Author: Harriet Jordan

New Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled presented at EICMA

Ducati has unveiled the second of the two new Scrambler models during a pre-Eicma press conference in Milan, the Scrambler Desert Sled.

We first got a glimpse of this new bike when the Italian manufacturer released a (somewhat cryptic) video back in October. What we managed to conclude, however, was that the model would be geared towards off-road focused use.

Now that we get a proper look at the bike and its off-road-esque styling, it’s easy to be reminded of the Southern California desert racing scene back in the ‘60s and ‘70s.Ducati scrambler desert sled

As well as in the looks, the Desert Sled is well equiped for some off-road fun with a bash plate, plus reinforced frame, new aluminium swingarm and extended travel suspension from 200mm-travel USD Kayaba adjustable fork.

The mesh headlight cover, high front mudguard, high-level plate holder, off-road style footpegs, for better bite, and taller 860mm seat height mean the bike should tear through ruts and rocky terrains with confidence.

It’s powered by an unchanged 803cc twin-cylinder engine as seen on the other Scrambler variants, but with new calibration to make power delivery that bit smoother, especially lower down the rev range, says Ducati.

You’ve got two colour options with the Desert Sled, a White Mirage at a set price of £9,495 or Red Dusk for £9395, both with gold rims.

Added on 15/9/2017 – you can find our review of the Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled here