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Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled [2018]

Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled [2018] is a bike with the last known price range of Rs. 9,35,504 - Rs. 9,46,081 in India. It had 2 variants and 2 colours. It came with anti-locking braking system and both front and rear disc brakes.

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Key specs
  • Displacement803 cc
  • Transmission6 Speed Manual
  • Kerb Weight186 kg

Last known Avg. Ex-showroom price

₹ 9,35,504

Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled [2018] is now discontinued in India.

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Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled [2018] Summary

Scrambler Desert Sled [2018] key highlights

Engine Capacity 803 cc
Transmission 6 Speed Manual
Kerb Weight 186 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 13.5 litres
Seat Height 790 mm
Max Power 74 bhp

About Scrambler Desert Sled [2018]

The Ducati Desert Sled is a more off-road functional version of the Scrambler Urban Enduro.

The bike gets 200mm of suspension travel at both front and rear, a revised swingarm, motocross-style handlebar, headlight mesh guard, engine skid plate and high mudguards to help its off-road capability. The Desert Sled also features a seat height of 860mm with an optional 840mm seat as an accessory. At the front, the bike has a 19-inch wheel while the rear sits on a 17-inch wheel, both wrapped in off-road Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR tyres.

The Desert Sled uses an 803cc L-twin engine which produces 75bhp at 8250rpm and 68Nm of torque at 5750rpm and is mated to a six-speed gearbox. Although the engine is the same as the other Scramblers, it is tuned to improve power delivery at lower rpm. The bike uses a 330mm disc at the front and a 245mm disc at the rear, both Brembo units.

Although the Desert Sled does not have a direct competitor in the Indian market, motorcycles like the Triumph Bonneville T100 get an optional scrambler kit.

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Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled [2018] Review

The previous Desert Sled fell short of giving the rider a completely comfortable and enthralling experience. Ducati wishes to change that with the 2019 Desert Sled. Apart from visual updates, the manufacturer claims to have also improved the bike mechanically. Or has it? We got our hands on one and took it across twisty mountain roads and a few trails around Phuket, Thailand to find out for ourselves.


Ducati has updated its entire Scrambler line-up for 2019. And one of the four motorcycles from the family is the Desert Sled which has taken its Scrambler-prefix a tad too seriously, offering capabilities that its siblings maybe less capable of. 

And as potent as it was, the previous Desert Sled fell short of giving the rider a completely comfortable and enthralling experience. Ducati wishes to change that with the 2019 Desert Sled. Apart from visual updates, the manufacturer claims to have also improved the bike mechanically. Or has it? We got our hands on one and took it across twisty mountain roads and a few trails around Phuket, Thailand to find out for ourselves. 

The Visuals

Before we dive into the spec sheet of the motorcycle, let's address the changes to the exterior of the 2019 Desert Sled. The most obvious difference is in the in-your-face red frame which stands out with the new blacked-out engine and wheels. And at the front, underneath the mesh guard is a bright LED DRL. It also gets redesigned side panels with a slight recess on both sides. Well, that's about it on the 2019 Desert Sled, in terms of new cosmetic add-ons. 

Nevertheless, the bike continues to have a big bike feel, not only in terms of power but size too. The Desert Sled has an imposing stance and a seat height of 860mm. In comparison, a full-fledged adventure motorcycle like the BMW R1250GS offers 850mm of the same. There also is the high-set mudguard, motocross-style handlebar, spoke wheels and engine sump guard that complete its look.

The Package

The Desert Sled has got essential improvements for 2019. The digital instrument display now has a fuel gauge on the top apex of the unit along with a gear position indicator. The new handlebar controls includes a push-down ignition switch that would take a while getting used to. However, the quality of parts is top-notch. 

Ducati has also gone ahead and changed the seat of the bike making it more accommodating and comfortable. Along with it comes the revised engine and the hydraulic clutch lever. The 2019 Desert Sled also benefits from an 'Off-Road' mode along with the standard 'Journey' mode. 

The Ride

To start with, the 803cc, air-cooled L-twin is much more refined. Given that it is an L-twin, there are vibrations, some on the tank and some on the foot pegs but these are nothing one would rant about. Further enhancing the ride experience is the new hydraulic clutch which has resulted in a lighter clutch lever pull and smooth gearshifts. However, false-neutrals continue to haunt the 2019 Desert Sled's otherwise very likeable motor. 

Ducati swore by the Pirelli Scorpion Rally tyres on the previous Desert Sled and the 2019 iteration is no different. The 19-inch front and 17-inch rear spoke wheels wear the same dual-purpose rubber. The tyres heat up quickly on tarmac and provide excellent grip even with the knobby-pattern. And since the bike now gets a lean-sensitive cornering ABS, confidence levels on twisties are a step above. The new seat has a different pattern and cushioning. While it still feels hardened, it does provide adequate support and comfort. The 2019 Desert Sled retains the fully-adjustable KYB front forks and off-set monoshock at the rear which is similar to last year’s model. Hence, the setup continues to feel stiff, exaggerating even the smallest of bumps and undulations.  

Off the road too, the Desert Sled is a hoot. Standing up on the pegs is easy as the new side panel recesses provide just enough support to lock your thighs in. For the extra ounce of fun, one could switch to the Off Road mode to reduce the intrusiveness of the ABS. While modes can't be switched on-the-fly, it's a small price to pay for all the slides that the 2019 Desert Sled manages along the way. 


Now to the most important bit, do all these updates really make a difference to the feel of the Desert Sled? Mostly yes. The 2019 Desert Sled might not be a stark contrast from its predecessor but it is now more complete. The off-road ABS, smoother gear shifts, essential information on the dash and LED lighting have surely added value to the motorcycle. While it still suffers from the disturbing false-neutrals, the once vibe-y and gruffy engine is slightly more refined which optimistically predicts that the former will be resolved too. 

Ducati is yet to bring the updated Desert Sled to India although that is expected to happen in the next few weeks. In terms of competition, its closest rival is the 2019 Triumph Street Scrambler. 

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Scrambler Desert Sled [2018] Specifications & Features


  • Power & PerformancePower & Performance

    Fuel Type Petrol

    Max Power 74 bhp @ 8,250 rpm

    Max Torque 68 Nm @ 5,750 rpm

    Cooling System Air Cooled

    Transmission 6 Speed Manual

    Transmission Type Chain Drive

    Emission Standard Emission standards indicate the output from the exhaust that is permissible in a country. --

    Displacement 803 cc

    Cylinders 2

    Bore 88 mm

    Stroke 66 mm

    Valves Per Cylinder 2

    Compression Ratio 11:1

    Ignition --

    Spark Plugs --

    Gear Shifting Pattern Gear Shifting Pattern --

    Clutch Wet Multiplate

    Fuel Delivery System --

    Fuel Tank Capacity 13.5 litres

    Reserve Fuel Capacity These are estimated figures --

    Riding Range Maximum distance a petrol bike can travel on a full fuel tank and an electric bike can travel on a full charge --

    Mileage - ARAI --

    Mileage - Owner Reported BikeWale collects mileage information from bike owners to provide you with the actual mileage that you might get. --

    Top Speed These are estimated figures --

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  • Brakes, Wheels & SuspensionBrakes, Wheels & Suspension

    Braking System CBS, IBS, SBT, UBS, HBS - Combined braking of both front and rear wheel | ABS - Anti-lock braking system which can be just for front wheel (single channel) or both wheels (dual channel) or can be switched off (switchable) | E-ABS - Electronic assisted braking system | Standard - Cable operated --

    Front Brake Type Disc

    Front Brake Size 330 mm

    Rear Tyre Size Pirelli MT 60 RS 180/55 R17

    Tyre Type Tubed

    Radial Tyres Yes

    Rear Brake Type Disc

    Rear Brake Size 245 mm

    Calliper Type Front-4-Piston , Rear-Single Piston Calliper

    Wheel Type Spoke

    Front Wheel Size 18 inch

    Rear Wheel Size 17 inch

    Front Tyre Size Pirelli MT 60 RS 110/80 R18

    Front Tyre Pressure (Rider) --

    Rear Tyre Pressure (Rider) --

    Front Tyre Pressure (Rider & Pillion) --

    Rear Tyre Pressure (Rider & Pillion) --

    Front Suspension Upside down Kayaba 41 mm fork

    Rear Suspension Kayaba rear shock

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  • Dimensions & ChassisDimensions & Chassis

    Kerb Weight 186 kg

    Overall Length 2,165 mm

    Overall Width 845 mm

    Wheelbase 1,445 mm

    Ground Clearance --

    Seat Height 790 mm

    Overall Height 1,150 mm

    Chassis Type Tubular steel Trellis frame

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Odometer Digital

DRLs (Daytime running lights) --

Mobile App Connectivity --

Low Battery IndicatorYes

Pillion BackrestNo

Pillion GrabrailYes

GPS & Navigation --

USB charging port --

Front storage box --

Under seat storage --

AHO (Automatic Headlight On) --

Speedometer Digital

Fuel Guage Yes

Tachometer Digital

Stand Alarm Yes

Stepped Seat No

No. of Tripmeters 2

Tripmeter Type Digital

Low Fuel Indicator Yes

Low Oil Indicator Yes

Pillion SeatYes

Pillion FootrestYes

Digital Fuel GuageYes

Start TypeElectric Start

Shift LightYes



BatteryMaintenance Free

Headlight TypeLED Head Lamp

Brake/Tail LightLED Tail Lamp

Turn SignalYes

Pass LightYes

Additional features--

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