We know from filings with the California Air Resources Board that we should expect two new Scrambler models for the 2017 model year – a “DS” model and a “CR” model.
With photos of a long-travel suspension Scrambler circulating, we assumed that the “DS” designation stood for “dual-sport”, but the latest teaser video from Ducati corrects our almost-right assumption.
While Ducati will indeed launch a more off-roady Scrambler model, as we expected, the 803cc machine will be called the Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled, an homage to the Baja-busting bikes of yore that carried the same name.
As such, we can expect the Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled to live up to its name, and be a true scrambler model from the Italian brand.
Ducati seems constantly to be pushing into the dual-sport / off-road space with its new models, with the Ducati Multistrada 1200 Enduro being another great example of the once sport-bike focused brand pushing into categories beyond the street and race track.
Keep an eye out at the EICMA show for the Desert Sled’s unveiling, along with Ducati’s other new Scrambler model, which will be of the café racer variety.
Source: Ducati (YouTube)