Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled; India Launch likely In August

The Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled’s key component for looks and off-road riding capabilities are the wire-spoke wheels.

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Italian exotic two-wheeler manufacturer Ducati introduced two new iterations of its Scrambler series, the first being the Scrambler Desert Sled and followed by Scrambler Cafe Racer at the EICMA show last year. Now, it is said that the Scrambler Desert Sled will hit the Indian shores soon.

According to a report from Bikewale, Ducati is planning to launch the Scrambler Desert Sled in August 2017. The Desert Sled is a tuned off-road iteration of the standard Scrambler. Ducati also claims that Desert Sled is a true on- and off-road performer.

The Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled's key component for looks and off-road riding capabilities are the wire-spoke wheels; 19-inch wheel in the front and 17-inch in the rear. This is because larger diameter front wheel will provide more stability while riding on demanding terrains.

The motorcycle is also equipped with Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR 120 front and 170 rear tyres. Suspension duties are carried out by 46mm fully adjustable front forks and a Kayaba rear shock which comes with complete pre-load and rebound adjustment.

The tubular frame has also been reinforced by Ducati and also replaced the taller Scrambler Icon bars with a motocross-style bar. The wheelbase of the Scrambler Desert Sled is substantially longer than the standard Scrambler.

Powering the Desert Sled is an 803cc, 2-valve, air-cooled mill that is capable of generating 75bhp of power and 67.79Nm of torque. Even though it shares the engine with other Scrambler models, the 803cc motor should be more than enough to sail across the desert floor.

The Desert Sled will be the fifth model to join the illustrious band of Scramblers in India that includes Icon, Classic, Urban Enduro and Full Throttle. At the end of last year, Ducati India reduced the prices of its Scrambler range by Rs 90,000 to celebrate Ducati's 90th anniversary.

Once launched, we can expect Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled to be the most expensive Scrambler model in India. The existing range's price starts at Rs 6,07,000 ex-showroom (Delhi).

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Story first published: Tuesday, February 14, 2017, 11:12 [IST]
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