2017 Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled

Discussion in 'Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports' started by Rorider, Nov 8, 2016.

  1. Maxacceleration

    Maxacceleration Off the grid

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    I had a 690 of 2012-13 vintage (when they went back to shorter travel). GREAT bike, a powerhouse for sure. Hopefully they have certain issues resolved. Like a speedo unit that was erratic (I was on my second speedo unit and the problem was not resolved). It flamed out regularly in technical situations. Yes it was supposedly on a good/correct map. Spindly wiring - fragile wiring IMO ready to crack at any time. Lock to lock it would not make the tight turns on single track.
    I loved the bike, but it spit me off on flameouts one too many times. Not a dependable bike in the back country IMO (for me). Bye bye 690! It was a honker though. Maybe the 701 is sorted.

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  2. azrunner

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    I just got back from checking out the Desert Sled. It was love at first sight. I spent 45 minutes looking at the bike while talking with the salesman who was equally enthralled with the Sled. I couldn't finagle a test ride. Instead I was offered to try an Icon designated as a demo. I've ridden an Urban Enduro a 1000 plus miles so I declined the offer. The UE was cramped for my lanky 6' 1" 160# frame and I found the suspension a bit jarring after an hour or so. The Desert Sled felt much more roomy and I imagine the suspension will be more compliant for longer rides. I'm thinking the Sled might be the best choice for the kind of riding I enjoy, relaxed touring on scenic winding roads.
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  3. Johnytuono

    Johnytuono Adventurer

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    yep
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  4. Black Rhino

    Black Rhino Hopelessly optimistic cat herder

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    Yeah , I agree with you on all counts. The minimal aspect of the bikes features attracts me just as much as the looks of it. I'm certainly used to modding a bike for my height and weight , esp for anything used off road. Who knows , there may still be one in the garage , I have time to decide. :thumb
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  5. joaokrithinas

    joaokrithinas Adventurer

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    @iismatthew you got the evotech tidy and the swmotech bags right? Were you able to mount the spacers at the fender?
  6. Johnytuono

    Johnytuono Adventurer

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    Hi
    Are the orange reflectors on the front forks just stuck on? If they are, will there be any paint peel when pulling them off?
    Thanks
    JohnyT
  7. Max Kool

    Max Kool Xtankteam™

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    I pried a plastic credit/rewards card behind them to gently pry them off. No problem, they are just stuck on.

    Forks came out clean.
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  8. iismatthew

    iismatthew Adventurer

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    Had no issues mounting the two up, I didn't use any spacers since I didn't like the way it "broke" the lines from the fender to the side panel.
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  9. Johnytuono

    Johnytuono Adventurer

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    Hi
    Anyone know of any fork guard protector decals (not for the forks...I've got those)?
    Ta
    JohnyT
  10. Max Kool

    Max Kool Xtankteam™

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    Stickers, for on the lower fork protectors?
  11. BobcatSig

    BobcatSig Dirt Road Gaper

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    A heat gun or a hair dryer will make quick work of those reflectors.
  12. Johnytuono

    Johnytuono Adventurer

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    Yep
    Reflectors came off easy with a credit card.........didn't leave much glue behind either.
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  13. kickstandsup

    kickstandsup Long timer

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    Use dental floss, then goo gone to take off the residue. That's how I remove all my reflectors, works like a charm, takes 10 minutes.
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  14. ag_streak

    ag_streak Tiene Ruta Cuarenta?

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    Is that Richloam?
  15. goodcat8

    goodcat8 I can pass this guy.....

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  16. Johnytuono

    Johnytuono Adventurer

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    ^^ Ace photos.......you should be a photographer..............love the 2nd one!
    JohnyT
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  17. KenCM

    KenCM Been here awhile

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    Good Lord NO! Richloam is a swamp.
    That's Croom. It's a sandbox.
    Those are our choices around here: Asphalt, Swamp, or Sand.
    Heading to the Overland Expo at the Biltmore in a couple weeks where I hope to find some nice forest trails.
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  18. ag_streak

    ag_streak Tiene Ruta Cuarenta?

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    If you're coming through, stop in Blue Ridge, GA and I'll share all the good trails!
  19. KenCM

    KenCM Been here awhile

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    Thank you for the offer.
    We're heading up the east coast so won't be near Blue Ridge :(
  20. KenCM

    KenCM Been here awhile

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    (LACK OF) PROTECTION
    When I lay the bike on its side, it doesn't rest on the crash bars :dirtdog

    Instead, it rests on the foot peg and gear shift lever (on the left) and the exhaust and foot brake lever (on the right), the handlebar ends, and the front axle.
    I've ordered the SW-Motech sliders for the front axle.
    And, I am replacing the Evotech hand guard protectors with the new Bark Busters that allow the crossbar to remain in place (the Evotech mounts to the control perch on both sides and I don't want to break those in a fall).

    That leaves the gear shift and brake foot levers and exhaust.

    I have the folding gear shift lever from Ducati, but I don't see any way that this is going to fit the Sled (despite their accessory page claiming it does).
    The mounting hole is much larger in diameter than the stock part and the linkage hole is in the wrong location.
    SW-Motech offers a folding gear lever that looks like it will work.

    Curious if anyone has a solution for the rear brake lever and/or exhaust.

    Maybe I can made some kind of extension from the passenger foot peg mounts?