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Hear hear! T

The new DS Scrambler excites me more than any other model from Ducati at the moment. I think they nailed the design brief.

Air cooled, simple tech, properly modified suspension and swingarm, I hope a whole "scrambler adv" movement springs up from this bike, I would much rather tour on this than the new Mini Multistrada. Keep it simple and fun, I don't want 3 different riding modes and all that other BS, nice honest donk, good brakes and some decent luggage, maybe a screen, now lets go have some fun.

Edit: Did i mention what a sucker I am for Gold spoked rims on any bike!
 

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Edit: Did i mention what a sucker I am for Gold spoked rims on any bike!
Me also, first bike I had on the road was 2001 kawasaki "sherpa" that grabbed me with the gold rims.. 250 thumper enduro...
 

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Yes It has my interest as well, I've a triumph tiger xc that does general duties so this may be a good alternative.
I was thinking it may be a bit lighter though but seems only about 10kg lighter and will carry a lot less fuel.

But it is shorter so may be a bit more manoeuvrable so easier to handle on tracks, the tiger is quite big. Will be
interesting to see what it's like in the real world and not my imagination.
 

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+1 I saw it on the 2017 Live stream started thinking I need one then
found out it weighs much more than my Hyper 1100s.
 

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It looks very lean, how can it weigh 456 lbs? Can cut 15 with an exhaust and delete, but it will need a spark arrestor.
Steel, swingarm, suspension: the 3 S's. The subframe and tank are likely steel - if they were aluminum, they'd probably be 5 lbs lighter between them. Maybe more. And the frame is described as "reinforced." It doesn't look any different from the base Scrambler in the promo shots, so I'd wager that the reinforcement is either cross-struts going underneath the tank or using tubing that is just less hollow. Maybe both. Regardless, that's probably 5 more pounds. Then you've got an obviously beefier swingarm and rear shock dogbone, plus longer-travel suspension. Probably 2-3 pounds per fork and 2-3 on the shock as well. Then you've got thises and thats - wider (and reinforced) bars, bash plates, probably tire tubes, stronger bolts... I can see how you can tack on 20 pounds over the base Scrambler, easy. It still weighs much less than a Triumph.
 

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And the frame is described as "reinforced." It doesn't look any different from the base Scrambler in the promo shots, so I'd wager that the reinforcement is either cross-struts going underneath the tank or using tubing that is just less hollow. Maybe both.
I think they also reinforced the portion where the swingarm mounts directly to the engine case.
 

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Deposit down on the Desert Sled. This bike looks like a total blast.
 
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Desert Sled too heavy

Having ridden my dirt bikes hundreds of miles in the Mohave I cannot see this bike a t 460 lbs being any fun.

The triumph tiger has tons more power, longer range and only weighs about 5 pounds more.

Nice for about town though.
 

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Saw the bike at Marin Speed Shop (San Rafael, CA). Super nice and the wheels are purty. I sat on it, wow, tall like my multistrada. Then, checked out the Cafe Racer, it's ok, not bad. I prefer Holographic Hammer's Scrambler's Cafe Racer.
 

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Desert Sled Ride

I retract my earlier post after riding the bike - here is my post from ADV rider, - no comments though - this crowd will provide a more stimulating conversation on this matter

I rode the DS in white at the dealers in downtown Denver the other day in heavy traffic, (opening day for the Rockies). I was there to get my new Arai Ducati Helmet to protect me from my 16 MTS and spied it in the showroom. With all the other bikes I have, I should have dismissed it out of hand - yet I just read all 48 pages of this thread. At 56ys old I fear I may have subliminal images of Steve McQueen embedded in my brain.



A few observations:
At 5'9" and 30"inseam, even with sneakers on I was able to get the balls of my feet solidly on the ground.
Most of my other bikes have far more engine, so no mind bending revelations there -although it felt very smooth and plenty powerful.
Having actually ridden hundreds of miles across the Mojave in CA on my old XR and also the high mountain jeep roads here in CO (solid rock) on my XR400 and WR450 I can state that riding the desert is comparatively easy (the deep sand washes can be a bit tricky) so this bike would be able to handle the desert (minus desert mountains) but no way over Mosquito pass. (solid rock Jeep Road here in CO)

On paper my current Tiger 800 Road should beat his bike - only 30mm/1in less suspension, same size wheels, much more powerful engine, better luggage, bike and wind protection, 220m range, only 9 lbs heavier ( and the Tiger wet number probably includes more gas).

Essentials for me would be a top box, side wolfmans, better bash guard, hand guards and small Dart wind screen. As there is no way to test off road I would love to hear how it behaves on jeep roads and easy single track with guys my size - 5'9" 160lbs. Things like traction and steering at slow speeds, how the engine pulls without stalling at 5 MPH climbing a rocky hill etc.

The Tiger is a cumbersome beast on real off road as is the 1200gs. (If I were 6'2" 220 maybe a different story on the 500 lb bikes) I do not consider graded dirt roads as off road and I think even the 1200 MTS is fine here, although if there is going to be 200M of washboard to shake all the tech on the MTS the 09 GS will be ridden.

Perhaps I will take a bath on the Tiger. I AM VERY INTRIGUED, and yes I will take all the girls that are included with it.
 

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The triumph tiger has tons more power, longer range and only weighs about 5 pounds more.
On paper my current Tiger 800 Road should beat his bike - only 30mm/1in less suspension, same size wheels, much more powerful engine, better luggage, bike and wind protection, 220m range, only 9 lbs heavier ( and the Tiger wet number probably includes more gas).
Thanks for the review but keep in mind the Ducati Scrambler/Desert Sled model isn't an ADV bike as the Tiger is. :wink2:
 

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The Desert Sled is the first new Ducati I've been extremely tempted to buy. This is what I wanted the initial Scrambler to be but wasn't. Now Ducati went and upped their game to create what a lot of people were expecting.

Now the problem is to justify it....... But this one is really tugging at the wallet.
 
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