New Delhi : Luxury motorcycle brand Ducati has launched the new DesertX in India, with prices starting at INR 17,91,000 Ex-Showroom India. The new Ducati DesertX enlarges the boundaries of what can be done with a Ducati. Desert dunes, narrow off-road paths, gravel roads to mountainous twisties: with DesertX, riders will truly have no limits.The DesertX will be available in Star White Silk livery and bookings are now open across all Ducati dealerships in Delhi – NCR, Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Kochi, Kolkata & Chennai. Deliveries will commencein the first week of January 2023.
Commenting on the launch, Bipul Chandra, Managing Director, Ducati India, said“The DesertX project was born in 2019 when Ducati presented the concept to the public, generating a strong positive reaction from motorcyclists around the world.This important feedback gave us the decisive push to transform that concept into the motorcycle that is now winning hearts around the world. It’sthe first Ducati with a 21” front wheel and an off road prowess like no other and the first lot of motorcycles coming to India is already sold out, which is further proof that the DesertX will mark a new chapter in Ducati’s journey in India.”
The design of the DesertX is a modern interpretation of the lines of the enduro motorcycles of the ‘80s, created by the Centro Stile Ducati following criteria of essentiality and robustness. This “Robust Design” highlights the sportiness of a motorcycle while conveying the spirit of adventure from the very first glance. Every aesthetic element has been designed to be functional. The technical elements characterize the bike, as in the case of the aluminum skid plate, the frame guards, and the 46 mmfork combined with the 21-inch front wheel, all of which give the DesertX a bold and adventurous look. The windshield merges with the headlamp and the double full-LED DRL, designed on its surface makes this model unmistakable. The DesertX’s aptitude for journeys is highlighted by the design choices, such as the possibility of removing the passenger seat if you are traveling alone to create extra space. For those keen on longer journeys, it is also possible to add an additional 8-litre rear fuel tank.
The engine of the DesertX is the well-known and much-appreciated 937 cc Ducati Testastretta 11° twin-cylinder unit with desmodromic distribution. The engine delivers 110 hp at 9,250 rpm and the torque of 92 Nm at 6,500 rpm, with an ability to combine Ducati performance with a smooth delivery. This latest evolution of the 11° Testastretta engine that equips the DesertX inherits all the improvements introduced on it, first on the Monster and later on the Multistrada V2. The 8-disc clutch is extremely light and compact, while the gearbox drum works on bearings to minimize friction and improve precision and smoothness when shifting, thus contributing to a reduction in total engine weight of 1.7 kg compared to the previous version.
Precisely designed to offer the best performance in off-road riding and in various uses, the DesertX engine is equipped with a gearbox developed specially for the intended use of the motorcycle. In fact, the gearbox has different dedicated ratios with respect to those of the Multistrada V2. The ratios have been shortened overall on all gears up to fifth, to ensure the best off-road behavior. First and second gears are much shorter (14.3% and 8.7% respectively vs Multistrada V2), to facilitate the low-speed riding. Sixth gear is properly long to facilitate highway rideability while maintaining low engine speeds; this means a contained fuel consumption and an increased level of comfort. The gearbox works in conjunction with the DQS Up & Down (Ducati Quick Shifter) with a strategy developed specifically for this model, active both uphill and downhill. DesertX maintenance intervals are scheduled every 15,000 km or 24 months, with a valve clearance checking every30,000 km.
The layout adopted for the chassis of the Ducati DesertX includes a new tubular steel trellis frame, which works in combination with long suspension travel with specific settings to ensure effective operation in all riding conditions. The optimization of all components has led to the creation of an extremely efficient bike, with a dry weight of 202 kg. The choices made in terms of chassis make the DesertX an easy bike to ride, inspiring confidence, and safety on all types of roads, even the bumpiest ones.
Specific suspension for off-road use
In terms of suspension, the DesertX stands out for its high-level equipment. The 46mm diameter upside-down Kayaba front fork offers a whopping 230mm of travel and is adjustable in compression, rebound and preload. The Kayaba single shock absorber is adjustable in compression, rebound and preload and through the aluminum swing arm, allows 220 mm of rear wheel travel. DesertX has a generous ground clearance of 250 mm, which is favorable for more demanding off-road riding.