DUCATI XDIAVEL (2016-on) Review

Published: 05 February 2016

All the cool street appeal you could ask for

DUCATI XDIAVEL  (2016-on)

All the cool street appeal you could ask for

Overall Rating 5 out of 5

In some ways I think this bike is going to be far too much of a performance bike for some in the cruiser market. It’s very, very fast and quite firmly sprung but rarely harsh. If you’ve always liked the idea of a cruiser but were never prepared to put up with the performance, handling and braking compromises most entailed, then the XDiavel is perhaps perfect for you.

The XDiavel is a revelation for the cruiser market in terms of the handling prowess, available performance and the full complement of technology as standard. It’s blisteringly quick, has masses of torque for easy riding, looks amazing and has the right feet-forward and belt-drive components for the class. It has become the bike the original Diavel probably always should have been.

Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5

I was initially a little hesitant in pushing on any harder because I wrongly assumed the long wheelbase and raked out front wheel was going to make the bike unwieldy and hard to steer. But in reality it’s nothing of the kind and you can still push hard on that front Pirelli tyre and have direct knowledge of what’s going on.

On the move that length just never becomes an issue. It still handles, goes and stops like a real Ducati and the new 1262cc version of the Testastretta V-twin has thumping torque to make riding on the road easy.

Combined with the shove from the engine, the ferocious braking power from those Brembo M50 calipers on the S model and the decent 40 degree lean angle on offer, this is a cruiser that can still deliver great handling with all the cool you could ask for.

Engine 5 out of 5

The 1262cc, 156bhp V-twin installed in the XDiavel is essentially a new engine when compared directly to the Diavel or Multistrada 1200 DVT. The 1262 DVT motor produces peak power of 153bhp at a lowly 5000rpm. The torque peaks at 95ftlb but it produces 72ftlb at just 2000rpm! The engine has the Desmodromic Valve Timing (DVT) system first seen on the Multistrada 1200 DVT last year. The hydraulic variable valve timing system has been designed to take the lumpiness and piston slap out of the motor, smooth off the revs low down and make low speed riding more comfortable. While the hardware of the DVT system remains the same, the way it has been programmed to work has been retuned for the XDiavel.

Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5

The build quality on the XDiavel is top-notch and the more expensive and higher-specification S model takes this to another level again. The diamond cut rear wheel, different engine case finish and a host of other cosmetic changes set the bike apart from the standard bike and in the UK market is expected to make up around 80% of sales.

Insurance, running costs & value 4 out of 5

There’s no getting away from the fact the entire Diavel and XDiavel range are expensive bikes but that’s never stopped anyone from buying Ducati’s before. We don’t think they are necessarily overpriced as the equipment and quality of the bikes, along with the available performance and handling do make them class competitive. When you look at the cost of a Yamaha VMAX or a top line Harley-Davidson cruiser then the price looks more reasonable. 

Equipment 5 out of 5

Combined with the new motor is a full complement of electronic control systems including cornering ABS, traction control, anti-wheelie, three riding modes, cruise control and Ducati Power Launch which is a three-mode launch control system. It all seems a very long way from the simplicity of a Harley-Davidson cruiser for sure.

There are three different handlebar options, five different seats and three footrest mounting points which Ducati says offers so many ergonomic options for maximum comfort. Seat height is just 755mm which offers even those of a shorter leg the option to be able to get feet onto the floor easily.

Owners' Reviews

3 owners have reviewed their DUCATI XDIAVEL (2016-on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

Review your DUCATI XDIAVEL (2016-on)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.3 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
5 out of 5

Xdiavel experience

22 June 2016 by Barry Holden

First Ducati i have owned, so far its always put a smile on my face every time i take it out. Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
Awesome, brakes are spot-on.
Engine
5 out of 5
Never get tired of hearing the engine growl, it pulls forever.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
No problems so far.
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
Cheap to run unless you are in 'sport' mode, drinks fuel on this setting.
Equipment
5 out of 5
Its got almost everything, although heated grips would have been nice.
Buying experience

Dealer was great (Alton Ducati), kept me up to date on arrival of bike.

5 out of 5

Cruise(r) missile

01 May 2016 by Steve

Too old for sports bikes now and on to cruisers, this is the first one that ticks every box, you can cruise on it chilled out, or blast around, its fantastic. Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
Again only have the standard XdIavel but brakes are still very good and apart from some minor movement over bumpy B roads very comfortable, as good as any naked.
Engine
5 out of 5
Engine is excellent, not quite Harley/Victory pull at
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Only had bike 4 weeks, superb quality throughout.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
Even the standard version isn't cheap, but expect normal Ducati servicing costs. Even if giving the big motor some beans still getting good mpg.
Equipment
5 out of 5
The seat/handle bar combination is very comfy, i am 6ft and standard setup is perfect. Wind blast not too bad for a cruiser but may need a screen in the future for very long high fast runs.
Buying experience

Bought from Ducati Manchester, great customer service and attitude - unlike many other Ducati dealers i spoke to.

5 out of 5

Ultimate Cruising without the sea!

03 April 2016 by Jefe

Style, smoothness, with the full grunt of serious power. Most reviews state Ducati have taken the cruiser to a different level, I can only confirm this, the bike handles with ease and holds an awesome responsive power unit, which can be unleashed in... Read more controlled manner. Style, well just look! Core features are superb, only fault is no heated handle grips for the nesh like myself.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
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Equipment
5 out of 5
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Buying experience

Everything as stated, SMC Sheffield UK

Read all 3 owners' reviews in full

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2016
Year discontinued -
New price £15,795
Used price £15,600 to £23,000
Warranty term -
Running costs
Insurance group -
Annual road tax £85
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 156 bhp
Max torque 95 ft-lb
Top speed 150 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption -
Tank range 200 miles
Specification
Engine size 1262cc
Engine type liquid-cooled, four-stroke V-twin, variable valve timing, twin-spark, 8v, 6-speed, belt-drive
Frame type Aluminium trellis
Fuel capacity 18 litres
Seat height 755mm
Bike weight 247kg
Front suspension Fully adjustable Marzocchi 50mm upside down forks with 120mm of travel
Rear suspension Single Sachs shock adjustable for preload and rebound with a remote reservoir and 110mm of travel240/45-17 Pirelli Diablo Corsa II
Front brake 2 x 320mm discs with radial monobloc 4-piston Brembo M50 calipers (Standard model 2 x 320mm discs with radial Brembo M4-32 calipers). Cornering ABS standard on both models
Rear brake Single 265mm disc, 2-piston caliper
Front tyre size 120/70-17 Pirelli Diablo Corsa II
Rear tyre size 240/45-17 Pirelli Diablo Corsa II

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