After the Streetfighter
and Monster 1100 EVO
, here comes the Diavel, a roadster-type standard bike, a Mister Universe wannabe that mixes styles with its beefy, wide-angle, 50-mm inverted fork, elongated, low-slung frame and fat, 240-mm rear tire. It takes on muscular dragster models like the Yamaha V Max
– and anything else in its path.
|After the Streetfighter and Monster 1100 EVO, here comes the Diavel, a roadster-type standard bike. (Photo: Ducati)
Thankfully for die-hard Ducati fans, a few features remain to remind us that this actually is a Ducati, such as the steel trellis frame, single-side swing arm and the Monster’s headlamp. The manufacturer refused to compromise when it came to style, and this beast is stunningly seductive from every angle. What’s more, passengers will be delighted by the hidden seat, the foot pegs and the foldaway handgrip.
Thanks to the Multistrada 1200’s Testastretta twin-cylinder mill, slightly beefed up here and delivering 162 hp, 94 ft-lb of torque and a shorter final gear, the Diavel promises some devilishly quick accelerations, the true raison d’être of such a model. Innovation-wise, the bike features side radiators, hands-free ignition with a theft deterrent system, a ride-by-wire throttle system and a carbon construction that’s 3 lbs lighter. Ducati didn’t skimp on the electronics either, offering three selectable riding modes that change injection mapping and DTC settings (Urban Touring, Sport) as well as an upgraded ABS system.
As for road behaviour, Ducati claims the epic tire and 1,590-mm wheelbase won’t hamper the bike’s handling prowess, thanks to a meticulously designed swing arm, and steering offset.
Here are a few specs:
770-mm high seat
Fat 240-mm rear tire
17-litre fuel tank
210-kg curb weight
Come back soon for the latest news on availability and pricing in North America.
|Ducati didn’t skimp on the electronics either, offering three selectable riding modes that change injection mapping and DTC settings (Urban, Touring, Sport) as well as an upgraded ABS system. (Photo: Ducati)