‘The Desert Sled has nailed it’

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Feature - JON URRY

‘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.

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