The Ducati Diavel was first introduced in 2011 as the Italian manufacturer’s second cruiser, following in the footsteps of the Indiana, which went out of commission in 1990.

My, how times have changed.

These days, the Diavel is widely considered as part cruiser, part sportsbike, a distinction that has made it one of Ducati’s most controversial machines. A lot of people didn’t like the Diavel at first and Ducati was bombarded with complaints that such a bike - a cruiser!?! - betrayed everything that Ducati stood for.

But that’s precisely why the Diavel was controversial. For all the flogging it received, a lot of people who ended up buying the bike came away impressed with its uncompromising combination of style and power, two things that Ducatis is also known for.

The arrival of the 2015 model represents the next evolution of the Diavel. Oh, and in case you don’t know, this bad boy is littered with all sorts of new features and components. It’s hard to name another bike that has been talked about more in the past four years than the Diavel. The fact that it’s only been around since 2011 only adds to its growing legacy.

Click “continue reading” to read more about the Ducati Diavel.

  • 2015 Ducati Diavel
  • Year:
    2015
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    Testastretta 11° L-Twin, 4 Desmodromically actuated valves per cylinder, liquid cooled
  • Transmission:
    6-speed
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    162
  • Torque @ RPM:
    96
  • Energy:
    Electronic Fuel Injection
  • Displacement:
    1198 cc
  • Price:
    14395
  • Price:

Design

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If looks could kill, we’d probably all be dead right now just by looking at the Ducati Diavel. Known for its stealthy appearance that illustrates the fact that it really is a sportsbike packaged under a cruiser label, the Diavel is what happens when you combine the best characteristics of both bike types and merge them into one.

The athletic look of the new Diavel owes itself to a plethora of new design features, highlighted by the muscular lateral radiators that tapers down across the engine and into the belly-fairing, creating that sporty look that only a Ducati Diavel can pull off. The front end of the bike also oozes aggression, as if saying that it’s here to conquer anything that gets in its way. That’s a pretty positive attitude to have and for the most part, the Diavel backs it up with a look that just screams ruthless aggression.

But I wouldn’t be doing the Diavel any justice if I spent all this time fawning over its appearance. The truth is, there’s literally more to the Diavel than meets the eye. It’s got plenty of new features, beginning with full LED headlights that dominates the front end and two vertical LED strips that have been styling signatures of this model since 2011. These strips follow the precise line of the under-seat panelling, keeping the lines of the bike sleek and minimal by serving as both the brake lamps and directional indicators.

The Diavel also has a redesigned and admittedly more comfortable seat that only has a height of 30.3 inches. This is a crucial element of the bike because it’s low enough to accommodate a wide range of riders, ensuring that you can sit on the back and comfortably reach the handlebars without any fear of losing your balance.

Once you’re comfortably seated, you’ll immediately notice the split-level instrumentation that’s made up of two displays. At the top is an LCD display mounted that’s been on the handlebar riser. This display provides important information about the bike, including speed and rpm numbers, as well as warning lights, time and temperature. The lower full color Thin Film Transistor (TFT) display is integrated into the fuel tank and has all the necessary information pertaining to the selected Riding Mode, the gear, and DTC level as well as total and trip mileage.

If all of these new goodies aren’t enough for you, Ducati also gave the Diavel slender footpegs that can be folded down from the rear sub-frame an a new T-bar shaped grab-rail assembly that slides out from the rear of the seat. It also has a grab rail that can be deployed using a mechanism just under the seat of the bike, ensuring that passengers can have something to hold on to when the bike is going in full blast.

Design Specifications

Instrumentation 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.
Dry weight 210kg (463lb)
*Weight data refers to the dry weight of the motorcycle without battery, lubricants and coolants for liquid-cooled models.
Wet weight (KERB) 239kg (527lb)
*Kerb weights indicate total bike weight with all operating consumable liquids and a fuel tank filled to 90% of capacity (as per EC standard 93/93).
Seat height 770mm (30.3in)
Wheelbase 1590mm (62.6in)
Rake 28°
Trail 130mm (5.1in)
Fuel tank capacity 17l - (4.5 US gal)
Number of seats Dual seat
Standard Equipment Riding Modes, Power Modes, Ducati Safety Pack (ABS + DTC), RbW, Hands-Free, full-LED headlight, front turnsignals with guidelights.

Frame

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The Ducati Diavel uses the signature Ducati Trellis frame that’s renowned for its sturdiness and durability. It uses a large diameter, thin wall tubing with two lateral die-cast aluminium sections that flow into the rear subframe, allowing the frame to achieve impressive torsional rigidity while retaining its lightweight capabilities. In fact, the two sections create a unique rear-end structure that happens by attaching onto either side of a techno-polymer component.

To complement the Trellis frame, Ducati installed a long, die-cast aluminium single-sided swingarm that in itself provides great suspension action and feeling at the rear-end. The bike’s suspension is also largely responsible for the Diavel to have a wheelbase of 62.6 inches.

Up front, the Diavel makes use of fully adjustable 1.96-inch Marzocchi front forks with fork legs that are finished in low-friction diamond-like carbon. The forks, which can be adjusted for spring pre-load, compression and rebound damping, are equipped with slash-cut triple-clamps with a rubber-mounted tapered alloy handlebar clamp, providing impressive handling and agility

Move to the back and you’ll see that the bike also received a Sachs rear suspension that can be operated by a progressive pull-rod linkage from the swingarm. This suspension unit is also fully adjustable in compression and rebound damping, and makes use of a control for easy spring preload adjustment.

Tires are always an important part of every Ducati and it’s the same thing with the Diavel. For the new model, Ducatti tapped into its partnership with Pirelli to fit the Diavel with a set of 17-inch Diablo Rosso II tires. The front tire comes with a tread pattern specifically designed for enhanced wet weather performance while the bigger rear tire employs bi-compound technology to give the bike tremendous grip on the road while also providing high mileage, thanks in large part to the uses Enhanced Patch Technology (EPT) it utilizes to maximise the contact patch.

Assisting the wheels is a new brake system comprised of Brembo’s Monobloc callipers on the front with 4-piston, twin radially-mounted front callipers grip 12.6-inch discs, matched with a single 10.4-inch disc on the rear that’s gripped by a two piston calliper.

Frame Specifications

Frame Tubular steel Trellis frame
Front suspension Marzocchi fully adjustable 50 mm usd fork with DLC-treatment
Front wheel Lightweight alloy, 14-spoke with machined finish 3.50" x 17"
Front Tyre 120/70 ZR 17 Pirelli Diablo Rosso II
Rear suspension Fully adjustable rear shock with progressive linkage. Remote spring preload adjustment. Single-sided aluminium swingarm
Rear wheel Lightweight alloy, 14-spoke with machined finish, 8.00" x 17"
Rear tyre 240/45 ZR17 Pirelli Diablo Rosso II
Front wheel travel 120mm (4.7in)
Rear wheel travel 120mm (4.7in)
Front brake 2 x 320 mm semi-floating discs, radially attached Brembo Monobloc 4-piston callipers with ABS as standard equipment
Rear brake 265mm disc, 2-piston floating calliper ABS as standard equipment

Drivetrain

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The most important part of the Ducati Diavel is its new 1,198 cc Testastretta engine that’s been developed in conjunction with the race engines employed by Ducati Corse. What that means is that the Testrastretta is all loads of powerful, combining high performance with incredible usability.

All told, the Diavel is capable of producing an impressive 162 horsepower and 96.3 pound-feet of torque, instantly making it one of the most powerful sportsbike/cruisers in the market today. Power is sent to the rear wheels courtesy of a six-speed gearbox and while the new model still doesn’t have its performance numbers out, it’s safe to say that it’s going to be as quick as its predecessors.

That translates to a 0 to 60 mph time of just 2.6 seconds to go with a top speed of at least 180 mph. That’s quick with a capital ‘Q’, ladies and gentlemen.

Drivetrain Specifications

Engine Type Testastretta 11° L-Twin, 4 Desmodromically actuated valves per cylinder, liquid cooled
Displacement 1198.4cc
Bore x Stroke 106 x 67.9mm
Compression ratio 12.5:1
Power 119 kW (162 hp) @ 9,250 rpm
Torque 130.5 Nm (96.3 lb-ft) @ 8,000 rpm
Fuel injection Electronic fuel injection, elliptical throttle bodies, fully ride-by-wire controlled
Exhaust Stainless steel muffler with aluminium tips; catalyzer and 2 lambda probes
Gearbox 6 speed
Primary drive Straight cut gears, ratio 1.84:1
Ratio 1=37/15 2=30/17 3=27/20 4=24/22 5=23/24 6=22/25
Final drive Chain drive; 15 tooth front sprocket, 43 tooth rear sprocket
Clutch Slipper and self-servo wet multiplate clutch with hydraulic control

Pricing

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You want to buy a Ducati Diavel? No problem. All you need to do is have £14,395 at your disposal. That’s about $22,240 based on current exchange rates. Purchasing the Diavel does give you some warranties, including a 24-month unlimited mileage warranty with maintenance service intervals of 7,500 miles or 12 months, whichever comes first.

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