Back in October of last year, Ducati teased us with their then-upcoming 2021 lineup. What caught many fans’ attention was the DesertX concept bike, which is basically a souped-up Scrambler with fairings and dirt bike tires.
Just recently, the Bologna-based manufacturer has announced that it will continue to tease fans through their 6-part webisodes that will start on September 30 and will culminate on December 9 with the unveiling of the DesertX.
Though much of the details of the upcoming DesertX are still shrouded in mystery, Ducati says that the DesertX will be “Ducati's new Adventure bike, designed to offer great off-road capabilities thanks to an all-new chassis designed around a 21" front wheel, and it will harness the performance and reliability of the liquid-cooled 937 cc Testastretta engine.”
This means that the upcoming bike will share the same engine as the 2021-onwards Monster 937.
How is this different from the Desert Sled? The DesertX features a more rally raid-inspired design, like Yamaha's Tenere or Honda's Africa Twin. Whereas the Desert Sled is still very much a Scrambler with a few modifications. Also, it's intended to serve as a middle adventure variant, slotting above the Scrambler Desert Sled but just below the Multistrada.