New Ducati Diavel cruiser spotted

Spy shots reveal Ducati's Diavel is getting a cruiser makeover

Posted: 19 August 2015
by Tom Rayner
Ducati Diavel spy
Ducati Diavel spy

THESE spy shots show the new cruiser-inspired direction Ducati's Diavel is taking.

The footpegs are swept forward, the 1198cc V-twin engine is exposed and those giant exhausts have been lopped-off.

There's definitely something of the Harley-Davidson V-Rod about this new Diavel, and perhaps it's this inspiration that has led to the introduction of a belt-drive - which can be easily seen in the second photo.

The beefy Diavel has been slimmed-down and this new model lacks the front-heavy feel of its predecessor - it's certainly less of a statement but the lines are now much cleaner. Also, the engine gets a better billing in the centre of the bike with fewer distractions and fairing.

As Ducati's test rider pulls away it's obvious the new Diavel's seat is lower and the pegs are further forward, providing a much more traditional cruiser riding stance.

It's likely the engine will get the Multistrada 1200's Desmodromic Variable Timing (DVT) - this is what Ducati is calling its variable valve timing. It means independent control of intake and exhaust camshafts, which is said to optimise performance throughout the range.

Other than a missing belly-pan and a factory paint job the new Diavel looks ready to roll as a production model - expect to see it unveiled at the EICMA Show this November.Visordown really likes the moody matt-black paint of this test mule.

Tell us what you think of this hi-tech custom...

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This "update" moves it away from the new Monster, which the older version of the Diavel really looked like the "daddy" of that type of bike

Posted: 19/08/2015 at 11:48

PLEASE Tell me I am not the only one thinking this was an image copied and pasted on some cornfields? Look at the outline of the picture is either badly cropped or I need new glasses.

Conspiracy theories aside, the diavel is great as it is. Though I remember the advert saying "don't call me a cruiser". (?)

Posted: 19/08/2015 at 12:13

@wolfclaw quite right... the background was altered to protect the photographer's location

Posted: 19/08/2015 at 12:20

I feel dirty admitting this, but I actually like the look of this thing.

Posted: 19/08/2015 at 13:39

I like the new look as well.
I rode the Diavel last year, the one I tried had big screen, so no wind pressure against the body/head at all. Diavel can shake the fillings out of the teeth at low speed, but once the revs go up you feel like king of the road. :o)

Posted: 19/08/2015 at 14:41

Looks a bit fugly to me. I thought the first diavel was different and edgy but this just doesn't do it.
I would think the seating position is a bit awkward to given that the bars don't look particularly high and your going to have your feet out in front? A sort of horizontal downward dog comes to mind lol

Posted: 19/08/2015 at 15:30

Does anybody else see scissors?

Posted: 19/08/2015 at 16:22

Ducati! Build a smaller version with an effective fairing and I might be interested, same for the Multi.

Posted: 19/08/2015 at 18:44

Like it very much, things I hate about the Diavel always starts with the terrible bulky front end which is gone here... Perhaps its time to sell my VROD and go with this...

Posted: 19/08/2015 at 20:40

Yep. Looks quite nice.... Not personally for me but nice all the same.

Posted: 19/08/2015 at 20:50

Nice lines. A bit too "RSD" with the CNC milling highlights on black... but, I quite like it... except the foot positions.
I can see an opportunity for step kits for this one.

Posted: 20/08/2015 at 02:52

For me the old Diavel only made stylistic sense from the rear three-quarter view, no way of disguising the bulk of the front end.
This has the muscle-custom look down much better. And a far more `open` platform for mods.

Posted: 20/08/2015 at 09:31

Has anyone else taken a careful look at the apparent V angle of the cylinders? If the silver trim on the cylinders is any guide to their bank angle, this engine is NOT a 90 degree Vee angle. It is much wider than 90 degrees. Just a casual look suggests this, and placing a square corner of paper confirms it is more than 90 degrees between cylinders. If this is correct, then it's a totally new engine from Ducati.

Posted: 20/08/2015 at 18:19

I think it's an improvement. The longer, lower lines and more exposed engine give it a more badass Mad Max look.

Posted: 21/08/2015 at 03:13

Mad Max? The Diavel has been a VMax ripoff since day one and Ducaudi keeps on fiddling it like copies generally need to be fiddled - not quite being the real thing. VMX17 still rules this arena - and the 30th Aniversary Carbons are simply flovely!

Posted: 21/08/2015 at 08:42

The crotch of that 'silver trim' Vee is the Shaft driving the Camshaft Belts, not the Crankshaft. The latter sits lower, in the actual 90 degree corner.

Posted: 21/08/2015 at 10:04

The apparent angle you can see (scissors, ha) is not the cylinders but the belt drives which are always at a shallower angle as the drive gear is above the crank. All Ducatis (I think) are like this, but it depends on how visible the belt drive cases are as to whether it is noticeable or not.

I have to say that I never liked the Diavel due to the bathtub front end, but this new one looks rather tempting. Better looking by far, DVT engine and belt drive. Looking forward to finding out more about it.

Posted: 21/08/2015 at 10:55

@NICO: V-Max is iconic, but Diavel looks 10 times better, and with this new restyled version - 15 times better.

Posted: 21/08/2015 at 12:05

More than a bit of v rod in that .

Posted: 22/08/2015 at 09:21

Foot controls are waaaaay to far forward. The Yanks will like it though.

Posted: 23/08/2015 at 13:53

Why would anyone make a >90 degree twin, to add imbalance and make the engine bigger for no reason?

I get the market, the VMax is long in the tooth, and the V-Rod is boring.

I would prefer it with standard ergonomics, as in the MT01 -but that didn't sell.

Posted: 25/08/2015 at 18:07

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