Ducati has launched the Scrambler Desert Sled in India at a price tag of Rs 9.32 lakhs (ex-showroom, India). The bike looks like a more functional off-road motorcycle as compared to the Scrambler Urban Enduro.
The Desert Sled gets a revised swingarm and a different suspension setup to help its off-roading capability. The bike gets 200mm of suspension travel at both front and rear, a motocross-style handlebar, high mudguards, headlight mesh guard and an engine skid plate. The bike comes with a seat height of 860mm, although an optional 840mm seat is available as an accessory. The Desert Sled sits on a 19-inch wheel in front and a 17-inch wheel at the rear. The wheels are wrapped in Scorpion Rally STR tyres to complement the bike’s off-road purpose.
It uses the same 803cc L-Twin engine as other Scramblers. This engine produces 75bhp at 8250rpm and peak torque of 68Nm at 5750rpm and is mated to a six-speed gearbox. Revisions have also been made to the Desert Sled’s throttle and engine calibration for improved power delivery at lower rpm. The bike uses a 330mm disc at the front and a 245mm disc at the rear, both Brembo units.
The Desert Sled is available in two colours- white and red. Although the Indian market does not offer bikes in that segment, the motorcycle will compete against a number of bikes across various segments. Namely, the Harley Davidson Iron 883, 1200 Custom, Fort Eight, Roadster, Benelli TNT 899, Kawasaki Ninja 1000, Monster 821 Dark, Triumph Street Triple 765, Triumph Bonneville Bobber and Bonneville T100.