DU­CATI’S 2019 Di­avel RE­VEALED

These are the clos­est, best pho­tos yet cap­tured of the next-gen­er­a­tion Di­avel out on test

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This bike was the sub­ject of much in­ter­est at the re­cent World Du­cati Week (July 20 to 22) where it was shown to the masses at the event.

Those who went into the closed-room view­ing had to hand in their phones at the door, such is Du­cati’s de­sire to keep the more de­tailed el­e­ments of the mus­cle cruiser se­cret. So it must be an­noy­ing to the fac­tory and those who saw this bike un­der wraps, that these shots have now sur­faced.

With these pho­tos of the bike try­ing to head out on con­sump­tion test­ing, we can now see plenty and from what we now know, it looks even more like the Di­avel’s evo­lu­tion is head­ing back to the orig­i­nal pretty-sporty ethos of the 2013 ver­sion of the big Du­cati.

Un­der the WDW wraps, the bike was co­de­named ‘Pro­ject 1309’ – a name given to it be­cause this bike is the ninth ‘tweak’ of the Di­avel since 2013. Two years af­ter the bike was launched in 2011, the Di­avel un­der­went a makeover that left it sportier and more ag­gres­sive so it’s clear that next year’s bike is go­ing down a sim­i­lar route.

On the pro­to­type mo­tor­cy­cle that we’ve caught here, we can see that the bike is us­ing the 1262cc V-twin Tes­tas­tretta DVT – it’s the same en­gine that you find in the Mul­tistrada and the XDi­avel, it makes 156bhp.

There’s some ma­jor changes to the bike in­clud­ing the ex­haust. Gone are the large dou­ble ex­haust cans on the right-hand side, re­placed by a com­pact ex­haust unit that sits cen­trally un­der the bike. This is done to help cen­tre the bike’s mass and im­prove han­dling.

The new Di­avel is also get­ting cor­ner ABS, a blip­per to let the rider crash through the gears with­out the need of a clutch, wheelie and trac­tion con­trol and var­i­ous rid­ing modes. The new Di­avel is also get­ting Du­cati Power Launch which will be sin­gle-but­ton ac­ti­vated.

Its dash is com­ing Blue­tooth en­abled so that the bike can link up with a smart phone di­rectly.

The bet­ter drive­abil­ity is en­hanced by the new steer­ing head an­gle which has switched from 62° to 63°. The rear sus­pen­sion travel has also been upped from 120mm to 134mm al­though the seat height and po­si­tion has been kept the same, Du­cati reck­ons that where the rider sits on the bike is an ideal mid­dle-ground be­tween sport and tour­ing. The bike’s wheel­base has grown by 15mm and is now 1600mm in length.

We know that there will be at least two ver­sions of the bike for 2019, the S ver­sion (with Oh­lins sus­pen­sion and other, higher level parts) and the stan­dard bike (Mar­zoc­chi and Sachs sus­pen­sion).

The Di­avel now has a Pani­gale swingarm and over­all looks more slim – thanks largely to the small ex­haust unit and cos­metic touches like the nar­rower rear which has the LED tail light mounted flush. In­di­ca­tors are now in­te­grated into the li­cense plate holder as they are with the XDi­avel.

Du­cati will pro­duce enough af­ter­mar­ket touches so that own­ers of the next-gen Di­avel will be able tour on the bike if they want to. Items like pan­niers, a tour­ing screen and up­right for the larger pil­lion seat are due to go on­line at the same time as the bike of­fi­cially hits deal­ers in early 2019.

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