We revisited the 2011-2016 Ducati Diavel to question whether this game-changing cruiser had enduring appeal?
Alongside that we also took a look at the difference in insurance quotes between the used Diavel and its cruiser rivals.
What's it like now?
MCN contributer Phil West says:
"Seeing this Carbon example for the first time, on sale at Balderston (01733 465206) for a tempting £9995, I’m instantly reminded of the immense impression that the original made when I first tested it in early 2011.
"In short, there’s nothing quite like the Diavel. There wasn’t then and there still isn’t five years on. No so-called ‘cruiser’ is as sophisticated and effective (check out its 160bhp, Brembos and more), none so high-tech (Multistrada-style riding modes, LCD displays etc) and, simply, none is so damn quick.
"Not that the Diavel’s a beast – quite the opposite (well, almost). That upright riding position, low seat and impressively light weight (due to it being crafted from aluminium rather than the cruiser norm of iron girders and chrome) means it’s far less of a handful than most cruisers at walking speed. Then, when I start to open it up in Road mode as I wiggle away into the Peterborough melee, the instant response from the 160bhp twin, crisp controls and powerful brakes remind more of a sportsbike.
"It’s not quite, of course. Although, despite the massive 240-section rear tyre, the Diavel handles far better than anything that looks like this should, and goes even better. It’s not a cruiser, it’s far too sophisticated for that. Nor a hot-rod, it handles curves too well. But what’s most impressive is that uniqueness survives so long after its 2011 launch. There’s still nothing quite like the Diavel."
Here's MCN Compare's insurance sample quotes for £10,000 used hot-rod cruiser bikes, from cheapest to costliest, and where the Ducati Diavel sits:
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