The Diavel is the second cruiser motorcycle from Ducati, after the Indiana. The 2011 model year Diavel debuted in November 2010 at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan. The engine is a retuned version of the 1,198.4 cc Testastretta from the 1198 superbike. I personally love the styling of the bike, it exudes a lot of attitude, reminds me of mad max and resident evil combined into one. In the US, most Diavel buyers appear to be existing riders age 50 and over, with more women than usual attracted to the bike, and some Harley-Davidson owners, especially V-Rod riders, trading for the new Ducati power cruiser.
As with all the other 1:12 scale diecast bikes unboxing this Ducati Diavel Carbon is also a breeze, thanks to the screw-less, string-less package! Thought the package looks a little flimsy but it does its duty well. One odd thing about this 2012 package is that the red color coded outer shell is replace with a conventional yellow white shell and the jazzy graphics is out too… in my opinion the red package is kind of cool!!
First of all Kudos to Maisto for making such a drop dead beast. In my views this is by far the best scale model, which came out of Maisto’s factory! The details are cool, paint scheme is nicely executed, dimension is almost perfect! Being a carbon model all the carbon fiber bits and pieces are given extra attention!!
Just like the Harley Davidson V-Rod this Ducati Diavel also sports a sleek lines and dragster kind of profile. The massive is partially covered by the scoops and those huge gold plated exhaust insets.. The lower part also is covered by a cowl which enhances stability but hard core riders would prefer open chassis layout to show off their beast of the engine!
The front head lamp looks stylish and realistic enough. The cowl covering it is cool which smoothly fuses into the instrument console. The air intake vent and the aluminium grill cover is very nicely done by Maisto. The turn indicator is not so good but serves the purpose. Tyre pattern is pretty deep and smart so its kind of gives this model a very realistic feel. The rear is equally realistic but the licence plate in my model is in a angle so it scrapes the rear tyres a bit!!
The instrument panel is detailed with all readable numerals and clearly distinguishable telltales etc. The rider stance view gives some real cool details like the clearly carved fuel cap and the recession for mounting it. The painted top part of the fuel tank looks very cool, the red paint stands out and takes the whole model couple of notches higher.
The aerial view sort of gives a dimensional perception to you. From this angle I like the red painted area and the carbon fiber graphics… Ducati decals on the fuel tank is sharp and readable even from a distance. The Front mud guard finished in carbon fiber scores full marks and the small Ducati logo on it is not readable but very nice cosmetic addition.
Matt finished air intake is pretty neat so as the graphics engraved on it… “CARBON” text is a little smudged but not visible to many collectors!! I give this details a bravo because for Rs.475/- it is a great bargain.
Overall this Ducati Diavel Carbon edition scores 4 starts for the shelf presence and the detailing it sports. I am planning a comparison with Yamaha V-Max so hold on tight and keep commenting your views.