Ducati India has launched the 2019 Diavel 1260 and Diavel 1260 S in India at Rs 17.70 lakh and Rs 19.25 lakh, respectively (ex-showroom India). The new models replace the existing Diavel – one of Ducati India’s most popular motorcycles.
The new Ducati Diavel 1260 has been built completely from the ground up and features a new chassis, suspension, steering geometry and a lot more. It shares the same 1,262cc liquid-cooled, L-twin engine that you see in the new Multistrada 1260 and XDiavel.
The new Diavel 1260 and Diavel S look quite distinct, with a muscular stance, exposed trellis frame and the fat 240/45 R17 rear tyre mounted on a single-sided swingarm. The single-piece seat sits on a short subframe and the twin-LED tail-lamp strips retain the characteristic Diavel style that we’ve seen in the previous model.
Both the Diavel 1260 and Diavel 1260 S are powered by the same Testastretta L-twin engine and produce identical power (159hp at 9,500rpm) and torque (129Nm at 7,500rpm), with the unit paired to a 6-speed transmission; both bikes also share their trellis frame. Compared to the previous model, the rake has been dropped by one degree and there’s a slight drop in the trail as well. This has made the new Diavel quicker to steer while taking noticeably less effort to do so.
The suspension and brake components on both models are different, with the S boasting of top-level, adjustable Ohlins and Brembo M50 Monobloc callipers at the front.
The new Ducati Diavel also feature 6-axis IMU-based electronic rider aids with three riding modes – Urban, Touring and Sport. Urban mode chops power to 100hp while Touring and Sport are full-power modes. Cornering ABS is standard.
The 1260 S gets a bi-directional quick-shifter as standard, as well as the Ducati Multimedia system and Ducati Link App, allowing riders to hook their smartphones to log ride data.
The new Diavel 1260 and Diavel 1260 S are available at all Ducati dealerships in the country and are open for bookings.