The first Ducati Scrambler that was built during 1962 and 1976 was considered as the crossover model with many unique features. The name of the bike was brought back and recovered in 2015 by introducing a road oriented model and was designed by keeping off-roader image in the mind. The new Scrambler Desert Ducati is the modern version of the same model with great performance and many new emission rules. The name of the bike is derived from the machines that appeared on the Mexico’s Baja desert during the 1950s.
The craze about this bike grew among bike enthusiasts, hence Ducati unveiled its Scrambler range which provided with an amazing dirt-based ride. During 60’s and 70’s, road bikes were modified to cope with the desert terrain along with the engine skid plates to secure the bike from deserts and stones. Now in 2017, Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled is modified with many great features to go off-road to give it a feel of the late 60s.
Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled has a longer aluminum swingarm, adjustable KYB suspension, trellis frame, Scorpion Rally knobby tires and wire-spoke wheels. This bike can be considered as a new modified bike with a new purpose and features. It allows the bikers to configure and modify the bike with all performance accessories by Ducati. It also allows the bikers to customize the bike as per personal preferences by choosing different riding modes.
Amazing off-road credentials: Scrambler Desert Sled has a 46mm Kayaba USD fork which is fully adjustable and this has replaced the existing non-adjustable fork of the Scrambler. There is also a gas reservoir with the aluminum shock which is adjustable. This adjustable suspension also provides with the 7.9 inches of travel for the rear as well as the front. Ducati has opted for a bigger suspension that helps to stretch things at 200mm of wheel travel at each end. Ducati has also extended the swingarm and strengthened the frame. It also helps to avoid pegs from grinding due to the extra ride height of the bike. The swingarm of the bike is fixed to the frame that provides great stability and provides with an amazing travel suspension.
Justifies its name with a real homage to ‘Scrambler’: The Desert Sled can be considered as a retro styled dirt bike that comes packed with many unique and amazing features. This bike is specially designed for off-road features with many capabilities. This bike looks very aggressive and stands tall with wider handlebars. This bike has an ability to ride in all the situations and is capable of riding it on the rutted roads. It is the best Scrambler available in the market with off-road credentials and renders an amazing job to deliver homage to the ‘Scrambler’ name.
Works off-road: The Sled gets bars that are designed by keeping off-road in mind and is taller than the Scrambler Icon. The gap between the footpeg and seat has been lengthened and provides with a very comfortable seat. This bike is also capable of longer jaunts, canyon carving, and daily commuting. The sled has a lot of extra metal and weighs more than the standard bike. The sled has an amazing Pirelli Rally STR tires which makes off-roading so much simpler and easier. The bike has a softened throttle response that makes the ride easier for the riders.
New goodies and components: Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled uses a four-pot Brembo caliper, teardrop petrol tank, and 803cc air-cooled motor. It has posh grippy pegs with plenty of modern touches. The twin-cylinder delivers 113 hp at 9000rpm and provides with three different riding modes. The bike also has a round, digital gauge which is easily visible in different conditions that make the ride very smooth for the riders. There is a waterproof USB port under the seat along with the LCD instrumentation which is truly great. For better safety, it has a LED Daytime Running Lights Headlight and also allows to incorporate Ducati Multimedia System.
The pricing for the Desert Sled Dusk Red model is $11,395 and one has to pay extra $200 to the cost if one opts for the White Mirage colorway. Ducati has successfully built a dirt bike version of the Scrambler which is loved by all the bike enthusiasts. Ducati put forth all its efforts to reinvent the Scrambler and the team truly deserves a pat on their back for building a fantastic retro style dirt bike!
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