The Scrambler clan of Ducati is pretty strong and vibrant. But the wait for a modern day scrambler with some off road attributes, ends only at the EICMA 2016. They unveiled their latest Scrambler the Desert Sled, which is promised to be a real off-road motorbike, which one could take out for fun thrilled all terrain drives.
Engine remains the same as it is powered by the 803cc, twin-cylinder, desmodromic distributed, air-cooled engine. This mill delivers a maximum power of 72 bhp @ 8250 rpm and a peak torque of 68 Nm @ 5750 rpm. It uses an electronic fuel injector with a 50mm throttle body. The engine satisfies the Euro 4 emission standards with all major environmental pollutants made under its control. The exhaust system of this Scrambler consists of stainless steel muffler with catalytic converter and 2 lambda probes with an attachment of aluminium tail pipes.
This unique off-road motorcycle is made by redesigning the swingarm of the Scrambler, which will takes away all the stress from the main chassis, when the bike is engaged with untamed grounds or when jumped. They even upgraded the suspension travel with improved forks and shocks. Ducati has equipped this Desert Sled with an adjustable 46mm Kayaba fork and pre-load adjustable Kayaba shocks at the front and rear parts of the bike respectively. A motocross style bar replaced the Scrambler Icon bars to give more off-road appeal and it will enables the rider to stand up and ride. It also uses bigger footpegs for better grip and control on off-roads, especially on desert runs. The whole motorcycle is built around a reinforced tubular frame. The bike also features, switchable ABS system and 19-inch front and 17-inch rear specially designed Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR tyres.
The name Desert Sled usually refers to standard motorcycles over 500cc, that were modified and used in Californian desert with high travel suspension, spoked wheels, engine protection plates and meaty tyres. Therefore, Ducati pays homage to the Southern Californian desert racing in the form of Desert Sled. The overall weight of this Ducati has gained due to the installation of hardware for emission control and other suspension related components. Altogether, an additional 20kg is weighed more than the Scrambler Icon model.