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Ducati Diavel Owners Manual: Braking

Slow down in time, shift down to engine-brake first and then brake applying both brakes. Pull the clutch lever before stopping the motorcycle, to avoid sudden engine stop.

Abs system

Using the brakes correctly under adverse conditions is the hardest – and yet the most critical - skill to master for a rider.

Braking is one of the most difficult and dangerous moments when riding a two wheeled vehicle: the possibility of falling or having an accident during this difficult moment is statistically higher than any other moment. A locked front wheel leads to loss of traction and stability, resulting in loss of control.

The anti-lock brake system (abs) has been developed to enable riders to use the vehicles braking force to the fullest possible amount in emergency braking or under poor pavement or adverse weather conditions.

Abs uses hydraulics and electronics to limit pressure in the brake circuit when a special sensor mounted to the wheel signals the electronic control unit that the wheel is about to lock up.

This avoids wheel lockup and preserves traction. Pressure is raised back up immediately and the control unit keeps controlling the brake until the risk of a lockup disappears.

Normally, the rider will perceive abs operation as a harder feel or a pulsation of the brake lever and pedal.

The front and rear brakes use separate control systems, meaning that they operate independently. Likewise, the abs is not an integral braking system and does not control both the front and rear brake at the same time.

If desired, the system can be deactivated from the instrument panel, using the "abs disabling function".

Warning


Use both the brake lever and the brake pedal for effective braking.

Using only one of the brakes will give you less braking power. Never use the brake controls harshly or suddenly as you may lock the wheels and lose control of the motorcycle.

When riding in the rain or on slippery surfaces, braking capacity is significantly reduced. Always use the brakes very gently and carefully when riding under these conditions. Any sudden manoeuvres may lead to loss of control. When tackling long, high-gradient downhill road tracts, shift down gears to use engine braking. Apply one brake at a time and use brakes sparingly. Keeping the brakes applied continuously causes the friction material to overheat and dangerously reduces braking effectiveness. Underinflated or overinflated tyres reduce braking efficiency, handling accuracy and stability in a bend.

Moving off
Disengage the clutch by squeezing the clutch lever. Push down the gear change lever firmly with the tip of your foot to engage first gear. Raise the engine revs by turning the throttle twistg ...

Stopping the motorcycle
Reduce speed, shift down and release the throttle twistgrip. Shift down to engage first gear and then neutral. Apply the brakes and bring the motorcycle to a complete stop. Turn off the engine mo ...

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Tips on how to select the sensitivity level
Warning The 8 level settings of the dtc were calibrated using tyres of the same make, model and size as those originally fitted to the motorcycle. The use of tyres of different size to the original tyres may alter the operating characteristics of the system. In the case of minor differen ...

Identification data
All ducati motorcycles have two identification numbers, for frame (fig. 1) And engine (fig. 2). Note These numbers indicate the motorcycle model and should be quoted when ordering spare parts. ...

Bleeding of the abs hydraulic system
If some "sponginess" is detected on the brake control, due to air bubbles in the system, bleed the system, as indicated in sect. 4 - 3, Changing the brake fluid. Before bleeding a brake pump, move back the calliper pistons, as indicated in (sect. 4 - 3, Changing the brake fluid) to Drain in ...

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