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New Ducati Scambler Desert Sled unveiled at Eicma

‘Easy off-road’ Scrambler debuted in Milan

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Submitted by Simon Greenacre on Mon, 07/11/2016 - 16:30

DUCATI introduced the Scrambler Desert Sled, the second of its two new Scrambler models during its pre-Eicma press conference in Milan.

The Scrambler Desert Sked takes inspiration from the culture of stripping back road bikes and then modifying them for off-road use that was popular in places like Baja, California in the ‘60s and ‘70s.

Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled

The Desert Sled takes the Scrambler family into the ‘easy off-road’ sector and features a bash plate (giving the bike its name), plus reinforced frame, new aluminium swingarm, extended travel suspension from 200mm-travel USD Kayaba adjustable fork and gold 19 inch spoked wheels fitted with Pirelli Scorpion Rally tyres.

The bike’s off-road leanings are also visible in the mesh headlight cover, high front mudguard, high-level plate holder, off-road style foot pegs and taller 860mm seat height.

Like the new Scrambler Café Racer, the Desert Sled is also powered by the 75hp air-cooled 803cc L-Twin engine from the Scrambler Icon with new calibration to make power delivery smoother, especially lower down the rev range, says Ducati.

Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled

It will be available in two colour options - White with black frame and spoked wheels with gold rims  and Ducati Red with black frame and spoked wheels with gold rims.


...spend the next six hours washing it. And your bike kit too unless you like a muddy stripe up your back.

Confirms as just another styling exercise.

Maybe. But probably more focused than the modded street bikes they sledded back in the '60's and 70's. So maybe to be more authentic, the bike should be LESS offroad oriented?

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