2013 Ducati Diavel Strada | First Look

Ducati Builds a Touring Cruiser--Really. WTF?

If Ducati's original Diavel cruiser left a lot of riders scratching their heads, imagine what this will do. The Diavel Strada, priced at $19,495, is Borgo Panigale's take on the touring cruiser. Piled atop the Diavel's unexpectedly good chassis are assorted touring accessories including taller handlebars with heated grips, a touring windscreen, a more luxurious saddle with passenger backrest, and removable saddlebags with a total capacity of 41 liters. Two electrical outlets let rider and passenger hook up, so to speak, while a larger generator provides the necessary juice.

Ducati has significantly tweaked the Strada's ergonomic profile, raising the bars 15mm and bringing the grips 60mm back toward the rider. Otherwise, the Diavel is unchanged. The 1198cc Testastretta 11-degree engine (similar to the Multistrada's) produces a rollicking 162 horsepower and 94 lb.-ft. of torque. It makes the Diavel serious fast, which is a good reason for standard ABS acting on Brembo radial mount calipers and 320mm discs. Ducati Traction Control and adjustable ride modes are also standard.