How the Ducati Diavel Will Look Tipped Over

09/03/2010 @ 1:36 pm, by Jensen Beeler7 COMMENTS

The latest leak from Bologna shows how the upcoming Ducati power cruiser will look tipped over on its side, after an owner gets hit by car, or fails to get the kick stand down in time. Snarkiness aside, reports from the Italian news site Romagna NOI say the Diavel test rider was struck by a car while testing the bike.

The rider seems to be ok, and the bike looks to have held up quite well all things considered. One thing we can glean from the photo is the two-tone paint on the headlight cowling, which might help break up what were expecting to be a very ugly line.

Rumors about Ducati’s power cruiser (first called the Vyper, then Mega-Monster, and now called the Diavel) have been circulating for over a year now, despite Ducati at one point saying the project had been scrapped.

While the name has changed several times (it’s apparently called Project 0803 internally), Ducati has recently filed for trademarks in the UK market using the Diavel name. MCN, who has had the inside-line on this bike for sometime now, reports the mark will be used for Ducati’s new power cruiser.

While the Ducati Diavel is being built with the American market mainly in mind, Ducati Motor Holdings has apparently gotten little to no input on the bike’s design from it’s North American constituents, which may account for some of the design and product choices.

Source: Romagna NOI via HFL

  • Aj

    Although I dig the idea, the execution leaves a lot to be desired. I would love to have seen a sport classic based hard tail bobber :)

    With the Diavel they are worried a bit too much with lean angle, something that far too many North America Ducati owners know very little about. If they can get it to lean like a Victory Hammer or Triumph Thunderbird, the job will be done. Lower it ffs!

  • Sean

    Would that all Diavel’s suffer a fate so befitting.

  • joe

    Ugly lines a plenty, bad ideas as well.

  • Dr. Gellar

    If Ducati wanted to make a cruiser or power cruiser or whatever, they should have created a modernized Apollo in the Sportsclassics-style. Now that would be something to behold.

    The Diavel may still prove to be an interesting bike, but we’ll have to wait and see.

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  • morpheous

    ..the Euro-Harley emerges from under the rug. They are too late, the recession in America has effectively removed the Yupster’s disposable dollar. There are so many “investment” Harley cruisers on Craigslist its ridiculous. Ducati, stick to your strengths, the Hypers will pull you through.

  • There were many that said the Triumph Thunderbird would be all wrong as well but it turned out to be the finest handling cruiser manufactured, as well as fast and cool.

    People are quick to put down anything that “breaks out of the mold” and the Diavel was clearly designed to do just that!

    My new Diavel is on order at my Triumph / Ducati dealer.

    Like my Triumph Thunderbird, I intend to modify my Diavel in subtle ways to give it more of a true American cruiser look retaining it’s Italian flavor.
    Go here to see what I’ve done with my T’Bird: