2016 Ducati XDiavel S – Review

The Ducati XDiavel is Ducati’s interpretation of a full-out cruiser motorcycle with forward controls, belt drive, 240mm wide rear tire, and all.

Claudio Domenicali, CEO of Ducati introduced the new XDiavel as 100% Ducati, 100% cruiser. This bike is something totally new for the Italian company known the world over for blending impeccable design and high performance. Whether or not is was a true cruiser would still need to be decided over the next six hours, but you could already tell by the numbers that this bike is pure Ducati.

As easy as it would be to throw some different parts on the Diavel, add a cool letter in front of the name, and call it a day, the XDiavel is actually a completely new motorcycle. Ducati claims the only thing it shares with the Diavel are name, tires, and calipers.

To power the XDiavel, Ducati borrowed the Testastretta Desmodromic Variable Timing (DVT) L-Twin from the Ducati Multistrada 1200 and increased the stroke 36 mm for a displacement of 1,262 cc. Compression was also increased from 12.5:1 to 13.1:1 over the Multi.

 While those numbers are great and all, what matters here is the way the power is delivered. Some of the early reports on Ducati’s DVT system were unfavorable, but the system in the XDiavel really helps make low RPM inputs smooth for such a massive motor.
As is to be expected, the XDiavel, priced starting at $19,995, gets a smattering of features from Ducati’s catalog like different riding modes, the Ducati Safety Pack (cornering ABS and traction control), Ducati Power Launch, ride-by-wire, keyless start, and cruise control. Step up to the XDiavel S ($22,995), and you’ll also get daytime running lights, bluetooth connectivity, fancy bits and paint, and better brakes (it gets the M50 monobloc caliper over the standard XDiavel’s M32).

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