In stark contrast to the all-asphalt Scrambler Cafe Racer introduced by Ducati today at EICMA 2016, comes this, the Scrambler Desert Sled. Taking its roots from the Scrambler Urban Enduro – which is discontinued for model year 2017 – the Desert Sled is perfect for those who wish they were Malcolm Smith and rate On Any Sunday as their favorite movie of all time.

The Desert Sled is at home when the pavement runs out and only dirt lies ahead.

The Desert Sled is at home when the pavement runs out and only dirt lies ahead.

As the name would suggest, the Desert Sled is all about leaving paved roads behind. To do that, the Desert Sled gets a fully adjustable 41mm Kayaba inverted fork with two inches more travel – up to 7.9 inches from 5.9 inches. The rear shock is also new and gets a piggyback reservoir along with preload and rebound adjustability. More suspension travel means a higher saddle height – 33.9 inches for the Desert Sled – though an accessory low seat can chop that down by an inch. The frame is reinforced to better handle the rigors of off-road use, and the swingarm is both longer and sturdier than the units on the other Scrambler models. Again for better durability off-road. Wheelbase is now rated at 59.3 inches versus the 56.9 inches of the standard Scrambler Icon.

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Like the Cafe Racer, the Desert Sled ditches the 18-inch front wheel, but this time it’s replaced with a 19-incher. A 17-inch wheel is still out back, and both wheels feature wire spokes. Tires are the new Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR in 120/70-19 front, 170/60-17 rear. Other details include a wire mesh headlight cover, tapered handlebars, and high front and rear mudguards.

Most of the changes from the Scrambler Icon, in one easy-to-read picture.

Most of the changes from the Scrambler Icon, in one easy-to-read picture.

Power for the Desert Sled is the standard 803cc air-oil cooled V-Twin seen in the other Scrambler models, tweaked to comply with Euro 4 rules and to provide better on/off throttle power delivery. Dual pipes are paired with black covers, and the entire underside is protected by a bash plate, which is where the Desert Sled name derived from. Oddly, for such an off-road worthy machine, the Desert Sled doesn’t feature hand guards. Of course, Ducati hasn’t forgotten this and includes hand guards, a high-mount exhaust pipe, handlebar pad, and extra spotlights in its accessory catalog, along with the low seat option.

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Available in White Mirage and Red Dusk, both come with a black frame and spoked wheels with gold rims. Pricing starts at $11,396 for the latter and $11,595 for the former.

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  • Dootin

    My favorite scram yet, but I don’t like the colors.

  • Old MOron

    Handsome rig.

  • JMDonald

    Now your talkin.

  • Jens Vik

    Still no high mounted exhaust from Ducati, which I think, should be mandatory to even call it a scrambler.
    I think the bike would look even better too.

    Other than that, I agree that this is the “most scrambler”.

  • Born to Ride

    I was just thinking how much would it cost me to take an Urban enduro and build it into this bike. Thanks for saving me the trouble Ducati. Now bring back the damn matte green!

  • Starmag

    Wow. I could actually own one of these. A scrambler that’s an actual scrambler.

  • TheMarvelous1310

    The only problem with this is that it’s not the only, or the original, Ducati Scrambler. Nothing else they make deserves the title, and if it does it’s already got the name Multistrada.

    • Born to Ride

      As discussed on the cafe racer thread, the nomenclature behind these bikes is idiotic. However, if you look at the original Ducati Scramblers, you aren’t going to find high pipes and long travel suspension. Why does “Scrambler” mean “Dirt Bike” in 2016 when it didn’t in 1976?

      • TheMarvelous1310

        Because it’s the future, and stuff should be able to do more than it did? I was promised a JETPACK!

        • pennswoodsed

          Dude , from 1960 until 2000 flying cars !

  • Born to Ride

    Anybody else notice that Ducati lists the wet weight for this bike at 456lb? Even with the reinforcement, I don’t see how it added up to a 46lb weight increase. The fenders aren’t even metal like they are on the Classic and Cafe. Tank capacity is the same too. They must’ve really beefed it up in the chassis department.

    • pennswoodsed

      Did you ever find an answer ?

      • Born to Ride

        New frame and swing arm. The portion of the frame that extends down to the swing arm pivot is a big chunk of steel. Swing arm is longer and significantly beefier. The fork has cartridges in both legs, and grows to 46mm. All the weight literally went into chassis reinforcement for off-road abuse. Good shit actually.

        • Kevin Duke

          Good observations. And the wire-spoke wheels will add a few pounds, too.