Ducati’s power cruiser, the Diavel, is all set to receive an overhaul for 2016. A recently spotted test mule of the burly machine reveals that the motorcycle will shed its badass power cruiser look for a more mainstream cruiser avatar which is likely to focus more on a laid-back, comfortable riding posture than aggressive aesthetics. I, for one, am not digging this new look but this is still the pre-production model to get cynical just yet.
The slightly leaned forward ergonomics of the current gen model, going by these images, are likely to go out of the window as the new Diavel will receive handlebars set closer to the rider and forward set footrests for a more American cruiser like riding position. Another major change is the new fuel tank design. While the new design gels well with the line of the rider seat, the fuel tank loses the muscular appeal of the current generation model. The re-designed fuel tank might just be a way to address the discomfort experienced by riders around the crotch area on the current-gen model, owing to the upright shape of the bike’s tank. The beefy exhaust pipes have also been trimmed down to shave some weight off and possibly for a low centre of gravity. Spy images also indicate that the 2016 Diavel will receive a belt-drive instead of the chain-drive transmitting power to the rear wheel on the existing model.
What the new Ducati will carry over from the existing model is the signature trellis frame, single-sided swingarm and the styling for the LED tail-lights. While the test mule doesn’t feature a fairing, the final product might just receive a small fairing and some side-cladding for a more muscular look which may make the final product look a bit more appealing than how it looks in these images.
The current-gen Ducati Diavel
The new model may also feature mechanical and engine related updates, but we really don’t have any concrete information on that front. That being said, we expect to see the same 1198cc V-twin engine on the upcoming model. This new Ducati is likely to make its debut at the EICMA Show in November 2015 so stay tuned for more updates. Meanwhile, share your views with us about the new Ducati Diavel through the comments section below. You can also share these images with your biker friends using a wide range of sharing options available immediately after this post.