Not less than 11,369 of the 628,000+ visitors at EICMA 2015 took their time to vote for the best-looking bike in the show. Now that I learned that the "beauty queen" title went to Ducati XDiavel, a broad smile appears on my face, as the result confirms my expectations. The voters who believed that the XDiavel was the best-looking machine this year at EICMA were categorical. From all those who voted, 60.78% indicated Ducati's all-new powercruiser as the main aesthetic attraction of the show for the 73rd edition of the EICMA.
This accounts for 6,910 people who voted for it. Still, there is much room for improvement as far as the number of voters goes, it's true. I can only hope that more people will be involved in this decision process in the future, adding more weight to this informal title (at an industry level) and making this "award" count more in the economy of the brand that gets it.
Some say that the XDiavel isn't exactly the first cruiser Ducati manufactured, and the old Indiana is probably the first bike that comes to mind. Still, there is no way that you can compare the two motorcycles, at any level. In fact, the XDiavel represents the pinnacle of Ducati's technological prowess and design endeavors, summing the best features from multiple directions.
On one hand, it is clearly a member of the Diavel family, with lines that are impossible to mistake for anything else, just like a true Ducati bike should have. On the other hand, there is so much Ducati technology crammed into the XDiavel that it sometimes seems overkill. Still, as the XDiavel product manager Mr. Stefano Tarabusi said in an interview, the amount of high technology is only there to make the bike more enjoyable and maneuverable.
Some of the highlights of the 2016 XDiavel are; it is the first ducati to use a final belt drive. It’s been added in order to guarantee reliable and safe power transmission, with added silence, cleanliness and less maintenance as added benefits. A level of performance and technical content situated exactly for riding versatility and unique experiences. Design and technology merge again on the Full LED light assemblies, which play a key role in the styling of the XDiavel. Prices and other related information should be revealed soon sometime in 2016.
The 2016 Ducati motorcycle was awarded the best-looking motorcycle as EICMA concluded.
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