When it comes to motorcycles, design is a very important aspect, as even the smallest changes can have a big effect on the overall product. This becomes even more obvious in expensive bikes oriented towards performance, since the changes that happen in that price range are often the result of extensive research, and a relentless passion towards realising every last bit of potential from the models. Ducati is one such brand that is reputed for their high performance motorcycles, which are as unique in their design choices, as they are capable on the roads. Perhaps their most controversial offering in this regard is the Diavel, which has for a long time straddled the thin line between a high-end cruiser and a sports bike.
However, with the newer 1260 version, the bike takes a rapid departure from its roots, and opts for an even more over-the-top look that leans into its naked-sports-cruiser theme. They have pushed the pegs back and reduced the rake angle to provide a more neutral seating position while also maintaining the cruiser comfort, thanks to the wider saddle. This combined with the new custom chassis, suspension and smart sensors enable a more confident riding experience that lets you push the bike to its limits. To ensure that you never run out of available power, this beast of a machine comes with a 1262cc L-twin-Testastretta engine that produces 159BHP power and 129Nm of torque. The more expensive 1260 S variant also gets the complete Ducati Multimedia system and Link App to help gather highly accurate riding data. Although, in this price range the extra premium seems almost unnoticeable, since the standard variant itself starts at a hefty ₹17 lakh, with the S version costing ₹19 lakh.
SAME IN RANGE
- Triumph Rocket 3 R
If we talk about segment alone, the Rocket is the closest competitor for the Diavel, even though it has a more laid back feel to it. The massive 2500cc engine is brilliant, but sadly undertuned to a meagre 167BHP, which is not enough to push its considerable weight of over 300kgs, making it feel slower in comparison. Although, it is still more than enough bike for any segment and will cost you around ₹18 lakh.
- KTM 1290 Super Duke R
Since the newer Diavel focuses a bit more on the hyper naked look, it faces stiff competition from this flagship naked bike from KTM that produces 174BHP and feels equally torque-y, considering the brand’s preference for aggressive tuning. Even though it is yet to be officially released in the country, the brand has shown no hesitation about their plans for the Indian market, and you can consider it a proper contender at an expected price of around ₹16 lakh.