2015 Ducati Diavel First Look

March 3, 2014
Bart Madson
By Bart Madson
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Bashing away at the MotoUSA keyboard for nine years now, Madson lends his scribbling and editorial input on everything from bike reviews to industry analysis and motorcycle racing reports.

Ducati’s Diavel got a little more devilish for the 2015 model year. The Italian marque’s cruiser-ish offering will source updated version of the Testastretta 11° Twin, new exhaust system and a handful of styling changes. The Diavel will be available in two versions, the standard $17,995 base model and $20,995 Carbon version.

The Diavel continues to be powered by Ducati’s superbike-derived Testastretta 11° L-Twin, but this latest engine benefits from dual sparkplugs in each four-valve head. The Dual Spark design is an expected upgrade for the Diavel, with Ducati having added the DS mill first to its Multistrada and most recently, Monster 1200 models.


Engine updates include revised intake and exhaust ports, and what Ducati describes as “radical adjustment to the cam timing.” The dual spark ignition enhances combustion efficiency, and the Diavel’s compression ratio had climbed from 11.5 to 12.5:1. That’s not all that’s changed either, as the Diavel now claims 96.3 lb-ft of torque – a 2.3 boost from the previous model. Peak torque is up, but the Duc also promises more power off the bottom with the revised engine. Horsepower claims are identical with the previous version, at 162 hp, though the new bike reaches that peak 250 revs sooner (9250 rpm).

The DS engine also nets another bonus for owners, albeit less heralded. The DS engine milks out another 3000 miles between valve-clearance checks – now set at 18,000 miles.

Air gets sucked into the fire-eating Diavel via larger intake scoops – one of the subtle styling updates for the new model. The restyled exhaust is also new for 2015, as the silencers of the 2-1-2 system are shortened – all the better to shows off the Diavel’s wide 240mm rear tire, according to Ducati PR.


Ducati’s familiar electronics package returns, including the Ducati Traction Control system and three Ride Modes – Sport, Touring and Urban. The latter cuts power to 100 hp, with a high setting on the DTC system. Sport mode it pure, unfiltered 162 hp and low DTC intervention, with Touring a more relaxed delivery of 162 ponies and middle of the road DTC setting. Riders can customize their settings in the menu, displayed on the Diavel’s gorgeous TFT display. The TFT now includes fuel gauge and side-stand warning icons. It teams with the standard LCD, which is mounted to a new bar riser.

The 2015 Ducati Diavel utilizes an LED headlamp  with LED turn signal indicator as well.The Diavels tail lights and turn signal indicators are integrated under the rear seat and are LED units.
The 2015 Ducati Diavel utilizes an LED headlamp, with LED turn signal indicator as well.

The most noticeable update on the new Diavel is its LED headlamp. Ducati incorporated LED into taillights and integrated turn signals both front and rear – the front signals mounted in the revamped radiator covers.

Most of the running gear on the Diavel remains unchanged: Trellis frame and singleside swingarm, beefy fully-adjustable 50mm Marzocchi fork and Sachs shock, with top-shelf Brembo monobloc stoppers. The bike still weighs in with a claimed dry weight of 463 pounds and 527 pounds wet. The lighter Diavel Carbon shaves a further nine pounds. It’s a class-leading performance package in almost every regard, if that class is “cruiser”’ – with the Ducati MotoUSA’s Best Cruiser of 2011 and 2012 (displaced by the Moto Guzzi California in 2013). It’s a point even Ducati acknowledges doesn’t fully apply to the Diavel, which is dubs a “sport cruiser.”

The 2015 Diavel will be available in a base model for $17,995, featuring black frame, wheels and exhaust. The Carbon version retails for $20,995, with two colorways – the familiar Ducati red and matte carbon with red frame, or the new Carbon White, with white and matte carbon with white frame.

Expect more information on the Diavel and MotoUSA’s first ride impressions in early April.

2015 Ducati Diavel & Diavel CarbonSpecs
 Ducati Diavel Ducati Diavel Carbon
Engine:  Dual Spark Testastretta 11°, L-Twin, liquid-cooled
Displacement:  1198.4cc
Bore x Stroke:  106 x 67.9mm
Compression Ratio: 12.5:1
Claimed Horsepower:  162 hp @ 9250 rpm
Claimed Torque:  96.2 lb-ft @ 8000 rpm
Fueling:  Mitsubishi EFI. Mikuni elliptical throttle bodies with RbW.
Final Drive:  Chain; 15/43 gearing 
Exhaust:  2-1-2 system with twin aluminium mufflers
Final Drive:  Chain; 15/43 gearing 
Transmission:  6 speed
Clutch:  Wet, multi-plate clutch with slipper functionality.
Frame:  Tubular steel trellis frame
Wheelbase:  62.6 inches
Rake:  28°
Front Suspension: Marzocchi DLC coated 50mm fully adjustable inverted forks with 4.7 inches travel
Rear Suspension:  Progressive linkage with fully adjustable Sachs monoshock and 4.7 inches travel
Front Wheel:  14-spoke in light alloy 3.5 x 17 Marchesini forged and machined 9-spoke 3.5 x 17 
Rear Wheel:  14-spoke in light alloy 8 x 17 Marchesini forged and machined 9-spoke 8 x 17
Front Tire:  120/70 ZR 17 Pirelli Diablo Rosso II
Rear Tire:  240/45 ZR17 Pirelli Diablo Rosso II
Front Brake: Dual 320mm discs with 4-piston radial-mount Brembo monobloc calipers and ABS
Rear Brake: 265mm disc, 2-piston floating caliper with ABS
Fuel Tank Capacity: 4.5 gallons
Claimed Dry/Wet Weight: 463 / 527 pounds 452 / 516 pounds
Seat Height: 30.3 inches
Instrumentation: LCD + TFT
Warranty: 2 years unlimited mileage
Additional Equipment: Carbon fiber tank panels, single-seat cover, front mudguard
MSRP: $17,995 $20,995

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