Meet our new mate, Des. Launched in the Sierra Nevada desert in Spain, Ducati’s latest addition to the Scrambler range could well be the best derivative yet, despite Bologna engineers injecting additional off-road genes into the Desert Sled. And the fact it looks like an old Yamaha XT is an added bonus.
The Desert Sled isn’t just a Scrambler with token cross-country aesthetics. There’s a tangible beefed-up substance that doesn’t sacrifice road etiquette, plus a few changes that will undoubtedly improve urban skills and appease newer riders.
For all you acoustic connoisseurs out there, please excuse the guff audio in the warehouse. There’ll be a more in-depth written review with further dynamics explained coming very soon.