Du­cati Scram­bler Desert Sled

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75bhp | 188kg | Seat height 805mm

Du­cati’s Scram­bler range is lit­tered with so many vari­ants that they must be run­ning out of names – which could ex­plain this one be­ing dubbed the Desert Sled. It re­places the un­pop­u­lar Ur­ban Enduro model, and looks like it’s got just the right mix of retro and con­tem­po­rary to strike a chord with the buy­ing pub­lic – al­though the price might put them off again. It’s cer­tainly the most truly Scram­bler-es­que it­er­a­tion in the line-up, and with its gold rims and oval tank de­cals it looks like a homage to the iconic Yamaha XT500.

At its core is the same 803cc air-cooled twovalve head mo­tor used through­out the Scram­bler range, mated to a steel trel­lis frame that has been beefed up to with­stand off-road shenani­gans.

To un­der­line its desert-ness, it has bear-claw foot­pegs with re­mov­able rub­ber in­serts for road com­fort, a fairly high 860mm seat and wide bars with a mo­tocross style brace. The fork is a su­per­fat fully-ad­justable 46 KYB unit, while the rear is a fully-ad­justable KYB monoshock.

The Desert Sled is a beefed-up Scram­bler The Sled can tackle off-road ac­tion

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