Primer: The Ducati Diavel

03/03/2011 @ 1:25 pm, by Jensen Beeler6 COMMENTS

Tomorrow Asphalt & Rubber must make the trek down from perfect Northern California, to SoCal and the pits of Los Angeles, where dreams go to die. As we descend down through the lower rings of Dante’s ladder and into hell that is the perpetually sunny and warm Los Angeles, our final destination will in fact bring us face-to-face with The Devil himself. Riding the latest creation from Bologna, the American motorcycle press will get its first chance at the highly anticipated Ducati Diavel.

Since we’ll be bringing you live coverage from the event, and writing a few pieces on Ducati’s stab at the performance cruiser segment throughout the rest of the week, we thought it best to start with a primer on the motorcycle. Find after the jump the 2011 Ducati Diavel‘s technical specs, photographs, and design synthesis, and features.

Ducati Diavel Design Synthesis:

Ducati Diavel Features:

2011 Ducati Diavel (Carbon) Technical Specifications:

Engine: Liquid-cooled, L-Twin cylinder
Displacement: 1198.4cc
Bore x Stroke: 106 x 67.9mm
Compression Ratio: 11.5:1
Claimed Horsepower: 162 hp @ 9500rpm
Claimed Torque: 94lbs•ft @ 8000rpm
Fuel injection: Mitsubishi electronic fuel injection system, Mikuni elliptical throttle bodies with ride by wire
Exhaust: 2-1-2 Twin aluminium mufflers
Transmission: Six-speed, slipper clutch
Final Drive: Chain
Frame: Tubular steel trellis frame with aluminum swingarm
Wheelbase: 62.6 inches
Rake/Trail: 28 degrees / 5.12
Seat Height: 30.3 inches
Front Suspension: 50mm Marzocchi fork, fully adjustable (Carbon: Marzocchi DLC coated 50mm fully adjustable USD forks)
Rear Suspension: Sachs monoshock, fully adjustable
Front Wheel/Tire: 3.50 x 17, 120/70 ZR17 Pirelli Diablo Rosso II (Carbon: Marchesini forged and machined 9-spoke 3.50 x 17)
Rear Wheel/Tire: 8.00 x 17, 240/45 ZR17 Pirelli Diablo Rosso II (Carbon: Marchesini forged and machined 9-spoke 8.00 x 17)
Front Brake: Dual 320mm discs, radial mount 4-piston Brembo Monobloc calipers with ABS
Rear Brake: 265mm disc 2-piston Brembo caliper with ABS
Fuel Tank: 5.3 gallons
Dry Weight: 463 lbs (Carbon: 456 lbs)

  • Skadamo

    Love the opening paragraph. :D have fun!

  • Hey, don’t be ragging on my home town, I moved here for the roads and the weather – which coming from London is a massive improvement!!

    Anyhow, maybe I’ll see you guys if you’re on the open roads over the weekend, predictably I’ll be on the HP2.

  • LA is a MASSIVE improvement over London’s weather.

  • RSVDan

    Can’t wait to hear your thoughts on it. The word so far has been more than positive, and I have to admit the bike has really grown on me. Might be a good fit for my 6’5″ frame. I threw a leg over a Multi 1200 the other day, and I make even that bike look small!

  • Balzaak

    Ducati to me has always meant very purpose driven bikes. I’m not liking the idea of a cruiser in their lineup.

  • Other Sean

    I’m hoping this will be like the B-King, all the magazines loved it and clamored for it’s production, and then it flopped because real people knew it was hideous.