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Ducati DesertX unveiled with correct off-roading credentials | Autocar India

Written by Ravi Kapoor

Printed On Dec 09, 2021 09:08:00 PM

Ducati’s newest fuses retro styling with respectable off-road credentials.

As the ultimate chapter of the Ducati World Premiere 2022, the Italian model has unveiled arguably probably the most thrilling bike of the lot, the eagerly-anticipated DesertX.

  • Will get the 937cc V-twin motor from the Multistrada V2
  • 21-inch/18-inch wire-spoke wheel combo
  • Lengthy journey suspension and 250mm floor clearance

If there’s two issues which are massively standard in motorcycling nowadays, it is retro bikes and journey bikes. In one thing of a stroke of genius, Ducati has superbly alloyed the 2 to create a retro-styled journey bike known as the DesertX.

The dual-pod LED headlights hark again to the Dakar bikes of outdated, and in a world stuffed with gargantuan, hefty journey bikes, the DesertX cuts a fairly slender determine. Whereas it does look novel, beneath the superbly shaped floor, it is not fairly as new as you may suppose.

The 937cc Testastretta V-twin engine is strictly the identical one which does responsibility within the Multistrada and a bunch of different Ducati fashions. Output, at 110hp and 92Nm, is a wee bit decrease than the Multi’s 113hp and 96Nm, however this could translate into friendlier energy supply, and the DesertX additionally options shorter gearing to help off-road efficiency.

However whereas the Multistrada is a reasonably road-focused journey tourer, the DesertX marks itself out as a hardcore off-roader, with a 21-inch/18-inch wire-spoke wheel setup; not even Multistrada 1260 Enduro will get that therapy. The remainder of the off-road-centric numbers are equally large and spectacular: 230mm and 220mm of suspension journey on the entrance and rear respectively, and 250mm of floor clearance.

However one other quantity that is maybe a little bit undesirably giant is the vertigo-inducing 875mm seat top (and also you thought the 390 Journey was tall? Ha!) In fact, Ducati being Ducati, there’s more likely to provide an adjunct decrease seat (although one hasn’t been listed but), however even that can in all probability solely carry seat top all the way down to the 840-850mm area.

Additionally in true Ducati style, the electronics suite matches the dimensions of the suspension journey and floor clearance, with a complete of SIX driving modes on provide(!) together with Enduro and Rally modes devoted to off-road use. You additionally get 4 energy modes, and a Bosch IMU to help the electronics do their job no matter the bike’s orientation.

All the things is managed by way of a slick-looking 5-inch TFT sprint with optionally available Bluetooth connectivity. Different optionally available extras embrace a raft of aluminium baggage choices, heated grips, fog lamps and even an eight litre auxiliary gas tank. With the usual 21 litre gas tank (and all different fluids) topped up, the DesertX ideas the scales at 223kg.

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