Why should I buy the Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled
No other Scrambler is capable of going off the beaten path as effortlessly. Plus, it isn't half as bad on the tarmac too.
Why should I avoid the Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled
It doesn't take care of your daily grind as efficiently as its competition.
What the Ducati Scrambler should have been like in the first place. Ducati launched the modern Scrambler range a couple of years ago, reviving a popular moniker from the 1970s. The original Scramblers were single-cylinder 250cc and 450cc bikes worthy of a role in Mad Max movies. The new Scrambler Icon however, is different.
Considering how things work today, the new age Scramblers had to appeal to a wider audience to help the brand establish a firm footing. But Ducati’s latest Scrambler, the Desert Sled, wouldn't look out of place being chased by Immortan Joe and his army of War Boys.
The Scrambler Desert Sled is based on the same air-cooled L-twin platform as the other Scrambler models and even shares a few components with them. But that is where the similarities end. The Scrambler Sled gets a revised chassis with a strengthened aluminum swingarm to handle additional battering. It also gets fully-adjustable long-travel inverted KYB suspension, an aluminium bash plate and 19-inch front and 17-inch rear spoke wheels shod with knobby Pirelli Scorpion Rally tyres. Then there is that gorgeous styling. The raised mud guard, headlamp grille and the white paint scheme with gold wheels give the bike a flavour of Southern California and its sandy beaches.