The 2016 Ducati XDiavel launch at this year’s EICMA motor show is the first time the company has ever launched a cruiser. After the Diavel’s success in American markets, this new motorcycle will be launched to reign in more cruiser enthusiasts for the company. The XDiavel is the very first instance where a Ducati motorcycle is seen with the typical feet-forward riding style of a cruiser.
Adding to the list of firsts, the 2016 Ducati Diavel is the first time ever Ducati has gone with belt drive instead of the conventional chain to increase the appeal of the motorcycle as a cruiser. At the launch event, Ducati stated that their new XDiavel S cruiser involves three main numbers – 5,000, 60 and 40. The first signifies that the XDiavel’s brand-new 1,262 cc Desmodromic engine produces its maximum power, 128 Nm at 5,000 rpm. 60 is the effective number of ergonomic combinations one can come up with four different footrest positions, five different seats and three different handlebars. The last number 40 denotes the maximum lean angle, which assures that the XDiavel has pretty decent ground clearance.
The 1,262 cc engine on the XDiavel produces 156 horsepower and is taken from the 2015 Multistrada and hence features DVT. At the same time, the power and torque curves are altered to suit a more cruiser style of power delivery. Ducati has yet to announce the pricing and availability for the motorcycle, but sources suggest that it might cost a bit north of $20,000 and would be available by end of first quarter 2016.