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.”