Directly from the desert and mountains of California comes the Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled: a new version that draws its inspiration from the off-road bikes that, back in the '60s and '70s, made US motorcycling history.
Desert Sleds were American-born bikes that appeared in South-West California and in Mexico's Baja California in the '60s and '70s. These were road bikes with engine displacements of over 500 cm3, stripped of any non-essential accessories, fitted with off-road tyres, wheels and spokes and given modified suspension systems and engine skid plates. In fact, it's the engine skid plate - indispensable in shielding the bike from rocks, stones and the unforgiving desert terrain - that gave the Desert Sled its name.
Over the years these bikes became a motorcycle category in their own right: until their arrival, no comparable style had ever been seen.
The Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled faithfully revives that spirit - but without abandoning the unique Scrambler lifestyle values - and extends the new Bologna-built brand into the "easy off-road" sector. Thanks to the modified frame and suspension, the spoked wheels (19" at the front) and ground-breaking lines, this bike is simply perfect for those who want to be able to get off the asphalt and take a less-beaten track. The off-road capability of the Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled is also evident in the type-approved headlight mesh guard, the high mudguards (specially designed for this version) and, of course, the engine skid plate.
Thanks to a higher seat (a 20 mm lower one is available as an optional), suspension with extended travel (now 200 mm) and off-road style footpegs with removable rubber pads, this Scrambler is also characterised by a new riding position. The passenger pegs - separated from the rider's - are removable.
The Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled inherits its logo from the Urban Enduro and is a natural evolution of the latter towards a more off-road style.
L-Twin, Desmodromic distribution, 2 valves per cylinder, air cooled
Bore X Stroke
88 mm x 66 mm
Max Power Output
55 kW (75 hp) @ 8,250 rpm
68 Nm (50 lb-ft) @ 5,750 rpm
Fuel Tank Capacity
2200 mm x 940 mm x 1213 mm
Tyre Size Front
Pirelli SCORPION RALLY STR 120/70 R19
Tyre Size Rear
Pirelli SCORPION RALLY STR 170/60 R17
Brakes Type Front
330 mm disc, radial 4-piston calliper with ABS as standard equipment
Brakes Type Rear
245 mm disc, 1-piston floating calliper with ABS as standard equipment
TriOptions Personal Contract Purchase is only available through Ducati Finance, a trading style of Black Horse Limited, St William House Tresillian Terrace, Cardiff, CF10 5BH. Credit is subject to status and only available to UK residents aged 18 and over.
TriOptions Personal Contract Purchase is only available through Ducati Finance, a trading style of Black Horse Limited, St William House Tresillian Terrace, Cardiff, CF10 5BH. Credit is subject to status and only available to UK residents aged 18 and over. Finance example is correct at time of quoting and may be subject to change.
With TriOptions Personal Contract Purchase you have the option at the end of the agreement to:
(1) return the motorcycle and not pay the Optional Final Repayment. If the motorcycle is in good condition (fair wear and tear accepted) and has not exceeded the allowed mileage you will have nothing further to pay. If the bike has exceeded the allowed mileage a charge for excess mileage will apply - in this example 6p per mile + VAT for any excess mileage up to 4,999 miles and 12p per mile + VAT for any excess mileage exceeding 4,999 miles.
(2) pay the Optional Final Repayment to own the motorcycle.
(3) part exchange the motorcycle subject to settlement of your existing finance agreement; new finance agreements are subject to status.