Ducati Diavel vs. Star V-Max | MC Comparo

Smoking Guns

By Tim Carrithers, Photography by Kevin Wing

Ergos
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.





Dyno
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
408.253.0499
www.ducati.com

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