More details about the upcoming Ducati Desert X continue to emerge. But, unfortunately, we’ll have to wait until December 9th and the Ducati World Premiere 2022 before getting the full details.

But now, Ducati’s website is providing some interesting tidbits about the new machine.  If you drill down on Ducati’s website, you’ll find the following about the Desert X:

Ducati World Première 2022

On September, 30th the season for the introduction of new Ducati products will begin and will culminate on December, 9th with the new DesertX.

The DesertX is Ducati’s new Adventure bike, designed to offer great off-road capabilities thanks to an all-new chassis designed around a 21″ front wheel, and it will harness the performance and reliability of the liquid-cooled 937 cc Testastretta engine.

Whether it’s exploring the hills behind your home, braving the desert or discovering new mountain trails, the new Ducati DesertX is the bike that will allow riders to make their most adventurous travel dreams come true.

With that little tidbit, Ducati seems to be declaring its intent to make the new Desert X a more off-road-worthy, more powerful bike.

Desert X – All new chassis

Considering the cost of developing an all-new chassis, the Italian manufacturer must think that the Desert X needs an improved baseline. So gone is the Scrambler 1100’s chassis replaced by an all-new unit.

Desert X

We’ll have to wait until December 9th, 2021, to get the full details.

Testastretta engine

And the addition of the liquid cooled 937 cc Testastretta engine will significantly increase power and torque.  The concept Desert X appeared to carry Ducati’s 1,079 cc, 2-valve air-cooled engine.  That engine makes approximately 86 hp and 65 lb-ft of torque.  Now that the bike will be equipped with the new 937 cc Testastretta engine, it should be putting out somewhere in the range of 113 hp and 71 lb-ft of torque.

21-inch front wheel

Finally, adding a 21-inch front wheel should give the machine more off-road capability.  This is particularly noteworthy when compared to machines like Ducati’s own Multistrada 950, which uses a 19-inch front wheel.  To date, Ducati has yet to say what size rear hoop will arrive on the Desert X.

These newly released tidbits seem to indicate that Ducati is serious about taking more of the off-road market.  It looks to be targeting the likes of the Triumph Tiger Rally Pro, KTM 890 Adventure, and Yamaha Tenere’.

Interesting times these…




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