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2017 Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled - At Ducati Wolverhampton

The latest Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled inherits the true heart and soul of the legendary off-road Desert Sled's that trailed through the mountains and deserts of California in the 60's and 70's.

Acquiring its logo from the Urban Enduro, the 2017 Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled represents a whole new off-road motorbike experience. Armed with a Euro4 compliant, 803cc L-Twin Desmodromic 2-valve air-cooled engine, along with a reinforced tubular frame, new aluminium double-sided swingarm and fully adjustable suspension, there's no doubt that this will be a thrilling companion to explore the open desert roads on.

Also sporting a higher riding position as well as new Pirelli Scorpion™ Rally STR tyres that offer 19” front / 17” rear gold spoked wheels, the Ducati Desert Sled aims to revive the spirit of the Urban Enduro to deliver a stimulating and electrifying ride when trekking through the dirt and taking off into the unknown. 

Take your terrain-tearing adventures to the next level with a new machine from the Scrambler range.

Directly from the desert and mountains of California comes the Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled: a new version that draws its inspiration from the off-road bikes that, back in the '60s and '70s, made US motorcycling history.

Desert Sleds were American-born bikes that appeared in South-West California and in Mexico's Baja California in the '60s and '70s. These were road bikes with engine displacements of over 500 cm3, stripped of any non-essential accessories, fitted with off-road tyres, wheels and spokes and given modified suspension systems and engine skid plates. In fact, it's the engine skid plate - indispensable in shielding the bike from rocks, stones and the unforgiving desert terrain - that gave the Desert Sled its name.

Over the years these bikes became a motorcycle category in their own right: until their arrival, no comparable style had ever been seen.

The Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled faithfully revives that spirit - but without abandoning the unique Scrambler lifestyle values - and extends the new Bologna-built brand into the "easy off-road" sector. 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.

Thanks to a higher seat (a 20 mm lower one is available as an optional), suspension with extended travel (now 200 mm) and off-road style footpegs with removable rubber pads, this Scrambler is also characterised by a new riding position. The passenger pegs - separated from the rider's - are removable.

The Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled inherits its logo from the Urban Enduro and is a natural evolution of the latter towards a more off-road style.