Per­fect pil­lion

The Xdi­avel’s sissy bar means pas­sen­gers can fi­nally sit pretty

Motorcycle News (UK) - - GARAGE - emma.franklin@mo­tor­cy­cle­news.com

DU­CATI XDI­AVEL S

Back in the sum­mer I had the mis­for­tune of tak­ing a ride on the back seat of the Xdi­avel – a journey of only five miles but one so ter­ri­fy­ing that it’ll stay with me for a life­time. The stan­dard seat has a pil­lion pro­vi­sion about the size of a small en­ve­lope and there’s very little room be­tween ei­ther you and the rider or you and the gap­ing rear wheel. Team it with the X’s stiffly sprung rear sus­pen­sion and you’ve got a recipe for one pet­ri­fied pil­lion. I vowed never to take a ride on the back ever again, and dis­suaded non-rid­ing friends and fam­ily who thought they were brave enough to think again.

Af­ter read­ing about my back seat tor­ture, Du­cati Manch­ester’s Martin Bridge­house sent me some sal­va­tion; the al­ter­na­tive pil­lion seat and back rest that comes com­plete with each and ev­ery Xdi­avel. The new seat is con­sid­er­ably larger than the stan­dard and to fit it you sim­ply re­move the rider’s seat and re­place it with the al­ter­na­tive ver­sion, then the sissy bar and back rest needs to be se­curely bolted on us­ing an Allen key socket prior to a pas­sen­gered ride.

But the dif­fer­ence it makes to the back seat ex­pe­ri­ence is ex­tra­or­di­nary. Sand­wiched in be­tween the rider and the sissy bar, the pil­lion is now su­per­se­cure and fairly com­fort­able. Sure, you’re still pretty close to the rider so you’ll need to be fairly good friends, and you’re also aware that you’re putting a hell of a lot of weight onto the back rest it­self so you’ll want to make sure it’s fully se­cure. But other than that, for those who want to go two-up on the Xdi­avel the sissy bar makes it en­tirely pos­si­ble and pretty en­joy­able. But, un­less you keep the back­rest and seat fit­ted all the time there’s no way that you can spon­ta­neously take a pal out for a ride as an when the mood takes you, which is a bit an­noy­ing.

‘Af­ter one trip I vowed never to take a ride on the back ever again...’

EMMA FRANKLIN

125 racer with a love of sports and per­for­mance HEIGHT 5ft 7in WEIGHT 59kg

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