2022 Ducati DesertX hides modern guts under its retro skin

It’s at home on and off the road


Ducati has maintained its guarantee of bringing the Desert X concept it introduced in 2019 to production. Now called DesertX, it looks a lot like the heritage-soaked layout research study presented 2 years back, yet it has actually gotten a number of updates that need to make it much more fun to ride.

A lot of the key elements that defined the favored concept are accounted for on the regular-production design. Influenced by classic Ducati-powered Paris-Dakar racers and also 1980s enduro motorcycles, the DesertX puts on white fairing with red, grey, as well as black accents. It likewise attracts attention with a futuristic-looking interpretation of the twin round headlights seen on the Cagiva Elefant that took top place in the 1990 version of the Paris-Dakar, and also it trips on a 21-inch front as well as an 18-inch rear wheels. Both are covered by Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR tires.

Larger adjustments are discovered on the specs sheet. While the principle was mechanically pertaining to the Scrambler 1100, the last variation is powered by a 937-cubic-centimeter two-cylinder engine tuned to create 110 horse power at 9,250 rpm and 68 pound-feet of torque at 6,500 rpm. The double is an advancement of the water-cooled Testastretta engine that powers the Multistrada V2, among other models, as well as it’s linked to a six-speed transmission whose lower five equipment ratios were made much shorter for much better velocity on loosened surfaces. First as well as 2nd were made substantially shorter; nonetheless, sixth was left long to make sure the DesertX remains well-suited to lengthy highway journeys.

2 riding settings make their debut on the DesertX. Enduro minimizes the engine’s power as well as tweaks the electronic riding aids to make it easier for less experienced bikers to go off-road. Rally is the opposite: It lowers electronic interference to allow knowledgeable cyclists have a good time.

Ducati is mostly known for road- as well as track-focused bikes, however it has ample experience to establish an off-road-ready shock absorber. Up front, the 445-pound DesertX includes a Kayaba fork with about nine inches of travel; out back the aluminum swingarm offers around 8.6 inches of travel. Factor in the nearly 10 inches of ground clearance and also the DesertX appears incredibly qualified off the sidewalk.

It needs to be just as in the house on the sidewalk. The riding settings for motorcyclist as well as traveler were established for convenience, it can be fitted with a variety of bags as well as instances that give about 4 cubic feet of storage space, and adventurers that require even more variety than the common 5.5-gallon gas storage tank deals can buy a second tank with a two-gallon capability at an added cost. It’s installed near the back of the bike, and striking a turn on the control panel is all it takes to change. Riding array hasn’t been launched yet.

Ducati suppliers across the United States will start receiving the 2022 DesertX in June 2022. Rates begins at $16,795.