Ducati Diavel vs. Star V-Max | MC Comparo

Smoking Guns

By Tim Carrithers, Photography by Kevin Wing

With its handlebar and footpegs farther from its seat, the Diavel lets you lean into the wind more than the V-Max, making everything from quarter-mile runs to extended freeway travel a lot more comfortable. Remove the seat cowl, slide out the grabrail and passengers prefer the Diavel as well.

The yawning gap between Ducati’s 162-horsepower claim and 129-horsepower reality is compounded by the fact that our Diavel still managed a 10.13-second quarter-mile and feels blindingly fast on the street. Especially when the power curve gets steep above 7000 rpm.

Tech Spec
Engine type: l-c 90-deg. V-twin
Valve train: DOHC, 8v desmodromic
Displacement: 1198cc
Bore x stroke: 106.0 x 67.9 mm
Compression: 11.5:1
Fuel system: EFI
Clutch: Wet, multi-plate, slipper
Transmission: 6-speed
Frame: Tubular-steel trellis with aluminum single-sided swingarm
Front suspension: Marzocchi 50mm fork with adjustable spring preload, compression and rebound damping
Rear suspension: Sachs shock with adjustable spring preload, compression and rebound damping
Front brake: Dual Brembo four-piston calipers, 320mm discs with ABS
Rear brake: Brembo two-piston caliper, 265mm disc with ABS
Front tire: 120/70R-17 Pirelli Diablo Rosso II
Rear tire: 240/45R-17 Pirelli Diablo Rosso II
Rake/trail: 28.0°/5.1 in.
Seat height: 30.3 in.
Wheelbase: 62.6 in.
Fuel capacity: 4.5 gal.
Weight (tank full/empty): 531/504 lbs.
Measured horsepower: 129.1 bhp @ 9300 rpm
Measured torque: 74.2 lb.-ft. @ 6400 rpm
Corrected ¼-mile: 10.13 sec @ 135.91 mph
Fuel mileage (high/low/avg.): 42/28/36 mpg
Colors: Black, red
Availability: Now
Warranty: 24 mo., unlimited mi.
Contact: Ducati North America
10443 Bandley Dr.
Cupertino, CA 95014

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