When the new Ducati design was rolled out before some engineers and technicians for the first time, one man peering into the rear of the motorcycle saw the machine's silhouette and yelled in Bolognese dialect, "Ignurànt comm' al diavel!"
This saying, "Evil, like the devil," immediately helped create the nickname for this project, Diavel. Ducati stuck with the Bolognese dialect for Diavel, which is pronounced "Dee-ah-vel."
The Ducati Diavel features a Testastretta 11-degree engine pushing 162 horsepower, a dry weight of 456 lbs. and the latest in Ducati technology: ABS, Ducati Traction Control and Ducati Riding Modes.
This power and technology is combined with utmost Italian style in the all-new Diavel. The machine is designed with an "athletic" build, and features a huge 240 section rear tire that enhances this muscular look.
The 2011 Ducati Diavel is available in two versions, standard and carbon. The latter features "a character-forming mix of aesthetic and performance components from carbon fiber bodywork to forged and specially machined Marchesini wheels."
Ducati says of the name: "Reminiscent of how the ‘Monster' was named almost 20 years ago, the Diavel now follows the same Bolognese tradition, shaping the future of motorcycling while staying faithful to its heritage."
When the idea for the Diavel entered the minds of Ducati designers, they immediately planned for a lower and longer motorcycle.
"The challenge of building a muscular silhouette over a pure-bred competition motor had to be met with determination and a delicate touch, and the result is a frontal area that looks like a power athlete on the starting blocks," explains the team at Ducati Design responsible for the project. "With the front wheel kept close to the Diavel's body and using the short tail of a sport bike, we were able to blend this muscular design with a chassis that matched."
Already having their famed Streetfighter, Ducati designers went with a more of a "confidence bordering on superiority" in regards to the overall stance of the new Diavel.
The new motorcycle features lateral radiators adding muscle to its broad "shoulders," which then taper down across the engine and into the belly-fairing with oil cooler, bringing shape to the Diavel.
Ducati says a massive 240 section rear tire was a perfect example of how Diavel designers used a no-compromise attitude when applying their wish list of features. The sheer width of rubber communicates so much power and style that the R&D team vowed to find a way to make it handle - even if they knew the image would send a seismic shock through the industry.
The Diavel's twin-level seat is wide, comfortable and beautifully shaped to fit the flowing lines of the machine and at 770mm (30.3in), has one of the lowest seat heights in the Ducati range.
That low seating position, in addition to a low slung chassis set-up that weighs in at just 210kg (463lb) - 207kg (456lb) for the Diavel Carbon - enables the rider to get both feet on the ground for a sure-footed and confident stance. The seat also comes with a beautifully shaped and easily removable single seat cover, which is formed in carbon fibre on the Diavel Carbon.
Passengers on the Diavel will appreciate the way the slender passenger footpegs ingeniously fold down from the rear sub-frame as well as the innovative, T-bar shaped grab-rail assembly, which slides out from the rear of the seat.
Deployed from a mechanism under the seat, the grab-rail provides a comfortable and confidence-inspiring grip for the passenger, while the shape perfectly blends into the lines of the tail-piece when retracted.
Both passenger-friendly features are crafted in forged aluminum and shot-peened for strength and uniform finish before being black anodized to become almost invisible when folded away.
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