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

Ducati Premiere – Live Streaming

In just a few hours, Ducati will be showcasing their new range for 2016 which will likely include among other motorcycles, a new version of the Ducati Scrambler, a belt driven version if the Diavel Cruiser and also a larger capacity 899 Panigale. For those wanting to watch as it happens, check back here at 15:00 GMT on  16 November (17 November for Australian and New Zealand residents) for the stream which will be shown below as soon as the event commences.

Ducati is also offering the opportunity to ask the men and women responsible for the 2016 range questions. This can be done by posting your questions during and after the premiere on Twitter by using the hashtag #Ducati2016, and on Facebook commenting the dedicated post. Ducati will then select the most interesting ones and provide detailed answers on Tuesday 17th, directly from Ducati’s Stand at the EICMA Exhibition where all new Ducatis will be publicly exposed from November 19th to the 22nd.

Suggested questions include, do you like the colour red? Do you rate V4’s? Did Rossi kick Marquez at Malaysia?

Does X Mark a New Ducati Diavel Belt Driven Cruiser?

Ducati’s ‘This is X’ promotion has been more annoying than most, showing absolutely nothing of substance until now. The latest video gives us glimpses of what looks like a Ducati Diavel – and given that we’re assuming ‘X’ is all about new models, it’s likely that this is the belt driven version that has been captured undergoing testing earlier this year.

We’ve taken some images from the video and done our best to brighten them to catch any hidden details. The headlight, rear lights and wheel all look similar to the existing Diavel. There was some conjecture that we might not see the belt driven version until next year given that Ducati released an updated Diavel Carbon just a month ago, but it would seem now that both models will exist side by side – and perhaps the new belt driven version will go under a completely different name.

The official unveiling will be next week when EICMA kicks off on 16 November.

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2016 Ducati Diavel Carbon – Images and Details

In a probable last hurrah, Ducati has shown off the 2016 version of the Ducati Diavel Carbon. The 2016 model gets a range of minor aesthetic changes including the new ‘asphalt grey’ colour scheme, brushed-effect stainless steel silencer covers, pin striping on the frame and a completely redesigned seat.

We’re expecting an all new Diavel to be shown off at the EICMA show in Milan in a few months which from photos seen so far, moves the bike slightly more towards traditional cruisers with a more forward peg position and a belt drive replacing the current chain.

Features

  • Ducati Testastretta 11° DS engine 162 hp
  • Riding Mode (Sport, Touring, Urban)
  • Ducati Safety Pack (ABS, DTC)
  • New Marchesini, forged, turned and milled wheels
  • Exhaust with Zircotec ceramic coating
  • Brushed-effect stainless steel silencers
  • Carbon fibre tank cover
  • New seat
  • Carbon fibre rear seat cover
  • Carbon fibre front mud guard
  • 50 mm front fork
  • TFT instrumentation
  • Full LED illumination