2011 Diavel Carbon, 5,354 miles, $14,995 plus tax and registration
The Ducati Diavel Carbon embodies the true nature of the Diavel concept, where performance combines with style to celebrate Italian engineering at its best. Lightweight composites and milled aluminium components meld the two worlds of sport and style with features that are both visually beautiful and functionally high-performance.
According to Ducati, the new Diavel Carbon is “built by people who have earned the right to change the rules.” Common are inflated claims about the groundbreaking nature of new motorcycles, regardless of their actual originality. To Ducati’s credit, it hasn’t burdened the Diavel (“devil” in a Bolognese dialect) with a hyped-up label or attempted to create a new category out of thin air. The bike’s profile is bold and unique, more like something you’d find on a movie set than on a back road. Its long tank, hunched shoulders and sloping brow look like the biomechanical love child of Alien and RoboCop‘s ED-209.
Fit, finish and design are stand-out qualities of the Diavel, from the vertical, clear-plastic LED indicators and brake lights to the belly pan that hides the oil cooler; from the brushed aluminum shrouds over the side-mount radiators to the milled hydraulic fluid covers. The single-sided swingarm and wheels are beautiful. The base model has 14-spoke wheels–cast aluminum in front, flow-formed for strength and lightness out back–whereas the Carbon sports gorgeous forged, 9-spoke aluminum wheels with milled accents. Made by Marchesini, they shave off 5.5 pounds of unsprung weight. The Carbon also has a carbon-fiber tank cover (it’s steel on the base model), front fender and seat cowl that are stunning