Confirming the solid and lasting partnership between the two Italian companies, the second series of the iconic motorcycle from Borgo Panigale will continue to use DIABLO ROSSO™II in 120/70 ZR17 front and the dedicated 240/45 ZR17 rear
Pirelli and Ducati confirm the long-standing technological collaboration between the two companies at the launch of the new Ducati Diavel going on these days in the spectacular setting of Monte Carlo. The second series of the machine will be shod with Pirelli DIABLO ROSSO™II tyres as original equipment in 120/70 ZR17 front and the original 240/45 ZR17 rear which was specially developed by Pirelli in 2011 at the request of Ducati.
When the first model of Diavel was born, Pirelli was asked to produce a dedicated tyre for the latest machine launched by Ducati. This new tyre model and its specific dimensions required a deeper understanding of vehicle dynamics demanded by the new motorcycle’s Superbike-derived engine and more than 200kg weight.
DIABLO ROSSO™II has been confirmed for the new Ducati Diavel because it helps complement the machine as a comfortable sport lifestyle motorcycle.
The Diavel is among a number of collaborative special projects made together with Ducati, another example being the Ducati Multistrada and its Pirelli SCORPION™ Trail tyres in model-specific sizes.
In addition to the new Ducati Diavel, DIABLO ROSSO™II is widely present in the Ducati motorcycles range, including the Monster 796 and 1200 and the Hypermotard, demonstrating the excellent features of this tyre.
The DIABLO ROSSO™II is the ideal tyre choice for the Ducati Diavel with a WSBK developed rear tyre and EPT (Enhanced Patch Technology) matched to Pirelli’s patented 0° steel belt structure. The rear tyre offers maximum grip at full lean and long lasting performance on road. The compounds have undergone extensive testing with Ducati Traction Control for fast warm-up capabilities, high traction under straight acceleration and confident grip at all lean angles to suit the many different riding styles of the Diavel.
The rear profile comes from ICS (Ideal Contour Shaping) design, adopting a “45” section height on a 240 mm wide. 17” dimension rear tyre matched to a 120/70ZR17 front offer both a stability under hard acceleration and ease of lean-in while cornering. Pirelli’s 0° degree steel belt beneath the tread optimizes tyre shapes and elasticity for progressive feedback at lean and optimal bump absorption. Together with the compounds and structural elements, a maximum braking stability is able to complement the Diavel’s precise ABS braking syste