Bike India

Ducati DesertX


This retro-styled adventure motorcycle is absolutely drool-worthy and one we can’t wait to get our hands on. With its sleek proportion­s and twin-pod headlamp, the DesertX looks all set to take on the Dakar challenge. There’s a 937-cc Testastret­ta V-twin borrowed from the Multistrad­a, but tuned to produce slightly lower output of 110 hp and 92 Nm, with shorter gearing that make it ideal for off-roading. A massive 21-inch front wheel in combinatio­n with an 18-inch rear wirespoke one aid the adventure character further, along with 230mm (front) and 220-mm (rear) suspension travel and a ground clearance of 250 mm. Apart from the price tag, what most of us Indians might find out of our reach is the incredible saddle height of 875 mm. You also get a five-inch TFT display with the option of Bluetooth connectivi­ty, riding modes, and a host of electronic­s. Obviously, it’ll demand premium pricing, though we won’t be complainin­g too much if it costs around Rs 15 lakh.

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