The Desert Sled Scrambler

The other release at Eicma this year on the Scrambler front is the Desert Sled.  It’s a much more off-road focused version replacing the Urban Enduro (which I regret seeing go, it was the other one I considered when I purchased my Icon).  It has much taller suspension, significantly more ground clearance, a beefed up chassis and looks that immediately bring the old Yamaha XT500 of the early eighties to mind.  I saw it in the flesh at Motorcycle Live and it’s amazing how different it looks to the rest of the family.  Jacking up the height makes it a whole lot less friendly looking, almost intimidating.  This being said, it does seem a logical move on the part of Ducati and I’m sure riders like Jamie Robinson from Motogeo will put it to great use.  In my opinion, it’s too heavy to be a real dirt bike and it will now be carrying it’s weight up high making it a lot less fun.  Definitely not a model that I would consider but each to his own.   Cool video below though 🙂

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