Ducati has launched the Desert Sled Scrambler in India priced at Rs 9.32 lakh ex-showroom. This is priciest Ducati Scrambler variant offered. Last Month, the company launched the Monster 797 and Multistrada 950. The Scrambler Desert Sled emphasises on the off-road orientation of the scrambler. You would be wrong if you thought that it’s just a cosmetic change.
It gets an enduro type raised front mudguard. This is done because the front and rear suspension travel has been increased to 200mm. This translates to much higher seat height. Customer, however, an also chose the 20mm lower seat as an optional extra. It now gets twin exhaust cans that are compact and sit higher up. The underbelly is protected from rocks and stones by a steel skid plate. The headlight is also protected by a wire mesh encasing.
The Ducati Desert Sled rides on Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR On/Off road tyres wrapped on a 19-inch front wheel and 17-inch rear wheel. Other improvements for the Desert Sled includes reinforced chassis, strut braced aluminium handle bars, grippier ribbed pattern seat, and off-road style foot pegs spikes with removable rubber inserts.
The 803 cc engine remains unchanged. This oil cooled L-Twin engine pumps out 75PS of power @ 8,250 rpm and 68 Nm of torque @ 5,750 rpm. The company is saying that although the engine is unchanged, it does get revised engine tune that improves the throttle feedback.
Braking duties are handles by 330mm single disc with Brembo 4-pot calliper at the front and 245mm disc with single piston Brembo calliper at the rear. The ABS (anti-lock braking system) comes standard on the bike. The Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled can be had in two colours: Red Dusk and Mirage White.
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