XDIAVEL IN THE HOUSE!

If Harvey Specter from Suits rode to work, the XDiavel would be his motorcycle of choice. Power cruiser that’s mean looking with the kind of torque on tap that makes riding insanely fun…

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A motorcycle that redefines what the modern power cruiser has evolved into in this century. First time you lay eyes on the XDiavel you are awestruck. The design lines are sleek, sharp with the trademark Ducati fit and finish. Ducati has always been known for making motorcycles that are the perfect mix of design and kickass performance. The XDiavel is no different.  Ducati fits a 152bhp, race-developed twin to the XDiavel because Ducatis have to be fast, furious and fun to ride. The XDiavel has riding position tailor made for a remake of the cult classic Easy Rider.

The low seat is comfortable and supportive; the handlebars aren’t too wide or too forward or back. The footrests are positioned high enough for ground clearance in corners. The bike comes with key-less ignition. The key only being used to open and shut the fuel cap.

Switch on the motorcycle and a loud grunt greets you. Start the motorcycle, give a whack to the throttle and you are greeted with a ferocity that means serious business. The moment we hit an empty patch of road after 20 minutes of traffic, the Xdiavel shows what happens when a sport bike maker like Ducati designs a cruiser. The acceleration for 0-100 is stunning. One can tell that this bike has been geared for acceleration rather than an academic top speed figure. Open the throttle and the Xdiavel goes like a Shoaib Akhtar express delivery trying to rip the top layer of tarmac from the road.

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Cornering and holding the road is something the XDiavel excels at. After a few hours of riding on sharp twisties and bends it became obvious how the 240 mm rear tyre and 40 degree lean angle on the XDiavel comes into play. Peak torque comes into play at 5000 rpm but even at 2000 rpm you have enough and more for fierce acceleration on open highways. This is testimony to how right Ducati has got the power to weight ratio in the XDiavel.

The XDiavel gets Brembo’s M50 callipers, which are superb. Will braking be a reason to buy the XDiavel? I don’t think so. Interested buyers would be more interested in the multiple riding modes on offer and the cornering ABS that comes with it. And if that is not enough to whet your appetite, you also get launch control and cruise control!  I started in the “Urban’ mode that cuts the power to 100 bhp along with electronic comfort blanketing. This is tuned to make riding in the city on a daily basis an easy affair.

The ‘Touring’ mode gives you the full 152 bhp on offer, but is delivered with finesse and moderate electronic interference.  The ‘Sport’ mode lets you use the full range of power with minimal Traction Control, anti-wheelie and stability control in place.

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The XDiavel comes with full LED lighting with the switch gear being back-lit too. The TFT instrument panel is simple and easy to use. The menu for changing settings and display is logical and easy to work with. The switch gear is well laid out too.

Ducati’s first ever belt drive should keep transmission lash to a minimum and be virtually maintenance free.

I rode it over 4 days in all sorts of traffic and road conditions. A complete head turner, I lost count on the number of time people asked me questions such as ‘how much average does it give” “What does it cost” “is it comfortable to ride”… Selfies were clicked galore, with people posing around the bike every time I parked.

The XDiavel is the kind of Cruiser you want to ride all day, albeit on open highways with no traffic. Like I said at the beginning of my article if you fancy yourself as Harvey Specter and wanna ride every day this is the bike for you…

The XDiavel is priced at Rs 15.87 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) and the XDiavelS starts at Rs 18.47 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).

If riding fast and furious in style is your thing then look no further. The XDiavel is just the motorcycle for you…

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Offline Maps & Navigation

OsmAnd Online maps are an extensive addition to already comprehensive base of OpenStreetMap the application uses. With this plugin, you can add layers to your map, from those with general information from a different source, like satellite view, hiking routes view to quite specific data like fire hydrants’ locations. You can also change the main source of the map from vector tiles.

Travel App Review – OsmAnd for Android/iOS

In my years of traveling across countries and various cultures, I have always relied on locally available information or published data to make my way around. However, in recent times, with the ever-changing landscapes, it sometimes gets difficult to get to places without being aided by an updated map or best, an updated navigation app. Having used a famous global app for past 5 years and being a true fan to that brand I have often even cursed my luck in a non-network area while staring at a blank map on my screen.

Enter OsmAnd, an offline navigation app built for the Android. I chanced upon this on the Play Store and gave it a very apprehensive trial. Today, I have not only downloaded most of the world on it (Some more famous apps do not allow offline maps for many regions), but have now also tweaked it to show cooler stuff like parking slots, speed camera points etc.

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OsmAnd Online maps are an extensive addition to already comprehensive base of OpenStreetMap the application uses. With this plugin, you can add layers to your map, from those with general information from a different source, like satellite view, hiking routes view to quite specific data like fire hydrants’ locations. You can also change the main source of the map from vector tiles. Once you have all the data, the same will keep showing the navigation even when you are offline or in a bad/zero network zone (as long as your phone GPS is working fine). Despite the plugin being called ‘Online Maps’, you can use the maps without the internet, as well. You just have to save the parts of maps (often called tiles) to use them later.

To do that, download a specific Map Creator tool developed by the same guys. Select the area you need to download, click Preload area, then set the smallest and the largest zoom levels you want to have and download tiles. Copy them to your phone’s OsmAnd/tiles/*tile type* folder. You’ll also need to go to Configure map – Overlay map and choose OsmAnd online tiles. Online tiles can be helpful when you need just a small section of map or when you need a specific type of map to use in the limited area, but don’t want to download the whole region. They can come in handy in endless situations.

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I tested this app on my Mi A1 phone with data switched off and with day mode on (OsmAnd gives the option of having the day mode on even at night). Unlike some more famous siblings, the GPS locked on to my exact location instead of dancing around all over the area. I had downloaded Mumbai zone with POI layers (point of interest) and it showed every point clearly and not surprising, being open source and crowd developed is continuously updated. For example, I have noticed that within 2-3 days of an establishment coming into existence it shows up on the maps. The turns were well indicated and if online, alternate routes are immediately suggested after computing traffic and blockages. Having a voice control feature, it even told me that a fast food joint had shut for the day (impressive). You can create a new route using the Navigation option of the app. This tool is designed to help you find an optimal route according to your vehicle, personal requirements, etc. You can choose a car, bicycle or pedestrian mode, choose to avoid certain types of roads, etc. As soon as the route is built, you’ll get a turn-by-turn voice guidance. If you’d like to save the track of your movement, just turn the Trip recording plugin on and start a new GPX track before you proceed. I could save my trip for referring to it again later and also download a GPX track to follow.

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Overall a great app to have alongside the one we love the most. I have placed two phones with one iPhone 6S Plus running the older & famous brother with 4G data and the other, my MiA1 running OsmAnd without data. Both showed very similar routes and estimated times, but the trick to download your favorite zones, layer them up using the various plug-ins available to suit your requirements and have a worry-free drive, especially in crazily expensive European regions where using data on roaming is a very expensive affair. Developers can freely contribute to the app and get rewarded in Bitcoins!! I guess that’s a fair and welcome way to earn for those who believe in the crypto currency story.

 

This review is of a personal nature and there is no commercial consideration involving the app developers, this magazine as well as the author of this article.