Ducati Diavel: Closer…closer…

10/07/2010 @ 9:27 am, by Jensen Beeler25 COMMENTS

The folks over at MotoBlog.it have gotten their hands on a new 2011 Ducati Diavel photo, and were kind enough to ink in a red frame and racing stripe on the bike, to give us a better idea of what the production Italian performance cruiser could look like. With the final lines showing more fit and finish, the Diavel has really transformed before our eyes these past months. The swept back headlight design reminds us of something old and something new, but we’re still not in love with this bike yet (but we’re getting there). How about you?

Source: MotoBlog.it

  • Ken

    id rock it

  • joe

    I strongly dislike it. I do not think Ducati should chase this market, it seems to be a step away from performance, and their heritage. The performance cruiser genre is a joke, its like smartest of the idiots. Why bother? Was the Indiana too long ago to be remembered?

  • wayne

    Sorry. Still not feeling it. This kind of reminds me of the time when, all those years ago, the McDonald’s on our base tried test marking “McPizza”. We see, by the large number of pizzas they sell today, how well that worked out.

  • gnmac

    Son of a b*tch that’s UGLY, in fact it just keeps getting UGLIER and UGLIER with every leaked photo…horrid and ungainly, like the alien from the Alien movie.

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  • irksome

    Uglier… uglier…

  • How the devil is this bike ugly? Those vertical led strips on the front are going to look awesome and that thin led strip across the front headlight will look great as well. The exhaust is in a perfect setup for some cool aftermarket slipons. That rear tire is a 240 so from behind that things gonna look great especially with the single swingarm. Look, this bike is a progressive design and in the flesh it is going to look incredible. Probably will be $18,000 with abs which is the only thing that’s going to suck. There’s just enough ducati touches to make it recognizable as a ducati and just enough classic touches to make it resemble a motorcycle. Its bloody beautiful.

  • Chris

    Ugly? Not hardly this is got to be the best looking cruiser out there. Looks more like a beefy standard to me. I am betting it proform much more sporting than your average cruiser.

  • Bjorn

    While cruisers are not my type of bike, I like the idea of a power cruiser more than an underpowered cruiser.
    Ducati are doing what any motorcycle manufacturer that wants to survive and prosper should be doing; that is to diversify into markets that offer a good rate of return on their R&D investment.
    Those who say Ducati shouldn’t produce anything other than sports bikes remind me of the people who used to come into the shop look at the yellow 748SP and say, “Real Ducatis are red!” Just like it could be argued with regards to colour that the the iconic bikes were yellow, silver, green & silver, blue & silver as well as red; it can be said that Ducati has in the past backed up its sports offerings with a range of practical and potent (for their time) every day bikes. Consider the the 1954 “98”, the 1962 mopeds (Cacciatore and Piuma 48s) or the Monza 160. As larger engine sizes became the norm, the late sixties early seventies saw the 250 and 450 single engine in a scrambler frame and 1971 saw the GT 750 d├ębut the twin on the road. These bikes tended to offer more in terms of power and handling than their opposition on the market but they were not racebikes.
    A power cruiser is not a bad fit in a company with a history that includes two different scooters, the Muletto (a three wheeled truck), dirt bikes (2 & 4 stroke), a legacy of sport touring bikes as well as a previous attempt at a cruiser.
    The period road tests of the Indiana criticised the ergonomics of it, rather than the rest of the package; pointing to its cramped position, something that Japanese cruisers also suffered from in the past when compared to their American counterparts. Looking at the photos of the Diavel, I suspect “cramped” will not be a problem.
    Putting a modified superbike motor into the cruiser makes sense in the light of history; the scramblers offered the high performance 450 Desmo road engine in a dirt chassis while the Indiana was available with the F1’s 750 Pantah motor (albeit with a reversed rear head) and the ST4 offered the 4 valve motor in a touring bike. As to the styling, I don’t find it objectionable and suspect like a number of offerings from Ducati it will be better in the flesh.

  • Bromike666

    Sorry Bjorn it’s just plain ugly.

  • sorry everyone, I love this thing more every time I see it. Odd maybe, but then I’m pretty odd myself.

  • Mike J

    I think I,m going to be sick…


    I like it, simply because Ducati is a brand that pushes the envelope. The LED lighting in the front and on the sides are awesome, style wise they have it. I also think they will be the first to integrate nav systems and iphone/smartphone connection capabilities for easy read out social media integration.

    I take it will compete with the Yamaha Vmax, which after experiencing in real totally won me over. And those babies sold very well so there is an niche market for it.

    +1 Ducati

  • ExtremeUtimateMan

    I love it!

  • Sean

    Reminds me of a whale, I couldn’t hate it more. A hex upon you, Ducati, and all who buy this bloated geezer glide!

  • PeteN95

    It looks like a Streetfighter or Monster for short, fat people? Should be popular in the US!? ;-)

  • R Rich

    Well for us seniors, whose shoulders have gone south, the ergonomics of this bike are appealing!!
    Love my Monster1100 but my sport riding ergonomics days are numbered!!This bike will keep this 72 year old in the Ducati family and reduce my consumption of ALEVE…..Thanks Ducati!!

  • irksome

    I still say it looks like an armadillo dry-humping warthog… and I own an older Speed Triple which has been called an insect on streroids.

    So you see, I know ugly.

  • MikeD

    Getting Uglier by the Spy Shot. Hope they sell trillions so that $$$ can be thrown into more R/D for Superbikes, Monsters and Multistradas…and w/e comes after.

  • John

    Wow. An Italian V-Rod. How awful.
    Garbage for styling, but Ducati’s been heading that direction since the 999 anyway.

  • Bjorn

    Even if it is uglier than a hat full of arse holes, it will be wonderfully, eccentrically ugly. Besides, you don’t look at the mantelpiece when you are stoking the fire.
    For those of you who are slagging the concept of power cruisers, try one. As a sports bike aficionado I used to be down on the idea until as a younger bloke, I tuned a first series V-Max for one of our customers. Taking it out for a test ride I decided to see what all of the fuss was about, so I found a nice bit of road and wrenched open the throttle, HOLY FUCK! When that thing hit 6000 rpm all hell broke loose, the rear dug in and launched the whole ungainly plot forward like it was rocket propelled. It was awesome.
    Would I buy one? No, not while I can throw a leg over my sports bikes and even after that, probably not.
    Are we richer for having them in the great panoply of motorcycling? Yes.
    This attitude of, “It offends my sense of what a motorcycle should be, therefore I hate it,” irritates me beyond belief because it shows a lack of understanding of the breadth of our sport. I respect (not like) any bike that fulfils its function as well as possible.

  • buellracerx

    guess it’s safe to say this is most definitely a “love it or hate it” kind of bike? no worries, other man’s have em too…Triumph, Victory, BMW…

    I for one like it; it’s like the VROD but w/ more power, sportier styling, & i’m sure a better-designed chassis – all for probably about the same price. The real problem is…the Vrod fills a miniscule niche, will they sell enough Diavels to make it worth their while?

  • chickenchaser

    got me one on order, chuffin imense

  • Reitama

    Bestlook bike on the earth, i love it :)

  • gary p lucci

    For all you melon heads that say this bike defines ugly….get back on your meds…..ugly is in your mirror every morning…and next to you in bed every night…Must have been a lack of sunlight over the pond this year !!