That’s what Ducati is telling us we can do now that they’ve launched their new Dakar-inspired DesertX motorcycle. “Exploration. Fun. Performance. And a great desire to take and leave towards the horizon.” These all sound like great things and we’ve been itching for a true off-road capable Ducati ever since the original Scrambler Icon came out.
DesertX is the first modern Ducati with 21″ front wheel and 18″ rear, long stroke suspension and a new frame designed specifically for off-road exploration. The bike just recently broke cover and we have some specs, details and images to share.
21 ”front and 18” rear wheels, long stroke suspension, generous ground clearance (9.8 in) and an off-road frame designed and tested to withstand the toughest conditions.
Ergonomics optimized for every condition
Ergonomics and aerodynamic study give life to a motorcycle that has off-road as a natural territory and at the same time remains comfortable, easy and safe for urban commuting and long travels.
Advanced electronics, dedicated to versatility
The versatility of DesertX is also reflected in the Riding Modes: there’s 6 of them, with Enduro and Rally dedicated specifically to the off-road riding experience.
Lightweight engine tuned for off-road use
DesertX is equipped with the latest evolution of the 937 cc Testastretta 11th desmo, lighter by 3.7 lb compared to the previous generation and equipped with a new gear ratio to ensure the best off-road behavior.