Intended to show how a Ducati XDiavel can be transformed into a master-class custom without extensive chassis modifications, Roland Sands’ RSD Ducati XDiavel has been unveiled at the 76th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota.
The Roland Sands Design Ducati XDiavel’s only significant chassis change is the use of a 19-inch front wheel, replacing the stock 17-inch unit. Spending three months preparing the RSD Ducati XDiavel, builder Roland Sands has taken the lessons learned in producing this custom to create a line of parts and accessories that are now in the Ducati Performance catalogue. This makes it possible for a Ducati XDiavel owner to recreate as much, or as little, of the RSD Ducati XDiavel as he likes.
“The XDiavel is a beast,” according to Sands, “a wolf in wolves’ clothing and a serious piece of speed equipment. We really wanted to pivot off all that amazing technology, and not mess it up by tearing it out. So, the bike is still very stock from a functional standpoint… Ultimately, we decided to twist the aesthetic while retaining decidedly stock bike functionality. I’m proud to say that’s exactly what we’ve achieved.”Jason Chinnock, CEO of Ducati North America says, “This custom-built XDiavel by Roland Sands Design embodies the spirit of personalization that makes this Rally so special. The XDiavel and this interpretation provides us an opportunity to share Ducati with all in attendance.”
Hello everyone and welcome once again to Ultimate Motorcycling’s weekly Podcast—Motos and Friends.
My name is Arthur Coldwells.
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This week’s episode features Senior Editor Nic de Sena’s impressions of the beautiful new Harley-Davidson Low Rider ST that is loosely based around the original FXRT Sport Glide from the 1980s. Hailing from The Golden State, these cult-status performance machines became known as West Coast style, with sportier suspension, increased horsepower, and niceties including creature comforts such as a tidy fairing and sporty luggage.
In past episodes you might have heard us mention my best friend, Daniel Schoenewald, and in the second segment I chat with him about some of the really special machines in his 170 or so—and growing—motorcycle collection. He’s always said to me that he doesn’t consider himself the owner, merely the curator of the motorcycles for the next generation.
Yet Daniel is not just a collector, but I can attest a really skilled rider. His bikes are not trailer queens, they’re ridden, and they’re ridden pretty hard. Actually, we have had many, many memorable rides on pretty much all of the machines in the collection at one time or another.
From all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!