Launched at EICMA 2010, the Diavel impressed the motorcycling community with its personality, design, sport-naked handling and impressive powerplant and performance figures.
The second-generation remains faithful to the original spirit of that special bike, drawing on its key styling elements yet bringing them decidedly up to date. Now, the motorcycle has more assertive styling and higher performance, and is even more comfortable, for rider and passenger alike.
Its sport naked heritage is magnified by a Testastretta DVT 1262 engine that combines strong acceleration with the smooth low-rev power delivery that is ideal for everyday rides or longer-lasting tours. An upgraded chassis set-up makes the Diavel 1260 more responsive on mixed-road routes while technology and electronics provide braking performance on a par with that of a sport bike (and does so safely, thanks to Bosch Cornering ABS) and user-friendly engine performance control.
Engine bore and stroke on the twin cylinder Ducati Diavel 1260 engine are 106 x 71.5mm respectively. The compression ratio is 13:1. Maximum power is 159hp at 9500rpm* and maximum torque is 129Nm at 7500rpm. Fueling – performed by a Bosch electronic injection system with elliptical throttle bodies (56mm diameter equivalent) – is managed via a full Ride-by-Wire system.
The Testastretta DVT 1262 features the Dual Spark (DS) system (i.e. two plugs per cylinder) and employs a secondary air system; the latter introduces fresh air into the exhaust duct to complete oxidation of unburnt hydrocarbons and reduce levels of pollutants such as HC and CO without affecting engine performance.
The exhaust is a 2-in-1 system with a chamber-type body and two tail pipes. Exhaust pipe routing deliberately leaves the engine in view; likewise, the central body has been positioned in front of the rear wheel, making it practically invisible.
Comfort levels for rider and passenger remain outstanding thanks to, first and foremost, an upright riding position and a large, generously padded seat.
A sportier S version will also be available, featuring fully adjustable Öhlins suspension at both front and rear, dedicated wheels and an even higher-performance braking system.
The heart of the new Diavel 1260 is the 1262cc Ducati Testastretta DVT engine with variable cam timing. Already widely appreciated on the XDiavel, it has now been upgraded to optimise performance and equipped with chain-type final transmission. This engine also provides a clean, classy side view with a quality finish, establishing it as the core of the bike also from a style standpoint.
The twin-cylinder 1260 puts out 159hp (117kW) at 9500rpm* and 129Nm (13.1kgm) at 7500rpm, delivering steady pulling power right from the low-medium rev range to ensure a robust engine response as and when needed. Thanks to a variable timing system which acts continuously on the intake and exhaust camshafts, the engine adjusts power delivery to suit riding conditions. Routine maintenance intervals have been extended to 15,000 km (or one year) and valve timing adjustment to 30,000 km.
The S version additionally mounts the Ducati Quick Shift up & down Evo (DQS) as standard to allow clutchless shifting.
The riding position and ‘power cruiser’ ergonomics so popular with first-generation Diavelisti remain unchanged. What has changed is the chassis set-up. The Diavel 1260 features a new steel tubular Trellis frame that employs the Ducati Testastretta DVT 1262 as a stressed chassis element.
It is attached to the engine at the two cylinder heads, as is the cast aluminium subframe. Also attached to the engine are two forged aluminium plates that embrace the die-cast aluminium single-sided swingarm.
With its 1,600 mm wheelbase, agile chassis geometry and ability to reach lean angles as steep as 41°. With a headstock rake of 27° and an offset of 120 mm, the Diavel 1260 offers excellent front-end agility and feel, ensuring exceptional handling and a generous steering lock. The rear wheel – 240 mm wide with a diameter of 17 inches – remains a hallmark and, together with the new chassis set-up, merges excellent handling and lean angles with outstanding comfort levels.
Up front, the 1260 mounts fully adjustable 50mm forks. Damping compression and spring pre-load adjustment are on the left fork tube, while rebound adjustment is located on the right tube. At the rear, instead, the bike mounts a monoshock with adjustable spring-preload and damping rebound. The S model, instead, is equipped with a fully adjustable Öhlins 48mm fork and a fully adjustable Öhlins shock absorber, also fully adjustable.
At the front end of the motorcycle excellent braking performance is provided by Brembo brakes with M4.32 radial monobloc calipers (M50 monobloc on the S version); actuated by a PR18/19 radial brake pump (PR16/19 on the S version) with an integrated aluminium reservoir, the calipers grip two 320 floating discs. At the rear, instead, a 265 mm disc is braked by a two-piston caliper, again made by Brembo.
The bike mounts 14-spoke wheels. The S, instead, has 10-spoke wheels with an exclusive design and machine-finished surfaces. At the front end the bike sports a 3.5” x 17’’ wheel, at the rear an 8.0” x 17’’ one. The front wheel mounts a 120/70 ZR17 tyre, the rear a 240/45 ZR17. The bike comes with Pirelli Diablo Rosso III tyres.
Sophisticated electronics guarantees both extraordinary performance and maximum safety. The Six-axis Bosch Inertial Measurement Unit (6D IMU) instantaneously detects bike speed and acceleration and is crucial to the proper operation of many of the control devices on the Diavel 1260.
The electronics package includes Bosch Cornering ABS EVO, Ducati Traction Control (DTC) EVO, Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC) EVO, Ducati Power Launch (DPL) EVO and Cruise Control.
The dashboard consists of a TFT screen with a separate warning light module, positioned, respectively, below and above the handlebars. The dashboard has four different display modes. New to Ducati, the Default mode provides a minimal must-have level of information, presented in an attentively styled manner. The other three, instead, are the classic Track, Full and City display modes associated with the Riding Modes. The bike has dedicated switchgears with red-backlit keys. Cruise Control has dedicated keys to activate and adjust the speed settings.
The bike is available in Sandstone Grey with a black frame while the S model 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 bike 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 versatile 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 experiences with the Ducatisti community that already uses the App.
2019 Ducati Diavel 1260 features
- Sandstone Grey with black frame and black wheels
- Ducati Testastretta DVT 1262 engine
- New tubular steel Trellis frame
- Aluminium single-sided swingarm
- Fully adjustable 48mm forks
- Shock with adjustable pre-load and rebound damping
- Brembo brakes, 320mm front discs, monobloc M4.32 calipers, 265mm rear disc
- LED headlight, tail light and indicators
- Colour TFT instrumentation
- Electronics package with Bosch 6-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (6D IMU)
- Bosch Cornering ABS EVO
- Ducati Traction Control (DTC) EVO
- Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC) EVO
- Ducati Power Launch (DPL) EVO
- Cruise Control
2019 Ducati Diavel 1260 S specific features
- Thrilling Black & Dark Stealth with red frame and black wheels or Sandstone Grey with black frame and black wheels
- Fully adjustable Öhlins 48 mm forks
- Fully adjustable Öhlins shock absorber.
- Brembo M50 monobloc front brake calipers
- Machine-finished wheels
- LED headlight with Daytime Running Light (DRL) system
- Ducati Quick Shift up & down (DQS) EVO
- Ducati Multimedia System (DMS)
- Dedicated seat with insert