Ducati Motard and DesertX Scrambler Concepts

Dennis Chung
by Dennis Chung

Ducati usually makes a big splash at EICMA, Italy being its home market, of course, but in recent years, Ducati has been moving its product reveals farther and farther ahead of the show, with this year’s launch taking place two weeks ahead of the Milan show.

As such, we’ve already had plenty of time to digest Ducati’s new 2020 models, such as the Streetfighter V4, Panigales and various model variants. Still, Ducati can’t show up in Milan without showing something new, displaying two concepts that take its Scrambler brand in a couple of new directions.

First up is the DesertX concept, pictured at top. Inspired by the Ducati-powered Cagiva Elefant Paris-Dakar racers from the ’90s, The DesertX sports a rally-style fairing, giving it significantly more bodywork than any existing Scrambler variant. Like an actual rally raid bike, the DesertX sports multiple fuel ports, two on the tail and two in front of the rider, hinting at multiple fuel tanks. We say “hinting” because these are likely more decorative than functional.

Other features include dual circular LED lights, a tail rack, Brembo brakes, a Termignoni exhaust and Pirelli Scorpion Rally tires.

The second concept is the blue-wheeled Motard pictured here. Based on the Scrambler Desert Sled, the Motard concept is inspired by supermotard racers from the ’80s. The concept is shod in Pirelli Diablo Superbike slick tires customized with grooves in the middle of the otherwise smooth rubber.

At the moment, both concepts remain purely styling exercises with no plans to go further than that.

Dennis Chung
Dennis Chung

Dennis has been a part of the Motorcycle.com team since 2008, and through his tenure, has developed a firm grasp of industry trends, and a solid sense of what's to come. A bloodhound when it comes to tracking information on new motorcycles, if there's a new model on the horizon, you'll probably hear about it from him first.

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  • Alaskan18724 Alaskan18724 on Nov 08, 2019

    Just make it look like the original Elefant. If you build it, they will come.

    • Sayyed Bashir Sayyed Bashir on Nov 08, 2019

      Don't just make it look like the Elefant, make it the Elefant! Enough with these look-like non-functional poser bikes. We get enough grief about GS riders riding only to the coffee shop. Or pristine Rubicon Jeeps without a scratch on them. Or quarter-million-dollar Mercedes G-Wagons that could go anywhere in the world but mostly go from the McMansion to the Country Club.


  • James Smith James Smith on Nov 12, 2019

    The DesertX is stunning, the supermoto looks like a transformers prop and not in a good way.