EICMA 2018: Ducati’s new Diavel gets back to sportier basics. Loads of power, sweet tech and a chain drive


 

If you ever wanted or rode a first-generation Diavel then the latest version of the muscle cruiser just unveiled in Milan is going to tickle your fancy a lot.

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The new Diavel might be a bike that we’ve been bringing you in spy-shot form for months now but the actual details of the production bike make for some sweet reading.

The 2019 Diavel does get the Testastretta DVT 1262 engine, Bosch Cornering ABS and user-friendly engine performance control – according to Ducati.

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A sportier S version of the Diavel 1260 (above) is also available. Features include fully adjustable Öhlins suspension at both front and rear, dedicated wheels and an even higher-performance braking system.

The 1262cc Ducati Testastretta DVT engine with variable cam timing, already used on the XDiavel, has now been upgraded for peak performance and given a chain-drive final transmission. It puts out 159hp @ 9,500rpm and 129Nm @ 7,500 rpm. Thanks to a variable timing system which acts continuously on the intake and exhaust camshafts, the engine adjusts power delivery to suit riding conditions: smooth at low revs, sporty at high revs. Moreover, the S version mounts Ducati Quick Shift up & down Evo (DQS) as standard to allow clutchless shifting.

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The new Diavel sports a prominent new tubular steel Trellis frame. Anchored to it is an aluminium swingarm and the rear wheel – 240mm wide with a diameter of 17 inches – remains a Diavel hallmark.

The 6-axis Bosch Inertial Measurement Unit (6D IMU) instantaneously detects bike speed and
acceleration and is crucial to the proper operation of many of the control devices on the Diavel 1260.

The electronics package includes Bosch Cornering ABS EVO, Ducati Traction Control (DTC)
EVO, Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC) EVO, Ducati Power Launch (DPL) EVO and Cruise Control.
The Diavel 1260 is available in Sandstone Grey with a black frame while the Diavel S offers two
livery options: Thrilling Black & Dark Stealth (motorcycle surfaces feature two contrasting blacks
with different finishes, with red frame) and Sandstone Grey (with black frame).

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This new Diavel 1260 is also compatible with the Ducati Link App: this lets riders set ‘journey
mode’ (a combination of Load Mode and Riding Mode) and personalise the parameters of each
individual Riding Mode (ABS, Ducati Traction Control, etc.) in a user-friendly manner via their
smartphones.

Diavel 1260 range

 

Diavel 1260

PRICE: £16,795
Colour
o Sandstone Grey with black frame and black wheels
Main as-standard features:
o Ducati Testastretta DVT 1262 engine
o Tubular steel Trellis frame
o Aluminium single-sided swingarm
o Fully adjustable 48 mm forks
o Shock with adjustable pre-load and rebound damping
o Brembo brakes with Ø 320 mm front discs and monobloc M4.32 calipers and Ø 265 mm
rear disc
o LED headlight, tail light and indicators
o Colour TFT instrumentation
o Electronics package with Bosch 6-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (6D IMU) including:
Bosch Cornering ABS EVO, Ducati Traction Control (DTC) EVO, Ducati Wheelie Control
(DWC) EVO, Ducati Power Launch (DPL) EVO, Cruise Control
o Ducati Multimedia System (DMS) ready
o Ducati Quick Shift up & down (DQS) EVO ready

Diavel 1260 S

PRICE: £19,895

Colour
o Thrilling Black & Dark Stealth with red frame and black wheels
o Sandstone Grey with black frame and black wheels
Main as-standard equipment – as per the Diavel 1260 except for:
o Fully adjustable Öhlins 48 mm forks
o Fully adjustable Öhlins shock absorber.
o Brembo M50 monobloc front brake calipers
o Machine-finished wheels
o LED headlight with Daytime Running Light (DRL) system
o Ducati Quick Shift up & down (DQS) EVO
o Ducati Multimedia System (DMS)
o Dedicated seat with insert

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