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Ducati’s Diavel 1260 Received the Red Dot Design Award 2019

This Is a Serious Feather in Ducati’s Cap

Ducati is no stranger to the prestigious Red Dot Design Awards. It won in the past for the 1199 Panigale and for the XDiavel S. Those awards were in 2013 and 2016 respectively. Now, the company has won again for the Diavel 1260. That should help prove to many just how good the Diavel 1260 truly is. 

According to Ducati, 21 design experts evaluated over 5,000 products in 34 different categories. That’s a lot of competition and speaks to the importance of the win. Andrea Ferraresi, Ducati Style Centre Manager, sounded extremely pleased with the result.

It’s never easy to win such important and sought-after recognition as the Red Dot Award. Succeeding for the third time thanks to another iconic bike like the Diavel 1260 is a tribute to the creativity and innovation of Ducati, which fills us with pride.

Ferraresi said that the competition for the award was extremely tough this year. He sounded pleased to see Ducati’s efforts so well-received.

Now that the award selections have been made, the folks who put together the awards will host a Red Dot Award gala ceremony in Germany at the Aalto Theatre in Essen on July 8. Ducati will attend the Gala to officially accept the award in front of 1,200 or so people.

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Ducati CEO Gives Nod to Streetfighter V4

Pretty Much a Confirmation

At the Geneva Motor Show, Ducati’s CEO discussed the Streetfighter V4 possibility, and things look pretty good. In an interview with Acid Moto, Claudio Domenicali more or less made an admission that the Streetfighter V4 was coming soon. After the publication said there was demand for the bike, Domenicali said, “Then she will be there as soon as possible!”

The publication went on to discuss the model as if it were already under development, and Domenicali didn’t stop them. That would suggest to me that plans for the bike are underway, but Ducati is unsure as of yet when the model will debut. 

A streetfighter version of the V4 would be a cool addition to the lineup. With that said, the naked custom from Officine GP Design that we reported on a while back wasn’t exactly the elegant machine we’d hoped it would be. Plainly put, the Ducati Panigale V4 doesn’t lend itself to the naked look very easily. The bike was designed and built to have bodywork on it. Stripping away that bodywork leaves a somewhat ugly machine.

Maybe you don’t think so. Maybe you think the Officine GP Design’s bike was gorgeous. Lord knows they tried to make it look good. Ducati will probably be able to do more to make the V4 look good with its clothes off. That could make for a more attractive streetfighter motorcycle. At least, let’s all hope so.

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Jigsaw pieces together a Scrambler Ducati custom

Scrambler Ducati custom by the Greek workshop Jigsaw
We reckon the Scrambler Ducati is one of the best-looking factory bikes around. And the healthy sales figures bear that out.

That makes it slightly tricky to modify. But the Greek shop Jigsaw Customs has just done a sterling job with a major bodywork swap and a select few smart mechanical mods.

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Jigsaw is a family-run business just outside Athens, and part of a Yamaha dealership. But in the cooler winter months, they focus on restoring and customizing motorcycles.

This commission came from the folks at the local Ducati distributor, who were impressed by the XSR700 tracker that Jigsaw created a couple of years ago for the Yamaha Yard Built program. Randy Mamola took it for a ride, and it headlined the Yamaha stand at EICMA.

Scrambler Ducati custom by the Greek workshop Jigsaw
“Ducati asked for a project based on the Scrambler 800,” says shop boss Petros Chatzirodelis. “They left it up to us to decide what we wanted to build.”

Jigsaw bikes are deceptively simple: easy on the eye, and with flowing shapes. “Working on an Italian motorcycle is always difficult, though,” says Petros.

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“Italians have design and style in their blood. And the Scrambler is already a naked motorcycle, with everything hidden under the fuel tank.”

Jigsaw’s signature is smooth monocoque bodywork. So they started by stripping all the factory plastics off the Scrambler—and the wheels too. Using a 3D design program, they created the curves for a sleek one-piece fiberglass body. A foam buck was cut using a CNC machine for testing and refinement.

Scrambler Ducati custom by the Greek workshop Jigsaw
Once Petros was certain it looked and fitted correctly, he cut a wooden mold and used that to lay down the fiberglass. The clever LED taillights are bent Plexiglas tubes inside silicone tubes, and look as good as a factory design.

Jigsaw have also dropped the front wheel down a size to 17 inches, to match the rear hoop. They’ve used a D.I.D. rim, and also installed a custom-made upper triple clamp, plus clip-on bars from the German specialist ABM.

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ABM also supplied the mounts for a KOSO headlight and the brake levers, but Motogadget supplied the front turn front signals, grips and bar-end mirrors.

The Scrambler’s ECU is unusually difficult to interface with new controls, so Jigsaw have fitted the stock switches to the clip-ons. They have, however, hidden the ignition key switch on the frame.

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Petros and his crew have also fabricated a new exhaust system, with simpler lines than the factory system, and terminated it with an HP Corse slip-on muffler—much smaller than the large stock unit.

It’s attached via a custom mount, and the footpegs and foot controls are custom too.

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The whole effect is cool and understated, paring down the Scrambler’s already simple aesthetics to the barest minimum.

And in case you’re wondering, yes, that’s snow in Greece. The Mediterranean country was hit with record low temperatures last month, blanketing even the Acropolis with snow. The perfect backdrop for an ice-cool Ducati.

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November Customs’ Ducati Scrambler 350 Restomod

1974 Ducati Scrambler 350 restomod by November Customs
Most custom shops have a bike or two quietly lurking in the corner. They’re usually personal projects that only get attention during gaps between ‘real’ jobs. And that’s the story of this charming 1974 Ducati Scrambler 350.

Paul and Linda—the husband and wife team at November Customs—first spotted the Ducati when a nearby shop imported it from Spain. They literally bought it as it was being off-loaded, with the intention of giving it a light sprucing. But once they had it road legal and registered in the UK, it got relegated to the corner.

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“It sat in the back of the shed for a couple of years waiting to be worked on,” says Paul. “Well—when I say shed, I mean the either the living room or the dining room as well as the shed. We don’t have much space for our bikes, so we have to move them around depending on needs!”

Paul’s not exaggerating—November Customs is run out of a cramped wooden shed in their backyard, in a small town in the northeast of England. But that didn’t stop them from blowing us away with their Zephyr 750 a few weeks back.

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When they finally found time to turn screws on the Ducati, it only took a few months to complete. It was supposed to be a simple resto, but it morphed into something more—and we’re glad it did.

To start, Paul and Linda altered the rear of the frame to straighten out the Scrambler’s kicked up tail. Then they modified the original rear mudguard to sit lower in the frame and fit the rear wheel better.

1974 Ducati Scrambler 350 restomod by November Customs
The stock seat pan was too rusted to be useful, so the duo made a new one, capping it off with black leather upholstery. Then they raised the fuel tank’s rear mounts a touch, so that everything would sit nice and level.

Off came the air box, along with any unneeded frame tabs. November then fabricated up an aluminum bell mouth for the carb to breathe through, covering it with mesh to keep debris out. The exhaust system consists of the original headers, cleaned up and wrapped, with an aftermarket muffler.

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As you can tell, the motor was treated to a supreme cleanup too. Paul and Linda stripped it, aqua-blasted the cases, and then rebuilt it with a coat of satin black paint. (They originally tried polishing them, but the look wasn’t working.)

Knowing that they weren’t planning to use a rev counter, the couple realized they could mess with the bevel drive casing without any side effects. So they took it off, bored out the center on a lathe, and turned up an aluminum ring for it. With the addition of a Perspex insert, they now had a window for their bevel drive.

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It’s not just the motor that looks brand new—November also went to the trouble of updating the suspension. The rear shocks are from Tec, and were originally intended for another project. And the front forks are a set of WPs from either a KTM 125 or 390 Duke (Paul’s not sure which).

Fitting the forks was a serendipitous process. First, the Ducati steering stem could be fitted to the KTM yokes with just a few mods. Then, it turned out that the steering stops on the frame still worked perfectly with the new front end.

1974 Ducati Scrambler 350 restomod by November Customs
Things got even better when Paul was mocking up the front wheel, and discovered that the diameter of the Ducati’s front axle matched the KTM forks perfectly. So he simply trimmed its length to match.

That also meant running the Scrambler’s original drum brake up front, so November shaved off the radial brake mounts on the forks, then refurbished them with new fluids and seals. A brace was made to lock the drum brakes, and to hold a small, custom-made fender.

1974 Ducati Scrambler 350 restomod by November Customs
For the rest of the project, Paul and Linda mixed restored original parts, with carefully selected upgrades. Both the taillight and headlight are original, but they were refreshed with NOS lenses. The taillight also had its plate mount trimmed off before being powder coated, and the front light was repainted and mounted on new brackets.

The cockpit consists of Renthal bars, replica Triumph levers and new cables. The speedo’s a new old style unit from Smiths. To keep things tidy, the switches were relocated to just below the seat, on the right side.

1974 Ducati Scrambler 350 restomod by November Customs
November also sourced and installed new footrest rubbers with Ducati logos molded into them. The tires are Firestone copies: “I know this will get haters saying stuff about them,” admits Paul, “but we like them, and after all we build bikes for ourselves first. We do actually have some enduro tires we can put on though, should we feel that way.”

The frame, swing arm and wheels were all powder-coated gloss black. And the bodywork was painted in an old Jaguar burgundy, complemented by some off-white panels, and original Ducati badges.

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November Customs have struck a balance between customizing the Ducati, and still staying in touch with its origins. And that makes this one of the neatest restomods we’ve seen.

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A Ducati speedway motorcycle, imagined by Wreckless

Ducati speedway motorcycle concept by Wreckless Motorcycles
If race bikes are motorcycling in its purest form, speedway machines must be akin to holy water. They have no brakes, just one gear, and drink neat methanol.

They’re also rather squashed-looking machines, with stubby hardtails and forks raked steeper than the most extreme sportbike. But this creation from England’s Wreckless Motorcycles is a thing of strange beauty.

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The unusual story starts with Wreckless founder Rick Geall, who has a passion for oddball two-wheelers and is probably the only man to ever customize an Aprilia Moto 6.5.

In the 1970s, teenage Rick went to Denmark on holiday with his family. “I got hooked on speedway,” he reveals. “Riders like Ivan Mauger, Peter Collins and Denmark’s own Ole Olesen were dominating the sport, winning multiple world titles.”

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Fast forward forty years, and Rick finds himself in possession of a rather pretty 450cc Ducati single—the sought after Desmo version.

“It was in of a jumble of vintage Ducati parts from the early 1970s. I said to Iain, my collaborator in Wreckless: ‘I want to build a speedway bike’.”

Ducati speedway motorcycle concept by Wreckless Motorcycles
Iain, despite questioning Rick’s sanity and knowing little about speedway, tracked down a vintage race frame and swingarm from the same era as the Ducati engine.

“It’s a Jawa, we believe,” says Rick. “It competed at some point, but we don’t have the specific history of it.” Iain started altering the frame to accept the motor and create a rolling chassis.

Ducati speedway motorcycle concept by Wreckless Motorcycles
Things moved slowly as Wreckless focused on their core business. But when Ivan Mauger died last year, the build shifted up the priority list. “Ivan’s death was a kick up the backside to get the bike finished,” says Rick. “Some of his bikes came up for auction, and I was sorely tempted to go and buy one—but never did.”

“So this bike is a celebration of Ivan. But I also wanted to acknowledge a current hero of mine, F1 driver Lewis Hamilton.”

Ducati speedway motorcycle concept by Wreckless Motorcycles
Rick and Iain ploughed their energies back into the build. They found that the SOHC bevel engine had already been modified for classic road racing, with much bigger valves and some headwork done to it. They added a new Amal TT carb to give the motor an extra fillip, and installed new sprockets: 14T up front (“Kind of normal”) and 52T rear (“Ridiculous!”).

The header pipe is handmade, and mated to a tiny 900 gram Akrapovič slip-on muffler, originally designed for the Yamaha R3.

Ducati speedway motorcycle concept by Wreckless Motorcycles
Suspension comes from brand new Stuha adjustable race forks, made in the Czech Republic—another country with a long and illustrious speedway history.

“They’ve been cut and lengthened by about four inches, to give us the clearance we needed for the front wheel,” says Rick. “Mating the frame with an unusual motor can mean altering the frame orientation, which affects the headstock position and then the rake, and so on.” The forks are hooked up to Renthal bars lifted from a KTM SX85.

Ducati speedway motorcycle concept by Wreckless Motorcycles
Those bars are also home to a Daytona Velona tach, and a Beringer ‘thumb’ clutch master cylinder kit. The carb is controlled by a Venhill dual rate throttle, and the grips are from Renthal.

The wheels are the real deal: a custom set built by SM Pro, a British race specialist that can trace its history back 120 years. They’re a standard speedway setup, 23” x 1.60” at the front and 19” x 2.15” at the back, shod with Mitas race tires. (A carbon fiber speedway fender controls the spray of dirt.)

Ducati speedway motorcycle concept by Wreckless Motorcycles
In the interests of making their custom speedway machine a teeny bit more rideable, Wreckless have also sneaked a brake onto the back wheel. It’s a Beringer Aerotec caliper activated via a thumb lever cleverly integrated with the clutch setup. The disc is a custom engraved EBC Vee-Rotor.

Another departure from the speedway norm is a pair of rear shocks. These are Marzocchi MOTO C2R units, originally designed for mountain bikes. They’re adjustable for rebound, have separate low- and high-speed compression controls, and are now fitted with Cane Creek double barrel coil springs.

Ducati speedway motorcycle concept by Wreckless Motorcycles
The seat and bodywork are hand-made. “The tank is a mix of genuine speedway racing parts, and odd aluminum tanks for hiding the electrics, coil, and kill switch,” Rick reveals.

When it came to the paint Rick decided on a Mercedes F1 scheme, in tribute to LH44, and has nicknamed the bike ‘the H4MM4.’

Ducati speedway motorcycle concept by Wreckless Motorcycles
The silver on the frame, swingarm and seat loop is a Ducati ST2 color. There’s gloss black on the rims, a turquoise blue on the hubs and other scattered hard parts, and discreet touches of a carbon effect coating. Plus the odd plagiarized decal here and there.

The colors were shot by Jason Fowler of JLF Designs, who’s worked for not only Lewis Hamilton, but also the late Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon and IndyCar driver Max Chilton.

Ducati speedway motorcycle concept by Wreckless Motorcycles
“The bike isn’t meant to be a ‘serious’ machine,” says Rick. “It’s a caricature: a celebration of the heroes who have left an imprint on my life.”

“I’m lucky, because I could build it for the sheer hell of it. Ducati never made a speedway bike, but if they did, we hope it would look something like this.”

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Ducati’s CEO Claudio Domenicali Talks Electric Motorcycles

Battery Technology Isn’t Quite There Yet

The future is electric. That’s what Ducati CEO Claudio Domenicali said at a University of Bologna event not too long ago. In an interview with, Domenicali clarified his remarks. He said that he still believes in what he said, but that the electric future may still be a little ways off, at least for a real-deal motorcycle.

Domenicali said battery technology isn’t quite there yet. It would work for an e-mobility solution but not necessarily for a true motorcycle application. He said the possibilities for the future are wide-ranging. Ducati could get into e-mobility or just focus on more traditional electric motorcycles.

So, it will depend which type of vehicle. Basically, what makes the difference is the requested range, but I’m pretty sure that we will see a development in battery technology which at the end, it’s where everything starts from.

The battery technology and the ranges currently available seem to be what keeps Domenicali from thinking a traditional electric motorcycle is totally plausible right now. He sees a conflict between having a long range and a lightweight bike. “With the current technology, it’s a bit of niche because you need to compromise on range, basically, if you want to have a light motorcycle,” he said.

Domenicali sounded optimistic overall for the future of the technology and did seem to stick to his statement that the future is electric. However, it’s precisely that, the future. Not right now. Domenicali said digital technology is progressing faster than chemical technology, meaning battery developments are taking longer than some other kinds of technology advancements.

Because the battery tech—specifically the amount of range you can get in relation to how much a battery weighs—are still limiting, it may be a while before we see a true Ducati electric motorcycle. 

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Will Ducati Sell a Naked Panigale V4 Like This Custom From Officine GP Design?

A Naked Italian Stallion

While Ducati hasn’t made any announcements about a production version of a naked Panigale V4, there’s a good chance it will build one and soon. When it does, let’s hope it looks this good. Officine GP Design built a unique naked version of the bike called the V4 Penta. It’s available for sale for 100,000 euros (about $113,850).

The bike wasn’t designed to be a naked bike, and that’s evident with one look at the front end. It’s not the prettiest face in the motorcycle industry. Not by a long shot. With that said, Officine GP Design did its best to make it look good. The end result is somewhat odd but still weirdly attractive. 

Of course, the Italian designers were smart enough to throw a beautiful Italian woman in the background of many of the pictures, and the video the company released has as many shots of her as it does the bike. It’s kind of like a classy Italian Hot Bike shoot. If you like luxury homes, luxurious items, style, beautiful women, and motorcycles, you should watch the video.

The company’s website says the bike gets a new tank cover, new fork and handlebars designed by FG Racing, Ohlins dampers, spoke Jonich SX aluminum wheels, lights from other Ducati bikes, and a “texturized coppery skin.” The mechanical bits don’t appear to be touched. Overall, it’s not a bad package, though I wouldn’t spend 100,000 euro on it if I had that much money to spend.

I do hope Ducati comes out with a naked version of the Panigale V4. I hope it cost a whole heck of a lot less than this bike. With that said, I know it will still probably be a very expensive machine. 


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Ducati’s MIG-RR Electric Mountain Bike Hits European Dealers

A Different Kind of Ducati

I used to think Ducati and mountain bikes didn’t go together, but like many other times in my life, I’ve been proven wrong. Apparently, you can buy a Ducati electric mountain bike. The company calls its new pedal and battery-powered bike the MIG-RR E-mtb. You can buy it for a little over $7,100 if you’re in Europe.

Ducati partnered with Thok Ebikes to make the bike a reality. It was first shown off at EICMA in 2018, and now it will officially be for sale. Thok is no newbie to the mountain biking scene. It has extensive experience in the downhill mountain biking world and BMX. If Ducati wanted to do a mountain e-bike correctly, it looks like the company went with the right partner. 

According to Motorcycle NewsDucati’s Design Centre and Aldo Drudi’s D-Perf worked closely with Thok Ebikes to ensure the finished product was worthy of the brand’s name.

To be clear, this is no twist-and-go electric bike. The MIG-RR E-mtb is a pedal-assist bike. This means you need to pedal the bike to move it. However, the assist of the electric motor makes pedaling so easy you won’t even break a sweat. I rode a pedal assist bike in the mountains of Whistler, British Columbia, Canada. I found it to be an exhilarating experience. You feel like you kind of feel like you have super-human strength on a bicycle.

The Specs

The bike weighs roughly 50 pounds, has FOX Factory Kashima suspension with tons of travel, Shimano Saint brakes, Shimano XT gear set with 11 speeds, and Renthal handlebars made with carbon fiber. The power unit is a 250 Watt Shimano Steps E8000 motor. The motor weighs just over six pounds, and it can produce an insane 51.6 lb-ft of torque.

The battery is a 504 watt-power unit. Both the electric motor and the battery are snuggled right up next to and basically integrated with the frame of the bike. It uses a regular chain drive like any other mountain bike. The aluminum frame itself looks like any other mountain bike. It comes with a small display showing vital info like charge and the power mode (eco, trail, boost, and powerwalk). 

Top speed and range can vary depending on how you ride. If you suck all the juice out of the battery you just pedal home like any other bicycle.

The Ducati MIG-RR E-mtb is interesting because it seems far from what the company usually does. However, with Harley showing off a similar bike—albeit not pedal assist, but a real-deal twist-and-go electric bike—it would seem to me that the motorcycle industry is shifting.

The future might bring motorcycles and regular bicycles closer together. I’ll take a high-speed motorcycle over a pedal-assist or low-speed e-bike any day, but there’s no denying we’ll probably see more of these bikes coming down the pike.



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Ducati Posts Strong 2018 Sales Numbers, Especially in Superbike Segment

More Than 53K Units Sold

Italian motorcycle manufacturer Ducati posted strong sales numbers for 2018. The company delivered 53,004 to customers. The milestone marks four years straight of Ducati selling more than 50,000 models. The company first hit that number in 2015 and hasn’t faltered since.

A standout model for the company was the Panigale in the superbike segment. The bike sold better than any of its competition. Ducati reported that for every four motorcycles sold in that segment, one of them was a Panigale. The bike accounted for 9,700 of Ducati’s more than 53,000 models sold for the year. That’s a whopping increase of 70 percent from 2017, and it gives Ducati a market share of over 26 percent.

Another standout model for the brand was the Multistrada family of bikes. Those bikes, while significantly different from the Panigale managed to beat it in terms of actual sales volume. 11,829 Multistrada bikes sold, with the Multistrada 1260 showing the most impressive numbers. Ducati reported 6,569 Multistrada 1260s sold, which is a bump of 25 percent over last year. 

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Despite all the good news for the company in terms of sales, it saw a slight decrease in overall volume. While the company was still above its 50,000 unit goal, in 2017, it sold 55,871 bikes. That means in 2018, Ducati sold 2,867 fewer motorcycles than it did in 2017.

Ducati said it has plans to make sure 2019 is a successful year. The company will revamp the Scrambler 800 range, launch the Diavel 1260 and Hypermotard 950, and keep pushing its current product into the market. “To rise to new market challenges”, said Francesco Milicia, Global Sales Director, “we’re working to make our sales network more efficient than ever.”

It will be interesting to see how Ducati fares in the future. U.S. sales were down around 9 percent but it saw growth in European and Asian markets, with China being the most notable with a more than 29 percent increase in sales. Ducati obviously hopes to see additional increases there.


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Ducati Starts Production of the Diavel 1260 in Bologna

Next-Gen Power Cruiser

The first new Ducati Diavel 1260 motorcycle rolled off the production line in Borgo Panigale, Bologna, Italy. The new bikes mark the second generation of the Diavel model.

The entire production team and the company’s CEO Claudio Domenicali were there at the end to celebrate the beginning of its new production. Domenicali gave a short speech to the workers and then it was on to keep rolling these bikes out.

At the heart of the new Diavel 1260 is the Testastretta DVT 1260 with Desmodromic Variable Timing. The V-twin engine comes with a 1,262cc displacement. It makes a whopping 157 hp and 95 lb-ft of torque.

Ducati upgraded the chassis setup to make the bike an even more competent handler. Pair the new chassis with modern electronic features like Bosch Cornering ABS, and you have a true performer with cruiser motorcycle comforts.

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Ducati will sell the regular Diavel 1260, which should thrill whoever rides it. That said, the company will also sell a Diavel 1260 S version of the bike. It comes with Öhlins suspension, Ducati Quick Shift up & down Evo system as standard, higher-performing brakes, and dedicated wheels.

Colors for the Diavel 1260 include Sandstone Grey. Colors for the Diavel 1260 S include Sandstone Grey or Thrilling Black & Dark Stealth.

You can expect the Diavel 1260 in dealerships later this year. With Triumph’s new Rocket III power cruiser in the works and looking awesome, Ducati needs the Diavel 1260 to be a killer.

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