2011 Ducati Diavel Review


The 2011 Ducati Diavel is a motorcycle that burst fully formed onto the motorcycle scene. Seen for the first time in 2011, this motorcycle line immediately carved out its own unique niche in the standard bike sphere. The Diavel’s appearance itself is gripping. Fiercely contoured and demonically aggressive, yet with a hint of elegance, this motorcycle is a real eye-catcher wherever it goes. Though it is technically a cruiser, its handling has the dexterity and power of a sport bike, with an impressively smooth ride and unusually comfortable seating. This is a confidently hard-hitting piece of machinery, mustering 162 horsepower and 9500 rpm and 94 lb-ft of torque at 8000 rpm.

No matter how much power is unleashed, however, the motorcycle remains crisply responsive. The exhaust and airbox amplify the effectiveness of the Testastretta 11 degree engine, adding 12 additional horsepower over previous configurations. Horsepower is controllable between 100 and 162 by choosing one of three engine maps – Urban, Touring, and Sports. Strong suspension and highly effective brakes meld with the dynamism and force of the 2011 Ducati Diavel’s performance to create a worthy challenge to sports bikes in an enhanced cruiser format. The Ducati Traction Control (DTC) is a smart system controlling the spin of the rear wheel for greater safety.

The 2011 Ducati Diavel’s designers spared no effort to make the motorcycle as functional and yet as stylishly athletic as possible. Many high-tech flourishes are found throughout the design. Hands-free ignition at a range of six to seven feet is provided by a keyless fob, while an electronic lock is engaged by pressing the ignition-off button twice. LED lights are strategically places for maximum visibility. An LCD display shows speed, rpm, temperature, and other crucial data, while a TFT (thin film transistor) serves as an interface for more advanced electronics. The Diavel is a powerful, savagely handsome, precision engineered blend of cruiser comfort and sports bike performance which successfully takes motorcycling in a fresh, intriguing direction.

New For 2011

  • Dual overhead camshaft Testastretta 11 degree four-stroke engine with 1198.6cc combines with lateral radiators and reengineered air intakes to provide intense levels of horsepower and torque
  • Custom width rear tire with EPT (enhanced patch technology) provides maximum contact at any angle, while tread patterns and materials furnish powerful grip even in wet, slippery conditions or at high speeds
  • Racing style Ducati Traction Control (DTC) measures rear wheel spin and compensates in milliseconds for better performance and safety.
  • 70 degree of steering lock combined with a 5.12-inch trail and 28 degree rake boost handling and maneuverability to very high levels
  • A mix of die-cast aluminum sections and large-gauge tubular steel trellis construction makes the 2011 Ducati Diavel up to 200 pounds lighter than most comparable motorcycles, while retaining strength, durability, and torsional rigidity.
  • High tech instrumentation split between an LCD and a TFT display makes reading speed, distance, rpm, and other data easy with just a glance 2-1-2 exhaust and two-inch headers provide a powerful bass accompaniment that expresses the machine's energy and power confidently.

2011 Ducati Diavel Specs

  • Model: 2011 Ducati Diavel
  • Engine Type: 1198.4-cc four-stroke
  • Bore and Stroke: 4.17 inches and 2.67 inches
  • Compression ratio: 11.51:1
  • Valve Train: Dual overhead camshaft
  • Induction: Liquid
  • Ignition: Electric
  • Transmission: Six-speed manual
  • Final Drive: O-Ring Chain
  • Fuel Capacity: 4.5 gallons
  • Estimated Fuel Economy: 39 miles per gallon (mpg)
  • Brakes (Front): Dual hydraulic, 12.6 inch disc
  • Brakes (Rear): Hydraulic, 10.4 inch disc
  • Suspension (Front): Two-inch inverted fork is adjustable for compression damping, rebound damping, and spring preload
  • Suspension (Rear): Single sided swing arm is adjustable for compression damping, rebound damping, and spring preload
  • Wheelbase: 62.6 inches
  • Rake: 28 degrees
  • Trail: 5.1 inches
  • Seat Height: 30.3 inches
  • Curb Weight: 523 pounds
  • Tires (Front): 120/70 ZR17
  • Tires (Rear): 240/45 ZR17


  • Textile bike cover shields the Ducati Diavel from dust, dirt, and debris when not in use, including while in the garage
  • Adhesive carbon fuel tank protector offers additional tank durability while remaining stylish
  • Waterproof bike canvas shields the motorcycle from bad weather outdoors; thermo-reflectivity shields from the sun, suction pads keep the canvas in place
  • Satellite navigation system enables pinpoint accuracy while traveling.
  • Ducati Performance dedicated anti-theft system uses motion sensors and a siren to deter thieves
  • Roadster windshield kit increases aerodynamics and diabolic appearance
  • Touring windshield kit installs a wraparound Plexiglas screen which shields the rider from air pressure and flying gravel
  • Tester and automatic battery charger keeps the motorcycle ready to use at a moment's notice

Key Competitors For The 2011 Ducati Diavel

  • Triumph Rocket III Roadster
  • Yamaha V-Max
  • Suzuki Boulevard M109R
  • Harley-Davidson V-Rod Muscle
  • Ducati Multistrada 1200 S