All right, let's come clean and admit this isn't really a review of Ducati's segment-busting new bike, the power-cruiser-esque Diavel. But from info recently gathered – including comments from Ducati's CEO, plus the timeless seat-bounce test – we now have a clearer idea of the qualities of this controversial new Italian steed.
Factory MotoGP rider Nicky Hayden Hayden rode the Diavel onto the LA Auto Show's stage two days ago, culminating with a tire-smoking burnout. Ducati was there to share the spotlight with the AMG division of Mercedes-Benz, together announcing a new partnership that sees the high-performance AMG sub-brand sponsoring Ducati's MotoGP team.
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