We’re absolutely blown away by the Ducati 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.
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.
Ducati Diavel Carbon launched in 2016
Ducati released details of their 2016 Diavel Carbon in September 2015, with new graphics and several new technical and aesthetic updates.
The Asphalt Grey colour mixes with the visible carbon, red stripes, and Dark Chrome paintwork on the frame, while the exposed machined finish on the wheels adds a flash of bling.
Also new were exhaust manifolds with Zircotec ceramic coating, brushed-effect stainless steel silencer covers, and a redesigned seat with new trim.
In addition to the new Carbon version, the Diavel was also available in the total black Dark Stealth version, with matt black tank and black frame and wheels.
2016 Ducati Diavel Carbon highlights
- Ducati Testastretta 11° DS engine 162bhp
- Riding Modes (Sport, Touring, Urban)
- Ducati Safety Pack (ABS, DTC)
- New Marchesini, forged, turned and milled wheels
- Exhaust with Zircotec ceramic coating
- Brushed-effect stainless steel silencers
- Carbon fibre tank cover
- New seat
- Carbon fibre rear seet cover
- Carbon fibre front mud guard
- 50 mm front fork
- TFT instrumentation
- Full LED illumination