Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled enters India with plenty of off-roading credentials; the 803 cc Euro 4 engine makes 75 bhp and 68 Nm torque
Ducati has launched the Scrambler Desert Sled in India today for a starting price of Rs. 9.32 lakh (ex-showroom) if the Red Musk paint scheme is chosen. Born out of off-roading passion, it takes design inspiration from the vintage American motorcycles. The White Mirage exterior shade of the Desert Sled is sold for Rs. 9.45 lakh.
The Italian manufacturer has also introduced the Scrambler Icon and Class complying with BSIV emission norms costing at Rs. 7.23 lakh and Rs. 8.48 lakh (ex-showroom) respectively. With bookings already open, deliveries are set to begin from next week onwards across all its domestic showrooms.
Ducati will be selling a separate apparel line adhering with the Desert Sled theme which has the flair of ‘60s and ‘70s Californian motorcycle scenes. With clear emphasis on off-roading customers, the Scrambler Desert Sled has been evolved from the Urban Enduro while sharing plenty of underpinnings with the regular Scrambler.
For the ease of off-road capability, the mudguards are set high while the headlight features mesh guard with skid plate on the engine. Modifications have been done to the suspension and frame to accommodate the demands faced of the Desert Sled. It gets dual-purpose 19-inchers up front and 17-inch Pirelli Scorpion Rally tyres at the rear.
Customers can specify the new Scrambler Desert Sled with low seating position as well but in standard case it has higher seats than the regular version. The gold finished wheels enhance the visual presence while the foot pegs are focused on off-roading purpose. The Euro 4 spec engine in the Desert Sled is good enough to produce a maximum power output of 75 bhp at 8,250 rpm and 68 Nm of peak torque at 5,750 rpm.
The 803 cc twin-cylinder engine is both oil and air cooled and does the propelling duty in the standard Scrambler as well as the Monster 797. Ducati claims that the Desert Sled is their first motorcycle in the ‘easy off-road’ category due to its supple functionality inside the city and on and off the tarmac.
It comes equipped with new throttle control system, extended suspension travel of up to 200 mm and Bosch 9.1 MP ABS system to keep things under control. As for the braking, it gains a 330 mm single disc from Brembo with four-piston monobloc calipers and 245 mm single disc at the rear.