The premium motorcycle and furniture design worlds come together with the limited edition 2022 Ducati XDiavel Nera. Poltrona Frau of Tolentino collaborated with fellow Italians at Ducati for this stylish interpretation of the XDiavel sport-cruiser.
The Nera is a styling exercise rather than a technical project, with a handmade seat being the focal point of the customization effort. Pelle Frau leather is a proprietary product of Poltrona Frau. Part of the Safari collection, this Pelle Frau leather is made from Scandinavian bulls, and the aniline leather has a natural grain after tanning with chromium salt.
The seat is offered in five colors—Cemento, India, Selva, Siam Red, and Steel Blue. A repeating “X” pattern is laser-engraved into the leather is a visual and tactile colpo da maestro. At the same time, the saddle’s functionality is improved by additional support for the rider’s posterior and removable lower back support for the passenger.
The color treatment is described as Black on Black, with Ducati Red accents on the Brembo calipers and valve covers. Those gloss-black wheels are machined forged aluminum.
Limited to 500 examples, the Nera includes a key ring and document holder made of leather to match the seat. Buyers also have the option of buying a complementary Ducati-branded Arai Ram-X open-face helmet.
The 2022 Ducati XDiavel Nera has an MSRP of $29,795 and will be in dealers next month. Each edition is numbered, of course.
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This week, in the first segment Editor Don Williams talks to us about the new Kawasaki Versys 650 LT. It’s the middleweight ADV style machine that uses the same 650 parallel twin motor as the Ninja 650, so it’s an excellent performer in a user-friendly, good looking package.
In the second segment, I chat with one of my dearest industry friends—now retired Honda PR executive, Jon Seidel. Jon’s fascinating career spans some 30 years with Big Red, and gave him some great experiences with some incredible machines. I was fortunate enough to be invited on many of the press launches that he organized. His new project is documenting and saving many of the old archives from years gone by—and incidentally, if you have anything that may be of value to the project, please contact us by email at email@example.com and we’ll pass it all on to Jon.
So on that note, from all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!