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2011 Ducati Diavel

June 30, 2011
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Our July 2011 cover bike is owned by John Kevin Neal Sr. from Kansas City, Missouri. A few weeks ago, fellow Cycle Connections team member Wally LaFond attended the Ducati Diavel Launch Party at Reno’s Powersports in Kansas City, Missouri and told me about this hot new Ducati he thought would make a good cover bike.

After looking at his photos and doing a bit of research on this new bike, I totally agreed, and decided to shoot this month’s cover model Amber, on John's bike.

Diavel Carbon - Technical Specification
Frame: Tubular steel Trellis frame
Wheelbase: 62.6 inches
Rake: 28 degrees
Front Suspension: Marzocchi DLC coated 50mm fully adjustable usd forks
Front Wheel Travel: 4.7 inches
Front Wheel: Marchesini forged and machined 9-spoke 3.50x17
Front Tire: 120/70 ZR 17 Pirelli Diablo Rosso II
Rear Suspension: Progressive linkage with fully adjustable Sachs monoshock. Aluminium single-sided swingarm
Rear Wheel Travel: 4.7 inches
Rear Wheel: Marchesini forged and machined 9-spoke 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: 4.5 US gallons
Dry Weight: 465 pounds
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, average speed, trip time, scheduled maintenance. Full status and/or management of Riding Modes, DTC, RbW and ABS
Warranty: 2 years unlimited mileage
Body Color: Red and Matt Carbon (red/black) - Glossy and Matt
Frame/Wheel: Carbon (racing black/black)
Versions: Dual seat
Seat Height: 30.3 inches

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 @ 9500rpm
Torque: 94lb-ft @ 8000rpm
Fuel Injection: Mitsubishi electronic fuel injection system, Mikuni elliptical throttle bodies with RbW
Exhaust: Lightweight 2-1-2 system with catalytic converter and two lambda probes. Twin aluminum mufflers

Gearbox: 6-Speed
Ratio: 1=37/15 2=30/17 3=27/20 4=24/22 5=23/24 6=22/25
Primary Drive: Straight cut gears, ratio 1.84:1
Final Drive: Front sprocket 15; Rear sprocket 43
Clutch: Light action, wet, multiple clutch with hydraulic control. Self-servo action on drive, slipper action on over-run

Standard: Euro 3
Photos by Bruce Stimpson with Stimpson Photography.

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