The Ducati Diavel Cromo features a tasty gloss black paint job combined with a chromium-plated tank. This aggressive paint scheme is completed by horizontal seat stitching and classic Ducati logos.
Perhaps it goes without saying that the Diavel Cromo keeps all major traits of the Diavel family rewarding its rider with first class ergonomics and maximum performance.
Talking about performance, the motorcycle is powered by the Testastretta 11°, L-Twin cylinder, 4 valve per cylinder, Desmodromic, liquid cooled engine which puts out 162hp (119kW) @ 9500rpm and 94lb-ft (127.5Nm) of torque at 8000rpm. The engine is linked to a six speed gear box which offers smooth and precise shifts.
One of the most important modern technologies hosted by the Ducati Diavel Cromo is the racing-derived Ducati Traction Control (DTC) which is a highly intelligent system which acts as a filter between the rider’s right hand and the rear tyre. Within milliseconds, DTC is able to detect and control rear wheel-spin, considerably increasing the bike’s active safety and performance.
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With its 162hp and colossal 94lb-ft (127.5Nm) of torque, the Diavel Testastretta 11° engine is all about authentic Ducati Desmodromic performance. The revised intake and exhaust ports combined with radical adjustment of the cam timing have enabled Ducati to achieve a fantastic 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 effortless ridability, while ensuring plenty of power remains on tap for high-rpm riding.
The technical solution employed for keeping the frontal lines of the Diavel clean was to place two highly efficient lateral radiators on both sides of the bike. These well-ducted units, located beneath the fuel tank, use aerodynamics to help draw air flow through the radiators and are assisted by high-flow electric fans when required. The design combines form and function to enhance the muscular shape of the bike.
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. With a rake of 28°, trail of 130mm (5.12in) and an offset of 24mm (0.945in), the set-up provides a sure-footed and agile front-end for incredible handling and 70° of total steering lock for maximum manoeuvrability.
The signature Ducati Trellis frame 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 provides great “feel” at the rear-end with a wheelbase of 1590mm (62.6in) and a stance that provides lean angles of up to 41°.
The racing-derived Ducati Traction Control (DTC) is a highly intelligent system which acts as a filter between the rider’s right hand and the rear tyre. Within milliseconds, DTC is able to detect and control rear wheel-spin, considerably increasing the bike’s active safety and performance. The system offers eight levels of “sensitivity”, each programmed with an amount of rear wheel-spin tolerance. These levels are in line with progressive levels of riding skills classified from one to eight. Level one is programmed to offer the least amount of interaction for sport-oriented riders, while level eight uses the most amount of interaction for complete confidence. DTC levels are factory pre-set in each of the three Riding Modes, but can be individually customised and saved to suit the rider by accessing the new user-friendly set-up menu. A “default”option is available to easily return all settings to factory pre-sets.
The Diavel uses two clear vertical strips of LED lighting to provide tail and brake light illumination as well as directional indicators. The strips follow the precise line of the under-seat panelling, providing great visibility of the rear-end while keeping the external lines of the bike clean. The front directional indicators are clear lens LED strips mounted vertically down the leading edge of the lateral radiator covers. The headlamp gives the Diavel immediate Ducati identity and is supported by an aluminium outer body. The light uses high and low beam double reflectors to illuminate the road ahead, in addition to incorporating a horizontal strip of LED positioning lights for optimum visibility.
Passengers on the Diavel will appreciate the way the slender passenger footpegs ingeniously fold down from the rear sub-frame as well as the innovative, T-bar shaped grab-rail assembly, which slides out from the rear of the seat. Deployed from a mechanism under the seat, the grab-rail provides a comfortable and confidence-inspiring grip for the passenger, while the shape perfectly blends into the lines of the tail-piece when retracted. Both passenger-friendly features are crafted in forged aluminium and shot-peened for strength and uniform finish before being black anodised to become almost invisible when folded away.
The Diavel is equipped with the latest, most compact, Ducati Bosch-Brembo ABS system as original equipment, providing a major contribution towards performance control. Top Brembo components combined with Bosch ABS, the special Diavel chassis configuration and Pirelli’s Enhanced Patch Technology (EPT) result in a braking performance even greater than that of the awesome Ducati Superbikes.
|ENGINE TYPE||Testastretta 11°, L-Twin cylinder, 4 valve per cylinder, Desmodromic, liquid cooled|
|BORE X STROKE||106 x 67.9mm|
|POWER||162hp (119kW) @ 9500rpm|
|TORQUE||94lb-ft (127.5Nm) @ 8000rpm|
|FUEL INJECTION||Mitsubishi electronic fuel injection system, Mikuni elliptical throttle bodies with RbW|
|EXHAUST||Lightweight 2-1-2 system with catalytic converter and two lambda probes. Twin aluminium mufflers|
|RATIO||1=37/15 2=30/17 3=27/20 4=24/22 5=23/24 6=22/25|
|PRIMARY DRIVE||Straight cut gears, ratio 1.84:1|
|FINAL DRIVE||Front sprocket 15; Rear sprocket 43|
|CLUTCH||Light action, wet, multiplate clutch with hydraulic control. Self-servo action on drive, slipper action on over-run.|
|EMISSIONS STANDARD||Euro 3|
|FRAME||Tubular steel Trellis frame|
|FRONT SUSPENSION||Marzocchi 50mm fully adjustable usd forks|
|FRONT WHEEL TRAVEL||120mm (4.7in)|
|FRONT WHEEL||14-spoke in light alloy 3.50 x 17|
|FRONT TYRE||120/70 ZR 17 Pirelli Diablo Rosso II|
|REAR SUSPENSION||Progressive linkage with fully adjustable Sachs monoshock. Aluminium single-sided swingarm|
|REAR WHEEL TRAVEL||120mm (4.7in)|
|REAR WHEEL||14-spoke in light alloy 8.00 x 17|
|REAR TYRE||240/45 ZR17 Pirelli Diablo Rosso II|
|FRONT BRAKE||2 x 320mm semi-floating discs, radially mounted Monobloc Brembo callipers, 4-piston with ABS|
|REAR BRAKE||265mm disc, 2-piston floating calliper with ABS|
|FUEL TANK CAPACITY||17l - (4.5 US gal)|
|WET WEIGHT||239kg (527lb)|
|DRY WEIGHT||210kg (463lb)|
|INSTRUMENTS||Handlebar mounted instrumentation with LCD display: speed, rpm, time, coolant temp. Warning lights for: Neutral, turn signals, high-beam, rev-limit, DTC intervention, ABS status, oil pressure, fuel reserve. Tank mounted instrumentation with TFT colour display: gear selected, air temp, battery voltage, trips 1 & 2, fuel reserve trip, average and actual fuel consumption and speed, trip time, scheduled maintenance. Full status and/or management of Riding Modes, DTC, RbW and ABS.|
|WARRANTY||2 years unlimited mileage|
|BODY COLOUR (FRAME/WHEEL)||Racing gray (racing black/black)|
VERSIONS Dual seat
|SEAT HEIGHT||770mm (30.3in)|
|DDA||Not available on this model|
Motorcycle-USA----"Dynamically, the 2012 Diavel Cromo is the same as the standard Diavel. It’s still powered by the potent Testastretta 11 engine, it utilizes a Ride-by-Wire throttle system, comes with Ducati Traction Control, Ducati Riding Modes and standard ABS. But subtle differences in style will only attract even more prospective buyers. The Diavel Cromo features chromium-plated tank panels which stand out against the gloss black trellis frame. The bottom trim of the headlight housing has also been touched up in chrome, a silver pin-stripe runs down the front fender and the word “Cromo” has been laser-engraved into the air-duct panels on either side of the fuel tank. The seat looks to be contoured a bit differently with its new horizontal stitching, and it has new custom 14-spoke machined wheels to go along with classic Ducati logos. "
Ultimate Motorcycling----"Speaking of the special edition machine, Ducati says the "Diavel Cromo inherits the unique design of the Diavel and is characterized by the chrome mirror-finish tank, which contrasts starkly yet stylishly with the gloss black parts.""