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Ducati's 2016 XDiavel: Lean, mean, stroked-out cruiser targets the American market

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The Ducati XDiavel S is hotter than the Diavel by far (Credit: Ducati)
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Ducati's original Diavel was a successful oddity – a future-cruiser body with the heart of a superbike. It handled well and went fast, even if it made my butt go to sleep. But it didn't quite nail that relaxed cruiser feel, because it always, always wanted to go faster. This year, Ducati is kicking back a gear with the XDiavel, unveiled today at EICMA Milan, which uses a stroked-out engine to put the torque lower in the rev range, and gives a true feet-forward cruiser riding position, while pulling all the silly plastic off the sides for a much cleaner, sweeter look.


To everyone else, the Diavel was Ducati's cruiser. Not to Ducati, evidently. The Italian company unveiled the XDiavel today at EICMA, calling it the brand's first cruiser and shifting the Diavel to "sport cruiser" status. Righty-o then.
The XDiavel borrows a lot from the base Diavel, but it's by no means the same bike. The engine has been stroked out to 1262cc from the Diavel's 1198cc, in search of a broader torque spread. So while the regular Diavel hits peak torque at 8,000 rpm, the XDiavel hits its stride at 5,000 rpm, putting out 95 ft-lb (129 Nm). Peak horsepower is down from 162 (121 kW) to 156 (116 kW).



 

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OK- it's clearly a case of if we cant beat em, join em scenario (i.e. it's now with belt drive), but I really dig it. And I think they've taken a leaf out of the Scout's look's books with regards to the styling of the side of the cylinders.

I would buy one of these over a VRod any day of the week. Problem is, for a second bike, I'm not going to give up my beloved Hammer for one of these which is much the same, just modernised.
 

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Ill stay with my Vegas
 

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I'm drooling..............
 

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just saw the pix...Very Trippy!............that things on acid!
makes me wonder what the Victory stylists gonna come up with for the hot Scout motored Octane.....this thing has really raised the bar.
 

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I would buy one of these over a VRod any day of the week. Problem is, for a second bike, I'm not going to give up my beloved Hammer for one of these which is much the same, just modernised.
I think it's a damn sexy machine. My big question, not that I intend on buying one, is it reliable and does it take a lot of maintenance? What about repair costs? As it gets older with more miles on it, stuff is going to wear out and possibly break, so besides maybe having a hard time finding someone to work on it; does the owner have to mortgage the house to pay the shop doing the work? Howabout someone who is handy with a wrench and knows how to get around a service manual? Is this something someone can learn to work on in their garage for basic stuff like oil changes, cable changes, etc?

I imagine there will be performance upgrades for it but will they really be something someone really wants or is the power already there and in the range people generally ride in.

I know one thing for sure. I would love to give this nice test ride of at least an hour; not that it's gonna happen of course. Doesn't stop me from wanting to. I've always liked the Duc's. Just a fine refined machine. Not sure if the Italians still own it but they are good at combining good looks and amazing power.
 

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My 10 cents on this are;

"I think it's a damn sexy machine. My big question, not that I intend on buying one, is it reliable and does it take a lot of maintenance?"
Service intervals 15000klms (9000 miles). Ducati's are more expensive to maintain as a general rule- pads, filters etc

"What about repair costs? As it gets older with more miles on it, stuff is going to wear out and possibly break"
It's a Ducati- they are designed to be thrashed and I've never known anyone have a breakdown.

"How about someone who is handy with a wrench and knows how to get around a service manual? Is this something someone can learn to work on in their garage for basic stuff like oil changes, cable changes, etc?"
That's definitely a disadvantage- the beauty of American is they are so easy to work on. And as BP666 says earlier, American is so easy to customize with plenty of reasonably priced goodies available to bling too.

"I imagine there will be performance upgrades for it but will they really be something someone really wants or is the power already there and in the range people generally ride in."
Not necessary really- it's a (older) superbike engine after all. A sports exhaust and sports air filter and she'll rip.
 

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Thanks KrisD. Just makes me want one even more.
Yeah I have to admit- I really want another bike in a year or so, which is something I think about literally every day, and this bike has thrown that idea out the window......for now at least...

We have the motorcycle show starting in Sydney tomorrow for 3 days- doubt the XDiavel will be there, hope so though.
 

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Lot more $ than that in OZ and big service costs too.
For the wealthy man whos gotta have the latest bike, who updates every coupla years its ideal.
 
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