Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled
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