Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled

The Ducati goes off-road vintage with the Desert Sled

Ducati decided to go a step further with the Scrambler. The Desert Sled isn’t just for people who like that old-fashioned look with off-road tires and spoked wheels. It’s more than that.  

The Machine

Ducati changed the suspensions and the frame in order to make it really work off-road. They increased the suspension travel, now 200mm, they built a headlight guard and a high mudguard. The wheels are 17” in the back and 19” in the front with a 330 mm single brake disc in order to stop it. The Desmo due engine is an 800cc two-cylinder which develops 75 hp. It has 6-speed gearbox. 

The Desert Sled is inspired by those 60s and 70s dirt bikes and of course by the famous Ducati Scrambler. It’s an urban enduro turned into a fun bike for the Californian desert outside the city. The 19″ promises “fun everywhere” and I believe that this is a great opportunity for Ducati to get into the business with this category. They are the pioneers of the naked bike, the new cafe racer when in the beginning of the 90s they presented the Monster. So I can imagine Ducati making the same for the Scrambler. 

Most of my friends think that I only like the big sports bike but they’re wrong. I love good bikes and some of them happen to be small. 

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Gasolist in chief, test-rider, and content writer. He began in the two-stroke era which makes him feel pretty old but gave him the chance to race everything from 125cc to 1000cc. All useless experiences when he got lost in the Sahara desert with nothing but a can of beans.

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