Back when the Ducati Diavel was still a secret and its godawful name hadn’t been confirmed, several custom builders were commissioned to build bikes based on it. The idea was that the custom cruisers would inform a range of official Diavel accessories and one bike would be chosen to travel the show circuit, showing off the bike’s custom possibilities. These photos, first published by Ducati News Today, show Roland Sands Design’s pitch. Word is, it wasn’t popular with Ducati so won’t be making the show rounds, but a couple of the parts you see here will be available as official accessories.
Over the standard Diaval, RSD added a whole bunch of amorphous plastic cladding, diluting the bike’s purposeful shape and likely serving as the reason Ducati went with something else. We can also spot a superbike-sized swingarm, RSD frame sliders, an Ohlins shock (or at least one wearing an Ohlins reservoir, RSD footpegs and large-diameter handelbar grips. The USD forks and radial Brembos will be fitted to the stock bike and these pictures also give you a good view of the steel trellis frame and 150bhp Testastretta 11º engine.
These wheels, or ones like them, appear to have been carried over to the production bike, as evidenced by all the Diavel spy photos so far, included in the gallery below.
The Diavel will likely leak in full just before the EICMA show on 2 November.