Spy Shots: Ducati Diavel Gets A Little Bit More Refined – No Pillion Available?

09/20/2010 @ 5:13 am, by Jensen Beeler20 COMMENTS

Spy Shots: Ducati Diavel Gets A Little Bit More Refined   No Pillion Available? 2011 Ducati Diavel spy shot side 623x467

UPDATE: Photos of the rear do seem to confirm that passenger pegs exist and fold underneath the tail section.

British magazine website Visordown has snagged the latest Ducati Diavel spy shots, showing the Italian power cruiser with a bit more fit & finish than has previously been seen in other photos. While the tank and headlight still have some camouflage¬†covering them, we get an especially clearer look at the Diavel’s left-hand side, which looks to be production ready.

Showing a unique trellis frame by Ducati standards, the Diavel also has a very pronounced “chin” fairing that likely helps draw air onto a lower radiator. Covering the top radiator appears to be another fairing the features gill slits, again likely for drawing air-flow through the whole of the bike.

Perhaps the biggest revelation to come from looking at these new photos, is the noticeable absence of a pillion and passenger footpegs, which brings up the question as to whether the Ducati Diavel will be a single-rider ride. You make the call in the photos after the jump.

Source: Visordown

Comment:

  1. froryde says:

    Hmm…let me see. Yep – still looks like CRAP.

  2. Sean says:

    Without rehashing all my previous ire for this ill-conceived mutant bike I’ll say that in regarding the pillion question, that all looks like seat to me. Whether they’ll extent the plastics beyond what you see above or just leave it a precarious little perch, remains to be seen.

  3. giova says:

    VERY UGLY, Ducati is loosing me:(

  4. patron says:

    the rear view doesnt look that bad, but the other angles are not my cup of tea. i thought it would have/should have a more aggressive seating position

  5. fazer6 says:

    Looks like a pillion to me too, with removable pegs, ala 1098, etc.

  6. Jenny Gun says:

    The thing that trips me up, is in the first photo the tail is clearly one piece. Either that’s a banana-style seat, or it’s a single seat tail fairing.

  7. joe says:

    I think its banana style. I also think, based on the 1198 motor, bar position, and rake, that this will push the front end like a bastard. Hopefully they’ll all be crumpled in the waste bin as quickly as they are made, with no harm to the riders of course.

  8. patron says:

    it looks like ducati have made a cruiser that wont travel long distances well. a joy rider. all the storage space is clearly on the riders back.

  9. Andrey says:

    This is looking worse not better. The line of the top of the tank and down to the headlight reminds me of an “Alien” (from the movie). Riding position looks very odd. I think they have lost the plot, that is an ugly bike.

  10. Sean says:

    It looks like a whale, or a porpoise at least.

  11. Terry Lemmons says:

    FUGLY. lets hope that Ducati will make some major changes befor they try to sell something like that.

  12. MikeD says:

    The Passenger Pegs fold & tuck under the the Tail Plastics, like variable geometry wings on a MIG-27.

  13. fazer6 says:

    Right, HFL pinpointed the peg function, fold up at the mounting point.

  14. Billy B.Tso says:

    umm…awkward looking bike…nothing special. A massive anti-climax to what it could’ve been…

  15. ExtremeUtimateMan says:

    I love it! a comfortable incredibly lightweight Power Cruiser. It will look good in Yellow with really loud pipes

  16. patron says:

    Apples to apples? Given the choice between the two, I’ll take a V-Max.

  17. irksome says:

    Why does this thing remind me of a Pontiac Aztek? At least we know the 3 grappa lunch isn’t dead in Italy.

    (I would have said AMC Gremlin but I LOVED them.)

  18. MikeD says:

    @Irksome: Dang, is it THAT ugly to u ? lol.

    @Patron: Me 2.

  19. Nikki says:

    +1, MCN are claiming folding pillion pegs. Wondered why more bikes don’t have fold away pegs, it’s not a particularly new idea- the 1993 Honda NSR had them.

  20. gnmac says:

    F’n ugly sacrilegious piece of sh’t! On one hand, Ducati go balls out to hire the greatest rider in the MotoGP paddock, yet on the other, they make this sh’t – what the crap are they thinking??