Introducing the 2013 Ducati Diavel Strada, a touring version of the Italian marque's vaunted power cruiser that debuted today at the 2012 EICMA show in Milan. Don't let the touring goodies fool you. The Diavel Strada is still an 1198cc Testastretta-fed fire breather with sophisticated electronics like traction control and adjustable riding modes.
Last time we rode the Ducati
Diavel we tested its touring capabilities, making a one-day 500-mile dash from Monterey, California to Medford, Oregon, in addition to flogging it all over the Mt. Shasta area. We even included a little sidebar commenting on the ride quality from the passenger’s perspective in our King of the Mtn – 2012 Ducati Diavel vs Shasta
article. Little did we know that Ducati was already in the process of giving its radical power cruiser a makeover so that it is indeed better qualified for touring duties.
The 2013 Ducati Diavel Strada sees the addition of a front windscreen and saddlebags for starters. The bags are top-loading and shaped to match the sporting disposition of the motorcycle, providing a claimed 10 gallons (41 liters) of storage. The handlebars have been raised up to make an already upright riding position even more relaxed, bringing them up 0.6 inches and pulling them back toward the rider 2.36 inches. The new touring Diavel has a bigger seat with more foam cushioning while the passenger area sees the addition of a back rest, grab rails and revised footpegs. Amenities like heated grips and the addition of two auxiliary power outlets are also useful additions for riders who spend long hours in the saddle, the outlets allowing for the easy plug-in of navigation systems or heated clothing.
The addition of the touring package pushes the Diavel’s mass up to a claimed curb weight of 540 pounds, a gain of 13 pounds compared to the standard Diavel. Fear not, though. The new Diavel Strada will be powered by Ducati’s superbike engine, the potent 1198cc Testastretta V-Twin. Ducati did revise the intake and exhaust ports and adjusted cam timing on its Testastretta 11-degree engine in order to give it more cruiser-like low-end torque, though. The overlap angle on the Testastretta has been reduced from the 41-degree superbike setting in an attempt to improve fuel economy while lowering emissions. The Diavel Strada also has an oil bath clutch with a slipper function which reduces pressure on the clutch plates and will help keep the rear end in check when downshifting.
The 2013 Ducati Diavel Strada will benefit from the Italian marque’s combination of electronic rider aids. As if its four-piston, twin radially-mounted Brembo calipers and huge front 320mm discs didn’t already capably reel in the action, the motorcycle comes standard with Ducati Bosch-Brembo ABS. This is addition to Ducati Traction Control with eight levels of programmability each keeping vigil to make sure wheel spin matches up to throttle position. The Diavel Strada is equipped with three different Riding Modes too, (Sport, Touring, Urban) which can be set to deliver all 162 hp to the rear wheel or as little as 100 hp, depending on riding conditions and skill levels.
One thing that didn’t change to match its new touring mantra is the size of its tank as Diavel Stradas destined for the U.S. will continue to feature 4.5 gallon fuel cells. We averaged almost 37 mpg while touring on the 2012 Ducati Diavel Carbon and found ourselves stopping about every other hour because by then we had already rocketed through its approximate 165-mile-per-tank range.
The Ducati Diavel Strada joins the base Diavel, Diavel Dark and Diavel Carbon in Ducati’s 2013 lineup. The 2013 Ducati Diavel Strada has a $19,495 MSRP and is offered in a Race Titanium Matte colorway with a black frame and wheels. The 2013 Diavel Dark is the most affordable in the family at $17,695 while the 2013 Diavel Carbon tops the list at $20,495. All of the 2013 Ducati Diavel models come with an unlimited two-year warranty.