The Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled is now available in India. The bike draws inspiration from off road bikes plying the mountains and deserts of California in the 60s and 70s. It was first unveiled at EICMA 2016.
Powering the Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled is the 803 cc air cooled engine assisted by an oil cooler. The Euro 4 compliant mill gets a 6-speed gearbox. The engine is capable of producing 75 hp of maximum power at 8,250 rpm and 68 Nm of peak torque at 5,750 rpm. The same engine also does duty in the new Ducati Monster 797. The baby Monster was launched in India on June 14, 2017.
The new off road centric Scrambler’s powerplant has been recalibrated to make the power delivery smoother. Most of the power will be available at low engine speeds. It also gets a modified frame and suspension setup. The headlamp gets a mesh guard while the mudguards have been positioned higher than the standard Scrambler range. An engine skid plate will protect the power unit from being bashed on uneven surfaces.
Evolving from the Scrambler Urban Enduro, the Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled has a different riding position thanks to 200 mm of travel at both ends. The off road styled foot pegs get removable rubber pads. A 20 mm lower optional seat is also on offer. The bike is shod with Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR tyres with a 19-inch unit in the front and a 17-inch unit in the rear.
Brakes include a Brembo monobloc M4 32 caliper up front on a 330 mm disc and a 245 mm disc in the rear with a 32 mm caliper. Bosch 9.1 MP ABS system is a standard feature.
The Scrambler Desert Sled is available in Red Dusk and White Mirage body colours at INR 932,000 & INR 945,000 (ex-showroom) respectively.
Ducati India has also started accepting bookings for the Euro 4 versions of the Ducati Scrambler Classic and Ducati Scrambler Icon which have a price tag of INR 723,000 and INR 848,000 (ex-showroom) respectively.