Ducati brings DesertX to India at Rs 17.91 lakh

By Team Autostory
December 14, 2022, Updated on : Wed Dec 14 2022 10:18:51 GMT+0000
Ducati brings DesertX to India at Rs 17.91 lakh
The new Ducati DesertX is specifically meant to tackle dirt tracks, unlike its cousin Multistrada V2, which is a more seasoned all-rounder.
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Italian superbike brand Ducati has launched the new DesertX in India priced at Rs 17.91 lakh (ex-showroom). The new model is an entirely different machine from Ducati’s current Multistrada range of adventure bikes.


Bookings are already open across Ducati dealerships in the country and deliveries are expected to commence from the first week of January.


The DesertX goes up against the likes of hardcore adventure motorcycles such as Triumph Tiger 900 Rally, BMW F 850 GS, and Honda Africa Twin.

Ducati DesertX

Ducati DesertX made for the toughest trails

Design

The design of DesertX is a modern interpretation on the lines of enduro motorcycles from the 1980s, created by the Centro Stile Ducati. It features twin round LED headlamps, with circular daytime LEDs inspired by the Cagiva Elefant of the ‘90s, along with a high-wind deflector up front.


The motorcycle rides on 21-inch front and 18-inch rear wire-spoke wheels, providing a more classic look. It is wrapped around a white paint scheme with two strips in red and black, depicting the brand and model names, respectively.


Other than its sleek profile, the DesertX commands a tall stance with an 875mm saddle height, which can be reduced to 865mm using an accessory low seat.

Ducati DesertX

Ducati DesertX highlights

Features

The adventure bike is equipped with a vertically oriented five-inch digital instrument console with optional Bluetooth connectivity. The high-end rally-spec machine boasts of a modern electronic package with a Bosch IMU Ducati assisting features like engine brake control, traction control, wheelie control, and three levels of switchable anti-lock braking system (ABS).


Other features on offer include six riding modes–Sport, Touring, Wet, Urban, Enduro and Rally; four power modes–Full, High, Medium and Low; two info modes–Standard and Rally; and optional turn-by-turn navigation. There are other optional extras to choose from such as fog lamps, heated grips, aluminium panniers and an 8-litre auxiliary fuel tank in addition to the standard 21-litre tank.

Ducati DesertX

Ducati DesertX digital console with Bluetooth connectivity, ride information, etc.

Underpinnings and powertrain

Ducati DesertX is built on a traditional trellis frame structure which is suspended on 46mm upside-down forks at the front and a rear mono-shock attached to the swingarm with suspension travel of 230mm and 220mm, respectively. Aiding its off-roading prowess is an exceptional 250mm ground clearance. 


Braking duties are handled by twin 320mm discs held by Brembo-M50 Monobloc four-piston callipers at the front and a 265mm single disc held by a dual-piston floating calliper at the rear. 

Ducati DesertX

Ducati DesertX underpinned by a traditional trellis frame construction

Powering DesertX is a familiar 937cc Testastretta L-twin 11-degree water-cooled engine that performs duties on multiple Ducati models. This motor churns out 110 hp at 9,250 rpm and a peak torque of 92 Nm at 6,500 rpm while being mated to a six-speed gearbox. The gearbox has been updated with different ratios as compared to the one offered in Multistrada V2 and comes with a bi-directional quick-shifter as standard.


(Images courtesy: Ducati)


Edited by Akanksha Sarma

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