The Diavel definitely stretches the definition of “cruiser.” Luckily, it stretches it in the preferred direction, with a wickedly fast yet perfectly tractable “11-degree” Testastretta Ducati V-Twin housed in a chassis that nicely splits the difference between laid-back and poised-for-action, and that doesn’t bow and scrape for mercy at the first sign of Earth curvature. [...]Read Full Post | Comments(5)
Character? How about Bat-man? The $19,995 Ducati Diavel Carbon’s a big pussycat of a motorcycle, but if you didn’t know any better, you wouldn’t think so. I especially enjoy riding it around CW’s new home here in the master-planned (master-bland?) community of Irvine. It really must be a nice place to live, if you like [...]Read Full Post | Comments(2)
Ten Bikes with Soul and Character Ten ways to keep it soulful (and sometimes a little strange) while having a good time on two wheels.
For decades, the implacable march of technology and improved performance has driven motorcycles to incredible heights. Even our dyno and GPS-based timing equipment are so shocked by what they’re recording that they’ve started putting exclamation points after some of the horsepower and quarter-mile numbers. But as awesome as all this performance, economy, reliability, comfort and [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)
Best Cruiser: Ducati Diavel Carbon – Ten Best Bikes 2011 The devil’s own carbon-fiber cruise missile.
Sure, you can go apehanger, floorboards or any number of more traditional routes in this most traditional of categories. Or you can say, Screw it! and let the focus groups focus on their navels. Ducati did just that, channeling the performance-minded spirit of classic American V-Twins like the Crocker and infusing it with garlic and [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)