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Today is a very high day. After four tries, I finally got the Ducati I wanted.

I know that most of you are not in search of the perfect motorcycle. But I am. And I have finally found it.

And they just invented it.

Today I drove home a Ducati Diavel. I traded two bikes to get it. But it is absolutely the bike I’ve wanted.

The Diavel, which means Devil in Italian, is a whole new class of motorcycle. It is something Ducati calls a muscle cruiser. There isn’t anything like it in the showroom.

There are high performance in-line fours and there are many take-offs of the Harley, but there is nothing like the Diavel.

My Diavel can loaf along at 35 mph in 3rd gear with no complaints. It also can do well in excess of 150 mph if you are crazy enough.

It is a Ducati, but it is civilized.

It has three different riding modes – sport, touring and urban. In sport mode, you get the full 162 horses applied to your 440 pound bike as if you are a superbike racer. You better have full leathers and be on a track.

In touring mode, you have all that power, but the computer smoothes it out so that cracking half the throtle doesn’t raise the front wheel.

In urban mode, it drops down to a mere 100 horses so you don’t ride up someone’s tail pipe in traffic.

It also has traction control. This little bit of computer genius cuts in when you give the bike too much power to hold the back wheel on the road. It cuts the power so you don’t lose it. And it can be set differently for each riding mode.

Right now I have the urban riding mode set for the most computer traction control. This is my rain mode. The bike will do all it can so that it doesn’t lose traction in the worst conditions.

If you have ever ridden a motorcycle in the rain, you welcome all the help you can get.

The bike also has Brembro brakes. There are two on the front and one on the back. Brembro brakes are the best you can get. In normal riding, you should never need more than two fingers worth of braking – even if you need to stop fast.

In addition, it also has ABS, which means the computer controls the brakes. You can clamp down hard and the computer won’t let you go into a slide. It will apply the most braking you can do and still keep the tires glued to the road.

This means a panic stop is more efficient than a human can accomplish.

And it is keyless. You just drop the rather large key fob in your pocket and when you get on the bike, it knows to start. And if you lose your fob, you can start it with a pin number.

And remember, it is a Ducati. If you are doing 65 and you need to pass a garbage truck, it takes about three seconds.

Did I mention I traded in a Ducati StreetFighter for this. The Diavel is faster.

It does 0 to 60 in 2.6 seconds. (Professional rider required.)

I have no clue how Ducati did this, but I know it the highest tech bike you can buy without going full tilt racing.

Key West tomorrow. Maybe.

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Written by Charles Keefer

May 19, 2011 at 9:50 pm

Posted in Blog, Motorcycles

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  1. Okay, Chuck, you talked about this Ducati earlier this year or maybe it was last year. Hope you enjoy it! Did you trade the new Honda Sabre or the BMW also? Can’t remember how many motorcycles you have these days.

    Ellen K

    May 20, 2011 at 5:39 pm

  2. I traded the Honda Sabre and the Ducati Streetfighter for the Diavel and it was a good trade. Will post on it.

    Charles Keefer

    May 25, 2011 at 8:50 pm

  3. Sounds like you have found your dream bike. Guess you will have to take it to the Tail of the Dragon to get the real feel of the bike and the road. See you soon!

    Jay and Billie

    May 25, 2011 at 10:04 pm

  4. Billie,

    You are reading my mind.

    ckeefer3

    May 25, 2011 at 10:30 pm

  5. If the Ducati does 35 mph in 3rd gear, that’s all you need for the Dragon. In fact, you could probably do all 318 curves in 11 miles in 2nd gear. I don’t think I ever got out of 2nd and 3rd gear on either of my Beemers when riding the Dragon!

    Ellen K

    May 26, 2011 at 9:14 pm


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