Raised on two wheels in the deserts of Nevada, the newest addition to the MotoUSA crew has been part of the industry for well over 15 years.Equal parts writer, photographer, and rider, “JDawg” is a jack of all trades and even a master of some.
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
It is fairly obvious to anyone who has spent more than a few minutes on this site that the staff of MotoUSA love the Ducati Diavel. When it was introduced in 2011, it hit the cruiser/standard/streetfighter scene with more controversy than any motorcycle from Ducati since the 999. And with good reason. What is it? Is it a cruiser? Yes. Is it a standard? Absolutely. Streetfighter? Sure. What about a tourer? Not exactly. The lack of wind protection and storage made long stretches in the saddle a blustery and minimalist experience.
Ducati now has a solution for those looking to strike out past the horizon on its muscle-bound cruiser, the 2013 Ducati Diavel Strada. For the 2013 model year the Italian marque has bestowed the Strada treatment to both the Diavel and Hypermotard to broaden their demographic appeal with touring features. But does the concept really work? Do bags, a windscreen and a few other tweaks make for a touring motorcycle?