With 17-inch wheels shod in Pirelli Diablo Rosso II tires, raised clip-on handlebars, bar-end mirrors and Termignoni exhaust system, the Scarmbler Cafe Racer also has fully-adjustable, black anodised upside-down forks, a unique seat and cover, along with a cut-down front midguard and small nose fairing. It also gains a radial master cylinder for the radially-mounted four-pot Brembo single caliper brake.
The number ‘54’ on the side boards once belong to Bruno Spaggiari, a highly successful Ducati rider who raced in 1968, on a single-cylinder 350cc machine.
The Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled is named after the South West California machines of the 1960s and ‘70s – road motorcycles of more than 500cc that were stripped of non-essential accessories, then fitted with off-road tires and engine back plates.
The new Ducati Scrambler has spoked wheels with a 19 inch front carrying Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR tires, high-mudguards, a mesh headlight cover and am engine skid plate. The seat is raised to 860mm, and the suspension has extended travel to 200mm, with off-road style footpegs carrying removable rubbers. The pillion pegs are also removable.
The Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled’s frame is reinforced, as is the swingarm, which is longer, making for a 1505mm wheelbase, compared to the other Scramblers 1445mm. The 46mm KYB front forks are fully adjustable, while the rear shock, which has a separate gas cartridge, can be tweaked for preload and rebound damping.
Both Ducatis make 74 horsepower at 8250rpm and 68Nm torque at 5750rpm, though Ducati says that, in meeting Euro-4 regulations, new throttle control and engine calibration makes for smoother power delivery, particularly at low revs.