Ducati’s Diavel launched at EICMA in 2010 to a great reception. Ducati took low slung, almost cruiser like styling and ergonomics, into a chassis with big power, great suspension and pretty good handling. For 2019 Ducati fits its up-spec Testastretta DVT 1262 engine to both the standard and new S editions.
The Testastretta DVT 1262 engine combines strong acceleration with smooth low-rev power delivery. This engine has already made a previous appearance on the Diavel platform in the XDiavel but now boasts more grunt for 2019.
An upgraded chassis set-up aims to make the Diavel 1260 more responsive on mixed-road routes – ideal for many Australian roads – while performance, braking and electronics provide performance akin to something much more sporting, including Bosch Cornering ABS.
Naturally comfort levels for rider and passenger remain a strong focus with an upright riding position and a large, generously padded seat.
1260 Ducati Testastretta DVT
The heart of the new Diavel 1260 is the 1262cc Ducati Testastretta DVT engine with variable cam timing. Already featured in the XDiavel, it has now been upgraded to output 159 hp (117 kW) at 9500rpm and 129 Nm (13.1 kgm) at 7500 rpm, providing good pulling power right from the low-medium rev range.
The variable timing system acts continuously on the intake and exhaust camshafts, meaning the engine adjusts power delivery to suit riding conditions, with smooth delivery at low revs, and sporty performance at high revs.
Power cruiser ergonomics & style
The riding position and ‘power cruiser’ ergonomics so popular with first-generation Diavelisti remain unchanged, however the new Diavel sports a prominent new tubular steel Trellis frame.
Anchored to the frame is an aluminium swingarm, designed to give cornering agility, feel and easy riding, while the rear wheel is shod in a wide 240 mm hoop – a Diavel hallmark.
Sophisticated electronics include the 6-axis Bosch Inertial Measurement Unit (6D IMU) which instantaneously detects bike speed and acceleration and is crucial to the many electronics systems on the Diavel 1260. These systems includes Bosch Cornering ABS EVO, Ducati Traction Control EVO, Ducati Wheelie Control EVO, Ducati Power Launch EVO and Cruise Control.
The Diavel 1260 will be available in Sandstone Grey with a black frame.
Diavel 1260 S
A sportier S version of the Diavel 1260 will also available, featuring fully adjustable Öhlins suspension at both ends, dedicated wheels and an up-spec braking system.
Compared to the standard Diavel the 1260 S boasts radially mounted Brembo monobloc four-piston M50 callipers and a PR16/19 radial master-cylinder. The upspec suspension is a 48mm Öhlins adjustable USD fork with TiN treatment, while the rear is a Öhlins fully adjustable monoshock. The custom wheels are machined but share the same dimensions as those found on the standard.
The S version also mounts the Ducati Quick Shift up & down EVO system as standard to allow clutchless shifting.
The Diavel S offers two livery options: Thrilling Black & Dark Stealth (motorcycle surfaces feature two contrasting blacks with different finishes, with red frame) and Sandstone Grey (with black frame).
This new Diavel 1260 is also compatible with the Ducati Link App: this lets riders set ‘journey mode’ (a combination of Load Mode and Riding Mode) and personalise the parameters of each individual Riding Mode (ABS, Ducati Traction Control, etc.) in a user-friendly manner via their smartphones. This App also provides comprehensive maintenance deadline info, a user manual and a Ducati Store locator.
Furthermore, the Ducati Link App lets riders record performance and routes so they can share their new Diavel experiences with the Ducatisti community.
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