Ducati Diavel vs. Star V-Max | MC Comparo

Smoking Guns

By Tim Carrithers, Photography by Kevin Wing

V-Max seating is a bit more upright. Everything wraps around that enormous V4, including relatively high footpegs which are mounted farther back than the Ducati’s. That’s fine if you’re 5-foot-10, but confining and a tad cramped if you’re 6-foot-3.

Getting all that power to the rear wheel is easy. Putting it on the ground is the hard part. The V-4’s smooth, linear delivery makes it easy to write a check with the YCC-T throttle that the 200/50-18 rear tire can’t cash.

Tech Spec
Engine type: l-c 65-deg. V4
Valve train: DOHC, 16v
Displacement: 1679cc
Bore x stroke: 90.0 x 66.0mm
Compression: 11.3:1
Fuel system: EFI
Clutch: Wet, multi-plate, slipper
Transmission: 5-speed
Frame: Aluminum-alloy twin-spar
Front suspension: Soqi 52mm fork with adjustable spring preload, compression and rebound damping
Rear suspension: Soqi shock with adjustable spring preload, compression and rebound damping
Front brake: Dual Sumitomo six-piston calipers, 320mm discs
Rear brake: Akebono single-piston caliper, 298mm disc
Front tire: 120/70R-18 Bridgestone BT028F
Rear tire: 200/50R-18 Bridgestone BT028R
Rake/trail: 31.0°/5.8 in.
Seat height: 30.5 in.
Wheelbase: 66.9 in.
Fuel capacity: 4.0 gal.
Weight (tank full/empty): 700/676 lbs.
Measured horsepower: 169.6 bhp @ 8750 rpm
Measured torque: 109.7 lb.-ft. @ 6500 rpm
Corrected ¼-mile: 10.04 sec @ 140.86 mph
Fuel mileage (high/low/avg.): 38/21/29 mpg
Colors: Gray
Availability: Now
Warranty: 24 mo., unlimited mi.
Contact: Yamaha Motor Corp., USA
6555 Katella Ave.
Cypress, CA 90630

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