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Ducati Diavel

Ducati Diavel

Ducati Diavel

Ducati Diavel

Ducati Diavel

Ducati Diavel dashboard

Ducati Diavel

Ducati Diavel

Ducati Diavel

Year of specifications 2011
Engine 1198cc, Testastretta L-twin
Transmission 6-speed, chain
Top speed -
0-60 MPH -
Horsepower 162 hp
Weight 207 kgs / 456 lbs
Seat height 770 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 rideability.

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 conditions.

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.

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