‘The Desert Sled has nailed it’
‘Ignore the hype and enjoy them for what they are’
Despite sharing a common name, these three bikes offer a very different take on the scrambler theme. With the Triumph you get an off-road image, but on a bike that is a very refined and pleasant road machine that lacks a bit of soul but is extremely easygoing. The BMW is a beautiful, strippedback and uncluttered bike that comes with a wonderfully raw and exhilarating ride, which is engaging and spirited. It costs a premium, but you get a far more grown-up machine for your money thanks to its larger-capacity boxer motor. Which leaves the Desert Sled.
Ducati have absolutely nailed the scrambler theme by delivering a bike whose performance reflects its styling and attitude. You can scramble this scrambler and also enjoy it on the road, which is a real surprise.
It is a touch compromised due to this off-road ability, and it would be nice if it had a bit more grunt from its V-twin, but overall it more than meets the brief and offers something the others simply can’t – the ability to actually scramble!
These three scramblers offer a really enjoyable and different take on motorcycling that gives them their own unique appeal and charm. Ignore the marketing crap and just enjoy them for what they are as they have a lot to offer.