First Ride Incoming: Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled

Published: 17 January 2017

MCN’s Andy Davidson is heading to Almería this week to ride Ducati’s latest Scrambler incarnation, the Desert Sled.

New for 2017, the Desert Sled takes over from the Scrambler Urban Enduro and offers a mix of contemporary styling and retro-chic, reminiscent of the Yamaha XT500.

Inspired by scramblers of the 60s and 70s, the new Ducati uses the same 803cc air-cooled motor as the other Scrambler variants, producing 73bhp, and is fitted with a reinforced steel trellis frame to withstand off-road punishment.  

Grippy foot pegs with removable rubber inserts offer riders more grip on the rough stuff and the suspension is fully-adjustable front and rear.

The Scrambler has been fitted with a 19” front rim and 17” rear to cope with rocks and bumps. These are coupled with Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR tyres. A high front mudguard, relatively tall seat, wide bars and motocross-style brace complete the Desert Sled’s look.

The bike is priced at £9395 in red, and £9495 in white. Check on Wednesday for our first impressions.


Price: £9395 (red) £9495 (white)
Power: 73bhp
Engine: 803cc L-twin 2 valves per cylinder, air cooled
Frame: Tubular steel Trellis frame
Suspension: 46mm fully adjustable USD forks and single Kayaba rear shock. Preload and rebound adjustable.
Seat height: 860mm
Front brake: Single 330mm disc, radial 4-piston calliper, ABS.
Colours: Red, White.
Weight: Weight: 207kg