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