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With 114bhp and 341kg it's much softer and less aggressive than the Ducati.
Despite that, Ducati's boldness in creating the dramatically styled and cleverly engineered Diavel was rewarded when almost everybody who rode it came back smiling; marvelling at the unique way that it combined a relaxed riding position and fat back tyre with thrilling acceleration and improbably agile handling.These latest updates won't make the oddball Ducati popular with every motorcyclist, even if the controversy that surrounded the original model has passed.But the Diavel is a little more refined, and every bit as exhilarating as ever.THE FACTS Ducati Diavel Carbon TESTED 1,198cc four-stroke V-twin, six-speed transmission PRICE/ON SALE £16,995 (standard Diavel £13,995)/April POWER/TORQUE 160bhp @ 9,250rpm 96lb ft @ 8,000rpm TOP SPEED 155mph (estimated) RANGE 130 miles @ 40mpg (estimated) VERDICT Charismatic V-twin that blends cruiser styling with power and agile handling to create a supremely entertaining bike that's in a class of its own TELEGRAPH RATING Four out of five stars THE RIVALS Harley-Davidson Night Rod Special, £13,745 Its liquid-cooled, 1,247cc V-twin engine makes 120bhp and the bike weighs 300kg so it's no match for the much lighter Diavel, but it's quick by Harley standards.Honda Gold Wing F6C, £17,999 This "street muscle cruiser" borrows the Gold Wing tourer's 1,832cc flat-six engine.The maximum output remains 160bhp, roughly 20bhp up on the similar unit in the new Monster 1200, but low-rev torque is improved.
Ducati claims a revised injection system gives a more refined feel.
If the engine is powerful and refined, the chassis impresses even more, because a bike with cruiser-like steering geometry and a huge rear tyre really shouldn't handle so well.
Inevitably the Diavel feels slightly cumbersome in the tightest of hairpins, but in most bends it's remarkably composed.
For such an aggressively styled bike it is rider-friendly, especially in the softest of the three riding modes, Urban, which limits power output to 100bhp.
But if you press the indicator button to select Touring or Sport mode, then crack open the throttle, you'll need to hold on tight as the Ducati thunders forward at a rate that even the firm's super-sports 1199 Panigale would struggle to match.
Again this year the training is offered at a variety of locations from January through April, said Clyde Ogg, Nebraska Extension pesticide safety educator.