When Harley-Davidson introduced the 2016 Pro Street Breakout, the latest addition to its Custom Vehicle Operations range, it was more than a new model but also a statement about the company’s future.

Motorcycle manufacturers are doing everything they can to tempt new riders into the saddle. Suzuki’s latest effort is the reintroduction of its popular SV650.

For ten years, BMW Motorrad’s R 1200 GS Adventure has given motorcycle enthusiasts the opportunity to choose their own road and the model appears to be getting better with age.

A new model from Harley-Davidson which reaches back to a classic style rides out a day before Harley-Davidson releases its first quarter financial results.

Calling it ‘Machina Non-Nudus’ Suzuki’s turn of a Latin phrase points to its aggressive new direction in the GSX series with its S1000F.

Although Clutch and Chrome doesn’t ride into the off-road world of motorcycles much, when we saw this next press release, it was hard to move along without giving it some press.

Manufacturers who want to grab motorcycle headlines give their latest and greatest to a bike builder. Fans of the new Springfield will be glad to hear Indian did just that.

The motorcycle world is buzzing with the newly released prices and additional details for Triumph’s new Bonneville T120, T120 Black, Thruxton and Thruxton R.

The latest British invasion continues with Triumph Motorcycle releasing more pricing for their latest models.

An interesting peek into the world of motorcycle manufacturer Honda will take place over several shows in Japan starting this weekend.

The North American motorcycle market continues its diversification with Kawasaki’s latest model, the Z125 Pro.

Yamaha have released the prices for two of its highly anticipated 2016 motorcycle models with the neo-retro XSR900 and supersport touring FJR 1300ES enjoying a price tag.

As has been the case in the last few years, Indian Motorcycles used Daytona Bike Week to highlight the release of new motorcycles. This year it was the Indian Springfield enjoying the spotlight at the legendary motorcycle event.

Ducati is highlighting the equipment found its latest Multistrada 1200 Enduro, adding the tagline of ‘Globetrotter Attitude’ to its adventure motorcycle and latest addition to the motorcycle manufacturer’s line-up.

Victory Motorcycles latest addition is fast, light, looks sharp (and we mean that literally) as well as offering a reasonable price tag. What’s not to like about its new Victory Octane?

While a jewel in the crown of Polaris, its three-wheeled roadster the Slingshot rides between the powersports and motorcycle worlds.

A quick look at the Yamaha website and it’s easy to think Yamaha have every genre of riding covered. Between the Yamaha and its Star brand, the Japanese motorcycle manufacturer has always managed to cover all the two-wheeled bases.

JAN 23, 2016 - In the midst of crisscrossing the United States on its Bonneville Reborn Tour, Triumph Motorcycles are reminding the riding world of their other models, releasing pricing details around its all new Speed Triple models.

.DEC 03, 2015 - If a news-cycle were a road, when Italian motorcycle manufacturer Ducati unveiled its latest line up at EICMA, it not only filled it, but stretched out for as far as the eye could see

Months of teasing, spy-photos and page after page of press releases promising to awe the motorcycle world came together in December when Ducati took to the EICMA stage to reveal its hard work and efforts.

Titled ‘More than Red: Black, Wild and Pop’ the Ducati World Première 2016 streamed live around the world and was reportedly viewed by followed by thousands of people. In a way, it was the event that kicked off the 73rd edition of the International Motorcycle Show to be held at the Milan-Rho trade fair from November 19th to 22nd.

The Ducati World Première 2016 showcased several new bikes: two new Ducati Scramblers, the Flat Track Pro version and the all-new Sixty2; the new Hypermotard 939, Hypermotard 939 SP and Hyperstrada 939 family; the new Panigale 959; the Multistrada 1200 Pikes Peak; the new Multistrada 1200 Enduro and the eagerly awaited XDiavel.

We now know, the “black” world cited in the title of the Ducati World Première 2016 referred to the XDiavel. Aside from all the hard details found in its specifications, Ducati changed this motorcycle’s address, firmly placing it into the cruiser segment with not only bike itself but what was said as well.

The press release noted ‘this intriguing new bike sees Ducati enter the Cruiser world in its own inimitable way by presenting a true cruiser that has all the design, technology and performance one expects from a Ducati thoroughbred’. Not only has the Italian motorcycle manufacturer put the Diavel on a new road, it’s given this latest model a new name. Calling it the XDiavel, Ducati feels it brings together two worlds: the Cruiser world of low speeds, relaxed riding and long journeys and the Ducati world, characterized by Italian style, refined engineering and unparalleled performance.

Ducati's video promoting its XDiavel

The XDiavel offers both the “low speed excitement” that comes from 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.

Before readers feel they’ve fallen into an episodic recap of LOST, the cult television show, Ducati refers to three numbers to highlight the XDiavel; 5,000, 60, 40.

  • 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 various adjustments of equipment allowing for the cruiser riding positions as well as the XDiavel being the first Ducati to use belt-type final transmission, considered by many a must within the Cruiser world, all point to a clear intention of where this motorcycle wants to live.

The 2016 XDiavel in all its glory - Source Ducati Motor Holdings

Aside from the promised performance, another sure indicator this motorcycle came from the Ducati drawing board is seen in all the technology the model features. The Bosch Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU), together with Ducati Traction Control (DTC), Riding Modes, Bosch Cornering ABS, Cruise Control and the innovative Ducati Power Launch (DPL) system, make the XDiavel a technological gem offering high performance and safety.

Ducati noted during the presentation an S version of the XDiavel is also available.

The XDiavel enjoys its own section of the web and its easy to see what image Ducati wants to paint for this cruiser. Indeed, the immediate phrase vistors are greeted with is 'The gentleman, The bastard', which we're assuming indicates its mixed background.

This and the other motorcycles revealed at the event puts Ducati on the radar of a lot more motorcycle manufacturers. In a way, this event inducts the Italian motorcycle manufacturer into a semi-exclusive club, riding among those which have a range of bikes to attract a larger demographic to their rides.

Earlier this year Triumph, Royal Enfield and other manufacturers which focused on the retro-styled motorcycles had Ducati ride in on its Scrambler as worthy competition. With the XDiavel and Multistrada 1200 Enduro, other motorcycle names such as Yamaha, Honda and Harley-Davidson can all now consider Ducati breathing down their leather-collared necks.


The Sexy 2016 XDiavel - Source Ducati Motor Holdings

DEC 03, 2015 - Bikers should be pleased to learn one of the more difficult departments in Law Enforcement to join is the motorcycle unit. Generally speaking, this division usually has a waiting list for officers wanting to transfer into the unique area of two-wheeled policing.

The grand unveilings have taken place, an American road trip is in full swing as we write this and riders now know what the new Triumph motorcycles are priced at.

DEC 04, 2015 - Every time a rider glances at a new motorcycle there’s always the chance of  new roads to explore.

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