Ducati India today announced the launch of the Scrambler Desert Sled, with prices starting at Rs 9.32 lakh. It comes with an 803cc, Desmodue, twin-cylinder, EURO 4-complaint engine, which features both air and oil cooling. The engine is mated to a six-speed gearbox and delivers a maximum power of 75 hp @ 8250 rpm. A peak torque of 68 Nm is achieved at 5750 rpm.
Staying true to the Scrambler’s off-roading capabilities, Ducati has modified the frame and suspension in the new Desert Sled, with type-approved headlight mesh guard and engine skid plate. Due to the updated homologation norms, the bike gets a new throttle control, coupled with a new engine calibration for smoother low-end power delivery. A higher placed front mudguard has been exclusively designed for this version.
The new chassis setup is equipped with two side plates that hug the engine and support the new swingarm, being reinforced and longer than those doing duty on other Scrambler 800 versions. The swingarm gets a new chain guard and a rear sprocket protection fin.
Taking care of the braking needs at both ends, the Brembo braking system features a Bosch 9.1 MP ABS unit with a pressure sensor. The front wheel gets a single 330mm single-disc and a 4-piston Brembo M4.32B monobloc caliper, while the rear features a 245mm single-disc gripped by a 32mm diameter piston caliper. The Desert Sled rides on spoked 19-inch wheel at the front and 17-inch wheel at the rear, both Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR units. These tyres have been specially designed to combine the performance of a top-flight off-road tyre with that of an enduro street one, which is intended to add to the versatility of the bike.
Ducati says that the Scrambler Desert Sled has evolved from the Urban Enduro version and hence gets a higher riding position at 860mm, due to a full 200mm extended travel on the front and the rear suspension. The front gets upside-down 46mm Kayaba forks with spring pre-load, compression and rebound damping adjustment. At the rear the Kayaba shock absorber can be adjusted for spring pre-load and rebound damping, and is equipped with a separate gas cartridge. The off-road styled foot pegs get removable rubber pads.
Speaking on the occasion, Sergi Canovas Garriga, Managing Director, Ducati India, 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 inspiration from the ‘60s and ‘70s, 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.”