• 2017 Ducati Diavel Diesel

    Ducati Diavel Diesel When two Italian houses meet, this ought to happen
  • Brushed stainless steel panels with visible welds and rivets
  • Rakish full LED headlamp
  • DIESEL insignia
  • Handmade leather saddle
  • 1262cc L-twin Testastretta 11° Dual Spark 152 hp and a peppy 91 lb-ft peak torque
  • Black Zircotec ceramic coating upswept exhaust pipes
  • Chain with five red links
  • Black anodized air intakes with lateral covers made of red methacrylate
  • 320 mm twin semi-floating discs Brembo 4 piston calipers
  • Marzocchi fork Sachs rear shock
  • 3 Riding modes, Ducati Power Launch RbW, Traction control, Bosch cornering ABS
  • Price: $25,795 produced in only 666 numbered models
  • Slightly agressive riding position Courtesy - froward footpegs
  • Pyramid motif

When two Italian houses meet, this ought to happen

You are allowed to think that Ducati has mastered the dark arts and cooked up this mad looking Diavel from a parallel universe with the help of another Italian madhouse Haute couture production, Diesel. Together they have couped up a radical looking post-apocalyptic machine that will tear apart any other cruiser down to its soul.

This motorcycle was announced as part of Milan Men’s Fashion Week 2017 and was launched at the Motor Bike Expo Italy in 2017.

In the words of Ducati Motor Holding CEO Claudio Domenicali – “The collaboration with Diesel enabled us to explore original stylistic and technical aspects whilst staying within the Ducati brand and fully respecting its values. In this case, we worked with Diesel on an already uniquely original bike like the Diavel and the result was surprising to put it mildly. The details characterizing the Diavel Diesel cannot fail to captivate connoisseurs of special bikes but also people from different walks of life, such as fashion. It’s always stimulating for us to move outside the world of motorcycling and widen our brand’s areas of interest”.

  • 2017 Ducati Diavel Diesel
  • Year:
    2017
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Transmission:
    6
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    152
  • Torque @ RPM:
    91
  • Displacement:
    1198.4 cc
  • 0-60 time:
    2.5 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    155 mph
  • Price:
    25795
  • Price:
  • Overall:
    8.5/10
You are allowed to think that Ducati has mastered the dark arts and cooked up this mad looking Diavel from a parallel universe with the help of another Italian madhouse Haute couture production, Diesel.

STYLING

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Brushed stainless steel panels
with visible welds and rivets

Only Ducati’s breed of imaginative designers could have turned a blank design canvas into this Diavel Diesel. It is the outcome of close collaboration between the Ducati Design Center and Andrea Rosso, Diesel Licensing Creative Manager.

Both of them have managed to serve a retro-futuristic silhouette merging elements of the past and the future. They say they were “inspired by a hyperkinetic dynamism of a post-apocalyptic, retro-futuristic world”. Can’t say what that means, but I stopped caring the second my eyes fell on the hand-brushed stainless steel and the visible welds and rivets. All that makes it look so raw and powerful enough to scare the daylights of any other cruiser wanting to stand up against it.

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Rakish full LED headlamp

An edgier and more rakish looking full LED headlamp is flanked by a cowl that has visible welds and rivets. Together with the tank cover, the headlight fairing and the passenger seat cover are examples of craftsmanship and style. The LCD dashboard has a reddish hue to it recalling the vintage digital displays.

The black anodized air intakes have stylish lateral covers made of red methacrylate and have the bold DIESEL logo on the inside, which by far is the only other colored element on this Diavel apart from the Brembo front brake calipers and the chain with five red links. This Diavel, from the side, gives you spruced up looks with a curvaceous fuel tank, which isn’t exactly muscular but is bulky enough to make anything else around it puny.

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DIESEL insignia

The exposed trellis frame is enough to enhance its muscularity, and the upswept exhaust pipes is no less a work of art. A new pyramid motif has been chiseled onto the black Zircotec ceramic coating and black silencers whose end caps are machined from solid bits. Even the rear view mirror’s stem and cup have been machined from a solid piece of metal.

At the rear, the Diavel Diesel possesses an extroverted stance with an unconventional positioning of the number plate holder on a suspended framework, which is mounted on the rear hub of the single-sided swingarm. The twin vertical LED tail light assembly is an all-new unit, which is substantially different from that of the standard Ducati Diavel.

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Handmade leather saddle

The DDD pyramid motif stands for the three Ds’ that come together here: Ducati, Diavel and Diesel. This ornaments also sits on the front black matte mudguard and a handmade leather saddle. Then there is the badge of exclusivity - Punched on a steel plate is the collaboration’s ‘Never Look Back’ encrypted with both logos of the brand and the bike’s production number.

Both of them have managed to serve a retro-futuristic silhouette merging elements of the past and the future. They say they were “inspired by a hyperkinetic dynamism of a post-apocalyptic, retro-futuristic world”.

Overall Dimension

Make Model 2017 Ducati Diavel Diesel 2018 Arch Motorcycle Method 143
Length 90.9 in n / a
Width 39.7 in n / a
Height 44.6 in n / a
Wheelbase 62.6 in n / a
Seat height 30.3 in n / a
Wet weight 527 lb n / a
Fuel Tank 4.5 gal n / a

POWERTRAIN

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1262cc L-twin Testastretta 11° Dual Spark
152 hp and a peppy 91 lb-ft peak torque

What sets the DDD apart is the monstrous 1262cc L-twin motor with Ducati Variable Timing (DVT). Known as the Testastretta 11° Dual Spark, it is a direct development of the Ducati Corse engines that have won championships on racetracks across the globe.

The longer stroke variation of Ducati’s Testastretta engine gives it 65cc more than the 2011 Diavel with improved low-end and midrange power graphs. Compression was also raised half a point. The high-performance Ride-by-Wire management system gives the engine smoother and manageable power surge.

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Black Zircotec ceramic coating
upswept exhaust pipes

The DVT setup gives the best of both worlds: a flatter and more linear power character without sacrificing performance. Charges at a peppy 91 lb-ft peak torque arriving at 8000 rpm and peaking at 152 hp at 9000 rpm where the red line is near the 10000 rpm marking. Mated to a slick-shifting six-speed gearbox, top speed is claimed to be above 155 mph and is capable of a 0-60 in under 2.5 seconds.

Another notable difference from the other Diavels is the use of a typical chain assembly drive instead of the typical chain belt drive keeping authentic cruiser DNA.

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Chain with five red links
The DVT setup gives the best of both worlds: a flatter and more linear power character without sacrificing performance. Charges at a peppy 91 lb-ft peak torque arriving at 8000 rpm and peaking at 152 hp at 9000 rpm

Engine Specification

Make Model 2017 Ducati Diavel Diesel 2018 Arch Motorcycle Method 143
Capacity cc 1198.4 2343
Bore/ Stroke mm 106/67.9 n / a
Output 152 hp @ 9000 rpm 170 hp (Est)
Torque 91 lb-ft @ 8000 rpm 120 lb-ft (Est)
Type Testastretta 11°, L-Twin cylinder, 4 Desmodromically actuated valves per cylinder, liquid cooled 2343cc S&S Cycle T143 45 degree downdraft fuel injected V-Twin engine
Clutch type Slipper and self-servo wet multi-plate clutch with hydraulic control Wet, multi-plate Torque-assist
Transmission 6-speed 6-speed with Shift Assist

RIDE AND HANDLING

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320 mm twin semi-floating discs
Brembo 4 piston calipers

The Diavel is one cruiser-missile. And riding this is an intimidating experience. The riding position is slightly negotiated from the previous Diavel by having the foot pegs forward and the handlebar higher. This means under aggressive acceleration prowess, the rider will feel the billowing wind shoving him back and away from the ideal shifting or braking situations.

Of course, this is no news to usual cruisers but this bike here cuts through your sense of control and one might find the transition a bit awkward. But make no mistake, once you have trained those reflexes, the fun and thrill keeps getting a notch higher every time you urge to twist that throttle.

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Slightly agressive riding position
Courtesy - froward footpegs

Engineers at Ducati have provided the brutal Ducati Power Launch (DPL) system with which one can earth the three fun / frightful launch experiences. The smoothness with which the power is delivered is unmatched, and although higher power contenders exist, the lighter Diavel makes it even for cornering and low-speed maneuvers.

Ducati suggests that the bike can be ridden into corners with a lean angle of 40 degrees without scraping the foot pegs. The DDD benefits from ride-by-wire throttle control allowing for individual engine power maps (Urban, Touring, and Sport). Along with this, the 8-way adjustable traction control (DTC) and Ducati’s Panigale-style IMU allows total control of the bike in every possible riding situation you can think of getting onto with this bike.

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Black anodized air intakes
with lateral covers made of red methacrylate

The suspension is sublime, and the ride quality is not punishing even though it is firm. With the accessible 60 riding positions, all due to its adjustable pegs and seats, the DDD can be tamed for both parking lot and highway speeds and comfort. The Marzocchi fork and Sachs rear shock include independent mechanical damping adjustment; with the rear having the single-sided aluminum swingarm.

As for braking, back brake for most cruisers is a strong point, and the Diavel does not disappoint. With 320 mm twin semi-floating discs in the front having Brembo 4 piston calipers and the 265 mm 2-pistons at the back, the bite from them is strong. Bosch cornering ABS comes as standard equipment.

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3 Riding modes, Ducati Power Launch
RbW, Traction control, Bosch cornering ABS
The Diavel is one cruiser-missile. And riding this is an intimidating experience. The riding position is slightly negotiated from the previous Diavel by having the foot pegs forward and the handlebar higher.

Chassis Specifications

Make Model 2017 Ducati Diavel Diesel 2018 Arch Motorcycle Method 143
Frame Tubular steel Trellis frame Carbon-fiber monocell chassis with integrated fuel cell
Suspension / Front Marzocchi fully adjustable 50 mm USD fork with DLC coating Ohlins / Arch proprietary FGRT series fork, fully adjustable
Suspension / Rear Fully adjustable Sachs rear shock with progressive linkage, Remote spring preload adjustment Ohlins / Arch proprietary rear shock with reservoir, hydraulic pre-load adjustment, fully adjustable
Brakes / Front 2 x 320 mm semi-floating discs, Red radial Brembo monobloc 4-piston calipers with Bosch ABS as standard equipment ISR dual six 30mm piston Monobloc radial mount calipers with ISR floating dampened discs
Brakes / Rear 265 mm disc, 2-piston floating caliper, Bosch ABS as standard equipment Dual ISR four piston Monobloc radial mount caliper with ISR semi-floating disc
Tires / Front Pirelli Diablo Rosso II 120/70 ZR17 Michelin Power RS 17”
Tires / Rear Pirelli Diablo Rosso II 240/45 ZR17 Michelin Power RS 17”

PRICE

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Price: $25,795
produced in only 666 numbered models

The DDD is going to be produced in only 666 numbered models and was on sale from April 2017. Each of them will come with a price tag of $25,795. The motorcycle is only available in a Matte Black edition with Red hues.

“Ducati Diavel and Diesel, three words with six letters that form a perfect number, 666, the number of motorcycles in the world made by this new partnership.” With this, Diesel also revealed their new capsule collection that includes one Jogg Jeans, a leather jacket, and two T-shirts.

Make Model 2017 Ducati Diavel Diesel 2018 Arch Motorcycle Method 143
MSRP $25,795 $ 23,795

COMPETITION

Arch Motorcycle Method 143

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With two models in their existing lineup, Arch Motorcycles expanded their dream project with the brand new flagship model showcased at the EICMA 2017. Called the Arch Method 143, it is a power cruiser that boasts of a powerful V-Twin engine underneath its hood and surrounded by a carbon fiber mono-cell chassis and exquisite materials all around. Carbon-fiber, aluminum, titanium, leather – the Method 143 has got it all.

Powering this hunk is a monstrous the T143 (hence the name Method 143) 2343cc V-twin powerplant from S&S which will give the Method 143 an earth-shattering 170 hp. Thanks to the specially designed downdraft injection system and a compression ratio of 10.47:1. This makes the 160 hp Ducati Diavel feel like a puny little thing.

The carbon-fiber monocell chassis with the integrated fuel cell is the first of its kind on a production model. This keeps the weights down and provides insane stability at high-speeds, an area where the owners of the Method 143 will usually be at. To keep this bad-ass wickedness in control, the chaps at Arch have equipped the Method with Ohlins proprietary FGRT series fork, fully adjustable at the front and an Ohlins proprietary rear shock. Braking department gets purpose built ISR dual six 30mm piston Monobloc radial mount calipers with ISR floating dampened discs at the front and Dual ISR four piston Monobloc radial mount caliper with ISR semi-floating disc at the rear.

VERDICT

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Marzocchi fork
Sachs rear shock

We saw another Italian marquee, Piaggio, teaming up with the great Emporio Armani to come up with the Vespa 946 Emporio Armani. This scooter had raised the bar for designers and fashionistas across the globe to create something deserving to become an icon of this generation.

The Ducati Diesel edition does the same, but this time it is not a cute one. Rather an outrageous demeanor with a rawness filling everything the bike touches. With welds and rivets left out unfinished, it reminds one of a timeless piece of work that is ready to tear into the future without any baggage.

“It’s an important bike that reflects the rock side of Diesel’s DNA,” explained Andrea Rosso. “The wording ‘Never look back’ engraved with the two logos captures the essence of this collaboration: a timeless bike that catches the eye with so many unmistakable details, such as the brushed stainless steel with visible welding and rivets. Ducati, Diavel and Diesel, three words, six letters each, forming 666, the limited number of examples of this new collaboration”.

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    • Lack of storage options
    • Pillion seat
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