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DUCATI SCAMBLER DESERT SLED UNVEILED

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  • #15231
    Eddieb
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    • Town/City: Tauranga
    • Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV, BMW R100GS
    • Rank: Round the World Adventure Globetrotter

    ‘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.

    From: http://www.visordown.com/motorcycle-news-new-bikes/new-ducati-scambler-desert-sled-unveiled-eicma

    #15236
    Mike Breen
    Guest

    interesting. That looks like a pretty good compromise for road and gravel

    #15237
    Herman Roose
    Guest

    I’ll wait for this one lol

    #15238
    Mike Breen
    Guest

    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!

    #15239
    Steve Archibald
    Guest

    I wonder who they pay to come up with these names “Desert Sled” LMAO

    #15249
    Mike Harrison
    Guest

    Could b gd for u. Come ride mine sometime b a gd gravel bike low seat height

    #15250
    Edward Brodie
    Guest

    It’s a term that dates back to the 70’s

    #15251
    Shane Newton
    Guest

    Olly Musgrave

    #15260
    Herman Roose
    Guest

    I’ll bring the Mana lol

    #26473
    Team Buffoon
    Participant
    • Rank: 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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