2015 Ducati Diavel

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2015 Ducati Diavel

The new 2015 Ducati Diavel introduces plenty of new features to the popular award winning sport cruiser, Which include a new engine, exhaust system and design refinements a bolder look with a dose of elegance and sophistication. Pretty much, everything you’ve come to expect from Ducati.

Built to have a valiant presence, the Diavel takes the rider-motorcycle relationship to another level in absolute comfort. For the power-thirsty riders, the latest generation Testastretta 11° Dual Spark engine is tucked neatly into the new package. While other elements like ABS, Ducati Traction Control and Ducati Riding Modes deliver a confidence-inspiring ride. Of course, 162hp in a 452 lb (wet) bundle that is pure Ducati delivers what sport lifestyle riders have been dreaming of.

Ducati Diavel Carbon

A specially engineered 240 section rear tire combined with Ducati chassis technology delivers unprecedented handling and lean angles which will have you questioning what bike to take out to the canyons. Its laid-back street ergonomics, powerful performance and striking design, the new Ducati Diavel is available dressed in stylish Dark Stealth livery–a black trellis frame and black wheels.

The Diavel Carbon offers the choice of traditional Ducati Red over Matte Carbon with red frame or the stunning new Star White over Matte Carbon with white frame, both with black, forged wheels by Marchesini, turned and milled to expose the natural aluminum.

It’s a progressive leap for a growing segment in the industry and it’s good to see the Germans and Italians getting along to produce exciting new products.

 Prices starting at $17,995

  • Guzzto

    Well I guess when you are riding it you don’t have to look at it.

    • Heath Collins

      I know I’m in the minority, but I like the way they look. Especially in blue.

      • http://ericrshelton.com/ Eric R. Shelton

        I’m with you. I think they’re gorgeous.

      • Andrew Pickle

        What is that goofy additional fender thing on the rear wheel?

        • Heath Collins

          Rain guard.

          • Andrew Pickle

            Ahh gotcha. That would instantly come off it it was my bike. It just looks so out of place.

            • Heath Collins

              Eh, I ride in the rain. I think it’s slightly less dumb looking than a typical rear fender.

    • http://krtong.com/ Kr Tong

      True for many things.

  • paul

    I like the looks to but note that the Ducati website says 527 wet. big difference.

    • Justin McClintock

      Holy HUGE difference Batman! Seriously, how’d they wind up with a 75!!!! lbs. discrepancy?!

      • MrMotoWise

        452 lbs is the dry weight, of the Carbon version. It’s misstated in this article as wet weight.

  • chris ordanez

    This bike has gone through so much of the spectrum of ugly that I find it somewhat charming.

    • Heath Collins

      They look better in the wild. I was iffy when seeing them in pictures and indoors in showrooms, but once I saw one riding down the street, I changed my mind.

      • chris ordanez

        Yeah, I can see that being the case. I went through your exact same scenario with the Street Fighter. Then I saw one being flogged on the street and my opinion changed completely.

      • Guzzto

        I can imagine it looking better the closer it got to the horizon ;)

    • IRS4

      Indeed “with a dose of elegance and sophistication” left me wondering what OTHER bike they were talking about. Somehow the Diavel, while striking, doesn’t inspire me the way the original V-Max did.

  • Dennis Hightower

    RA has been great about maintaining journalistic integrity to date, but the canary, if not dead, isn’t looking so hot…. “pure Ducati delivers what sport lifestyle riders have been dreaming of” … etc…

    • E Brown

      You get that this isn’t a review, but more a press release, right?

      • contender

        RA, where I have always come for press releases with no commentary. Oh. Wait.

        • Kumo Yokai

          Agreed…this reads like a press release.

          “Built to have a valiant presence, the Diavel takes the rider-motorcycle relationship to another level in absolute comfort.”

          “pure Ducati delivers what sport lifestyle riders have been dreaming of.”

          “Its laid-back street ergonomics, powerful performance and striking design, the new Ducati Diavel is available dressed in stylish Dark Stealth livery–a black trellis frame and black wheels.”

          I know RA has a serious hard-on for all things Ducati but…really? I would expect something like this from motorcycle-usa or cycle world.

        • E Brown

          This site has some of the strangest criticisms I’ve ever seen, and that’s saying something when you consider the internet. First, pretty much every car and bike publication on the planet does something similar – almost every “News Roundup” or “First Look” you’ve ever read was based on edited industry press releases with a few adjectives thrown in. Second, what substantive, relevant commentary should they be making about a bike they’ve only read about or seen on a stand? The typical conclusion to such articles is “can’t wait to ride it!” or “we like the way this looks.” At least RA is avoiding such bs.

          • runnermatt

            All I can say is welcome to the internet. The strange criticisms is likely a sign that Ride Apart is gaining readership.

          • contender

            They’d do ‘design analysis’ or add some commentary about the press release or some such thing before. Not simply mirror something sent by a manufacturer. HFL was awesome. RA started decently, but seems to be watering themselves down in the name of a wider audience.

            I don’t like it. But good on ‘em. If I could make a living in any facet of motorcycling I would pay no heed to the grumblings of some tattooed internet motorcycle guy.

            • Ken Lindsay

              I think with HFL, they brought in a pretty wide variance in their smaller but faithful readership. Readers were really dedicated to the site. I found it while looking for news on electric dirt bikes a few years back when Wes and Grant were still in NY. The old format lured me in and made me care about bikes I couldn’t have cared about before. As when any business grows, it is hard to maintain that “thing” that made them special and exciting. I guess it is harder on the long time readers as they hold on to what was special over the vastly greater amount of content we receive now.

      • Dennis Hightower

        Sure… very much so… my point is that it’s out of historical character for HFL and RA to parrot press release like copy, especially without attribution. In this case, it might be a press release, but the byline is RA staff? Is that journalistically acceptable practice? I don’t know. I suppose that’s the nature of a “press release”. But it is out of character for RA to do this in this manner. Btw I used two bird analogies…

      • JP

        E, the author is RideApart Staff. How dare you question their integrity.

        It’s obvious that they feel that “a specially engineered 240 section rear tire combined with Ducati chassis technology delivers unprecedented handling and lean angles which will have you questioning what bike to take out to the canyons.” That is unquoted in the article. They wrote it first.

        And they also believe the motorcycle was “built to have a valiant presence, the Diavel takes the rider-motorcycle relationship to another level in absolute comfort.”

        • infresig

          “Valiant presence” is a phrase that was clearly never touched by any hand in marketing.

          • Piglet2010

            Plymouth Valiant presence?

    • IRS4

      Apply Sturegoen’s Law – ninety percent of everything is crap. You wade through the 90% of reguritated crap to enjoy the 10% of decent to excellent articles that the crap supports.

    • Mark D

      Agreed, this site has been going downhill for a while now. This is just the type of vapid filler RA and HFL was known for absolutely ripping other sites for posting.

  • Jake

    A VMax drank too much and barfed out one of these….

    • IRS4

      The original V-Max is still the only power cruiser that ever remotely tickled my loins

      • John White

        Which is funny, given how very similar it is to Honda’s V65 Sabre.

  • Richard Gozinya

    I keep waiting for them to come up with a special “Arrow” edition, or Wolverine. Or both.

  • kevin

    I agree with others that this reads like someone literally copied and pasted ducati’s press release. I want to make clear that I’m not complaining just for the sake of being bitchy on the internet, but because RideApart is(was) one of the only places left on the internet for enthusiasts that seemed to have a free will and the writers expressed their own opinions for better or worse. However lately the content seems to be lacking from a lot of articles. Gear features that read like advertisements without any actual personal “review” of the gear in question, list type articles that again only have a short blurb about each of the bikes being featured and so on. I understand that you gotta do what you gotta do to keep the clicks coming because that’s how you make money, but don’t sell us short on the content.

    • Tom Gabriele

      I agree. More personal opinions are welcome!

  • nomad2495

    stil ugly

  • Said AlSalah

    Jeez, I hate to say this, but even Wired (Wired!) seem to have put in more effort with their coverage of the Diavel: http://www.wired.com/autopia/2014/03/2014-ducati-diavel/

    • Justin McClintock

      Wired probably didn’t know enough to hate it though….

    • Ken Lindsay

      I thought Wes was Wired’s motorcycle journalist.

      • Said AlSalah

        He wrote that great article asking why people ride cars, which blew up the wired commenting board. I’m not sure if he still writes there http://www.wired.com/autopia/2011/08/driving-sucks/

        • Piglet2010

          What is this sitting in traffic in a car all about? ;)

  • Justin McClintock

    Looks like it was designed by whoever did the creature effects for Alien vs. Predator. And no, that’s not a compliment.

  • runnermatt

    I saw the first picture on the Ride Apart main page and thought, “I like it!”

  • das not compute

    Ahhh, looks like this bike took the proverbial arrow to the knee….

  • RideaTart

    5 days into March and we have a 2015 model. Only 2 things stopping me from getting a Diavel: tank range and price tag.

  • bbradsby

    GUYS. The fact the article was placed under the “News” banner, and not “Reviews”makes it completely fair that the article is a first-look blurb lifted from a press release. I will say that the phrase “sport lifestyle riders” had me inhale a few Cherrios. In terms of the motorcycling populace, only posers who ride only to Coffee or trailer their bikes to the exurbs of Daytona and then triumphantly ride in, all grizzled looking, are so busy working up a life style that they have neither.

  • Robert Glover

    I haven’t taken this place seriously since I was chided by one of the authors/moderators for something I said in response to a review of the last-gen Z1000… and what I said wasn’t even negative, but I was basically told that I didn’t know what I was talking about. Even though I had owned one.

  • DudeHeads

    The writing was on the wall as soon as they started pay subscriptions for HFL. This is the end.