A Review of the Mountain Bike xDiavel

First showcased in the EICMA motor show in Milan 2015, the xDiavel took all eyeballs to get a trippy show. Long and low, with slick and sexy lines, forward controls and a very low seat height, this bike was something totally fresh from the Italian firm known the world over for blending impeccable design and high-performance machines. Something like putting purists into a kingdom of more material and less bitter.

The bike always had a menacing outlook to it that was both handsome and evil at precisely the same time. Rightfully it was quoted as ‘The Gentleman and The Bastard’. Now, the brand has given the premium ‘S’ model of the bike a completely new character that contradicts its otherwise antagonist outlook. And they did it by only having the bike painted in Iceberg White.The xDiavel was what happened when Ducati’s imaginative honchos went berserk one day after a nights session of spacing. Although it’s got some traditional cruiser styling cues, it looks nothing like the standard. The naked frame and stubby tail are markings of a sports bike, but the moment your legs wrap around the bike’s wide framework, there is no confusing the XDiavel to get a traditional, well, anything.

The same chaps now took a different strain and came up with a decision to give the bike a milder look that equally showcases the magnanimous allure of lust. It’s known as the “Iceberg White”.

It still, however, carries the same mechanicals on it with all the engine block’s appearance improved by re-engineering the water pump to eliminate the unsightly cooling system plumbing. The blacked-out Twin appears as if chiselled out of a block of raw aluminium and seems especially clean and uncluttered on the starboard end. But the opposite side, it has a couple distractions — mainly the hydraulic clutch hardware along with ignition wiring.

The premium ‘S’ model elevates things farther with its contrast-cut machined timing belt covers (similar in appearance to the Scrambler) and wheels, DRL, forks with DLC coating, Brembo M50 leading brake callipers, a special seat and components with machine – finished highlights plus a lot more which really give the X a polished appearance.

The DVT installment gives the best of both worlds: a more slender and more linear power personality without sacrificing performance. Charges at a peppy 129 Nm peak torque arriving at 5000 rpm and peaking at 156 bhp @ 9500 rpm at which the red line is near the 10000 rpm marking. Mated to a slick-shifting six-speed gearbox, top speed is claimed to be over 250 kph and is effective at a 0-100 under 2.5 seconds. It uses a conventional belt final drive instead of the typical chain meeting.

It is electronically packaged with all the brutal Ducati Power Launch (DPL) system, individual engine power maps (Urban, Touring, and Sport), 8-way adjustable traction control and Ducati’s Panigale design IMU enables total control of the bike in every possible riding situation you can think of getting onto with this bike.

The Iceberg White made its debut at the 20th edition of the biggest European Custom and Cruiser event at Faaker See, Austria. About it making it to our shores, we can’t say with any certainty as of yet, but we don’t find a reason why it will not make it here. The Thrilling Black x Diavel S currently retails at ₹ 19.3 lakh ex-showroom.

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