For 2013, Ducati has introduced the Strada variant of Diavel. The bike is meant to entice the fans of the devilish Diavel, who may want to use to machine comfortable for long distance journeys. The new models has been outfitted with with touring-friendly components that enable long distance riding comfort for both rider and passenger.
In terms of design, the Diavel Strada gets a new windscreen that provides better wind protection while still staying true to the basic design ethos of the stock Diavel. The handlebars have been pushed up by 15mm and farther away from the rider by 60mm for more riding comfort. The seat has been revised for with better cushioning and a backrest for the pillion. Additionally, the pillion now gets a new set of grab rails which are easier to hold, and a new set of foot-pegs which enhance comfort.
The Diavel Strada also gets a winter kit including heated grips, more efficient generator, two power outlets for heated jackets or other power consuming appliances like GPS. Then you have a set of panniers attached to the big machine, capable of swallowing as much as 41 liters of luggage. The tail-lamp assembly has also been nicely restyled by Ducati for the Diavel Strada.
Engine and transmission remains untouched. The Diavel Strada is powered by the same Testastretta 11-degree engine that powers the normal Diavel. Power output is rated at 162bhp and peak torque is reated at 128 Nm. The engine is mated with a six-speed nunit with slipper clutch. ABS, Ducati Traction Control and Ducati Riding Modes are standard.
All those changes have increased the weight of the big bike by about 6 kg, taking the overall dry weight to a monstrous 216kg.
The Diavel Strada is available in only one colour – titanium with a racing black frame, black wheels and black side luggage. With a service interval of more than 25,000 km, the Diavel Sttrada can haul you for a long journey, given that you have the courage to navigate this burly machine through challenging routes.
Does a 206 kg cruiser work as a long distance tourer machine? Do let us know.
2013 Ducati Diavel Strada Specs
Price – $ 19500
• Type: Testastretta 11°, L-Twin cylinder, 4 valve per cylinder, Desmodromic, liquid cooled
• Displacement: 1198.4cc
• Bore x Stroke: 106 x 67.9mm
• Compression ratio: 11.5:1
• Power: 162hp (119kW) @ 9500rpm
• Torque: 94lb-ft (127.5Nm) @ 8000rpm
• Clutch: Light action, wet, multiplate clutch with hydraulic control. Self-servo action on drive, slipper action on over-run.
• Frame: Tubular steel Trellis frame
• Wheelbase: 1590mm (62.6in)
• Front suspension: Marzocchi 50mm fully adjustable usd forks
• Front wheel travel: 120mm (4.7in)
• Front wheel: 14-spoke in light alloy 3.50 x 17
• Front Tire: 120/70 ZR 17 Pirelli Diablo Rosso II
• Rear suspension: Progressive linkage with fully adjustable Sachs monoshock. Aluminum single-sided swingarm
• Rear wheel travel: 120mm (4.7in)
• Rear wheel: 14-spoke in light alloy 8.00 x 17
• Rear tire: 240/45 ZR17 Pirelli Diablo Rosso II
• Front brake: 2 x 320mm semi-floating discs, radially mounted Monobloc Brembo calipers, 4-piston with ABS
• Rear brake: 265mm disc, 2-piston floating caliper with ABS
• Fuel tank capacity: 17l – (4.5 US gal)
• Wet weight: 245kg (540 lbs.)
• Dry weight: 216kg (476 lb.)
• Instruments: Handlebar mounted instrumentation with LCD display: speed, rpm, time, coolant temp. Warning lights for: Neutral, turn signals, high-beam, rev-limit, DTC intervention, ABS status, oil pressure, fuel reserve. Tank mounted instrumentation with TFT color display: gear selected, air temp, battery voltage, trips 1 & 2, fuel reserve trip, average and actual fuel consumption and speed, trip time, scheduled maintenance. Full status and/or management of Riding Modes, DTC, RbW and ABS.
• Seat height: 770mm (30.3in)
• DTC (Ducati Traction Control): Standard equipment
• ABS: Standard equipment
• Accessories: dual seat, touring screen, heated grips, touring seat, passenger back- rest, 2 x auxiliary power outlets, side luggage