Check out this video of a young man about to attempt the world record of the youngest person to circumnavigate the globe by motorcycle. The weapon of choice : a Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled ! I wish him all the very best and have donated to his charity (Movember, a great choice). He will be setting off from the Bike Shed soon and you can follow his adventure on 35000miles.com.
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 🙂
I went to Motorcycle Live (the biggest UK motorcycle show) today and got to to see the two new Scramblers in the flesh. What immediately struck me upon arrival is that Ducati are now definitely marketing Scrambler as an almost separate brand entirely. They had a huge stand all in yellow dedicated to the Scrambler models and apparel and it was very much separate from the Ducati stand all in red with all the other bikes. I don’t love this marketing approach but that’s the way they’re going. I also don’t like the general hipster vibe that they give to the “yellow” brand. That said both new bikes are very nice and first up we have the new road oriented Cafe Racer (see the video below). It’s not a bike I would buy as what attracted me in the first place to the Scrambler is it’s easy go anywhere (including light off road) attitude but it does look good.