First Ride

Ducati Ducati Diavel 1260S (2019) review

Visordown’s Harry McKenzie went along to the press launch of Ducati’s new Diavel in Marbella. Here’s how he got on.

Details
Manufacturer:
Ducati
Category:
Naked
Price:
£ 16795
Overall
4.5
Average: 4.5 (1 vote)
There is literally nothing else like it on the market. Is it a muscle cruiser? is it a sport naked? is it a tourer? I don't have a scooby and nor do Ducati, just swing your leg over one and figure it out for yourself. You won’t be disappointed!
Engine is a weapon
Sports mode is a tad snatchy at slow speeds

Brakes

Stoppers on the 1260S are radially mounted, four-piston Brembo M50 calipers, combined with 320mm semi-floating discs. And they have more than enough power stop the beastly twin on a dime. The rear is a baby two pot Brembo mounted on a slider. The rear caliper didn’t have the best initial bite, but on a V-twin with a shed load of engine braking, the rear brake doesn't have to be astonishing.  

Comfort

With so much torque and braking power on offer, Ducati knew they had to make the Diavel a comfortable and ergonomic place to be. The 120mm wide scalloped suede seat is ideal for keeping the rider planted in position, and even after riding 200km I felt I could easily ride 200km more. The low swept handlebars in combination with the centrally mounted (lowish) foot pegs felt completely relaxed and natural, with my legs tucking into the angular tank contours like a glove.

Pillion passengers are also going to be just as comfortable and get the added benefit of a retractable handrail underneath the rear seat.

Now, being naked you would expect the wind protection to be an issue, but at legal speeds, it felt strangely good. If you plan on touring, the smoked screen would help reduce buffeting and is part of the touring accessory package – and it looks pretty slick to boot.  

Rider Aids and Electronics

The amount of technology on the 1260S is outrageous, with the low mounted 3.5” TFT dash being fairly user-friendly, even for a tech noob like me. Each riding mode is fully customizable and I found it easy to switch from mode to mode whilst riding. Sports mode was a little snatchy at low speeds but flick it into touring mode and it’s sweet.

What’s nice about the electronics on the Diavel is how unintrusive they are, all thanks to the Bosch 6 Axis IMU communicating with the electronic safety equipment, giving the rider what I like to call, ‘’more f*ck up room’’.

Safety Equipment

Riding Modes

Sports, Touring, Urban (100bhp)

Power Modes

High, Medium, Low

Ducati Safety Pack

Bosch cornering ABS Evo

DTC

Ducati Traction control Evo

DWC

Ducati wheelie control

Besides the safety equipment, the 1260S comes with a host of bang up to date techy features, such as keyless ignition, red backlit handlebar switches and my favorite - a  Halo daytime running light. Real technophiles (you know who you are) will be aroused by the bikes compatibility with the Ducati Link Up app. Despite the app sounding like a Ducati owners dating service, it actually allows you to share/download and update their bike settings from their mobile through the DMS  (Ducati Multimedia system).

Equipment

DQS

Ducati quick shifter Evo up/down

Cruise Control

-

DPL

Ducati Power Launch Evo

3.5" TFT Dash

Full Colour

DMS

Ducati Multimedia System, linkable with mobile and handsfree

Backlit handlebar switches

With self canceling indicators

Full LED lighting system

-

Day time running light

Halo design and switchable on/off

Verdict

There is something special about Italian motorbikes. They often have real charisma and, not to get too emotional, a soul. The Diavel 1260S certainly ticks this box, with the new and improved DVT engine being the thumping heart at the centre of a beautifully designed outer skeleton. If I had twenty grand to spend on a motorbike (which I really don't), this would be a real contender. Its intoxicating grunt and Dark Knight aesthetics made me feel like Batman, and it’s extremely versatile as well. Whether you are pootling through town, elegantly slicing from switch back to switch back or cruising down the motorway, the Diavel is a perfect tool for the job. There is literally nothing else like it on the market. Is it a muscle cruiser? is it a sport naked? is it a tourer? I don't have a scooby and nor do Ducati, just swing your leg over one and figure it out for yourself. You won’t be disappointed. 

Ducati Diavel 1260S (2019) Specs

Component

Diavel 1260

Diavel 1260S

Front Suspension

50mm Fully Adjustable fork

Ohlins 48mm fully adjustable fork

Rear Suspension

Preload and rebound adjustable monoshock

Ohlins fully adjustable monoshock

Front Brake

M4.32 Brembo calipers, PR18/19 radial master cylinder

M50 Brembo calipers PR16/19 radial master cylinder

Rims

Cast

Cast and machined

Seat

Standard

Premium with Badges

Daytime Running Lights

-

Standard

Ducati Quick Shifter

Accessory

Standard

Ducati Multimedia System

Accessory

Standard

Engine is a weapon
Sports mode is a tad snatchy at slow speeds

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