Motorcycle News - Tall Order: Rough Crafts’ bigger, badder Ducati XDiavel S
The Taiwanese wunderkind first cut his teeth on Harley-Davidsons, but we’ve since seen him turn out bikes from BMW, Yamaha and Ducati. The challenge, he says, is to apply his signature aesthetic in a way that looks “just right,” whatever the donor.
So why pick it? “This build started with a guy that’s almost two meters tall,” explains Winston. “He likes our bikes, but most of them will look like kids’ bikes under him—and he didn’t want to use a Harley as a base.”
The XDiavel’s seat now stands tall at 880 mm (34.6 inches) off the ground. To achieve this, Winston and his network of local craftsmen had to work a little magic—focusing on the stance before tackling cosmetic changes.
The XDiavel S now rolls on a pair of carbon wheels from BST, shod with Pirelli Diablo Rosso II rubber. Rough Crafts kept the same sizes as before at both ends—including the Ducati’s whopping 240-wide rear. Beringer brake calipers front and back add an extra hit of performance.
There’s an LED rear light from Doghouse Racing hiding under the tail, and gorgeous leather upholstery on the seat to finish it off. Then Winston settled on a stubby number board style for the headlight, equipping it with twin LEDs.
There’s an impressive array of bolt-on bits too. Rough Crafts’ client wanted a comfortable, street tracker layout, so the team installed mid-mounted Rizoma foot controls, and high-rise bars from Accel. The handlebar risers—and the gas cap—are from Rough Crafts’ own aftermarket catalog.
“The Xdiavel S was said to be the first really Audi-driven project,” says Winston. “So it has a very complicated electrical system, It took us a long time to make it work—even just to change the headlights and taillights without making the gauge go crazy with warnings.”
Winston’s aptly named the bike ‘Flatout Titan.’ With 152 horses at the ready and lofty proportions, that’s a fairly accurate description.
“In the end, we feel like we finally did the bike justice. It always felt a bit awkward with all that power under a cruiser riding position. Now with the upright position and ‘flat’ stance, this bike’s become so fun to ride.”
Credits: Painter: Air Runner Custom Paint. Chroming/plating: Anodizing. Assembly: CT-Garage. Metal work: MS Pro.
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June 22, 2018 at 12:06PM