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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-26-2017, 06:08 PM Thread Starter
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Ducati launches dual sport Scrambler

Ducati now has more Scrambler variants than some manufactures make models. The latest is the "Desert Sled" which replaces the Urban Enduro and is more than just a styling exercise. It has new 19 & 17 inch wheels and much longer travel suspension, reinforced frame, etc.. Kind of a new take on the dual sport adv. bike.



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I considered a Ducati Scrambler before I bought the Versys but the nearest dealer is in Denver, Co.......too far away.
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The desert sled has been out for a while. I test rode the ducati scrambler and really liked it for a local riding bike. I'm just not willing to pay over MSRP for a motorcycle no matter how good I think it is. If a lightly used one pops up for sale within 250 miles from me I might go for it.

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Love that "tubolar" frame description! Begs the obvious tub-o-lard moniker.

That aside, nice bike.
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I road with someone on a 400km ride last Saturday who was on one. They loved it but had to install an aftermarket shield as they said the upright riding position and no wind protection don't mix well at 60mph/100kph + speeds. A different friend also has one and said something similar, in their case they installed the optional bikini fairing Ducati sells.
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Gotta give it to Ducati, that is one cool looking ride! Always loved the air-cooled two-valve engines (assuming they ARE still two valve?).
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I road with someone on a 400km ride last Saturday who was on one. They loved it but had to install an aftermarket shield as they said the upright riding position and no wind protection don't mix well at 60mph/100kph + speeds.
Your friend is a pu$$y.
Kidding aside, when I started to ride the only bikes with 'windshields' were really ugly fat slow Harleys that none of us young guys would be seen riding. I rode from Ontario to what was called British Honduras (now Belize) through Mexico and then back home on a 'Black Max' Honda 450. Left in November and rode through wet snow for two days. Nearly froze my nuts off, but I made it unscathed- other than being thrown in a really nasty Mexican jail for ten days, but that is another story.

I rode "naked" bikes for over forty years, then two Concours. Now I'm on my V with only the stock shield- what we used to call a flyscreen- always in the lowest position. I have an accessory screen that I do put on in cold weather, but honestly, it is not much good. Wind is mostly kept off my chest but a weird cold draft always hits me in the stomach and I hate it. Better to use the stock screen and stuff a newspaper under my chest to keep the cold out- that is what we used way back when motorcycles had wooden wheels.
Now I sound like a feckin' geezer, but seriously, riders are spoiled today.
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I test rode a Desert Sled at the super bike races at Laguna Seca last summer. Really nice bike! It felt very well put together, polished, and refined. The suspension is really good...not too firm, but also really good control. I was a little underwhelmed by the engine though. It felt really soft (for lack of a better term)...it was smooth, but just had no sense of urgency to it. I'm not a guy who gets on a bike I've never ridden before and immediately pins the throttle or goes nuts on it; I prefer to get to know a bike and get comfortable with it. Yet on that roughly 8-ish mile test ride, I bounced off the rev limiter twice, trying to get a little more power out of the engine. Maybe the stock gearing is really tall, but the V650 feels stronger to my highly-tuned butt-dyno.

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