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Ducati’s XDiavel Motorcycle Is a Casual Cruiser with Room to Move

With 60 available riding positions, the new 156 hp bike will definitely expand your comfort zone…

More casual than competitive, the new Ducati XDiavel is a versatile variant from the Italian manufacturer’s crotch-rocket bikes, but it still remembers its racing roots. The brand’s first comfortable cruiser is facilitated by a longer wheelbase of 63.58 inches, a 29.72-inch seat height, widened handlebars, and footpegs extended toward the front. Those in the saddle also have 60 possible body positions to make easy riding a reality.

But don’t mistake laid-back for lethargic, as the XDiavel derives its power from a 156 hp, Ducati Testastretta DVT 1262 engine turning out 95 ft lbs of torque. A smooth transition from throttle to thrust is ensured by the use of a belt for the bike’s final drive—a first for Ducati. Handling is also enhanced by electronic assists, such as Cornering ABS, Ducati Traction Control, and a selection of riding modes. And for a real blast, the Ducati Power Launch (DPL) button amplifies acceleration from a standing start.

Dressed to the nines in tuxedo black and with a refined design distinctive to Ducati, the XDiavel has been fashioned to stand out—evidenced by being named the “best-looking bike” at Milan’s EICMA International Motorcycle Exhibition in November. A second version, the XDiavel S, is available in an even tonier trim. Prices for each have yet to be announced. (ducati.com)

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