Du­cati Di­avel gets sharp for 2019

Du­cati’s bruiser be­comes less of a cruiser for 2019

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The Di­avel has al­ways been a hand­some devil, but its traits of su­per­bike per­for­mance mar­ried to cruiser styling have al­ways been slightly uneasy bed­fel­lows. For 2019, though, this sec­ond gen­er­a­tion ver­sion gets not only the 1262 vari­able valve-tim­ing Tes­tas­tretta pow­er­train but also some de­sign changes in­tended to give a bit more ‘street-naked’ ag­gres­sion.

The re­sult looks more up­right, cleaner, and less cruiser-like while the new en­gine means there’s no more snaking ex­hausts up the bike’s right side which helps it look less fussy and more men­ac­ing. There’s also a slim­mer frontal area, the mid-sec­tion is now more clearly dom­i­nated by that huge V-twin and new 14-spoke rims (10 on the S) help give a cleaner, classier aes­thetic.

The rear-end is still dom­i­nated by the stubby seat unit, com­plete with re­tractable pil­lion grab rail, and the ridicu­lous 240-sec­tion rear tyre that should im­pede cor­ner­ing fun, but doesn’t. And, with 157bhp and 95ftlb torque on tap, there’s plenty of oomph.

The stock Di­avel gets a fullyad­justable 48mm fork and preload/ re­bound ad­justable shock, plus Brembo M4.32 ra­dial calipers up front.

A Bosch six-axis IMU means the new Di­avel gets the lat­est in Du­cati elec­tron­ics, as well: cor­ner­ing ABS EVO, plus trac­tion, wheelie, launch and cruise con­trol. It’s also mul­ti­me­dia-ready, with DMS avail­able as an op­tion. A two-way quick­shifter is also an op­tion, while both ver­sions of­fer key­less ig­ni­tion.

Sec­ond-gen Di­avel gets new en­gine, elec­tron­ics and more re­fined, ‘street’ look S model gets LED head­light, Öh­lins sus­pen­sion, and more

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