Ducati’s hugely popular Diavel has received some revisions, including the new 1198cc Testastretta 11° DS engine and an exhaust system, which boosts torque and smoothens the delivery. The new Dual Spark lump also lengthens service intervals – it’s now 18,000 miles between major jobs.
Additional updates comprise of full LED instrumentation, a new headlamp cover and mounting, a new seat, and new bar-risers: all this to compliment the raft of superbike technology such as traction control and riding modes. While the upgrade list isn’t exactly extensive, the Diavel was hardly broke, so no need to fix.
She’s hardly hefty by today’s standards at 210kg (205kg for the Carbon model) and its 162bhp is beautifully useable. If you haven’t ridden a Diavel, you need to. With its massive 240-section rear tyre and muscular aesthetics, you’d never think the super-cruiser would be capable of such cornering skills. But it’s a proper road scalpel.
We’re off on the press launch at the end of the month. Get the full review in next month’s magazine.