The Ducati XDiavel S has claimed yet another international design award. It’s first came this past summer when it won the Red Dot Award 2016, a prestigious European design award that the 1199 Panigale also claimed in 2013.The XDiavel S claimed its second international design award—the Good Design Award 2016—January 27 at the New York location of the Chicago Atheneum during the museum’s Good Design Night.
Speaking of the Good Design Award, Ducati says “established in 1950, the Good Design Award is the world’s oldest prize dedicated to the most innovative and cutting-edge industrial products and graphic designs produced around the world. For the 2016 edition of the Good Design Award, the jury evaluated more than 900 candidates from 46 countries, with products spanning practically every sector, from electronics to robotics, from furnishing to graphics and vehicles.”The Ducati XDiavel S was the Borgo Panigale-based brand’s solution for providing a unique cruiser to the American market, which craves feet-forward cruising. It’s design was Ducati bold with a muscular flavor that the American cruiser market craves.The XDiavel is based on the Diavel, which arrived on the market in 2011, but with forward foot controls and a belt final drive—exactly what’s found on America’s top cruisers. The XDiavel is Ducati’s third attempt at a cruiser. The other two were the unpopular Cagiva-built Indiana (1986-1990) and the base Diavel.The XDiavel S arrives with the 1262cc Testastretta DVT that produces 156 horsepower and 95 ft/lbs of torque. The S version gets Ohlins suspension, full LED lighting, and Brembo M50 front calipers, along with the latest in Ducati electronics, including traction control, ABS and cruise control.
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!