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2011 Ducati Diavel Review
 

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2011 Ducati Diavel Review

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mscuddy 02-14-2011 04:34 PM

Anyone remember the Ducati Apollo? Nice write up Pete, but that bike is ugly. It may have double whammy gizmos and steam heated vacuum tubes, but it is still ugly. That last shot of the giant rear tire conjurs up visions of the circus fat lady. They will sell about two or three of these to nearsighted ex-Suzuki Madura owners.

Pete_Brissette 02-14-2011 05:14 PM

Purdy?
 
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Originally Posted by mscuddy (Post 255660)
Anyone remember the Ducati Apollo? Nice write up Pete, but that bike is ugly. It may have double whammy gizmos and steam heated vacuum tubes, but it is still ugly. That last shot of the giant rear tire conjurs up visions of the circus fat lady. They will sell about two or three of these to nearsighted ex-Suzuki Madura owners.

Ugly? Cool? I'm not sure. Too subjective an area for me to pin down.

Odd, espc for a Duc? Indeed.

(Then again the 1st gen MTS likely scared Duc neophytes away in droves.)
:rolleyes:

schizuki 02-14-2011 05:20 PM

I am Tetsuo.

acecycleins 02-14-2011 05:24 PM

When the MTS debuted I thought you'd have to be high to own one. I kinda like the new bike. I think that the tire is too wide, but overall I like the look and the seated position.

Duken4evr 02-14-2011 05:53 PM

The thing that rocks about this bike is the engine is the real deal. Japan, and especially Harley, take note. Twins in "cruisers" can make power, oh yes they can...

The looks are too far out there for me, but this bike's motor looks to be the coolest thing slotted into a motorcycle yet. 90 degree V-twin character blended with good old fashioned excess horsepower. Sign me up for some of that Devilish goodness!

In all honesty, I would spring for the Multi though. Pretty much the same tune and it is not a rolling circus attraction. Gotta had it to Ducati though, as a company they have big solid brass balls. Ducati has also been quite a success as of late. It goes hand in hand :D

The_AirHawk 02-14-2011 06:16 PM

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Originally Posted by schizuki (Post 255662)
I am Tetsuo.

Tetsuo, that's too-much bike for you!

Now, fetch my Quallude-jacket, we've got a race against the Clowns later tonite......

-Kaneda

Morbo the Destroyer 02-15-2011 05:36 AM

There's a guy at work who has decided he wants a bike. He's been looking at a used VMax, the Warrior, but was really focusing on the VRod. Yesterday I brought in my Motor Cyclist magazine with the Diavel cover story. A couple hours later he came over and said "You ruined my week. I can't afford this damn thing, but it weighs under 500 lbs and has 160 hp!"

I think Ducati is going to sell a boatload of these things to a lot of riders who otherwise wouldn't set foot in a Ducati dealership. Hell, they may wind up getting their first exposure at the local drag strips with it.

The only questions in my mind are: will anybody in Europe buy one, and if they do, who's going to teach them how to do burnouts? (No, not you, Anaranjalala).

acecycleins 02-15-2011 05:56 AM

I believe the marketing guys are right when they say that this bike will be the sales leader for the season for Ducati. I think that there is a market outside of the USA for it, but since they aren't exactly going to be pumping out 200k of them it won't matter how big of a Euro splash they make becasue the majority of them will be coming here. I project better 1st yr sales than the entire Classic line when they debuted.

Kevin_Duke 02-15-2011 09:22 PM

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Originally Posted by Morbo the Destroyer (Post 255676)
There's a guy at work who has decided he wants a bike. He's been looking at a used VMax, the Warrior, but was really focusing on the VRod. Yesterday I brought in my Motor Cyclist magazine with the Diavel cover story. A couple hours later he came over and said "You ruined my week. I can't afford this damn thing, but it weighs under 500 lbs and has 160 hp!"

I think Ducati is going to sell a boatload of these things to a lot of riders who otherwise wouldn't set foot in a Ducati dealership. Hell, they may wind up getting their first exposure at the local drag strips with it.

The only questions in my mind are: will anybody in Europe buy one, and if they do, who's going to teach them how to do burnouts? (No, not you, Anaranjalala).

Good to hear a perspective from someone not claiming the Diavel is the end of Ducati as we know it. Considering the tough market for such a machine, I also believe it will do well for them.


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