Italian motorcycle manufacturer Ducati known for its premium sports-bikes has unveiled the DesertX dual-sport motorcycle. The all-new Ducati DesertX will go on sale across the world in May 2022.
The Ducati DesertX was first shown as a concept at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan in 2019. The DesertX concept featured an air-cooled 1,079cc L-twin engine producing around 85bhp and 88Nm of torque.
The production spec DesertX features a 937cc liquid-cooled Testastretta 11° Desmodromic valvetrain engine. The 937cc L-twin engine produces 108.5bhp at 9,250rpm and 92Nm of peak torque at 6,500rpm despite its smaller capacity.
The engine is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission with a tall sixth gear for highway cruising and features short first and second gears. Ducati claims that this is done “to facilitate the low-speed driving phases of certain difficult passages typical of off-road use,” aka off-road crawling.
The off-road oriented Ducati DesertX comes with six different riding modes. The first four riding modes – Sport, Touring, Urban, and Wet – are designed for daily use. The Ducati DesertX’s final two riding modes, Enduro and Rally, are designed for off-roading.
Enduro Mode reduces the power output of the L-twin engine and includes specially designed control settings that allow the rider to tackle the most difficult dirt roads with greater safety and makes off-road riding easier for less experienced users.
The Rally mode, on the other hand, gives the rider control of all of the engine’s horsepower and reduces the power of the electronic nannies. Rally mode claims Ducati is designed for more experienced riders who want to make the most of DesertX’s off-road performance. In these two offroading modes, riders can turn off the cornering ABS setup with a dedicated button.
The chassis layout of the new Ducati DesertX includes a new steel trellis frame, which works in combination with long travel suspension with dedicated settings , to ensure effective operation even in the most demanding off-road conditions. The optimisation of all components led to an efficient bike, all packed in 202 kg (dry weight). The choices in terms of chassis make DesertX an easy bike to ride and able to give the right dose of feeling and safety on any surface. Furthermore, the new DesertX offers a great capacity to absorb road imperfections.
On suspension front, the DesertX stands out for its premium fitting. It is offered with 46 mm diameter upside-down Kayaba fork with 230 mm travel and Kayaba monoshock. Both elements are adjustable in compression, rebound and preload. The Kayaba monoshock is perfectly married to the aluminium swingarm and allows a rear wheel travel of 220 mm. In addition, the new DesertX has a generous 250 mm ground clearance, which results particularly suitable for more extreme off-road adventures.
The new DesertX features unprecedented tyres size for a Ducati: 21” at the front and 18” at the rear. The original equipment tyres are the Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR, 90/90-21 and 150/70 R18: the perfect choice for a brilliant all-round use of the bike. DesertX will also be homologated to fit both off and on-road-oriented tyres.
Braking duties are handled by Brembo brakes on both ends. The front features twin 320mm disc brakes with Brembo’s four pistons M50 radial callipers. The rear tyre gets stopping power from a single 265mm disc brake with two-piston callipers.
Ducati DesertX Highlights
- 21” front wheel and 18” rear, long travel suspension and generous ground clearance: the DesertX is designed to perfectly tackle the most demanding off-road
- Powered by Testastretta 11° engine, the new DesertX guarantees a comfortable, easy and safe ride in a variety of travel situations thanks to the obsessive attention to ergonomics, in-depth aerodynamic studies as well as latest-generation technological features
- The new Ducati DesertX was unveiled to the public in the sixth episode of the Ducati World Première 2022
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