Ducati decided to have an official presence at Sturgis this year, and to make sure everyone knew that, the manufacturer brought this custom XDiavel, built in conjunction with Roland Sands Design.
Roland Sands knows roadracing and performance, but his shop also nails custom builds. While the Diavel lineup often skirts the line between muscle bike and cruiser, leaving onlookers a bit confused as to the bike’s intentions, this machine pretty much nails the west coast look, with pullback handlebars that still look like they might function half-decently well for the owner who wants to put horsepower to asphalt.
Ducati says this is a one-off build, but several similar projects RSD has put together for the Euro manufacturers have turned into factory bikes, so we’ll see — don’t be surprised if Bologna builds a chopperesque Diavel soon, if response for this bike is positive.
You can find more details on RSD’s changes to the bike here. The major visible differences are the 19-inch front wheel and the exhaust swap, as well as the one-piece bodywork and plenty of billet bits. RSD took three months to complete the build, and it looks as if it was time well spent.
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