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Du­cati’s 1262cc space-age belt-drive su­per-cruiser comes in two guises, the en­try-level £15,795 Xdi­avel and the range-top­ping Xdi­avel S at £18,395. I’m run­ning the S as a long-term test bike this year, but at first glance both look re­mark­ably sim­i­lar, which raises the ques­tion: is the Xdi­avel S worth the ex­tra £2600?

Both share the snort­ing 156bhp Desmod­romic Vari­able Tim­ing twin, gen­er­at­ing a tar­mac-wrin­kling 95ftlb at just 5000rpm. But whereas the base model’s swingarm hides be­neath black paint, the S blings out in brushed an­odised alu­minium. It’s a theme that’s shared with the en­gine too: the stan­dard Xdi­avel’s mo­tor is blacked out, while the S gets chrome-de­tailed belt cov­ers.

The other stand-out dif­fer­ence is the Xdi­avel S’s su­per­bike-spec Brembo M50 calipers, ex­actly the same as those fit­ted to the Pani­gale. Th­ese ti­ta­nium-fin­ished alu­minium monoblocs look stun­ning, but there’s lit­tle dis­cernible per­for­mance dif­fer­ence com­pared to the Xdi­avel’s less flash Brembo M3 monoblocs and both are backed up with Bosch’s cut­tingedge cor­ner­ing ABS sys­tem.

In fact both share the elec­tronic rider aids pack­age that of­fers three rider modes, three-stage launch con­trol, hands-free ig­ni­tion, and full- colour dash fea­tur­ing three choices of dis­play.

But for me it’s the S’s 12-spoke wheels re­ally make a dif­fer­ence. They’re the same size as the base model’s, but be­cause the spokes run all the way out to the rim they look much big­ger. Pur­chased separately th­ese wheels cost £2563, and if you throw in the S model’s chrome-de­tailed cam­belt cov­ers (£170), it takes the run­ning to­tal up to £2733. That means if you buy the S model you’re ef­fec­tively get­ting those stun­ning Brembo M50 calipers, Blue­tooth con­nec­tiv­ity and ex­tra styling trin­kets ab­so­lutely free! Got an Xdi­avel? Email emma. franklin@mo­tor­cy­cle­

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