Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled_English version
Pictures Leonardo Perugini
We leave the metropolis in order to uncover the limit of this vitamin-enriched Scrambler and in
doing so we come across fantastic locations.
When the time comes to take the Desert Sled back, we allow ourselves one last detour towards the sun as it sets.
1. Good looking, well equipped
Just as we can sense the distance between the Desert Sled’s saddle, handlebars and footpegs, we can also notice the specialistic change in suspension.
The trellis frame has been reinforced. Two clamps now connect the frame to the swing arm
fulcrum thus adding an extra 12 kilograms which entices you to want dare to leave the tarmac.
The Desert Sled is a unique model. It is in line with the Scrambler models and it is its off-road evolution as opposed to a model which has simply been drawn up from the special parts catalogue.
We would have preferred to have found wheels suitable to use tubeless tires and also a fuel gauge but there are several other elements which we appreciate: the grill which protects the headlight, the double-end Termignoni exhaust, the possibility to disconnect the ABS and the USB port for mobile phone charging during the journey. At the top of the list is the mono suspension and the Kayaba upside-down fork (adjustable with the ignition key).
2. On the roaD
Pirelli’s Scorpion Rally STR tires are specially tailored for the Desert Sled. The design of these tires combines an effective on the road ride with twisted wheels. This motorcycle is not for tarmac only.
3. Adventure proof
We leave the city and when there are no longer buildings to be seen on the horizon you are able to cast your gaze far away into the distance.
In the non literal words of Jack London, adventure is alive despite Google maps and satellites. Google Cars stop where the road ends. And although we can photograph the Earth from above, it is continuously evolving. No man ever steps in the same river twice.
It feels as if no place is out of reach.
A healthy geometrical balance and a moderate weight are an old school recipe. To open throttle causes such a fluid reaction in the engine that you would think it were Ride By Wire. However there is a steel cable connected to the accelerator. It is simple, yet well made.
You can always rely on the prompt power delivery of the two-valve-per cylinder desmodromic mill, just like you can always trust the loyalty of a German Shepherd.
Similarly, you can trust the bike’s narrow hips which make riding standing up so natural, thanks once again to the V2 layout
Crossing through the open desert area is something quite regenerating where both the motorcycle and the mind can run free in limitless space.
We need to lose ourselves in nature in order to go beyond our limits and let the wild into our lives.
Transgressing the boundaries of your comfort zone you might get to see a pack of hungry wolves on a a rugged path or a foal taking its first steps alongside its mother while the team of horses quietly wait.
Riding along in this scenario of infinite variables the mind has to make space in order to concentrate solely on the here and now. Immersed in total silence which is occasionally interrupted by the hum of a bee, the sound of the exhaust of this Ducati does not actually sing out of tune. It is a combination of surprising athleticism with a design of great beauty.