Exclusivity, technology, craftsmanship. A limited edition.
The new Diavel Titanium, produced in a limited series of just 500 numbered bikes, was created to satisfy the demands of those in search of an even more radical degree of customization and refinement. The philosophy inspiring the Diavel Titanium is that of creating an exclusive bike enhanced with components and accessories made in sophisticated and innovative materials.
The Diavel Titanium is a limited edition celebration of high-tech craftsmanship. It takes the category-busting Diavel, and elevates it to a new level of refinement and desirability through the use of premium technical materials and finishes along with hand-applied artisanal details. The aggressive Diavel stance is made even stronger by larger, more imposing air intakes formed in carbon fibre; while the unmistakable profile that recalls a sprinter crouched at the starting blocks is now formed with a titanium tank, carbon and titanium seat cover, and a premium Alcantara/leather seat.
The muscular Testastretta 11° DS engine breathes through special Zircotech-ceramic coated tubes, which exit in a distinctive hand-brushed stainless shotgun exhaust. Dedicated forged wheels, black machined mirrors, and an exclusive dark chrome frame complete the look, while an assortment of parts in carbon fibre underline the Diavel’s high performance nature. Individually numbered and produced in only 500 examples, the Diavel Titanium brings sophisticated Ducati style and blistering Diavel performance to command total respect on the streets.
The Diavel’s heart is the Ducati Testastretta 11° Dual Spark (DS) – developed directly from the incredibly powerful, world-beating race engines of Ducati Corse. Ducati’s Testastretta 11° DS harnesses the immense power of the Superbike engine and makes it smoother and more linear, combining high performance with an enjoyable and perfectly manageable ride.To create an engine with this blend of brute power and supreme usability, Ducati carefully developed its cam timing with a particular focus on the valve overlap angle. Defined as the period of crankshaft rotation (in degrees) during which both intake and exhaust valves are open at the same time, this overlap angle is set at 11° on the Diavel’s engine – much less than the 41° used by Ducati’s Superbike engines. As a result the fresh inlet charge is less compromised by exiting exhaust gases, resulting in smoother combustion, improved fuel economy, and lower exhaust emissions.
Along these same lines, the Testastretta 11° DS employs several other technological advances. Targeted injectors direct their charge to the intake valves, which provides better vaporization of the air/fuel mixture. This compressed intake charge is ignited by twin spark plugs in each chamber for rapid and even combustion. And after exiting the combustion chamber, a secondary air system burns off any residual fuel molecules, allowing a richer mixture to be used without increasing emissions. As a combined result of these technologies the Testastretta 11° DS is the perfect base for the Diavel – full of character, and producing tremendous power that give unmatched acceleration, along with smooth and controllable delivery for cruising the boulevard at any speed.
The Diavel uses 50 mm Marzocchi front forks with fork legs finished in low-friction diamond-like carbon (DLC). These forks are fully adjustable for spring pre-load, compression and rebound damping. The forks are equipped with slash-cut triple-clamps – the bottom yoke in die-cast aluminium and the upper in forged aluminium – with a rubber-mounted tapered alloy handlebar clamp. With a 28° steering rake, 130 mm trail and 24 mm offset, this set-up provides a sure-footed yet agile front end for incredible handling.
Forged machined wheels
The Diavel Titanium features unique, machine-finished wheels forged from lightweight aluminium. The front rim is 3.5×17, while the rear is 8×17, and wears a massive 240-section rear tyre for incredible grip and ultimate street style.
Titanium – the lightweight, super-strong metal of choice for the most high-tech and prestigious of applications, is what gives the Diavel titanium its name. It is used to form the exterior of the bike’s commanding tank, and its headlight cover. Continuing the theme, a titanium insert is also used on the Diavel Titanium’s carbon rear seat cover.
The Diavel Titanium features a dedicated seat made in premium Alcantara and leather. Comfortable, supportive, and shaped to perfectly integrate with the bike’s distinctive line, the seat includes a carbon fibre and titanium cover for the passenger portion.
At the forefront of innovation, the Diavel uses full LED technology for bright, efficient, and stylish lighting. In the rear, the Diavel trademark of two vertical LED strips follow the precise line of the under-seat panelling, keeping the lines of the bike sleek and minimal by serving as both the brake lamps and directional indicators. Echoing the same theme, front directional indicators are vertical LED strips on the leading edge of the lateral radiator covers. The full LED headlamp perfectly lights the Diavel’s way, and with two vertical LED positioning lights flanking the main illuminating beam, it gives unmistakable character to the bike while also creating a family feeling with the Monster 1200.
Special carbon parts
The Diavel Titanium makes extensive use of the finest quality carbon fibre, for its strength, light weight, and racing style. Carbon fibre is used to form the bike’s large and aggressive air intakes, as well as for the rear seat cover, the front and rear mudguards, the front sprocket cover, the radiator covers, the gas cap surround, and the mini windscreen.
The Diavel’s ignition is actuated by an electronic key in the rider’s pocket, which communicates with the motorcycle when within a distance of approximately 2 metres (6.5ft). The motorcycle recognises the dedicated key code and automatically enables the bike’s systems. Pressing the key-on switch then activates all systems to “on” and the engine is ready to be started. The electronic key, which internally consists of a radio circuit, externally doubles as a mechanical flip-key, required to open the seat and fuel tank cap. When parking the motorcycle, an electronic lock can be actuated on the steering simply by applying full steering-lock and pressing the ignition-off button a second time.
The upper LCD display is mounted on the handlebar riser and provides key information such as speed and rpm, in addition to showing warning lights, time and temperature. The lower, full colour Thin Film Transistor (TFT) unit is integrated into the fuel tank and provides an incredibly clear display of the currently selected Riding Mode, gear, and DTC level as well as total and trip mileage. Used extensively on mobile phones and computers, TFT technology is superior to LCD and displays easy-to-read high resolution graphics. The Diavel’s TFT display goes one step further by sensing the ambient light conditions to automatically select a black or white background colour. When the Diavel is stationary, its lower display also doubles as a user-friendly control panel to personalise and save DTC and RbW settings within each Riding Mode – creating a custom electronics configuration to suit any rider’s preference.
Ducati Traction Control (DTC)
The racing-derived Ducati Traction Control (DTC) is a highly intelligent system which acts as a filter between the rider’s right hand and the rear tyre. Within milliseconds, DTC is able to detect and control rear wheelspin, considerably increasing the bike’s active safety and performance. The system offers eight levels of sensitivity, each programmed with an amount of rear wheelspin tolerance. These levels are in line with progressive levels of intervention, and are classified from one to eight. Level one is programmed to offer the least amount of interaction for sport-oriented riders in good riding conditions, while level eight uses the most amount of interaction for complete confidence by all riders, even in wet or slippery conditions. DTC levels are factory pre-set in each of the three Riding Modes, but can be individually customised and saved to suit the rider by accessing a user-friendly set-up menu. A “default”option is available to easily return all settings to factory pre-sets.
Ducati’s technical partner, Pirelli, worked with the Diavel’s designers and engineers to develop the incredible Diablo Rosso II tyres. While the front uses a conventional 120/70×17 section with a tread pattern designed for enhanced wet weather performance, the 240/45×17 rear represents the latest innovation in tyre design with a sport-oriented profileapplied to custom-style width. The massive rear employs bi-compound technology to enable high grip levels at full lean angle while also providing high mileage, and uses Enhanced Patch Technology (EPT) to maximise the contact patch at all angles. The tread pattern and compounds deliver great performance in all conditions, especially the wet.
Innovative number plate mount
Employing the double strip of multi-functional LEDs for the rear lighting of the Diavel required an innovative solution for the mounting of the number plate. The unique design uses mounts on the rear hub of the single-sided swingarm to extend an elegant and Ducati signature Trellis framework around the 240 section rear tyre, enabling a central mounting of the plate. The framework carries a hidden power feed to dedicated LED illumination for the number plate, eliminating any reliance on the main rear lights and creating a clean feeling around the rear of the seat. This design solution is the first of its kind and an example of the incredible attention to detail on the Diavel.
The Diavel is equipped with the latest and most compact Bosch ABS system as original equipment, providing a major contribution towards performance control. Working together with top Brembo components, the special Diavel chassis configuration, and Pirelli tyres with Enhanced Patch Technology (EPT), the Bosch ABS gives the Diavel even greater braking performance that of the awesome Ducati Superbikes.
The Diavel handlebar shape and position leave the rider comfortable and in full command. Wide, tapered section aluminium bars with sleek new mounting clamps provide a clean and minimalist set-up, while stylish, aluminium mirrors deliver a generous view to the rear. Switchgear is Ducati’s latest, minimalist design, with slim-line bodies housing easy-to-use switches and buttons and a unique weapons-like “trigger catch” that slides down to cover the starter button when the kill-switch is engaged. The turn indicator cancelling button doubles as a scroll-and-select for fast and easy Riding Mode changes, while switches above and below serve to navigate the high-resolution display control panel.
Footpegs and grab-rail
Diavel’s passenger accomodations include slender footpegs which ingeniously fold down from the rear sub-frame, as well as an innovative T-bar shaped grab-rail assembly which slides out from the rear of the seat. Deployed from a mechanism under the seat, the grab-rail provides a comfortable and confidence-inspiring handle for the passenger, while its shape perfectly blends into the lines of the tailpiece when retracted. Both of these passenger-friendly features are crafted in forged aluminium and shot-peened for strength and a uniform finish before being black anodised to become almost invisible when folded away.