Ducati India has launched the desert-sled edition of its Scrambler motorcycle. The Motorcycle is priced at Rs 9.32 lakh for the Red Musk shade and Rs 9.45 lakh for the White Mirage shade. The Ducati Scrambler already looked like an off-road, but with the Desert Sled, it seems like Ducati has gone a level up on the Scrambler's off-road capabilities.
The Desert Sled variant in the Ducati Scrambler series takes inspiration from the off-road motorcycle craze in America, back in the 1960s and '70s. While the underpinnings of the Desert Sled are derived from the standard variant of the Scrambler, the new variant features a host of off-road friendly upgrades.
A modified frame and suspension with high-mounted mudguards make the motorcycle look like a proper dirt bike. The headlamp is covered with a mesh guard and the engine is protected by a skid plate, making the motorcycle not just look like an off-roader but also perform better off-road.
The 19-inch front and 17-inch rear wheels rims being finished in gold though might not make one want to take the bike off-road, as it can nick the paint. However, it does create a contrasting look on the bike.
Furthering the off-road placard are the Pirelli Scorpion Rally Str tyres, which other than being grippy, also make the motorcycle look really mean. The seat is at a higher position than the standard version, but Ducati also provides a 20 mm lower seat as an extra option. The off-road style foot pegs can also be optioned with removable rubber
Powering the Scrambler Desert Sled edition is the Euro 4 compliant version of the same 803cc air and oil cooled engine from the standard Scrambler. With an output of 74 bhp @8250 rpm and 68 Nm @5750 rpm, it is capable of propelling the motorcycle from 0-100 km/h in 4.5 seconds, and onto a top speed of just over 200 km/h. The engine is tuned to put out the torque in a punchy manner, making it fun to ride off-road.
The suspension, like the rest of the motorcycle is set up for off-road use as it gets 200mm extended travel. The Brembo sourced 330mm disc with 4-piston monobloc calipers and a 245mm disc at the front and rear respectively, combined with the Bosch 9.1 MP ABS system takes care of braking duties.
MD of Ducati India, Sergi Canovas Garriga said, "We've introduced for the first time in India, a motorcycle in the 'easy off-road' category. Staying true to the Scrambler family and taking inspiration from the 1960s and 1970s' California motorcycle scene, the Desert Sled reinforces the pure essence of motorcycling: two wheels, wide handlebars, a straightforward engine and endless fun. The bike is perfect for the city and to get off the tarmac and explore the road less travelled."
The new Ducati Scrambler will be set for deliveries from the next week, and bookings are now open. Customers can walk into any of the Ducati dealerships to book the new a motorcycle from the new Scrambler range or to purchase any of the dedicated Scrambler Desert Sled accessories and apparel.
Alongside the launch of the Desert Sled variant, Ducati India has also announced the launch of the BS-IV Scrambler Icon and Scrambler Classic, at a price of Rs 7.23 lakh and Rs 8.48 lakh (ex-showroom) respectively.
The Ducati Scrambler already looked off-road friendly, and was in line with the whole off-road motorcycle trend from a few decades ago. With the Scrambler Desert Sled though, ducati has taken things to a whole new level. The motorcycle doesn't just look off-road ready, but is ready to take on the rough stuff.