Ducati Desert Sled Owners Thread

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  1. semperadventure

    semperadventure n00b

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    Does anyone know what frames are the same as the Desert Sled? I am looking at tail racks and of course most companies haven't tested their product on a DS yet, so I am wondering if a rack is compatible with a particular doc scrambler, can I assume it's compatible with a DS? Same goes for 1) seats and 2) fender eliminators.

    Thanks!
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  2. Max Kool

    Max Kool Xtankteam™

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    The DS rear frame is the same as on any other Scrambler 800, maybe except the Cafe Racer.
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  3. wilfred

    wilfred juvenile delinquent Super Supporter Supporter

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    At a track day last August, it was a blast.
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  4. wilfred

    wilfred juvenile delinquent Super Supporter Supporter

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  5. danketchpel

    danketchpel Long timer

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    I kinda spaced out in not adding myself to this thread.

    From last weekend.
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  6. motoman12

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    How do you like your mods, the tail rack and windscreen?
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  7. danketchpel

    danketchpel Long timer

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    Ya, that seems to be the case.

    The biggest difference seems to center around the passenger pegs as they are quite different between the Sled and the others.
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  8. danketchpel

    danketchpel Long timer

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    I like the tail rack quite a bit. The windscreen is good for off-road and local rides, but for longer distance I'd want something larger.

    I'm 5'9" and it hits me about shoulder height. So it takes away a good bit of wind blast from my chest but I still feel enough that for longer distance (say 200 mile days) I'd want more coverage. I'm currently seeking an alternate longer distance screen solution.
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  9. JustKip

    JustKip Long timer

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    I'd be really surprised if you found a good touring screen!
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  10. motoman12

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    Thanks for sharing! I'm in the warm weather in Texas. I've put about 600 mi on mine and I actually like the blast of air up to about 70 or so and then you can really feel it pulling on you, but it does help keep you cool.

    Have you seen the Touratech screen?
    It looks similar to the R1200 GS screen and comes up to the top of the mirrors. I may get one when it gets cooler.

    Is that a wolfman tank bag? How many liters?
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  11. motoman12

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    Also calsci.com may be coming out with one soon

    I'm 5'8" and today I rode about 200 mi. The rain was on and off and it kinda had me wishing for a nice screen. Having said that, I had a hi viz microfiber rag tied to the handle bar crossbrace as a way of getting attention from the cagers. Turns out it works great as a helmut shield wiper too :)
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  12. kurtKurban

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    Can I ride Ducati desert sled for a 5500 mile ADV ride? Dose any done it before? Any advice?
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  13. Max Kool

    Max Kool Xtankteam™

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    Ask Henry Crew (he’s on instagram and traveling the globe on a Sled).

    Yes you can. Add some crashbars and luggage racks, and go!
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  14. Exfiredude

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    Took my 2018 out for a clear So Cal ride after the rain. This pic is from LA County Fire Camp 9 looking towards Catalina. Remember that the DS mantra is less is best! I've been trying to remove as much as I can to keep it stripped. Already own a GS so I don't need bags, windscreens, heated grips, etc...

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  15. Riverbandit

    Riverbandit Play the blues

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    I hope so, I’m taking mine on a 700 mile trip in June on the Wa BDR, gonna take 6 days to do it, should be fun,
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  16. jeepy

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    Just pick this thing up last week.. IMG_7762.jpg
    I had to get it un bit dirty
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  17. Jbone11 11

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    Just picked up my 2019 Sled a couple weeks ago, just about to hit 1K service.... 2/3rd of that has been off road so far, loving this thing and genuinely surprised (pleasantly) of how capable it is in the dirt:


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  18. nugent_crai

    nugent_crai Adventurer

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    How are you liking this after putting some miles on it?
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  19. Jbone11 11

    Jbone11 11 Long timer

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    Loving it. I'm really enjoying being able to do road miles more comfortably while still being able to hit 75% of the trails I would have on the 690. Plus its universally cool ;)
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  20. Jbone11 11

    Jbone11 11 Long timer

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    In fact, I love it so much, I've started working on a Scrambler event for next season. Stay tuned ;)