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Ducati Diavel Makes Official Debut

Monday, November 1, 2010
Ducati Diavel First Look
Ducati raises the curtain, finally, on its long-rumored and much-hyped Diavel motorcycle.
Ducati unveiled its 2011 model lineup a day before the EICMA Milan Bike Show. The Italian marque placed its much-hyped Diavel at center stage, with the new street/cruiser unit headlining the Ducati 2011 new model releases. The Diavel features a 162-horsepower Twin and claimed 463-pound dry weight. The new Duc will come in a standard version and an uprated Diavel Carbon, which uses carbon fiber bodywork and lighter wheels (dry weight 456 pounds).

Ducati’s Testastretta Twin powers the new Diavel. The power claims are 162 horsepower and 94 lb-ft torque. This version of the powerful Ducati Twin is dubbed the Testastretta 11 - the 11 referring to the degrees of crankshaft rotation during which both the intake and exhaust valves are open. This overlap trait occurs at the end of the exhaust stroke to optimize intake airflow, with the 11 degrees on the Diavel down from the 41-degree rotation found on the Testastretta powering the 1198. Otherwise the internal dimensions, 1198.4cc displacement and 106mm bore x 67.9mm stroke, are unchanged from the Superbike.

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A Ducati ride-by-wire throttle opens the butterfly valves to power the new devil. Electronic gizmos also include three ride modes, selected at the left switchgear button and viewed on the tank-mounted instrument display. Three engine mappings include a 162-hp “sport,” 162-hp with progressive power delivery “touring” and a detuned 100-hp “urban” setting. The new Diavel also makes use of Ducati Traction Control (DTC), which has already debuted on the company’s production Superbike line and is now filtering down into the street lineup. The Diavel also utilizes the hands-free ignition system featured on the 2010 Multistrada 1200. The Ducati Data Acquisition (DDA) system is not offered.

A pair of radiators cool down the Twin, with a 2-1-2 exhaust routing fumes out the rightside aluminum canisters (the exhaust silencers also gracing the Ducati Monster 1100 EVO, revealed alongside the Diavel). On each side of the 5.3-gallon fuel tank are aluminum air intakes (the positioning remarkably similar to the distinctive air scoops on the V-MAX, which now seems to finally have its class doppleganger).

Ducati Diavel First Look
Ducati Diavel First Look
Ducati Diavel First Look
A slipper clutch adorns the new Ducati, with a six-speed gearbox and chain final drive transferring power to the rear tire. And it’s a fat one out back, as the Diavel makes use of a 240mm rear.

Ducati’s trellis frame returns with a single-sided aluminum swingarm. A 50mm Marzocchi fork is placed up front, offering preload, compression and rebound adjustment. The rear Sachs shock in the rear also offers three-way adjustability. Steering geometry is a 28-degree rake with 130mm (5.12 inches) trail. Wheelbase is 62.6 inches with Ducati promising 41-degree lean angles. Seat height is 30.3 inches.

The Diavel rolls on 14-spoke, 17-inch hoops – the front 3.5 inches wide with the rear eight inches to support the meaty tire. Spooned on the wheels are Diablo Rosso II tires from Pirelli, the front a standard issue 120/70 with the rear an unconventional 240/45 profile. The Diavel Carbon makes use of Marchesini wheels that trim 5.5 pounds of weight.

Braking comes courtesy of Brembo stoppers. The four-piston monobloc units up front grip a pair of 320mm rotors. Out back a single 265mm rotor is pinched by a two-piston Brembo caliper. Both versions of the Diavel will come with Ducati’s Bosch-Brembo ABS as standard kit. Ducati isn’t holding back on the braking performance claims either, with PR stating the Diavel’s total package delivers “braking performance even greater than that of the awesome Ducati Superbikes.”

No word yet on pricing or when the new Diavel will be available in the U.S. Stay tuned for updates as they are made available.

What’s in a Name?

We already know the name Diavel is a Bolognese dialect of the Italian Diablo – devil. The story behind the name is that when a prototype was shown to a group of Ducati techs and engineers, the silhouette inspired one to say: “Ignurant comm al Diavel!” – “Evil, just like the devil!” Ducati PR shtick, perhaps, but an interesting footnote to one of the most anticipated bikes of the 2011 motorcycle model year.

Ducati Brass on the New Diavel

Ducati President Gabriele Del Torchio at EICMA unveiling: “2010 has been a year of great opportunity for Ducati and despite the difficult market environment, we have seen our market share double in the last three years, from 4.3% to 8.6%. By the end of 2010 we expect a sales growth of 6% compared to last year, a growth that is testimony to Ducati’s capacity to react, even during a contraction in the market. Essentially, we owe this to the creation of specific strategies within our 2007-2010 industrial plan. We continue to base the pillars of our strategy on loyalty to our mission: To be specialists and segment leaders in the sport bike sector, while working with determination on the development of highly innovative new products. This mission enables us to expand into new market segments like the Diavel, which we unveil here at EICMA.”

Ducati Diavel First Look
Ducati Diavel First Look
The Diavel Carbon makes use of carbon fiber bodywork and Marchesini wheels for a lighter claimed weight.
“Engineering quality and excitement quality are key elements of our development process. The engineering quality of our product has grown significantly over the last three years and now positions us at the apex of European industry. The excellent excitement quality, increasingly important in this competitive environment, is demonstrated by the unmistakable Italian style of our bikes and by their performance which delivers enhanced enjoyment and safety for our customers, whether on the road or the track.”

Ducati General Manager Claudio Domenicali:
“We are here at EICMA this week with a series of important innovations that are totally in line with our strategic industrial plan and the Diavel is, without doubt, the most exciting innovation in our 2011 line-up because it represents a new concept of motorcycle. It is a naked because it is essential, light and agile; a cruiser because it is imposing and also comfortable with a passenger; and a sports bike because it has a powerful heart, muscles, and levels of performance that take your breath away.”

“Until now, no segment has ever captured these characteristics in just one bike. We are extremely satisfied with the Diavel, it represents the very concept of ‘sport’ and celebrates all that Ducati has achieved in recent years. If the Multistrada 1200 represents the perfect synthesis between functionality and performance, the Diavel creates a new interpretation of performance, this time combined with technology and design."
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Ducati Diavel Technical Specs
Ducati Diavel First Look
Engine: Liquid-cooled, L-Twin cylinder
Displacement: 1198.4cc
Bore x Stroke: 106 x 67.9mm
Compression Ratio: 11.5:1
Claimed Horsepower: 162 hp @ 9500rpm
Claimed Torque: 94lb-ft @ 8000rpm
Fuel injection: Mitsubishi electronic fuel injection system, Mikuni elliptical throttle bodies with ride by wire
Exhaust: 2-1-2 Twin aluminium mufflers
Transmission: Six-speed, slipper clutch
Final Drive: Chain
Frame: Tubular steel trellis frame with aluminum swingarm
Wheelbase: 62.6 inches
Rake/Trail: 28 degrees / 5.12
Seat Height: 30.3 inches
Front Suspension: 50mm Marzocchi fork, fully adjustable
Rear Suspension: Sachs monoshock, fully adjustable
Front Wheel/Tire: 3.50 x 17, 120/70 ZR17 Pirelli Diablo Rosso II
Rear Wheel/Tire: 8.00 x 17, 240/45 ZR17 Pirelli Diablo Rosso II
Front Brake: Dual 320mm discs, radial mount 4-piston Brembo Monobloc calipers with ABS
Rear Brake: 265mm disc 2-piston Brembo caliper with ABS
Fuel Tank: 5.3 gallons
Dry Weight: 463 pounds (456 pounds Diablo Carbon)
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Jesus Garza   February 1, 2011 09:07 PM
Can I smoothly and effortlessly cruise at 70 mph for several hours on this new bike? It looks like a squished Ducati Monster. Like someone (quite powerful)pushed on the seat a couple of inches forcing the bike to splay out. By the way Ducati, some people want to go slow and easy. Is this new the Ducati up for the long cruise or just too temperamental?
Richard -Thumbs up  January 17, 2011 07:28 PM
I just saw this bike at the International Motorcycle Show. Powerful looking, big engine, low (after-market quality) seat, huge rear tire, standard riding position (rather than cruiser position), and surprisingly light-weight. Its general lines remind me of my 06 Triumph Speed Triple but, unlike my Speedie, this beast is really comfortable. Normally, cruisers are too big, too slow, and too old school for my tastes but, if this Diavel can dance a bit on a back road, then I'd give it serious consideration.
Roy -MR  January 7, 2011 12:04 PM
I ride/own super bikes exclusively (current: 2008 CBR1000RR and 2008 ZX14) and have never been remotely attracted to any other platform of motorcycle; for some reason the DIAVEL owns my soul. More so than anything I have ever seen in my life with engine and wheels...all I can say is WOW!!! WOW!!! WOW!!! I only hope that there will be one available for me to purchase...I can't wait to ride it!!
rod -Awsome  December 19, 2010 04:59 PM
Everthing changes you have to move forward
People laugh at me and say you are differant I Laugh and say you are all the same
Woosy Slapnuts -UGLY  December 10, 2010 04:49 PM
Soory the Diavel is not as ugly as the old Multistrada but its a close second-sorry- BTW my local Harley dealership is now selling DUC's !!
Big Phil -Future Owner  December 2, 2010 08:07 AM
The pictures do not do justice to the bike. I saw it online and was only mildly interested, but when I saw it in person at the Dallas motorcycle show I was sold. I have my deposit down for a black Carbon model, and plan to ride it to work during the week and then show the backside to the competition on weekends. There is plenty of room for a passenger, as long as you do not prefer the big chicks.
Ducato -Time to hire new creative designers!  November 17, 2010 04:47 PM
...has me wonder if I should still be happy to be part of Ducati owners (Monster750ie '02), this bike is ugly as are almost every bikes they've been releasing for the past 5 years, superbikes seem to survive the knife but the others are just awfully designed; this one takes the crown of turd on wheels.
mike -ugly? yeah ok no matter you will only see the back of it anyway  November 15, 2010 11:51 AM
for those of you who think this work of art is ugly, don't worry you squids will only see the tail anyway. oh and before you whine, I own 8 different brands, and each is the correct tool for the job. including my 3 hogs. I will own this one as well.
DesmoDemon -New Diavel  November 10, 2010 08:05 AM
Someone wanted the Harley V-Rod over this !!! Are you kidding yourself? The V-Rod is really heavy, this Ducati will kick it's ass and even the V-Max. Look at the power to weight ratios. It will handle fairly well too. Something the other two could never do! I am not a cruiser fan but if you just look at the bike,it's a cross between a street fighter type and a muscle bike. It has great style and will sell much better than the other bikes mentioned here. I am glad Ducati is doing something different than the same old boring crap every other manufacture is producing.
Michael -makes you go hmmmm...  November 9, 2010 03:19 PM
I'd have to say the jury is still out on this one. First, I'm confused on it's purpose. If I'm going to ride a bike this large I want the ability to comfortably carry a passenger.

Second, in bridging the cruiser and sport concepts they made it look like a plasticised version of a harley v-rod. Pictures may not do it justice, so I'll have to wait to see one in person... hopefully at the chicago motorcycle show this winter. But for now, the v-rod holds more mojo and it likely won't win the American segment.
GuJohnno -I like  November 5, 2010 02:05 AM
I'm really digging this. Different yes, but in a good way. I bet in real life it'll look awesome. I would buy it if I had the $$s
milwaukee mike -Ducati sucks  November 4, 2010 07:48 PM
This is no cruiser, as a maqtter of fact I'd say it is just as goofy looking as any Euro-Trash bikes ever made.
Kinda makes me want to hurl.
SilverStreak -Make Mine Red  November 4, 2010 05:03 AM
My blank check is enclosed for the Red Diavel. For the options I want the coiled red tail with the point on the end, and matching Red Devil-Head Helmet. Ship ASAP.
Sport Rider -I'll Pass  November 3, 2010 11:43 AM
Man that is just about the worst looking new model that I have seen. What is with these motorcycle companies? They must think we are a bunch of dumb suckers and will buy anything they throw at us. I'll pass on this puppy......
Gunther -well it's different  November 3, 2010 07:31 AM
good to see some models coming out that are different in looks, use and demography. Not sure it looks good, think it's a bit too laid back for my riding style, but let's wait and see what it does :)
Ezekiel -Different  November 3, 2010 06:38 AM
Of course it's ugly to all those who can't tuck it in to the only two catagorys of motorcycle they know, or not enough power compared to the newest squid rocket R, it's different for sure, could also be a very comfortable, well handling machine, but then what would we do with our preconceived notions? Then again what do they know in Italy they don't have any REAL riders over there to compete against our weekend warriors. Hmmmm
Mr. Brown -are you serious?....  November 2, 2010 07:36 PM
that thing is fugly... ducati is dropping the ball on this one
Scooby -D@mn!..  November 2, 2010 06:46 PM
.. that is one ugly bike! That's almost as bad as the '80s vintage Suzuki Madura [aka "Manure-ah!] Blech...
The Canadian DAN -UGLIER Than the 999  November 2, 2010 03:04 PM
When they say Terblanche maid the superbike ugly with the 999, the new designer will have the same......
thomas -henry ford tryied this.....  November 2, 2010 02:55 PM
and so the history of the EDSILE may just live on..
Amin -okay  November 2, 2010 01:52 PM
I'm sure this bike will be a blast to ride but I wonder why Ducati didn't just update the Streetfighter with the 1200cc engine plus abs, traction control, etc. I wish Ducati would made a true streetbike in the same vein as the new Ninja 1000. Basically their MS1200 but without any off-road pretense.
Duke -Hmmmm...  November 2, 2010 01:30 PM
I own a Streetfighter. Pictures don't do it justice...that is one bike that you have to see and when you do you your eyes will love it. This Diavel may be the same, so reserve judgement until you see one.

But I agree that this bike seems to be 'all in one' and that usually means it can't do anything really well. But definitely reserve judgement because it is a Ducati and very few disappoint.
Sport_66Rdr -No Way  November 2, 2010 01:03 PM
Oh my God = I don't believe this. 162 HP is not going to do the trick plus it is just plain ugly. I'll stick with a BMW S1000RR for the same money and blow this ugly thing off the street.
Eric -Ugly Diavel  November 2, 2010 12:54 PM
I don't like the styling and the bike is much too heavy. Rather than being an innovator and style leader, Ducati is simply following Yamaha's V-Max. I'd rather that they produce a Hypermotard with the 1198 Testastretta engine--now, THAT would be a great bike if they could keep the weight down.
Serge -Butt Ugly  November 2, 2010 11:50 AM
This bike isn't just ugly - it's BUTT UGLY! Seriously though, a single seater in anything other than a pure sportbike market is like trying to sell a bowling ball with training wheels.
Steve -It's going to do well  November 2, 2010 11:42 AM
I saw this thing (still covered in black camo) last month before and after my factory tour in Bologna. It's fairly long and low and sounded good too. I I like the looks of this thing better than any of the Japanese power cruisers that are currently available (doesn't look like a transformer). Now to decide between it and the MS to park in the garage next to my Uly
Ryan -What's the point?  November 2, 2010 11:32 AM
This bike looks like a hideous combination of the streetfighter and monster, except whereas both of those bikes look great, this is a trainwreck. In addition to making it incredibly ugly, I don't understand what market Ducati is trying to reach with this bike that isn't already covered by other models in their lineup.
B Dunk -May grow on me  November 2, 2010 09:27 AM
I thought the streetfighter was ugly in photos then I saw one in person and think they're beautiful. I heard that Ferrari is unveiling a station wagon next week.
J.T. -Again  November 2, 2010 08:15 AM
Simply Sinister...Ducati has done it again!
Matt -New Batbike  November 2, 2010 05:38 AM
If Bruce Wayne doesn't ride this in the next Batman, someone made a serious error. Black it out and that thing is perfect! Even the "diablo" style rear lights would go well for Batman. Also, as long as this thing handles itself pretty well (and I assume it will, being a Ducati), it may be an ideal all around bike! Fast, comfortable, amazing electronic switchgear, and not to mention how the 11 degree motor has a much more attractive maintenance schedule.
Super Dude -What a beauty  November 2, 2010 04:24 AM
I love it! Ill take a white base model
Moozh -an idea/experiment looking for a home perhaps?  November 1, 2010 09:04 PM
Theres a global market and others will find just where this fits in comfortably for the target audience. I've said it before and I'll say it again, the myopic USA only understands sport and cruise and gets confused if anything doesnt fit squarely in. Often seat time on a rig lets you know if you like it but there again group-think can get in the way. Wait to see in person, wait to read reports/reviews, Wait to touch and feel and then figure out if it still holds interest enough to acquire.

I will say that on first glace, it does seem somewhat overstyled for my sensibilities but all black often cures visual controversy..
lb -I like it.  November 1, 2010 08:51 PM
if (when) it comes to Canada, I'll have a serious look at it
Shaitan -Butt ugly  November 1, 2010 07:48 PM
Butt ugly. By a Ducati Monster, Suzuki M109, Triumph Rocket, Kawi Z1000, or Harley Nightrod. I love Duc's but this one just doesn't cut it.
Maxx -What?  November 1, 2010 06:52 PM
I must be missing something; serious engine but what happened to styling?
Marlon Brando -So Butt Ugly, It's Beautiful!  November 1, 2010 06:38 PM
Just Cool It, Cats! My big buxom blonde Babe riding snug against my back likes it just fine! Hey, got a light?
nathan -ugliest  November 1, 2010 05:57 PM
followed closely by the Multistrada
nathan -ugliest ever?  November 1, 2010 05:55 PM
Not hardly, the 999 will forever hold that distinction.
Holy Cow! -A'int Gonna NoHow  November 1, 2010 05:55 PM
I's neveh went to a single baseball game when they were called the "Devil" Rays. And I ain't gonna nohow buy no dadgum bike named after the Devil his self either!
Superlight -Devil  November 1, 2010 05:23 PM
With the existing Streetfighter, why does Ducati need this bike in their lineup at all?
Brett -U-G-L-Y  November 1, 2010 05:04 PM
I have a Sportster for when I want to cruise and an 848 for when I want to go fast. I'd never be caught dead on one of these things.
Christ -holy crap  November 1, 2010 04:37 PM
It's already been said, but... That is THE ugliest bike I've ever seen.
Pavan -FAIL!!!!!  November 1, 2010 04:31 PM
Ugliest bike i've ever seen....FAIL!!!!!!
kevin -...  November 1, 2010 04:10 PM
why didn't they just put this engine in the street fighter.
swiss beast -but what is it really? the best of three worlds, or the best of none?  November 1, 2010 03:44 PM
its not really a cruiser (forward controls much?) and its not quite a sport bike either. Cross-over appeal is nice (like a cruiser with above average performance and handling), but then...its not really a cruiser. I'm the primary sport bike type, who likes to occationally reach for a cruiser. But usually, I want all one or the other. I mean, its appears to be a nice bike for sure, and I don't think i'd kick it out of bed or anything, but before I'd put money towards this "middle ground" bike, I think i'd have to have covered the bases on a coulpe of pure sportbikes and a more straight cruiser. just not sure I'd ever get that far down the waterfall. we'll have to see if this thing can find a group of riders for whom it has 'primary' appeal.
Bobby -Say what you will  November 1, 2010 03:25 PM
I believe that Ducati has hit on their hands (price to qualify) The void left by Buell is already being filled by an Italian bike. BELISSIMO.
Armando -Ugly Diavel  November 1, 2010 02:37 PM
Horrible bike, really one of the ugliest ever!
Rion -Yes, actually  November 1, 2010 02:13 PM
I like it, bet the price will be too high though. Its got to shoot for 13-14K or it will never catch on.
irksome -Makes me wanna say...  November 1, 2010 02:01 PM
"For a fat chick, you don't sweat much."