I awoke this morning to almost every moto news source buzzing with the spy shots of the Ducati Cruiser that is in the testing phase.
At first glance it looks like a Diavel and I thought, "Yeah, new Diavel with a different engine... Snooze." Upon looking a little deeper, I found a few more photos and Bike Social came through big time with shots of both sides of the bike. They were kind enough to watermark these images, so you have an idea of where they came from. HA!
Looking at the bike, it is similar to the Diavel, but there are some major differences. First off... The feet forward riding position. This is something completely different for Ducati, and that is very interesting. The front end is very Diavel, but the tank looks slimmer and less Judge Dredd, which I like. The exhaust system is routed inboard to make the rear of the seat real tidy.
It has a pretty slack head tube angle, so I feel like this bike is going to be a little less twitchy in the corners. Dual disks up front will give this machine plenty of stopping power, and the next big stunner is the drive. The left side of the bike holds a belt that will put the power to the rear wheel.
What do you guys think about the new road that Ducati is headed down? They are diversifying their portfolio and offering machines that are not specifically geared toward the super sport rider.
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