Ducati Diavel gets colored in

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Snapped by MotoBlog.it, this picture is the first time we’ve seen the Ducati Diavel wearing color. Unlike most of the previous spy photos, the bike shown here also appears to be in final production trim. I’m in East Germany right now, where cruisers like this are considered the excessive indulgence of effete westerners, so I’d better stop writing about this bike before the Gestapo tracks me down. While I’m being tortured, hit our Ducati Diavel tag page to view all the previous spy photos and leaked details.

  • Jimboz

    The wheels look straight outta RSD.

  • MichaelMM

    As much as I do not like cruisers, if I had to get one…. but umm, yeah. I won’t lie, I actually really like the way it looks. It’s just not for me.

    Now cruiser folks will have to contend with something they have never had to deal with before: Speed.

    • SockMonkey

      “Now cruiser folks will have to contend with something they have never had to deal with before: Speed.”

      Yeah, and that’s probably not a good thing. Have ever seen what happens to a cruiser (spelled HD) guy that thinks its a quick and easy transition to a VMAX? Trust me when I tell you that the results aren’t pretty. Think skin loss, broken bits of metal and plastic. Yep. Not a good thing…

      • luxlamf

        A good friend of mine has a VRod and bought a 2010 V-max last year as an addition to his collection, His transition was just fine from one bike to the other and rides both of them frequently in the canyons and freeways here in SoCal.
        The assumption that Everyone who rides a HD is a slow witted moron shows that people are ignorant. I have a Vrod, 80,000 miles on it in 5 years and not a stitch of HD clothing etc… is in my closest or HOG membership etc… Yes there are HD Buffoons out there but there are Buffoons everywhere these days.
        I like this Ducati A friend of mine is a dealer back East and keeps me updated on it, I expect to see it unveiled here in Long Beach at this years show. I think it could very easily become my next bike.

    • http://www.twitter.com/beastincarnate Beast Incarnate

      Cruiser folks won’t care. I got in a long chat with a fella about why, as a Harley lover, he hated the V-Rod. The response was something to the effect of, “Cruiser’s aren’t supposed to be fast. That’s not what they’re about.”

      That was the “I’m done” point for me.

      • pauljones

        To a certain extent, I somewhat agree with him. I like cruisers and standards, and prefer them over sportier options. Why? I don’t know. I’m just the kind of guy who likes to take things slow. Tearing up back roads, hauling ass on a track, riding down dirt roads, etc. is all fine, it’s just doesn’t interest me.

        I know, I’m lame. Oh well.

        As for the Vrod, the only problem I see with it is that it’s uncomfortable. For me, the reach from the seat to the controls was just a little too far. Other than that, once I work up enough experience to reliably handle that kind of power and weight, I wouldn’t rule out a Vrod, as everything else about the bike (high weight, low ride) are all standard par for a big cruiser.

        • http://www.twitter.com/beastincarnate Beast Incarnate

          I appreciate your point, Paul, and I think it’s perfectly valid. I prefer and ride standards, myself. My issue with this particular individual was that the thought didn’t extend any further beyond “it ain’t ‘posed ta be fast!” Why not?

          I don’t believe a higher performance engine, or other components, have to dilute the image of a cruiser. This Ducati certainly isn’t a good example of that, though.

  • JimSmiffy

    +1 Jimboz RSD’ed out.

    Is that a bank of LED lights below the air intake? Can’t tell from the pic. Looks like the LEDs they put on Porsche and Mercs now.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      Yeah, that’s a vertical strip to serve as the turn signals. You can see it more clearly in some of the previous shots.

  • MartinCron

    That looks like a pretty low seat height. I’m wondering if this could be the Ducati for the shorter gentleman? I can only hope.

  • pauljones

    But why must it be ugly?

    This is what I don’t like about the V-rod and the VMax; aesthetically and philosophically, they just don’t work. If you want performance but want something more comfortable than your average super sport, get a sport tourer or any number of big-engined standards. If you want something that is faster and handles better than a cruiser while still being comfortable, look at the numerous big-engined standards on the market. If you want the slammed ride and looks of a cruiser…get a cruiser.

    There’s nothing ultimately wrong with any of those choices. But these muscle bikes just don’t seem to work very well to me, as they combine the drawbacks of all worlds.

    • ForgottenOne

      What “drawbacks of all worlds”?

      • pauljones

        Mind you, these are my opinions, and to be fair, were formed after a few brief moments with each bike:

        In the case of the V-rod, it has an uncomfortable seating position, the low ride and high weight of a cruiser which negatively affects the handling, which in turn negates some of the purpose of that much power, and it’s expensive.

        In the case of the VMax, it again has an uncomfortable seating position, it has the high weight of a cruiser, but with a high CG more often associated with a super sport.

        Neither seemed like great packages to me.

        • ForgottenOne

          Riding positions are easy enough to change with handlebars and foot controls (I do make a lot of my own parts so I might have an unfair advantage with that) and the bikes you stated are known for having bad handling. Did you try a Street Rod? I haven’t but they look fun.

          Not all cruisers handle as bad and having one with really good power, suspension, brakes and a chassis to handle it all with (I hope) no more than 500lbs this bike will be serious fun for some of us.

          • pauljones

            You definitely do have an advantage on me there; my fabrications skills might be able to build a decent bookshelf. Maybe. I definitely need to work on that.

            The few minutes I had the V-rod were taking it for a demo ride at the long beach motorcycle show. I accrue riding experience so infrequently thanks to work and family that I still consider myself a beginner, and beginners have no business on a bike like that on the street.

            • ForgottenOne

              I am currently riding a Rocket 3 and I put on lower handlebars and made rear sets (and has almost the same riding position as this bike)to make it easier to handle while drifting it out of corners and wheeling over ever little bump or rise in the road when at full throttle.

              If it weighed a lot less had better suspension and brakes it would be a lot more fun and a lot less work. I am a really big guy so big bikes with these attributes make sense for me, why should all the regular sized guys have all the fun?

            • pplassm

              HD did indeed make a VRod with a good riding position. It was the “Street Rod”, and I believe you can still find them, unsold, on dealer floors.

              • ForgottenOne

                That’s why I mentioned it two posts ago. I was very tempted to buy one since no one wanted them and I saw them for $10k two years after they originally were sold. For their actual size though they were to heavy, it just didn’t feel right to me.

  • http://www.thisblueheaven.com Mark D

    In other news, sales of these are expected to triple in the next 6 months.

    • robotribe

      That item comes standard with the “S” model of this bike.

  • ForgottenOne

    Wow, a Duc that I might fit on! I really, really dig the looks and can’t wait to do a demo. The only Duc I can reasonably fit on right now is a Multistrada and it fell out of the ugly tree and hit every branch on the way down.

  • redblur360

    I’m holding my breath to see what people do with 3rd party customization of the bike.

  • Beale
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  • CG

    E. Germany: Stazi. Get your persecutors correct. Hey, another naked for your usual 60 mile 90 minute ride. Yaaaah. Like the pipes though, will say that. (Of course all I rode in the ’70s were “naked” bikes, so what am I bitching about anyway?)

  • robotribe

    A MATTEL logo would look very much at home on this thing.

    • miles_prower


  • amsterdam

    Biker mice from mars! says a sweet young lady here. And, shitugly, she ads…

  • deckard

    I predict this bike will sell very well in the USA. On that note, I’m very glad to be a *former* Ducatisti.

    • AGP

      It’s Ducatista, since there’s only one of you. And you are right – good thing you were able to avoid this land mine!

      Either way, I think it’ll sell a lot more in Europe. While it might look otherwise, the Diavel is really designed and targeted at the growing European “power cruiser” market.

      • deckard

        Another reason I’m happy not ride a Ducati anymore, no worries about spelling Ducatisti(a) correctly or pronouncing Dainese right for all the johnny-come-latelies.

  • MichaelMM

    Diavel, Diavel! What long fork travel you have!

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      Gotta steepen that geometry somehow if you expect to turn it.

      Ducati Diavel: trailbraking necessary. At all times.

  • Patrick from Astoria

    Oh, yeah, is she some kinda ogly.

    That just…that…no. Just no.

  • george_fla

    I keep hoping that this is all just a cruel joke and they arent actually gonna produce that hideous thing.

  • Deltablues

    I have a strong desire to take this ‘Devil’ and do a JPS paint job. Or maybe a Screaming Chicken emblem for the tank…my “Smokey and the Bandit” motorcycle has finally arrived. Suck it H8ERS. I like the damn thing.

  • http://www.bluecatmotors.com bluecatmotors

    This is horrible. The Ducati brand is losing it’s focus. It’s like Ferrari building a pickup truck.

    • robotribe

      Or Porsche building the Cayenne? Not that I’m arguing by the way. While trying to keep an open mind about it, I do lean towards the “it’s shit” side. The Cayenne is shit as well IMO…BUT, it sold a relative shit-ton as far as Porsche is concerned.

      • http://www.bluecatmotors.com bluecatmotors

        Or like Harley trying to build a sportbike…oh wait, they tried that hahaha. This is the Ducati equivalent of Harley making the VR1000 (or Buell for that matter)

        • http://www.twitter.com/beastincarnate Beast Incarnate

          So, after a few years, Ducati will have a great motorcycle in the Diavel, only to cancel production because a crystal ball told them it might save them from the financial crisis they dug themselves into through crappy lending practices and so on.

  • weatherman

    That is one ugly bike. I had really high hopes that Ducati would bring something beautiful to the cruiser world that wasn’t retro, but they’ve just taken it too far in the other direction. Those cans are hideous. If they’re trying to make something stylish, why would they bite off the VMAX? Ugh. And this is coming from someone who (belatedly) actually appreciates an R1200C…

  • richard gozinya

    Looks like it needs a pillion. What fun is a bar hopper if you can’t take women for a ride on it?

    • MichaelMM

      Shit, just looking at how low the rider sits, carrying a back-pack would probably be a pain as well.

    • seanslides

      It’s got one; the passenger pegs fold up into the subframe, and that seat is cushy all the way back just like on the monster.

  • MikeD

    She’s finally coming togheter, FUGLIER than ever (O_O )’

    Would take a “Male Enhancer” V-MAX or VROD Muscle over this thing any given day (^_^ )

  • Dayyan

    You would think they would show more of the Single side swingarm… but most of it is covered by the exhaust.

    • luxlamf

      I can only imagine that Most will swap out the exhaust and throw it up under the set 1st thing, I would.

  • miles_prower

    With Terblanche’s departure, Ducati needed someone else with an equally misguided design aesthetic to tank Ducati’s image.

    Who knew they would hire H.R. Giger to design this monstrosity!


    Granted, H.R. Giger’s work looks fantastic in its element — but not alongside Ducati’s brand image.

  • MTGR

    Use any shade of lipstick on it you like but it is still a pig.

    Then again, when the target is a hog what do you expect?

  • luxlamf

    I like al you “Supposed Ducati” people judging this Bike even though NONE of you have gotten anywhere near it let alone ride it. You remind me of the Harley Idiots who like to tell me I dont own a REAL Harley because I own a Vrod. Good, I dont buy things to be in any “Store Bought Club” of idiots. I love Ducati’s, always have, Style speed etc… had a 2000 monster for a long time that a friend left here for a few years. I am a Bit old to ride any of the models they offer right now (except the discontinued Sport 1000 models which I like but not enough to own). This model looks to Serve my purpose of Seating position and Ducati Style. Good for them for branching out and looking for new customers, and all you who are acting like the Pissy HD types (and the Pissy BMW types) should trade in your bikes in protest. Or just sit there being pissy, maybe send some Dirty Looks at anyone riding it you run across. Drama Queens all of you.

    • http://www.twitter.com/beastincarnate Beast Incarnate

      Sounds to me like somebody needs a hug!

      • ForgottenOne

        I think everybody whining about this bike needs a hug.

        • luxlamf

          I agree. I bet the same people complaining about this bike and The Direction Ducati is taking are the same people who sit and pass judgement on other companies (Like Harley) for NOT keeping up and moving forward. Hypocrites-O-Plenty in the MC world. I hear the same Belly Aching about the new BMW KT 1600 from BMW types. Companies that dont keep moving forward Begin to FAIL, Look at HD right now, how many morons do you see every week dressed head to toe in their Corp outfits spouting their “HD Fake Motor Cycle Club” with Americana straight in from China and sticker on their vehicles etc.. but yet the Co is spiraling. Why? Because when they Try to move forward they “HD Soldiers’ Begin to get fussy and and whine. Just like is going on here.

          • Random

            If all you need is “seating position and Ducati Style”, why don’t you get a 150hp, eletronic suspension, superbike + sofa Multistrada?

            Wait, I understand, it’s amazingly fast, stable when leaned over, but don’t have the nice 240 rear tire, which really helps cornering down in the boulevard.

            • ForgottenOne

              Why no Multi? Easy, I have good eyesight!