Ducati DesertX Is The Best Looking Bike We’ve Seen In A While

Retro, 80's inspired styling and serious off-road gear on a brand new Ducati? Seriously?

Ducati DesertX
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Ducati DesertX

The Ducati DesertX has finally launched after it was teased in 2019. The DesertX takes 80’s enduro styling and hides modern running gear under it for a mouth watering blend of style and performance.

The Ducati DesertX runs the familiar 937cc Testastretta twin engine. The V2 produces 110 horsepower and 68 lb-ft of torque according to Ducati. The Multistrada V2 uses a similar engine, but Ducati has made some changes for the
DesertX

Engine and Chassis

First and second gear are shorter for better off-road riding, while sixth stays long for highway cruising. A steel trellis frame houses the engine for a total dry weight of 445lbs.

Fully adjustable KYB forks provide 9″ of travel to the front, and an 8.5″ travel KYB monoshock holds the rear. The DesertX even manages a decent 9.8″ of ground clearance. As a result, the seat height is a tall 34.4″.

Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR tires wrap a 21″ front wheel and 18″ rear. 320mm Brembo discs slow the spoked front wheel, and it’s Brembo all around. Cornering ABS, traction control, wheelie control and quick shift up and down all come standard. The DesertX uses 6 riding modes which vary rider aids and throttle mapping.

Ducati DesertX Off-road

Thankfully you can turn off ABS on off-road modes Enduro and Rally. Essential information makes its way to the rider via a 5″ TFT.

Arguably the bike’s best feature is its 80’s Dakar inspired styling. The twin LED headlights and big 5.5 gallons tank all come together for a shockingly handsome vehicle.

The DesertX will go on sale in June of 2022 starting at $16,795. The price tag does place the new Ducati in a competitive tier of ADVs, but its retro looks have us reaching for money we don’t have. This is one bike we’re looking forward to throwing a leg over.