Ducati are releasing a second-generation Diavel in 2019, the Diavel 1260 and up-spec Diavel 1260 S. With an engine already loved by XDiavel fans housed within a refined chassis, the 1260 range will be a welcome sight to fans of the Italian power cruiser.

The powerplant for both iterations is the same 1262cc Ducati Testastretta Twin with desmodromic timing that first debuted in the XDiavel. Ducati have updated engine mapping for the mill to provide better power and the final drive has been changed from a belt to a chain setup. The engine provides 159 hp at 9,500 rpm and 95 pound-feet of torque at 7,500 rpm, with particular emphasis on performance in the low- and midrange.

Diavel 1260
The new Diavel 1260 in standard trim.Ducati

Both also feature a new tubular steel Trellis frame which uses the engine as a stressed member, however rider ergonomics are promised to be the same as the previous generation.

ducati diavel 1260
Ducati gives its power cruiser more carving chops for 2019.Ducati

Things start to differ when we look at the suspension units on each model. The standard 1260 comes with a fully adjustable 50mm fork and shock with preload and rebound damping adjustment options. The 1260 S gets more sophisticated kit with an Öhlins 48mm fork and Öhlins shock, both of which are fully adjustable. The braking packages differ as well, the 1260 gettings Brembo Monoblock M4.32 calipers and the 1260 S coming with Brembo Monoblock M50 calipers.

The 1260 rolls on 14-spoke wheels whereas the 1260 S has a 10-spoke setup front and rear, both shod in Pirelli Diablo Rosso III tires, 120/70-17 in the front and 240/45-17 at the back.

1260 S gets light blade indicators
The 1260 S gets light blade indicators and Daytime Running Lights, standard.Ducati

Ducati have updated the design of the Diavel in standard and S trim. There are three sheet metal covers that comprise the fuel tank, and these have been slimmed in the seat contact area for better rider ergonomics. The radiator side covers incorporate new “light blade” indicators too for a sleek, modern look. The standard 1260 will come in Sandstone Grey with a black frame and black wheels, while the 1260 S will be available in the same colorway or a Thrilling Black and Dark Stealth with red frame and black wheels.

Brembo braking kit
Plenty of power and up-spec Brembo braking kit on the 1260 S will allow for all sorts of fun on the road.Ducati

In the electronics department, both feature six-axis Bosch cornering ABS, eight-level Ducati Traction Control EVO, Ducati Power Launch EVO, cruise control, Ducati Wheelie Control EVO, keyless ignition, and, on the S version, a Daytime Running Light system. Three ride modes, Sport, Touring, or Urban, allow the rider to select from pre-set configurations for the electronics package.

Öhlins suspension
Öhlins suspension front and rear is fully adjustable on the 1260 S.Ducati

The 1260 S also comes with Ducati Quick Shift (up and down) and the Ducati Multimedia System. These features can be added to the base 1260, however, as accessory upgrades.

1260 and 1260 S
The cockpit is claimed to be more cozy for riders on both the 1260 and 1260 S.Ducati
new Diavel 1260
Although Ducati updated some of the exterior aspects of the new Diavel 1260, some things remain the same.Ducati
thrilling Black and Dark Stealth
The 1260 S in Thrilling Black and Dark Stealth with red frame and black wheels.Ducati