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to participate in the Cycle World Ten Best Riding Experience of the Ducati Diavel on June 24. I have an old riding buddy up there I'm dragging along to see if I can't get him enthused enough to get his old FJ1200 going. My friend who is Service Manager at a St.L. Ducati dealer says it's a shit ton of fun to ride. I personally can't get past the pregnant-guppy styling, but hopefully I won't have to look at it too much, just to ride it.
 

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The Diavel was a big letdown for me. The motor is fine, although like any Ducati, you have to rev it a bit to make power. But the stretched-out frame and gigantic rear tire made it handle like a log truck, especially at low speed. Some of the clumsiness went away once you got rolling, but it still took major effort to get it to turn. And the seat was like sitting in a bucket-no, not a bucket seat, an actual bucket. It's 50 lbs. lighter than a ZX-14, but it feels 50 lbs heavier. Plus, it looks like a pregnant guppy.
 
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