EICMA: XDiavel — Ducati’s cruiser raid; Aprilia boosts RSV4; Husqvarna — less frills, more thrillsPOSTED BY Nigel Andretti ON 19 November 2015
THE new XDiavel cruiser has become Ducati’s star in its lineup of new models at the ongoing Eicma show in Milan.
Ducati is presenting eight new bikes at this event, of which no less than seven are completely new, such as the two Ducati Scramblers (Flat Track Pro and the Sixty2 versions), the new Hypermotard 939, Hypermotard 939 SP and Hyperstrada 939 family, the 959 Panigale, the Multistrada Pikes Peak, the Multistrada 1200 Enduro and the eagerly awaited XDiavel.
Completing this array of new bikes for 2016 is the Monster 1200 R, previewed in September at IAA 2015 in Frankfurt.
Black. Sophisticated. Stylish. Three keywords that accompanied the XDiavel all the way to its unveiling at the Ducati World Première 2016.
The XDiavel brings together two worlds: the cruiser world – low speeds, relaxed riding and long journeys – and the Ducati world, characterised by Italian style, refined engineering and unparalleled performance.
The XDiavel is the first Ducati to use belt-type final transmission, a must within the cruiser world.
The XDiavel offers the relaxed riding and further-forward footpegs typical of a cruiser and the adrenaline rush of sports riding that Ducati has made its own. That’s what the X in XDiavel stands for: the merging of two apparently separate, distant worlds on one bike, a superb combination where both are accomplished without compromise.
5,000, 60, 40. Three numbers that sum up the XDiavel concept. 5,000 as in the rpm at which the new twin-cylinder 156 hp Ducati Testastretta DVT 1262 engine achieves maximum torque (13.1 kgm). 60 as in the number of different ergonomic configurations for the rider. Lastly, 40, as in the maximum attainable lean angle.
The Bosch Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU), together with Ducati Traction Control (DTC), Riding Modes, Bosch ABS Cornering, Cruise Control and the innovative Ducati Power Launch (DPL) system make the XDiavel a technological gem offering high performance and safety. An S version of the XDiavel is also available.
THE RSV4 line gets a range of updates that focus it even more directly on track performance and comes with Aprilia’s V4-MP software as standard.
V4-MP is a system that allows the bike the interact with a smartphone, so owners can use their phones to change the bike’s settings not only before riding, but also on a turn-by-turn telemetry-style basis.
Aprilia says that the 2016 RSV4 has also been given ‘more effective rear suspension’ but isn’t elaborating any more that that.
On the other hand, the Aprilia Factory Works is optimised for performance on track and produced in accordance with the superbike and superstock regulations of series across the world.
Factory Works bikes will be given chassis preparation, electronics packages and engine tunes suitable for whatever class they’re being raced in, right up to a top-level of tune exceeding 230hp.
THE Swedish bike maker has signalled a comeback with its Vitpilen 701 concept — a single-cylinder café racer concept.
The Vitpilen (or ‘white arrow’) 701 is gimmick-free and contains just the the most essential ingredients for an exhilarating riding experience, the company says.
The heart of the Vitpilen 701 is the 690cc single-cylinder engine from Husqvarna’s new 701 Supermoto and 701 Enduro.
“Functionality, simplicity and practicality were central to the basic idea and inspiration behind this bike,” the company’s press release says.
“We set out to create a bike that better captures the timeless thrill of the ride – with a level of simplicity that seems to have been lost amongst the flash, hype and hyperbole of modern motorcycle design.”