Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled revs up its retro spirit
Ducati comes with a new version that draws its inspiration from the off-road bikes in the 60s and 70s, which deeply influenced US motorcycling history.
The Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled was an American-born bike that appeared in Southwest California in 60s and 70s. The then-500 cm3-bike revived its retro spirit while retaining its Scrambler lifestyle values. Thanks to the modified frame and suspension, the spoked wheels (19″ at the front) and ground-breaking lines, this bike is simply perfect for those who want to be able to get off the asphalt and take a less-beaten track.
The off-road capability of the Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled is also evident in the type-approved headlight mesh guard, the high mudguards (specially designed for this version) and, of course, the engine skid plate.
Its new chassis set-up makes the Scrambler Desert Sled perfect for “soft off-road” adventure riding. The front and rear now have a full 200 mm suspension. At the front, the upside-down 46 mm Kayaba forks offer spring pre-load, compression and rebound damping adjustment; at the rear the Kayaba shock absorber allows for adjustment of spring pre-load and rebound damping and is equipped with a separate gas cartridge.
This new set-up gives the Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled a seat height of 860 mm and a wheelbase of 1505 mm.
The Scrambler Desert Sled is EURO 4-compliant, and has now a twin-cylinder 803 cm3 air and oil-cooled engine taken from the Icon. It also comes with a new throttle control and an all-new engine calibration that makes a smoother power delivery.
Equipped with a 6-speed gearbox, the twin-cylinder Desmodue engine on the Scrambler has been designed to favor smooth running and fluid acceleration throughout the rev range, delivering 75 hp at 8,250 rpm and a torque of 68 Nm at 5,750 rpm. Designed to be simple and accessible, just like the Ducati Scrambler itself, it also features 12,000 km (7,500 miles) maintenance intervals.