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Ducati Diavel 1260 launched at Rs 17.7 lakh
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Ducati Diavel 1260 launched at Rs 17.7 lakh

Both the 1260 and the 1260 S have been launched at prices starting fromRs 17.7 lakh for the standard and Rs 19.25 lakh for the S variant

Abhishek Wairagade

One of the most awaited bikes from Ducati’s stable is finally here. The Ducati Diavel 1260, which has got motorcycle communities across the globe drooling over its styling and power, has been launched with a sticker of Rs 17.7 lakh for the base model and Rs 19.25 lakh for the S variant.

The heart

The Diavel 1260 has a Testasretta DVT 1262cc, L-twin motor that makes 157bhp at 9500rpm and 129Nm at 7500rpm. Additionally, the variable valve timing system on both the intake and exhaust camshafts, adjust the power delivery as per the riding conditions, from smooth at low revs to assertively sporty at higher revs.

The body

Despite resembling its predecessor, the Diavel 1260 has a new tubular steel trellis frame , along with an aluminium swingarm designed to improve cornering agility, while delivering superb feel and an easy ride. The 17-inch 240-section rear tyre, a Diavel hallmark, continues on the new 1260 and together with the new chassis setup, allows for better delivery of power to the tarmac. It also maintains the excellent levels of handling as well as remarkable lean angles.

Whereas the standard variant gets 50mm Marzocchi front forks along with preload and rebound adjustable monoshocks at the rear, the sportier S variant gets 48mm Ohlins fully adjustable front forks with golden finish and Ohlins monoshock at the rear. A quickshifter is standard on the 1260 S while it will be offered as an option on the 1260. Same goes for the Ducati Multimedia System. Additionally, the wheels on the S variant are machined alloys, as opposed to the cast units on the Standard variant.

The mind

The new Diavel 1260 gets a six-axis Bosch Inertial Measurement Unit (6D IMU) that instantaneously detects the bike’s speed and acceleration, and ties up with the full electronic suite that includes the Bosch cornering ABS EVO, Ducati Traction Control, Ducati Wheelie Control, Ducati Power Launch and cruise control, to let you harness the full potential of the Diavel 1260. It also gets three riding modes – Urban, Touring and Sport while convenience features include backlit handlebar switches, 3.5 inch TFT colour display, and self-cancelling turn indicators.

The skin

The Diavel 1260 gets ‘Sandstone Grey’ bodywork with a charcoal black frame (priced at Rs 17.7 lakh) while the 1260 S can be had with two additional options: Thrilling Black and Dark Stealth, two contrasting black themes with different finishes on the bodywork with a red frame, priced at Rs 19.25 lakh.