Ducati Belts up with the 2016 XDiavel

Ducati has entered the cruiser market in style with the XDiavel, a belt driven version of the Diavel but with a load more swagger. Ducati claims it’s the best of both worlds – the relaxed feet forward riding position of a cruiser combined with Italian style, refinement and performance.

And based on looks alone, we like wha we see. The original Ducati Diavel was a striking machine, albeit a bit awkward and every so slightly unsure of what type of motorcycle it was. And while no one is going to confuse the XDiavel with a Harley-Davidson, it certainly does look like it has some of the same presence that HD offers – and for many in the market to buy a cruiser, that’s a big factor.

Here’s some stats that illustrate this isn’t your run of the mill Ducati. Firstly, maximum torque is reached at a very low 5,000 rpm. Secondly, the XDiavel offers 60 different combinations of ergonomic positions, with four different front footrest positions, five different seat options and three different handlebars available. And thirdly, the maximum lean angle for the XDiavel is 40 degrees – around half of what is theoretically achievable on a Panigale.

The XDiavel is the first Ducati to use a belt drive. To many cruiser riders, this is a necessity and replaces the chain drive from the standard Diavel. Like all latest-generation Ducati bikes the XDiavel features the Bosch Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU), which dynamically measures pitch and roll angles plus the speed of relative variations in attitude. This system, together with Ducati Traction Control (DTC), Riding Modes, Bosch Cornering ABS , Cruise Control and the Ducati Power Launch (DPL) probably making the XDiavel  the most technologically advanced cruiser available today.

Available also as an S version, the XDiavel features a black-only colour scheme (on the S version the matt black becomes gloss). The bike also has the DRL (Daytime Running Light) at the front, forks with DLC coating, Brembo M50 front brake callipers, a special seat and parts with machine-finished highlights.

So far we’ve only been able to get pricing for the Australian market, which is $27,490.00 for the XDiavel and $32,490.00 for the XDiavel S. And yes, those prices are before on road costs. Availability is February 2016.

2016 Ducati XDiavel Specifications

EngineDucati Testastretta DVT (Desmodromic Variable Timing), LTwin,
4 Desmodromically actuated valves per cylinder, Dual
spark, Liquid cooled
Capacity1.262 cc
Power156 hp (114,7 kW) @ 9500 rpm
Torque95,0 lb-ft (128,9 Nm) @ 5000 rpm
Gear Box6 gears
Front Brakes2 x 320 mm (12,60 in) semifloating discs, Radial Brembo
monobloc 4-piston M4-32 callipers and radial master cylinder,
Bosch cornering ABS as standard equipment
Rear Brakes265 mm (10,43 in) disc, 2-piston floating calliper, Bosch
cornering ABS as standard equipment
Front SuspensionAdjustable Ø 50 mm (Ø 1,97 in) usd fork
Rear SuspensionSingle shock absorber, Adjustable preload and rebound,
Remote reservoir, Single sided cast/trellis frame swingarm
Front TireLight alloy, Cast, 3,5"x17"
Rear TireLight alloy, Cast, 8,00" x 17"
Wet Weight247 kg (545 lb)
Tank Capacity18 litres

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