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Ducati 2019 Scrambler Desert Sled Review

The Desert Sled is a new take on the classic off-road bikes of the 1960s and 1970s, inspired by California’s deserts and mountains. Desert Sleds were American-made bikes that first appeared in Southern California and Baja California, Mexico, in the 1960s and 1970s. These were stripped-down street bikes with engines displacing more than 500 cm3 and no non-essential accessories. Off-road tires and spoked wheels were installed, as well as enhanced suspension systems and engine skid pans. The engine skid pan, which protects the bike from pebbles, stones, and the harsh desert climate, is the actual reason for the Ducati 2019 Scrambler Desert Sled’s moniker.

Ducati 2019 Scrambler Desert Sled – Features

Ducati 2019 Scrambler Desert Sled

Because there had never been any kind like them before, these bikes developed into their motorcycle category throughout time. The new Ducati 2019 Scrambler Desert Sled brings that spirit back to life while staying faithful to the Scrambler way of life. Thanks to the unique red frame, swingarm, fork yokes, and suspension, spoked wheels (19′′ at the front), and ground-breaking lines, this bike is ideal for those who want to go off the beaten path. The Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled’s off-road prowess is shown by the type-approved headlight mesh guard, high mudguards (specially built for this edition), and, of course, the engine skid pan.


A revised lining maintains the seat height at 860 mm (a 20 mm lower version is available as an option), adjustable Kayaba suspension (with 46 mm fork diameter) including 200mm of travel, and off-road style footpegs including removable rubber pads give this Scrambler a unique riding position. It is possible to remove the passenger pegs, which are separate from the riders.

Ducati 2019 Scrambler Desert Sled

Wheels and Tires

The Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled’s spoked wheels are 19″ in front and 17″ in the rear, with black rims. The front tires are 120/70 R 19 M/C 60V M+S TL Pirelli SCORPIONTM RALLY STR, while the rear tires are 170/60 R 17 M/C 72V M+S TL Pirelli SCORPIONTM RALLY STR. The SCORPIONTM RALLY STR tires combine off-road and Enduro street performance uniquely. The new Ducati 2019 Scrambler Desert Sled also features an Off-Road Riding Mode that allows disengagement of the ABS.

Features and Benefits

The all-new Ducati Scrambler family is more contemporary, comfortable, and safe than ever before, allowing you to enjoy the ‘Land of Joy to the fullest! The Ducati Scrambler is a perfect blend of tradition and innovation. It’s anti-establishment, low-cost, and vital. This version of the “Joyvolution” preserves the basics of motorcycling: two wheels, a wide handlebar, a simple engine, and a lot of pleasure.

The Full Throttle, inspired by Flat Track racing, the Café Racer, a new take on the renowned motorcycles of the 1960s that sparked a motorcycle revolution, and the Desert Sled, a Scrambler take on the Southern California bikes of the 1960s and 1970s, have all been added to the Ducati Scrambler Icon. Like the Icon, the three most recent iterations push the frontiers of self-expression.

Ducati 2019 Scrambler Desert Sled

Unique additions will take Ducati Scrambler’s creative spirit to the next level, while the 2019 models are a terrific place to start. The Icon’s upgraded aesthetic and technical attributes are combined in these three most current variants. On the Scrambler, modern and vintage elements are beautifully integrated. To match the teardrop tank’s steel and the headlight’s glass, the new, beefier side panels are constructed of aluminum. The sophisticated aspects of the Ducati Scrambler, such as black-painted crankcases and brushed cylinder head fins, add to its attractiveness.

Even in daylight, the new DRL (Daytime Running Light) headlamp and auto-off LED indicators to increase bike visibility in traffic. The rider will find it easier to browse through the LCD instrument menu, which now includes fuel level information, thanks to more ergonomic switchgear.

The Ducati Scrambler’s large handlebars, updated flat seat, and altered suspension setup combine to provide a more comfortable and relaxed riding position. The new Bosch Cornering ABS increases active braking safety, enabling riders to get the most out of their rides. The new, softer-feeling hydraulic clutch control, as well as the adjustable lever, which, like the front brake, enables the lever-handlebar gap to be adjusted to individual needs, will be welcomed by riders. You may ride while listening to music, taking phone calls, or speaking with passengers via the intercom with the Ducati Multimedia System.

Ducati 2019 Scrambler Desert Sled

Ducati 2019 Scrambler Desert Sled – Technical Specifications

Engine and transmission

Displacement 803 ccm (49 cubic inches)
Engine type V2, four-stroke
Power 73.0 HP (53.3 kW) at 8250 RPM
Torque 67.0 Nm (6.8 kgf-m or 49.4 ft.lbs) at 5750 RPM
Compression 11.0:1
Bore x stroke 88 mm x 66 mm (3.5 x 2.6 inches)
Valves per cylinder 2
Fuel system Injection. Electronic fuel injection, 50mm throttle body
Fuel control Desmodromic valve control
Cooling system Air
Gearbox 6-speed
Transmission type,
final drive
Clutch APTC wet multi-plate with mechanical control
Fuel consumption 5.00 liters/100 km (20.0 km/l or 47.04 mpg)
Greenhouse gases 116.0 CO2 g/km. (CO2 – Carbon dioxide emission)
Emission details Euro 4
Exhaust system Stainless steel muffler having the catalytic converter and two new lambda probes, aluminum tailpipes

Ducati 2019 Scrambler Desert Sled Specs

Chassis, suspension, brakes, and wheels

Frame type Tubular steel Trellis
Rake (fork angle) 24-degree
Trail 112 mm (4.4 inches)
Front suspension 46mm fully adjustable USD forks
Front-wheel travel 200 mm (7.9 inches)
Rear suspension Kayaba rear shock, pre-load and rebound adjustable. Aluminum double-sided swingarm
Rear-wheel travel 200mm (7.9 inches)
Front tire 120/70-R19
Rear tire 170/60-R17
Front brakes Single disc. ABS. Four-piston calipers.
Diameter 330 mm (13 inches)
Rear brakes Single disc. ABS. Floating disc. Single-piston caliper.
Diameter 245 mm (9.6 inches)
Wheels Spoked aluminum wheel

Ducati 2019 Scrambler Desert Sled Specs

Physical measures and capacities

Dry weight 193 kg (425.5 pounds)
Weight incl. oil, gas, etc 209 kg (460.8 pounds)
Power/weight ratio 0.3782 HP/kg
Seat height 840 mm (33.1 inches)
Alternate seat height 860 mm (33.9 inches)
Overall height 1213 mm (47.8 inches)
Overall length 2200 mm (86.6 inches)
Overall width 940 mm (37 inches)
Wheelbase 1505 mm (59.3 inches)
Fuel capacity 13.5 liters (3.57 US gallons)

Ducati 2019 Scrambler Desert Sled Specs

Other specifications

Color options White Mirage/Red
Starter Electric
Factory warranty 24 months


The new Ducati 2019 Scrambler Desert Sled is known for its agility and powerful engine. The chassis is solid yet slim that can easily withstand all kinds of obstacles in its way, while the suspension system makes sure that the rider always focuses on exciting riding pleasure.

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