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

Styling

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.

Engine

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

Engine

Ducati Testastretta DVT 1262cc, L-Twin

Inline 3-cylinder, 2,458cc

Gearbox

6-speed

6-speed

Power

157bhp at 9,500rpm

165bhp at 6,000rpm

Torque

129Nm at 7,500rpm

221Nm at 4,000rpm

BS6 Ducati Diavel 1260 S

Mechanicals

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

244kg

291kg

Triumph Rocket 3 R Front Three Quarter Profile

Electronics

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.

Pricing

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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