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The Ducati Diavel 1260 S is a perfect amalgamation of a sportsbike, naked and a cruiser

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New Delhi, India – August 2, 2019

Showcased at the 2010 EICMA motorcycle show, the Ducati Diavel has been in production since 2011. And since then, nothing else even came close to this Italian machine. You see, there is no other bike on this planet that offers the supremacy of a naked, sportsbike and a cruiser. We flew to Spain to check out this mad-machine and here’s a brief on our Ducati Diavel 1260 S review.

Starting off with the design, while the overall silhouette is somewhat similar, the Diavel 1260 S is an entirely new motorcycle. The entire bike has been revamped from the ground up to give it a more neutral riding position. As a result, the seat is not as sporty as the Monster and is certainly less-cruiser like than the XDiavel. The sleek LED headlamp, golden forks and the forward-set muscular fuel tank are proudly influenced from a naked. In profile, the low-slung seat, long stance and the wide-air inlets exhibit a cruiser influence. The side and underbelly have the fairings of a superbike. Now, the Ducati Diavel comes loaded with some amazing features. It comes laden with Ducati’s DQS clutchless shifting, ride-by-wire throttle, traction control, wheelie control and adjustable cornering ABS. Moreover, you also get Ducati digital control options, two processors and multiple sensors on the engine, brakes and wheels. The 17-inch wheels are shod with Pirelli Diablo Rosso III tyres.

As we started riding through the beautiful roads of Spain in our Diavel 1260 S review, the engine felt much nicer than before. The bike is powered by a newly-developed 1,262cc L-twin desmodromic engine that is capable of churning out 159bhp and 129Nm of torque. The power delivery is extremely linear and the torque delivery is linear and kicks in at higher revs too – like a sportsbike. The six-speed gearbox is quite good and the shifts are precise. In Urban mode, the throttle isn’t very responsive and the power delivery is only average to play around in the city. Switching to Touring mode – and, while the engine does not thump like a cruiser – the bike itself feels like a laid-back cruiser and the ride also gets very composed. But in Sport mode, the bike feels the liveliest. The throttle response is shaper and you don’t need a second thought while crossing through traffic on open roads. The handling is simply immaculate and the ride quality – courtesy of 48mm Ohlins – is just fantastic. Overall, I would say the Diavel 1260 S is the best of three worlds. And it does live up to the expectations. To read our extensive Ducati Diavel 1260 S review, be sure to tune in to autoX.

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