Ducati Diavel 1260 vs Triumph Rocket 3 R: Spec comparison

By Aditya Jadhav | on June 8, 2021

Launched with a BS6 compliant engine, the Ducati Diavel 1260 has made a comeback in the Indian market. Along with the standard model, Ducati has launched the Diavel 1260 S, which comes equipped with uprated cycle parts.

The Ducati Diavel 1260 has made a comeback with a BS6 compliant engine at an impressive price of Rs 18.49 lakh. The more heavily equipped Diavel 1260 S demands a higher price of Rs 21.49 lakh. The Italian hyper cruiser continues to rival the Triumph Rocket 3 R, which recently received a price hike. The Rocket 3 R is priced at Rs 19.35 lakh and the Rocket 3 GT demands Rs 19.95 lakh. All prices are ex-showroom.

To keep the comparison fair, we shall consider the standard variants of the two premium cruisers. Following is a spec comparison between the BS6 Ducati Diavel 1260 and the 2021 Triumph Rocket 3 R.

BS6 Ducati Diavel 1260 S Tail Section Rear Three Quarter


In terms of styling, key design elements such as a single-sided swing-arm and an exposed rear wheel are common between the two. The Ducati uses a modular chassis, which employs the engine as a stressed member. The exposed bits of the frame painted in red add to the styling appeal of the Italian motorcycle. The Triumph Rocket 3 R, on the other hand, gets a very retro twin-pod headlamp assembly with beefy forks. The rocket 3 R gets exposed exhaust headers – on the right side – while the engine casing and other components are visible on the left. This asymmetrical design has its own charm.


If the size is what you’re looking for, the Triumph Rocket 3 R is the clear winner, as its engine’s displacement is twice as much as that of the Ducati Diavel 1260. The engine layout is different as well, the Ducati packs an L-twin engine as opposed to the in-line three-cylinder engine of the Triumph. The Rocket 3 R gets a longitudinally-mounted engine, whereas the Ducati houses the Ducati Testastretta DVT 1262cc L-twin motor in a tubular steel trellis frame. The engine packaging of the Ducati Diavel 1260 allows it to be easier in terms of manoeuvrability than the Triumph Rocket 3 R.


Ducati Diavel 1260

Triumph Rocket 3 R


Ducati Testastretta DVT 1262cc, L-Twin

Inline 3-cylinder, 2,458cc





157bhp at 9,500rpm

165bhp at 6,000rpm


129Nm at 7,500rpm

221Nm at 4,000rpm

BS6 Ducati Diavel 1260 S


The Rocket 3 R gets a 150mm section front tyre with a 17-inch wheel. The Diavel 1260, on the other hand, gets a relatively slimmer 120mm section front tyre and a similar-sized wheel. The rear tyre is equally wide on both the motorcycles; however, the tyre profile and rear wheel sizes are different. For braking, both the cruisers use a twin-disc setup of the same size at the front. The Rocket 3 R gets a larger disc in the rear than the Diavel 1260.


Ducati Diavel 1260

Triumph Rocket 3 R

Front Suspension

50mm Adjustable USD forks

Showa 47mm USD Forks

Front Wheel

120/70 R17

150/80 R17

Rear Suspension

Adjustable Monoshock

Adjustable Showa Monoshock

Rear Wheel

240/45 R17

240/50 R16

Front Brakes

320mm Twin Disc, Brembo monobloc 4-piston M4.32 callipers

320mm Twin Disc, Brembo M4.30 Stylema 4-piston monobloc calipers

Rear Brakes

265mm Disc, 2-piston Brembo calliper

300mm disc, Brembo M4.32 4-piston monobloc caliper

Kerb Weight



Triumph Rocket 3 R Front Three Quarter Profile


The Rocket 3 R get a hill-hold assist, which is absolutely necessary for a motorcycle that tips the scale at 291kgs. Both cruisers benefit from six-axis IMU-based cornering ABS, wheelie control, and traction control. Both cruisers offer cruise control, along with different riding modes.


The BS6 Ducati Diavel 1260 starts at a lower price point than the Triumph Rocket 3 R. For Rs 86,000 more, the Rocket 3 R offers a larger engine than the Diavel 1260  – in fact, it's the world's largest production motorcycle engine. The Diavel 1260 S, on the other hand, asks for a premium of Rs 3 lakh over the standard model and Rs 1.54 lakh over the Triumph Rocket 3 GT.

2019 Rocket 3 GT Static

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