It all started when Arun Sharma, the General Manager at Ducati’s US dealer, Motocorsa, received a damaged Diavel two years ago. From then, Sharma was on a quest to revive the wounded Ducati beast, until now. He teamed up with the man of metal, Jeff Johnson of Illeagle Designs and set out to get the Diavel back on its wheels. The Motorcorsa technicians were given a very simple and compact design brief by the ideator, and that was “ditch the plastic tank and replace it with one made of aluminum. Make it angular, and angry looking”, and the result is what it was expected to be – angry. Arun Sharma is also the man behind the extreme concept of Terracorsa – the off-road superbike.
Dubbed as the Motocorsa Diavel, the cruiser motorcycle from Ducati has shed its curves for a sharp and edgy look. While it was getting its damaged parts replaced and repaired, the design team was busy modernizing the body armour. At first, Jeff Johnson of Illeagle Designs was suggested to hide the tank-mounted gauges and match the size and shape of the seat to the contours of the tank. The man chiselled the fuel tank with a tessellated pattern without playing with its size and capacity. The headlamp and taillight housing too are shaped in an angular styling as the fuel tank and its stock lighting is replaced with a unit off-road light and discreet indicators by Kawell; the tail light is supplied by Radiantz. The rider seat has been developed by Ginger McCabe of New Church Moto.
The new geometrical design treatment is seen to be accentuating throughout the bodywork. The air-intakes are replaced with metal gills to further enhance the cooling. Apart from the new body armour and character, the Diavel has also got a host of performance upgrades from Ducati Performance and Rizoma catalogues. The Ducati performance provided the 14-spoke forged performance wheels,
The Ducati performance provided the 14-spoke forged performance wheels, carbon fibre belly pan and billet, while Rizoma chipped in rear set foot pegs, brake reservoirs, handlebar clamps and various engine cosmetic parts. As for the performance boosters, the Motocorsa Diavel will be assisted with a carbon Termignoni exhaust and Brembo RCS brakes and Pirelli Diablo Rosso II rubber shoes.
Speaking of the mechanicals, the Ducati Diavel is powered by a 1198.4cc Testastretta 11° L-Twin, 4 Desmodromically actuated valves per cylinder, liquid cooled engine that fires out 159 bhp of power at 9,250 rpm and a max torque of 130.5 Nm 8,000 rpm.The power is sent to the rear wheel by a 6-speedmanual transmission. The Diavel is equipped with electronic fuel injection, elliptical throttle bodies and a fully ride-by-wire control. It also gets riding Modes, power Modes, Ducati Safety Pack (ABS + DTC) and Hands-Free ignition.
With all of the reworked bodywork and pumped up ammunition, the bike now stands unpainted and in a raw aluminium finish and the developers don’t seem to be finished with it yet. The folks say that they will soon swathe the Diavel in a livery that will suit its new ‘love it or hate it’ look. The Motocorsa Diavel took a stance at the recently concluded One Motorcycle Show 2016.