|Year of specifications
kgs / 456 lbs
mm / 30.3 inches
The all-new 2011 Ducati Diavel is a mean looking cruiser which
sits above the Ducati Monster range in the company's lineup
of tough-looking naked bikes.
The bike's name - meaning Devil in the local dialect - sums
up what Ducati wanted out of the bike and its designers.
"The challenge of building a muscular silhouette over
a pure-bred competition motor had to be met with determination
and a delicate touch, and the result is a frontal area that
looks like a power athlete on the starting blocks," explains
the team at Ducati Design responsible for the project.
"With the front wheel kept close to the Diavel's body and
using the short tail of a sport bike, we were able to blend
this muscular design with a chassis that matched."
The Ducati Diavel is available in two versions. The standard
model, and the Diavel Carbon - which as the name suggests has
a few carbon fiber goodies.
Ducati Diavel Engine
Powering the Ducati Diavel is a 1198 cc Testastretta L-twin
engine. This engine was developed directly from the incredibly
powerful, world-beating race engines of Ducati Corse.
The revised intake and exhaust ports combined with radical adjustment
of the cam timing have enabled Ducati to achieve a stronger
torque curve at low rpm, which remains strong through a wider
rev-range. The increase in bottom-end torque is managed by Ducati's
Ride-by-Wire (RbW) system to considerably enhance the Diavel's
The massive 58mm (2.28in) section exhaust headers lead the 2-1-2
system through power-enhancing equal lengths that enable the
Diavel's efficient power delivery. The engine management system
dedicates a lambda probe to each header, providing precise fueling
via a large airbox, while the stylish cannon-style, vertically
stacked silencers carry catalytic converters to provide Euro
3 conformity and electronically controlled mid-section valve
optimises exhaust pressures throughout the rev-range.
Twin lateral radiators - positioned on either side of the Diavel
- cool the engine. This unique feature combines with a new 64mm
water pump impeller to increase flow rate by 35% at high rpm.
Ducati Diavel Transmission
The Ducati Diavel's gearbox features high-strength materials
to manage the increased power output and enhanced grip generated
by the 240 section rear tire, which also requires the use of
a 16mm longer gearbox output shaft for drive chain routing.
The Ducati Diavel transmission features an oil bath clutch with
"slipper" function and super-light feel at the lever.
Its design uses a progressive self-servo mechanism that presses
the plates together when under drive from the engine, enabling
the reduction of the clutch spring rates. This results in a
much lighter clutch lever at the handlebar, ideal in stop-start
traffic or during long journeys. When the drive force is reversed
(over-run), the same mechanism reduces the pressure on the clutch
plates, enabling them to provide a race-like slipper
action, which reduces the destabilizing effect of the rear-end
under aggressive downshifting and provides a much smoother feeling
when closing the throttle or downshifting under normal riding
Ducati Diavel Frame
The signature trellis frame of the bike uses large diameter,
light gauge tubing with two lateral die-cast aluminium sections
that flow into the rear subframe. This achieves massive torsional
rigidity while remaining lightweight and compact.
The two sections form a rear-end structure by attaching onto
either side of a complex techno-polymer component.
The long, die-cast aluminium, single-sided swingarm of the Diavel
provides great feedback at the rear-end with a wheelbase of
1,590mm (62.6in) and a stance that provides lean angles of up
to 41 degrees.
Ducati Diavel Suspension
The Diavel uses black-bodied 50mm Marzocchi front forks. These
forks are fully adjustable for spring pre-load, compression
and rebound damping.
The forks are gripped by a slash-cut triple-clamp - cast aluminium
for the lower and forged for the upper - with a rubber-mounted
riser to tapered alloy bars.
At the rear the Ducati Diavel employs a Sachs rear suspension
unit slung low under the chassis in a horizontal position, operated
by a progressive pull-rod linkage from the swingarm. Adjustable
in compression and rebound damping, the unit uses a handy control
for easy spring pre-load adjustment.
Ducati Diavel Brakes
The Diavel front brakes use Brembo's incredibly powerful Monobloc
callipers, which deliver outstanding performance actuated by
new integral alloy master cylinders with unique shape reservoirs
sporting milled tops.
The 4-piston, twin radially-mounted callipers grip 320mm discs,
while a single 265mm disc on the rear is gripped by a two piston
calliper, also by Brembo.
The Ducati Diavel is equipped with the latest, most compact,
Ducati Bosch-Brembo ABS system as original equipment, providing
a major contribution towards performance control.