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Ducati Desert Sled Owners Thread

Discussion in 'Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports' started by TBR, Mar 19, 2017.

  1. Max Kool

    Max Kool Xtankteam™

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    Is it the spring, or the shock bolt?
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  2. VuTron

    VuTron Been here awhile

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    actually, the spring bolt at the very top.
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  3. joaokrithinas

    joaokrithinas Adventurer

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    After waiting for a few days because of a delay with the license plate she's at home
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  4. thomas.vancouter

    thomas.vancouter Been here awhile

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  5. joaokrithinas

    joaokrithinas Adventurer

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    Today I've put 200km on her! What a blast Hope you guys enjoyed your Sunday!
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  6. dutch2004

    dutch2004 Dreaming the dream...zzz

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    Thanks for the review!! This bike looks perfect for my local dirt roads (up to class 4).
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  7. Cruz

    Cruz Lost but laughing.

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    Has anyone seen a video review test of this bike by someone who is not a sport bike or road rider?

    All the reviews I have looked at so far are by obvious road riders.

    What the feck is the point of that, the same ignorant crap time and time again and displaying little ability to ride off road!

    Max, tell us what it is like off road compared to the XCH!
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  8. Blakduk

    Blakduk Don’t be too practical.

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    Cruz, I don't think they either have dirt, or have the ability to ride faster than 30km/h on it. And it is smooth dirt that we'd take a roadbike down LOL.
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  9. Max Kool

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    Wish I could, haven't taken the Sled offroad and I doubt I will in the near future, as we still have two DR650's.

    I personally see the Sled as a very offroad capable street bike, and that's mainly due to the rider position. On an offroad bike you want to be able to slide all the way up to the bars for front end grip. You can't do that on the Sled. But I just realize you can't do that either on most any of the other multi cylinder allroads.

    I wouldn't be surprised if some people compare the seating position of the DS with that of a BMW R80G/S...

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    The stuff they rode at the introduction in Spain pretty much sums up what this bike excels at. Unpaved stuff, but not too narrow.

    @thomas.vancouter care to share your opinion?
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  10. Max Kool

    Max Kool Xtankteam™

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  11. thomas.vancouter

    thomas.vancouter Been here awhile

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    I know have about 1800km on the sled of which 60% offroad.
    In short: for the sled is ideal for the stuff I do. I can only compare to my experience with the triumph tiger 800 but still.

    Main observations:
    - the weight seems to be much lower which makes it much more easy to ride offroad. Bike also feels lighter than 200kg :)
    - suspension is a huge improvement over the tiger
    - i'm 1m85cm and the ergonomics are great. In my last trip I rode 5-6 hours a day (3 days) of which half of it standing up and had no real uncomfortable aspects. Could use some bar risers though.
    - until now the stock tyres were fine expect on wed grass. Did a bit of mud but conditions where quite good until now. No deep sand yet.

    So I love the bike for what I want to do but am a offroad noob. So not sure if that tells you anything :)


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  12. Max Kool

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    Anyone tried the Comfort Seat on the Sled yet?
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  13. joaokrithinas

    joaokrithinas Adventurer

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    Just the low seat here...
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  14. Max Kool

    Max Kool Xtankteam™

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    I have the regular Sled seat, and I wonder if the Comfort seat would make it easier to slide back and forth, and add some leg room maybe...

    I'm mostly interested in a flatter seat, not leg room btw.
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  15. Hanan

    Hanan n00b

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    How do you like the low seat
    What is your hight if you don't mind me asking?


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  16. joaokrithinas

    joaokrithinas Adventurer

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    I'm 175cm and I prefere the low seat, I think it's narrower but a little bit more stiffier...
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  17. Oliver74

    Oliver74 n00b

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    Same for me.
    I´m 174cm an i like the lower seat. Gives me more confidence
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  18. Hanan

    Hanan n00b

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    Thanks guys


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  19. Max Kool

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    what a difference a few cm's can make.

    I upped the rear preload close to an inch, and think I could use a slightly taller seat, while I am 1m78....

    (must be my high heels??)
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  20. Maxacceleration

    Maxacceleration Off the grid

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    I'll jump in on the owners thread as I...
    I have half the preload of you Max Kool, or less. I started at the standard setting of apprx .55" 'road use' preload. I added just barely another .25" of preload, which still keeps it shy of the Ducati standard 'off road use' setting of .78" of preload.
    I weigh apprx 175 lbs geared up, so maybe you are pushing 200lbs or so? My minor increase in preload keeps the rear higher and still not overly stiff. It seems to turns better now. On with the experimentation plus letting the suspension break in.
    The stock tires really feel good and inspiring on road - my bike leans over well.
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