Shortly after opening on this day, they welcomed a familiar face, Patrick Ford, a patron turned longtime friend.
"Obviously, all things take their progression, but this just seems to be unfair," Ford remarked.
Redevelopment is "taking away the heritage and the community at the same time," he said.
It would be impossible for this updated Diavel to match the impact of the original, launched only three years ago. Internet forums and magazine letters pages blazed with complaints that the Diavel was ugly, and that Ducati was betraying its sporting heritage by building a cruiser.
"Solving the problem is going to be a bit like turning around an oil tanker." Geoff Strawbridge, the regional director of the Campaign For Real Ale, a movement promoting pubs and traditional ales, said "the most important thing to save pubs is for more people to use them." Government campaigns, however, have long aimed to curb drinking among Britons. In 2016, 56.9 per cent of adult respondents to a national survey said they had taken a drink in the previous week — the lowest since the survey began in 2005.
What's more, the University of Sheffield's Alcohol Research Group recently found that as pubs have closed across England, supermarkets and convenience stores have more than doubled.
Despite that, Ducati's boldness in creating the dramatically styled and cleverly engineered Diavel was rewarded when almost everybody who rode it came back smiling; marvelling at the unique way that it combined a relaxed riding position and fat back tyre with thrilling acceleration and improbably agile handling.
Across the street from a leafy park in the borough of Southwark, the China Hall Public House attracts rugby players after weeknight matches."That's what I think is driving a lot of pubs to be closed." In Southwark, the average home price in February 2017 (the latest available figures) was £511,119 (4,856 Cdn).That's a 194 per cent increase since February 2007.The engine is still a 1,198cc, liquid-cooled, eight-valve V-twin, but is updated with twin spark plugs per cylinder, new camshafts and a higher compression ratio.The maximum output remains 160bhp, roughly 20bhp up on the similar unit in the new Monster 1200, but low-rev torque is improved.What is certain is that the revamped Diavel is not just one of the quickest bikes around but also one of the most exciting.