This is the latest mega cruiser coming from Ducati factory. It had it’s debut on EICMA this year (2010) and it seems that it would target niche market of street rod motorcycles. Now, let’s look at the figures, which are impressive: 162HP, 128nm torque (8000rpm) and weighing just 210kg dry – Diavel is here to redefine what a modern cruiser should be. Among other features, there are three-mode ride-by-wire throttle, slipper clutch and 240cm / 45 section rear Pirelli Diablo tyre. Not to forget the engine, 1198cc V-Twin Testastretta 11º.
The Diavel features the same electronics as the Multistrada. It includes electronically adjustable suspension and traction control according to load and riding style, as well as ABS. Diavel is also substantially lighter than it’s direct rivals, such as Harley-Davidson V-Rod (289kg) and Yamaha V-Max (310kg). Ducati is going so far – that it claims the Diavel is in a category of its own. Wheelbase is a stretched out 1590mm, thanks to the 28 degree rake of the forks.
Couple of changes will appear on full production model like more rear mudguard that the show bike. Numberplate mounting will be combined with mudguard as well, similar to what we see now. Vertical strip LED lights are legal though, so no change there. Long wheelbase and low centre of gravity produces outstanding braking performance according to Ducati. Coupled with Brembo Monobloc calipers, Diavel is braking better that any bike in it’s range, outperforming even the likes of 1198!!!
The instrumentation is split level, the upper being a conventional LCD while the lower, tank-mounted one is a Thin Film Transistor type for exceptional clarity. It automatically chooses a black or white background according to ambient light levels.
Some more numbers for you:
- 30.3inch / 770mm seat height
- 4.4 gallons / 17 litres
- 150 miles / 241.5km
- 7500 miles / 12070km minor service
- 15000 miles / 24 140km major service
There will be another version of Diavel – Carbon that comes in either “red carbon” or “black carbon”, referring to the color of the paint on the trellis frame. Both versions of the Diavel Carbon will have black forged Marchesini wheels, which shed 5.5lbs off the Ducati Diavel’s base mass. The Carbon will also get Marzocchi forks, with low-friction coating.
Price: US16,995$ for the Ducati Diavel, and US19,995$ for the Ducati Diavel Carbon.