Ducati just revealed its latest models for 2011 at the EICMA Conference; needless to say, they fired the public’s imagination and drew the public to the stand in droves.
Special on the reveal were the long-awaited Diavel, the Monster 1100EVO, which perfects the original formula that made it an undisputed naked icon, and the 1198 SP, high performing Sport Production track-ready bike.
Now, I have a thing for villains, so if you tell me about a Monster Bike named Diavel, well… The name “Diavel” was inspired by the Bolognese dialect word for “devil”.
The Ducati guys say:
‘One day, early in the development process of the bike, the first prototype was assembled and wheeled out in front of a group of Ducati engineers and technicians who were viewing the complete motorcycle for the first time. One person looking from the rear of the bike saw its silhouette and exclaimed in Bolognese dialect: “Ignurànt comm’ al Diavel!” Which means: “Evil, just like the devil!”
Reminiscent of how the “Monster” was named almost 20 years ago, the Diavel now follows the same Bolognese tradition, shaping the future of motorcycling while staying faithful to its heritage.’
With the front wheel kept close to the Diavel’s body and using the short tail of a sport bike, the designers have met the challenge of building a muscular silhouette over a pure-bred competition motor with determination and a delicate touch. The result is a frontal area that looks like a power athlete on the starting blocks.
The Diavel has a 17l fuel tank with wide, long lines sweep down from the headlamp assembly into the seat and rear sub-frame to create a seamless profile. On each side of the front of the tank are massive air intakes formed in aluminium to feed the engine’s large airbox.