Ducati’s first cruiser in decades has turned out to be a great success. Using the potent Testastretta 11° powerplant, the Diavel is lacking for neither grunt nor raw horsepower. Yes, it has to be revved up a bit to access its nearly 100 ft/lbs or torque and 160+ horsepower, but there’s plenty of power off-peak.Being a Ducati, the Diavel has excellent handing and top-notch suspension. If you’re wondering if it is truly capable of handling the twisties, the Pirelli Diablo Rosso II rubber should answer the question.
Braking comes from a pair of radially mounted Brembo Monoblock calipers and 320mm disc. ABS is standard, as is a wide variety of electronic enhancements thanks to the ride-by-wire system.Read our Ducati Diavel Review.Visit our Motorcycling Buyer’s Guide.
2016 Ducati Diavel Specs:
Type: Liquid-cooled Testastretta 11° L-twin w/ four desmodromically actuated valves per cylinder
Hello everyone and welcome once again to Ultimate Motorcycling’s weekly Podcast—Motos and Friends.
My name is Arthur Coldwells.
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This week’s episode features Senior Editor Nic de Sena’s impressions of the beautiful new Harley-Davidson Low Rider ST that is loosely based around the original FXRT Sport Glide from the 1980s. Hailing from The Golden State, these cult-status performance machines became known as West Coast style, with sportier suspension, increased horsepower, and niceties including creature comforts such as a tidy fairing and sporty luggage.
In past episodes you might have heard us mention my best friend, Daniel Schoenewald, and in the second segment I chat with him about some of the really special machines in his 170 or so—and growing—motorcycle collection. He’s always said to me that he doesn’t consider himself the owner, merely the curator of the motorcycles for the next generation.
Yet Daniel is not just a collector, but I can attest a really skilled rider. His bikes are not trailer queens, they’re ridden, and they’re ridden pretty hard. Actually, we have had many, many memorable rides on pretty much all of the machines in the collection at one time or another.
From all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!