The mid-size adventure bike category is one of the most competitive segments in the world and Ducati is ready to turn the heat up by blowing up the party with the all new Deser tX. The Italian two-wheeler manufacturer will launch the Ducati World PremiÃ¨re 2022 web series from September 30 and present its 2022 range. The series will consist of six episodes announcing six new models which will end on December 9 with the unveiling of the production version of the DesertX. This concept was first revealed at EICMA 2019 in Milan, Italy, and was slated to make its official debut at the annual Ducati World Week the following year, but as the world virtually came to a standstill due to pandemic, it has been delayed. Ducati will have their hands full to take on the Yamaha Tenere 700, the KTM Adventure 890, the Triumph Tiger 900, the Husqvarna Norden 901, the upcoming Aprilia Tuareg 660 and maybe even a mid-size Honda Africa Twin or the Transalp.
Let’s take a closer look and find out what the DesertX is all about.
The elephant in the room
Before everyone starts pointing their fingers at the spelling, we’d like to make it clear that we’re talking about the iconic Cagiva Elefant, not the world’s largest land animal. The DesertX is inspired by the Elefant, which won the Paris Dakar rally in 1990 and 1994. Even though the ADV was named after the Cagiva, the bike was powered by the Ducati’s 900cc air-cooled V-twin. 990SS. This is also the reason why the concept presented in 2019 sported the famous white-red-black colors of the Elefant. The new Ducati concept also receives the iconic front fairing which houses the twin round headlights with a retro look, which will now be LED.
What is the Ducati DesertX?
Initially, Ducati wanted to expand their Scrambler range by adding the DesertX, making it a natural evolution of the Desert Sled. The concept presented in Milan was based on the Scrambler 1100 platform and was powered by the air-cooled 1,079cc Desmodromic L-Twin engine with an output of 86 hp and torque of 65 lb-ft. After unveiling this ADV concept, Ducati received many encouraging messages from enthusiasts and fans, which forced them to return to the drawing board. The Bologna-based company decided to start this project from scratch and chose to give it a brand new adventure-based chassis that will help it compete with other ADVs in this class.
Speaking of blowing away their rivals, Ducati has kicked off the Scrambler engine and the Dakar rally-inspired ADV will now flex its muscles with the liquid-cooled 937cc Testastretta L-Twin engine that currently powers the Multistrada. 950. Don’t be fooled by its compact size, this powertrain offers more power and develops 113hp at 9,000rpm and 94Nm at 6,750rpm than the 1,079cc Scrambler. Another advantage that goes in DesertX’s favor is that it ensures that the weight is lighter, making it more capable and easier to maneuver over difficult off-road terrain.
Ducati has spared no effort as he wants to make sure this bike is capable of conquering difficult terrain. Therefore, it will be equipped with off-road features and will get a 21-inch front wheel and not a 19-inch wheel like the Multistrada 950. The jury is still out on the size of the rear tire.
The new retro ADV is expected to cover long distances and with that in mind Ducati has integrated two fuel tanks – one at the front in the traditional position and the other at the rear. The combined capacity should be approximately 7.9 gallons. The rear passenger seat can be removed and in its place a luggage rack can be installed. In terms of equipment, the DesertX will get dual front disc brakes, an advanced Ducati electronics suite with multiple ride modes, traction control, cornering ABS and much more.
What other Ducati motorcycles will unveil
As mentioned earlier, Ducati will upload six videos in just over two months, or one episode in two weeks. So what other bikes can we expect to break cover aside from the obvious DesertX as the grand finale? The first episode could reveal a classic variation of the new Monster launched last year, highlighting its rich, retro history. The next one could be the one that was presented at EICMA 2019 with the DesertX, the Scrambler Motard. Since the launch of the Multistrada V4 it has been missing one essential thing, the all-conquering Pikes Peak trim and we believe Ducati will release this bike. The fourth will be the highly anticipated Panigale V2 Streetfighter so how can we ignore the Panigale V4. The fifth bike to be unveiled will be a new variant of this flagship family.
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