to ride with. On the other hand at 50 I am still way too young for a Harley, and anyway there are too many tractors round here already. The Diavel is the perfect bike for me, most of the time. It’s comfortable enough to tour on, even with the poor tank range, but I haven’t worked out a luggage solution yet – but no doubt someone will soon. I have no idea how to program all the features, but the three default modes seem good enough to me. It handles way better than it has any right to with its length and rear tyre, and attracts comments wherever you park it. My head tells me I should have bought something more practical; my heart tells me it’s perfect. I guess that is the point, if you try and rationalise a Diavel it makes no sense, but it’s Italian, and you don’t buy Italian machinery with your head. It does mean I need to save up for something sensible for commuting and longer distance touring but I’ll buy that with my head, in the meantime the Diavel is the perfect Italian mistress.

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5
Value vs rivals 4 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
4 out of 5 For £15.5K it should be sorted
01 August 2011 by chriswren

The suspension needs work, the front is wooden and the bike likes to bounce over bumps instead of absorbing them. A lot of guys are swapping out the suspension for Ohlins that is sorting it properly or getting professional consultantion for decent settings (which helps but is not a real fix). The seat is too soft for long rides, I know this sounds mad but you end up with your trousers splitting your nads (might be OK if you are a 10 stone Italian but not if your 15 stone of Enlgish beef). The brakes are good, the stearing is pretty good (will be better once the front suspension is sorted) for this type of bike and it spools up pretty quickly but this is not a sports bike regardless of what the reviews say and although you might take a sports bike at the lights, your not going to leave them around the twisties or high speed filtering on the M25. It is good for taking your partner out for a spin, she is going to love sitting on the back of this instead of being perched 4ft off the ground on 2x2 inch square as you try to tuck behind the screen on your sports bike. This bike just doesn't make sense if you can only afford one bike, it is to much of a compromise just to look cool. You could tour on it but there is no decent luggage or places to strap stuff to, this is not a tourer and the range is just over a 100 miles. Oh by the way, the split screen idea is rubbish, when your riding you can't see the bottom screen which is where the gear selection is and why if it has all these features can't it tell you how many miles left you have in the tank??!? Saying all of the above, I still gave it 4/5 as it looks sex which is what this bike is about and the build quality is awesome. It gets noticed by boys and girls and it throbs between the legs. I don't regret buying it but I now need to save up for the Ohlins and also to swap most of the standards parts for everything from the Diavel section of http://www.rizoma.com

Ride quality & brakes 3 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5
Value vs rivals 4 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
5 out of 5 Oh Yes
31 May 2011 by grumpy ol git

At last a Ducati you can ride some distance on and you can see pass your Elbows. Just had 1st 600ml service done and have enjoyed every mile. Just demo one, its Brill. Have had the new V. Max when it was 15000 Quid. A damned heavy bike. Plus 100klg. Thats why the Diavel will see one off plus out corner it. And you get lots of electrical goodies to play with. Will it Tour?? Am about to find out, Am off to Germany Swiss then Stelvio Pass Italy this Friday. Had a few probs finding suitable luggage. Tank bags a problem as it covers up the dam Instruments. Still will give it a try. So might change my opinion on return. Chow..

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5
Value vs rivals 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
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