Du­cati Thiver­val

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Words Martin Fitz-gib­bons Pic­tures Du­cati The name comes from a tiny cir­cuit on the fringes of Paris. Never heard of it? Us nei­ther – ap­par­ently it was big in kart­ing dur­ing the 1960s and70s. It’s a cu­ri­ous choice, given there’s not ex­actly an ob­vi­ous con­nec­tion be­tween that tiny track and this enor­mous beast. Cre­ated by award-win­ning Bel­gian cus­tomiser Fred Krug­ger, the Thiver­val was re­vealed to the pub­lic dur­ing the Bik­ers’ Classics Event at Spa-fran­cor­champs.

What’s the hard­ware?

The Thiver­val is based on a Du­cati Xdi­avel S, the £20k hi-tech flag­ship techno-cruiser that ap­par­ently just isn’t spe­cial enough for some. Much of the orig­i­nal bike’s fun­da­men­tals re­main as stan­dard, in­clud­ing the 1262cc V-twin, the belt fi­nal drive, the ma­chined 12- spoke wheels, and the su­perb ike stand ar dB rem­boM50o ne-piece front brake calipers. Even the Xdi­avel’s LED head­light has been re­tained.

What Krug­ger has changed com­pletely is the bike’s at­ti­tude – both in terms of its stance and its pur­pose. The Thiver­val has a com­pletely new tank and tail, giv­ing it a much more squat, square, butch and blocky look. Where the Xdi­avel’s sil­hou­ette fol­lows a roller­coaster drop down from the fuel tank to the seat and back up to the tail, the Thiver­val’s body­work high­lights hor­i­zon­tal lines. Even the steel trel­lis frame has been de­lib­er­ately covered up to “sim­plify the lines of the bike.”

What’s the trick­est de­tail?

The seat unit now in­cor­po­rates the ex­haust – on the reg­u­lar Xdi­avel the si­lencer sits below the rider, on the right-hand side, be­tween the rear wheel and the en­gine. Now the pipework runs up be­hind the mo­tor into a cus­tom-built twin-exit muf­fler be­neath the tail light, free­ing up a fair chunk of space and giv­ing the bike a cleaner, more stripped­down look.

“What Krug­ger has changed com­pletely is the bike’s at­ti­tude”

The er­gonomics have changed rad­i­cally too. Krug­ger got rid of the Xdi­avel’s feet-for­ward foot­pegs and added sportier con­trols in the con­ven­tional place, di­rectly below the rider’s hips – hence the long link rod fit­ted on the right side, nec­es­sary to con­nect the rear brake pedal to its mas­ter cylin­der.

The new han­dle­bars are a lot flat­ter and the seat is slightly higher, tilt­ing the rid­ing po­si­tion for­wards. An­other sub­tle change is that the forks now sit much lower in their travel than the stan­dard Xdi­avel – as a re­sult the head­light now sniffs the front mud­guard, where on the reg­u­lar Xdi­avel, it floats higher above it. It all helps shift the bike’s bal­ance for­wards, turn­ing a re­laxed cruiser into a hot-rod, 150bhp mus­cle bike.

FORKS Fully ad­justable, 50mm forks are stan­dard – but sit lower in their travel, giv­ing a more front-heavy stance LED LIGHT­ING Looks like a pricey cus­tombuilt part but the Thiver­val’s LED head­light has come straight from the Xdi­avel EN­GINE The...

SOLO SEAT Cus­tom-built seat unit sits the rider higher than the low-slung Xdi­avel and also houses the new si­lencer BELT DRIVE The Xdi­avel’s belt drive has been re­tained – well, you wouldn’t want to sully your unique cus­tom with chain lube

Num­ber­plate hanger? Where we’re go­ing, we don’t need a num­ber­plate hanger…

That’s Krug­ger as in cus­tom-builder Fred, not for­mer Elm Stree­tres­i­dent Krueger

Ex­haust pip­ing for the V-twin is a work of art and gives the mo­tor an or­ganic feel New twin-exit ex­haust now sits un­der the tail-light

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