Ducati Diavel 1260 at EICMA 2018

Ducati unveiled the much-awaited Diavel 1260 at the Ducati World Première 2019, a few days before the 2018 EICMA motorcycle show in Milan. As the name suggests, the new motorcycle gets a larger 1,262cc, liquid-cooled, V-Twin motor churning out 159hp at 9,500rpm and 129Nm of torque at 7,500rpm. Transmission duties are handled by a 6-speed gearbox, while bi-directional quickshifter comes standard on the higher-spec Diavel 1260 S. The new Diavel 1260 also gets fitted with a launch control system, dubbed the Ducati Power Launch, as seen on the XDiavel. The power cruiser rides on Pirelli Diablo Rosso III tyres with a 120/70-ZR17 section at the front and a massive 240/45-ZR17 tyre at the rear. The standard Diavel 1260 uses 14-spoke wheels while the Diavel 1260 S uses 10-spoke wheels with a machined finish. Seat height is low, at 780mm, and the bike weighs 218kg. In terms of electronics, the 2019 Ducati Diavel features Bosch’s six-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU), three riding modes (Sport, Touring and Urban), eight-level traction control, eight-level wheelie control and cornering ABS. The steel trellis frame employs the engine as a stressed member and is suspended on a USD fork at the front and a monoshock unit at the back, and it continues to feature a single-sided swingarm.  The higher-spec Diavel 1260 S sports a fully adjustable 48mm front fork and a rear shock, both from Öhlins. Ducati designers have made the Diavel 1260 look sleeker and sportier than its predecessors, while maintaining the aggressive stance and design DNA of the original bike.

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