Ducati Shows off the draXter, a XDiavel Concept

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.

Ducati Shows off the draXter, a XDiavel Concept
Ducati Shows off the draXter, a XDiavel Concept

 

 

1,077 Ducati Scrambler Independents to be Created

Ducati is really ramping up the lifestyle division of its company and has teamed up with fashion house Italia Independent to not only produce co-branded fashion items such as sunglasses, but also a ‘limited’ edition run of 1,077 Ducati Scramblers. Why 1,077? We don’t know. Why sunglasses? Shrug.

According to Ducati, The Ducati Scrambler Italia Independent is inspired by the world of the “cafè racer” and stands out thanks to a series of hand-crafted details developed together by the creative teams of the two companies: a black engine with brushed cylinder head fins and visible machining, black full exhaust unit with Termignoni silencer, low handlebar with variable section and aluminium rear mirrors mounted on the ends. The short front mudguard, the essential nose fairing, the frame and the wheels painted “Night Copper” (colour designed for this special edition), the seat with stitching in the same colour with the embroidered Italia Independent logo on the back further embellish this version. The “Matte Black” colour of the entire bike and the side panels of the tank, created by an artisan brushing process reminiscent of the “Night Copper” of the wheels and chassis, emphasise even further the “café racer” soul of this new bike.

The sunglasses are a few cents worth of plastic which will probably cost a few hundred dollars. It’s expected the the Ducati Scrambler Italia Independent will be priced at the top of the Scrambler range. No word on if you get a free pair of sunglasses with it.

In other Ducati news, the first XDiavel has come off the production line in Italy, with deliveries expected to commence in February depending on where you are in the world.

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