DUCATI XDIAVEL S
£18,395 EMMA FRANKLIN FUEL: 18 litres @ 44mpg = 173 miles WEIGHT: 247kg SEAT: 755mm POWER: 156bhp TORQUE: 95ftlb
There’s nothing I like more than a beautifully clean and corrosion-free chain, which is why I love the beltdriven Ducati. This is the first time I’ve had a belt-drive bike and it’s been a revelation. After I got over my own personal prejudices about riding a bike powered by a rubber band, I’ve really enjoyed the freedom that’s come from not being a slave to chain maintenance. There’s no having to take chain lube with you on long journeys, no worry about being caught out in a rain storm on a weekend away and watching your chain slowly discolour before your eyes. And there’s no chain lube flung about all over the place, which makes keeping the wheels and swingarm clean really easy. I’m a convert.
No rust, mess or lube - Emm’s a convert