Moto Corsa Ducati Diavel - 8

Looking something like a refugee from an 80s “Mad Max” movie, this custom Ducati Diavel had its origins in the mind of Ducati US dealer Motocorsa general manager Arun Sharma. According to a blog-post on Return of the Cafe Racer, a badly-wrecked Diavel landed in Sharma’s lap two years ago.

With the 2016 One Motorcycle Show in Portland coming up on the calendar, Sharma – from whose fervid imagination came the off-road superbike, the “Terracorsa” – had the idea of something extreme. Motocorsa technician Marc Friedman recalls the design brief, “ditch the plastic tank and replace it with one made of aluminum. Make it angular, and angry looking.”

Calling on the services of Jeff Johnson of Illeagle Designs, Sharma told Johnson that the tank-mounted gauges were to be hidden, with the size and shape of the seat matched to the contours of the tank. Johnson then sculpted a massive fuel tank with a tesselated pattern that had the same capacity as the original.

Grilled side panels were mounted on the sides to help with cooling, and the tail and headlight surrounds match the tank’s angular shape. The seat went to Ginger McCabe of New Church Moto, who worked off a pattern Johnson mailed to her. As can be seen in the pictures by Engine Enthusiast, the Motocorsa Diavel is all sharp angles and flat planes.

While all this was going on, the Moto Corsa boys worked on the Diavel, replacing damaged parts, and adding bling from the Ducati Performance and Rizoma catalogues. This included items like a carbon-fibre belly-pan and billet case covers from Ducati Performance, while Rizoma added rear set foot pegs, brake reservoirs, handlebar clamps and various engine cosmetic parts.

Icing on the cake is a carbon Termignoni exhaust and Brembo RCS brakes, and 14-spoke forged Ducati Performance wheels shod in Pirelli Diablo Rosso II rubber. The stock lighting was replaced with LED units, with a Kawell off-road light unit and discreet indicators and tail light supplied by Radiantz.

Designed to be ridden, the Motocorsa Diavel is certainly polarising in design, with a “love it or hate it” look. According to Friedman, the bike still needs paintwork, but the raw aluminium finish adds something to the apocalypse movie look of the Motocorsa Diavel.