Triumph Street Scrambler vs. Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled – Spec comparo


Praveen M, Engineer-turned-motorcycle journalist. I'm a sucker for cruising down the highways, and twisties in the hills.

Triumph and Ducati recently launched their off-road friendly offerings, the Triumph Street Scrambler and the Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled respectively, in the Indian market.

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The Street Scrambler costs INR 8.10 Lakhs, ex-showroom, pan India.

Both the bikes are designed for maximum fun off-roading, so let’s see how they fare against each other on paper.

SpecificationsTriumph Street ScramblerDucati Scrambler Desert Sled
Engine900cc 8-valve Parallel twin, liquid cooled803 cc 4-valve L-win, air-cooled
Maximum Power55 PS at 6,000 rpm73.4 PS at 8,250 rpm
Maximum Torque78.84 Nm at 3,050 rpm67 Nm at 5,750 rpm
Transmission5-speed with assist clutch6-speed with APTC slipper clutch
Front Suspension41 mm KYB forks with 120 mm travel46 mm fully adjustable inverted forks with 200 mm travel
Rear SuspensionKYB twin shocks with 120 mm travelKayaba monoshock with 200 mm travel
Front Brake310 mm disc, 2 piston floating calliper with ABS330 mm disc, radial 4-piston calliper with ABS
Rear Brake255 mm disc, 2 piston floating calliper with ABS245 mm disc, 1-piston floating calliper with ABS
Front TyreMetzeler Tourance 100/90-19Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR 120/70 R19
Rear TyreMetzeler Tourance 150/70 R17Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR 170/60 R17
Dry Weight206 kg191 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity12 L13.5 L
Service Intervals16,000 km12,000 km
Price, ex-showroom, pan IndiaINR 8.10 lakhsINR 9.32 lakhs

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The Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled makes 18.4 PS more power compared to the Triumph Street Scrambler. But the Street Scrambler makes up by generating 11.84 Nm more torque at earlier revs. The 6-speed gearbox of the Desert Sled comes with the slipper clutch; whereas the Street Scrambler gets a 5-speed unit with clutch lever assist. The Triumph gets switchable ABS and traction control, whereas the Ducati only offers a dual channel ABS in its bike.

Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled side
The Scrambler Desert Sled features long travel suspension.

The Desert Sled gets 80 mm more travel on both the front and rear suspension. The bike is also lighter than its British counterpart by 15 kg. At 860 mm, the standard seat height of the Desert Sled is 70 mm more than the Street Scrambler’s (790 mm). The liquid cooled Street Scrambler engine gets 4,000 km longer service interval than the Italian bike. The price difference between the two bikes is INR 1.22 lakhs.

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