With America’s penchant for chrome on their motorcycles, the 2012 Ducati Diavel Cromo is aimed straight at the U.S. market. Ducati’s Diavel created quite an uproar last year, upsetting the Ducati purists who couldn’t believe their beloved company was manufacturing a so-called cruiser motorcycle with a 240mm rear tire. Their consternation soon vanished after the buzz it created among the motorcycle press when it debuted in Spain. The motorcycle defies categorization, so we threw it in our Performance Cruiser Smackdown, added it to our 2011 Streetfighter Shootoutand featured it in a stand-alone article. Bottom line, this thing hauls, hitting 60 mph in 2.93 seconds and covering the quarter in 10.6 seconds @ 128.3 miles, outgunning all of the streetfighters in the test while destroying the other power cruisers in handling. Read On: http://www.motorcycle-usa.com/658/11514/Motorcycle-Article/2012-Ducati-Diavel-Cromo-First-Look.aspx
It could be called coincidence, an issue of bad timing or simply one Italian motorcycle manufacturer thumbing their nose at another.
In the same week MV Agusta rolled out their inspiration, Ducati officially released details of the much awaited new 2012 Ducati 1199 Panigale Superbike. The fact that the splash page for the new motorcycle has ‘checkmate’ in large type was surely referring to the winning racing flag.
The Italians do have a knack of deigning cars & bikes which set them apart from competitors in the league. In the high-end racer bike category, one such Italian maestro is Ducati who has enjoyed a premium positioning for its rather abstract but innovative body designs. The new Diavel AMG special edition from the Italian bike maker may not be as flashy as its 1200S Pikes Peak Special edition cousin but packs in quiet the style quotient with some signature designs from the two master brands. The major unveiling of the bike will take place at the Frankfurt Motor Show later this year, which shall have a plethora of the very bests in the automotive world. Read On: http://www.bornrich.com/entry/ducati-diavel-amg-special-edition-bike-wrapped-carbon-fiber/