The Ducati DesertX was unveiled throughout the sixth and last episode of the firm’s World Première 2022 sequence. The extremely anticipated mannequin is Ducati’s interpretation of the rally bikes that competed within the golden age of the Dakar Rally.
The inspiration for the styling is obvious with the twin-pod LED headlights and comparatively slim proportions. Nevertheless, underneath all that new bodywork is a motorbike that we’re fairly conversant in. On the coronary heart of the brand new DesertX is similar 937cc Testastretta V-twin engine that powers a number of fashions within the Italian marquee’s lineup — just like the Multistrada V2. That mentioned, peak output figures at 110hp at 9,250rpm and 68lb-ft of torque at 6,500rpm are barely decrease than on the Multistrada. The DesertX additionally options shorter gearing, which ought to translate to raised efficiency earlier on within the rev band — very important whereas off-roading.
Whereas the Multistrada is a road-biased journey tourer, the DesertX has been designed with the dust in thoughts. Autocar India reviews that the bike includes a 21-inch/18-inch wire-spoke wheel setup that not even the Multistrada 1260 Enduro will get. Given its intentions, the DesertX additionally boasts of some severely spectacular off-road-centric figures; 230mm and 220mm of suspension journey on the entrance and rear, respectively, and 250mm of floor clearance.
Consequently, it is a tall bike. A seat top that’s 875mm off the bottom goes to discourage much less skilled riders from hopping on. There’s additionally the load — with the 21-liter gas tank topped up, the DesertX ideas the scales at 223kg.
Like with each Ducati, this one options a number of electronics. There’s a complete of six using modes, together with Enduro and Rally modes devoted to off-road use. Riders can also select from 4 energy modes through a 5-inch TFT sprint with non-obligatory Bluetooth connectivity.
You even have the choice to select from a variety of add-on equipment that embrace panniers, heated grips, fog lamps, and even an 8-liter auxiliary gas tank.
The DesertX shall be accessible in North American dealerships from Might 2022, with costs beginning at $16,795.