The Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled is a throwback machine. They call it the Desert Sled, but this baby would be a handful on a hard-packed dirt road. The basic machine is a stripped-down, 803cc V-twin with a higher seat, a reinforced frame, adjustable suspension, engine armor and Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR tires. The design team gets an A+ for building a machine that has that retro appeal that makes you want to cruise it down Hollywood Boulevard wearing your Steve McQueen Persol shades.
The Scrambler Desert Sled Black Edition is a special version that adds a stamp of personality to the off-road character. The name Desert Sled refers to standard motorcycles over 500 cc that were modified by riders for use in the Californian desert with knobby tires, reinforced suspension, spoked wheels and engine protection plates to protect the bike against the debris of impassable desert roads.
Type: L-Twin, Desmodromic distribution, 2 valves per cylinder, air cooled
Displacement: 803 cc
Bore x stroke: 88 x 66 mm
Fuel injection Electronic fuel injection, 50 mm throttle body
Exhaust: Stainless steel muffler with catalytic converter and 2 lambda probes, aluminium tail pipes
Gearbox 6 speed
Final drive Chain; Front sprocket 15; Rear sprocket 46
Frame: Tubular steel Trellis frame
Front suspension: 46mm adjustable USD forks
Front wheel travel: 200 mm (7,9 in)
Front tire: Pirelli SCORPION RALLY 120/70 R19
Rear suspension: Kayaba rear shock, pre-load and rebound adjustable.
Rear wheel travel: 200 mm
Rear tire: Pirelli SCORPION RALLY 170/60 R17
Front brake 330 mm disc, radial 4-piston calliper with ABS as standard equipment
Rear brake 245 mm disc, 1-piston floating calliper with ABS as standard equipment