The upcoming XDiavel is Ducati’s attempt to make a more traditional cruiser while remaining an exotic Italian machine and for that reason it gets foot forward pegs and a belt drive. But Ducati obviously can’t help themselves when it comes to their sportsbike heritage and have shown off the draXter – a XDiavel with a more sporting influence.
That somewhat makes it more like the standard Diavel, but we digress. The project was developed by the Ducati Design Center’s Advanced Design area, a section dedicated to exploring the future style and design concepts of Ducati motorcycles. We’ve got to say though, there’s more than a hint of MV Agusta Dragster here – not least is the name.
The Ducati draXter not only looks like a beefy sportsbike, it has the componentry to match. That includes the suspension and brakes which are taken directly from the Panigale. The footpeg placement is more torture chamber inspired than practical and are placed close to where the pillion pegs would go – it would nonetheless make for an interesting riding position. The number 90 on the side of the Ducati draXter recalls the racing world, yet also pays homage to Ducati’s 90th anniversary, being celebrated this year.
If you’re in Verona this weekend you can see not only the new draXter, but the soon to be released XDiavel and XDiavel S, along with Ducati’s new range of cruiser merchandise, although we’re unsure if Ducati branded chaps or tassels are available.