Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled – Looks like a winner!
I was excited by the Ducati Scrambler launch back in 2015, but unfortunately, for me, the bike didn’t live up to the hype. I found it small, slightly cramped and I just couldn’t get comfortable on the seat. I’m not particularly tall at 5ft 10in, but it still felt like a small bike. There was however, several different models available to choose from and plenty of accessories to make your bike your own. The custom builders took to them, and we saw some fantastic ‘objects D’Art’ hit the show scene.
So when news of two new models broke, I just assumed it would be another ‘dressed up’ Scrambler, but oh how wrong as I. The First of the two new models unleashed on the media circus is the Desert Sled, and with the exception of the tank and Engine (albeit massaged) its a whole new bike.
It’s got a taller stance, with the seat height jumping from 790mm to 860mm. The front end gets new beefier 46mm Kayaba fully adjustable shocks to keep the 19 inch gold rimmed wheel under control. Those gorgeous spoked wheels are shod with new Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR, which were designed specifically for the bike, and by all accounts they are great on tarmac and hold their own off road in everything except slimy mud.
So what’s the name all about? It originates (where else) from Southern California , where riders in the 60’s & 70’s, started modifying their heavy street bikes for racing on the desert trails. This involved stripping back any unnecessary items such as lights, adding knobbly tyres and high rise exhausts.
The Desert Sled is available in two colours, white and red, and I have to be honest and say that the ‘cheaper’ red bike would be my choice. It’s like the bastard son of an XT500 and a Husqvarna!
Unfortunately, I won’t get a chance to sling my leg over one until they hit the dealers, so if you want to know what they ride like, check out this excellent review courtesy of Dutch, Head Honcho of The Bike Shed….(don’t tell Vikki I said that!)
Next to arrive will be the Scrambler Cafe Racer, yeah that doesn’t sound right to me either!