The covers have finally been ripped off Ducati’s all-new XDiavel, the firm’s first serious foray (in modern times) into the cruiser market.
Ducati XDiavel highlights
- New 1262cc V-twin
- Peak torque delivered at 5000rpm
- 60 changes made to suit the cruiser market
- Belt drive and 156bhp
- 40 degrees of lean available
- Full LED lighting
First spotted in summer undergoing final testing by MCN’s spy photographers, the bike has been firmly under wraps since. Essentially this is a new bike from the ground up with a new 1262cc engine, feet forward riding position, belt-drive, new chassis and bodywork for the bike to tackle the massive potential within the American cruiser market where, to date, the Diavel has not sold in huge numbers.
The Ducati engine’s capacity increase to 1262cc also sees the firm add their Desmodromic Variable Timing (DVT) system, first used on the 2015 Multistrada, to ensure the engine delivers big torque at a low (for a Ducati) 5000rpm.
While there have been a host of engineering changes to the engine there have also been others that have been done for styling reasons. The water pump, for example, has been relocated so the coolant pipes on the outside of the engine are no longer visible.
The most important change to the bike to suit the cruiser market is the fitment of belt-drive as many potential customers would never consider a bike fitted with chain drive. The advantages of quieter running, less maintenance, softer power transmission and lack of mess from chain lube are essential considerations in the cruiser market.
In the face of so many traditional cruisers, the XDiavel still retains its position at the cutting-edge, using technology the rest of the modern Ducati range utilises, including: adjustable riding modes, cornering ABS, ride-by-wire and traction control, all now bolstered by the fitment of Ducati launch control, which enables a perfect launch off the line every time.
The new super-cruiser will trouble your bank balance for £15,795 in standard trim, and £18,395 if you want the S model.