The XDiavel might have been conceived to lead Ducati’s attack on the US market but it’s well suited to Europe, where many potential cruiser riders value all-round ability as much as cool. By cruiser standards it’s quite practical. The instrument panel is small but informative; the fuel tank holds a reasonably generous 18 litres, good for over 150 miles. Although the riding position puts most weight through the seat, the ride is respectably comfortable unless you’re making use of all that neck-straining performance.
Classy touches include keyless ignition, back-lit switchgear and a separate, larger dual-seat that incorporates a pillion back-rest. You get self-cancelling indicators, backlit switches, generally clear mirrors and, in the S-model’s case, Bluetooth connectivity. The XDiavel is far from cheap, with the S-model costing close to £19,000. But for anyone who fancies a laid-back image and needs an occasional shot of high-performance adrenaline too, Ducati’s first real cruiser is in a league of its own.
Price tag of our bike: £18,795 (for XDiavel S; standard XDiavel is £15,995)