November 8, 2016 at 8:03 am #15231EddiebKeymaster
Rank: Round the World Adventure Globetrotter
- Town/City: Tauranga
- Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV, BMW R100GS
‘Easy off-road’ Scrambler debuts in Milan
DUCATI has just 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.
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.
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.
Attachments:November 8, 2016 at 9:36 am #15236Mike BreenGuest
interesting. That looks like a pretty good compromise for road and gravelNovember 8, 2016 at 9:36 am #15237Herman RooseGuest
I’ll wait for this one lolNovember 8, 2016 at 9:36 am #15238Mike BreenGuest
it’s still a bit heavy though: 204kg fully fueled up. Wheelbase a bit longer so might be better for two up riding. My wifes Scrambler is a bit cramped with both of us on it. The 8″ adjustable suspension is about bloody time!November 8, 2016 at 9:36 am #15239Steve ArchibaldGuest
I wonder who they pay to come up with these names “Desert Sled” LMAONovember 8, 2016 at 10:36 am #15249Mike HarrisonGuest
Could b gd for u. Come ride mine sometime b a gd gravel bike low seat heightNovember 8, 2016 at 10:36 am #15250Edward BrodieGuest
It’s a term that dates back to the 70’sNovember 8, 2016 at 10:36 am #15251Shane NewtonGuest
Olly MusgraveNovember 8, 2016 at 12:37 pm #15260Herman RooseGuest
I’ll bring the Mana lolApril 14, 2018 at 3:59 pm #26473Team BuffoonParticipantRank: 125cc Rider
So anyone actually tried one off road? I wish Ducati would make a proper Adventure bike and stop faffing around the edges.
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