When Ducati decided to build a power cruiser, the all-new model wasn’t destined to be some sort of copycat V-twin. And it isn’t. Instead, when the Diavel was launched in 2011, it instantly became the Dirty Harry character of the segment. Powering the Diavel is a 1,198cc Testastretta desmodromic engine producing a claimed 152 hp at 9,000 rpm—well above the typical V-twin cruiser rev limit. Although appearing quite bulky amidships, the Diavel is also surprisingly light at a claimed 463 pounds dry, and its seat height is a reasonable 30.1 inches, providing a comfier setup than most low-slung machines offer.
A Monster-style trellis fame, racing-derived single-sided swingarm, radial-mount brake calipers, and 17-inch wheels and tires also earmark the Diavel as a rider’s machine, far above the operating plane of normal cruisers. On the Diavel Carbon, predictably, carbon fiber replaces molded plastic for the front fender, fuel-tank panels, and passenger-seat cover, netting a slightly lower curb weight of 452 pounds. Selectable ride modes, traction control, and ABS are huge pluses on both models.
Likes: Effortless power and superb handling.
Dislikes: Makes a warthog look cute.
Verdict: A cruiser with World Superbike DNA.