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Discussion in 'Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports' started by Rorider, Nov 8, 2016.
Tons of photos here http://www.asphaltandrubber.com/bikes/ducati-scrambler-desert-sled/
Looks very interesting to me. It is actually a 'scrambler' as far as I can see - and distinct from all the other Ducati Scrambler models in that respect, and thus very deserving of it's own thread!
CW article on the sled...sounds very promising, changes from the standard Scrambler go far beyond cosmetics.
a photo from Visordown.
The want is strong with this one...
This is what the Urban Explorer should always have been for $10k.
Just put my deposit down for this bad boy with one of our local Ducati dealers. Looks like it'll be around 14k CAD otd. (ouch)
So should we post in here or in the Ducati Scrambler is back thread?
I'd be interested seeing how the scamberler handles adv touring. To me it's just a more powerful BMW G650 xCountry, expect BMW never showed the xCountry tearing up the desert or tackling jumps.
With a 13.5l tank, it's going to need an Aux tank for proper touring. Additionally, there doesn't seem to be a well supported sub frame for panniers rails and a rack (of course they'd ruin the look of the bike, but still)
This looks like a really fun bike! Coming from a dirt bike guy, I am impressed with the suspension components. Pretty good stuff.
Easy - Desert Sled Scrambler goes here in Beasts ! All other Scramblers go in the "is back" thread. It should now go to the Road Warriors section.
Brilliant looking bike, lets see what the aftermarket suppliers bring on in terms of add-on parts in the future, seeing great potential here for a fun bike... 'nuff said....
I've been getting 55-60 mpg pretty regularly with my Icon, don't see why this one should be any worse. Unless you will be riding clear across the desert, the range should be fine for touring. There are plenty of luggage options for the existing Scrambler, I don't think there will be an issue there, the subframe is pretty substantial under the bodywork.
Just from looking at the pictures I see several important changes from the Icon scrambler. Longer forks with adjustable caps, New swing arm, New shock, New wheels, added horizontal frame tube giving strength to the frame.
Now all you folks who were bitching that the Duc wasn't capable enough off road are out of excuses.
The G650x would get up to 70mpg from its 10l tank, but practically anyone who tours on one would at least have a 5l aux tank plus some fuel bottles in reserve. Works well in Morocco, but in South America even that isn't enough. That being said, I've just come back from SA and North Africa and the Middle East is screwed, so I don't know where my next tour will be.
Anyway, not knocking it, it looks great.
a short walkaround video...
Do want....looks as capable (maybe more so?) than my Elefant - with better clutch for off-road (wet) and parts availability, the great DesmoDue motor...can't wait to test ride one.
I'm SURE that CA Cycle Works will have a new tank with larger capacity for it, or Acerbis or SOMEONE will come out with one. I will take a natural one please.
I had a Hypermotard 796 for several years and I loved it. Great engine and a great overall package. This however is the bike I always wanted my Hypermotard to be. Great job Ducati! Can't wait to see the bike!
The Desert Sled looks like a supermoto and a dirt tracker had a love child. And the red/white scheme reminds me of my husky.
THAT, is a badass supermoto.
First thing I thought of when I saw the red Desert Sled was Husky's Baja concept from a few years back.
Indeed - i was one of those bitchers, and this new model, an actual scrambler, has blown me away. It is, if you compare it to the competition, head and shoulders above the rest in my opinion. (I used to have a Triumph Scrambler) This Ducati, if say compared to the Triumph, is more powerful, (75hp vs 54hp, 50lbs vs 59lbs) has much better, longer suspension, (8 inches front and rear - fully adjustable, no information on the triumph yet, but the street twin has 4.7 inches and it doesn't look much different) knoblier tyres, a properly reinforced chassis so you can actually thrash it off-road, and it is even lighter (even in it's heavy 'dessert sled' guise...456lbs wet vs 478 (for the street twin))
I think it looks fantastic too, which is a bonus...
I was sold...then I realized the price. This is the same price as a brand new BMW RnineT Scrambler here. I really really like this Desert Sled though.