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Ducati Desert Sled unveiled at EICMA

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From Harriet Jordan at Adventurebikerider.com…

Ducati has unveiled the the Scrambler Desert Sled.

We first got a glimpse of this new bike when the Italian manufacturer released a 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 1960s and ’70s.

As well as in the looks, the Desert Sled is well equipped for some off-road fun with a bashplate, 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.

There’ll be two colour options in Europe: White Mirage or Red Dusk, both with gold rims.

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