2022 Ducati DesertX first journey review-engine, value, seems, options

The brand new DesertX is Ducati’s first critical off-road succesful ADV and there’s loads to be enthusiastic about

If you concentrate on it, the DesertX is a motorbike that ought to have been with us sooner. The demand for this type of a motorbike has existed for years, and Ducati additionally has official heritage to lean on because of the Cagiva Elefant of the Nineties. Ah effectively, higher late than by no means, proper? As a result of take a look at this factor – it’s attractive!


The callback to the big, Ducati-powered Cagiva is obvious within the form of the DesertX’s face and total silhouette, however it’s a design that has contoured and finessed into the longer term. The dual round LED headlamps together with the tall (non-adjustable) windscreen give this bike an immediately recognisable face, particularly since Honda went a bit Offended Birds with the most recent Africa Twin. 

The DesertX will get a big 21-litre gas tank, however not like many ADVs, this tank manages to really feel good and slim the place the rider’s knees interface whereas standing up. Actually, the ergonomics on this bike are actually very effectively judged, whether or not you’re sitting or standing, and a big a part of that goes to the sensible design with clear surfaces.

The rear part is much less complicated with the modern oval LED tail-lamp being the one costly trying component. I like this as a result of it provides the DesertX a sense of goal and ruggedness. With some mild modifications, and in essentially the most gifted of palms, the large Multistradas could be fairly succesful off-road, however for many of us regular people, the Multis really feel a bit too fairly and fantastically crafted to drop. The DesertX additionally manages to be an excellent trying bike, however it comes throughout as a extra rugged one which wouldn’t have you ever cringe as badly whenever you inevitably drop it off street.   


Beneath that oh-so-pretty bodywork is a really conventional trellis body – no radical new, Monster-style entrance body right here. It’s a new chassis, Ducati tells us, however the firm is so effectively versed with getting metallic tubes to work in triangular shapes which you can settle for its declare that this bike was totally developed in simply two years’ time. It additionally helps immensely that the engine is the acquainted 937cc liquid cooled L-twin, however we’ll get to that later.

The DesertX has a big wheelbase of 1,608mm, which is even longer than the Diavel and solely 7mm shorter than essentially the most stretched out Ducati you should buy – the xDiavel. Funnily sufficient, I by no means felt like this was an excessively lengthy or lazy bike, and the quantity got here throughout as fairly a shock when learning the spec sheet. 

We received a quick period of time to journey it off street on the World Ducati Week (WDW), the place the bike felt tall, but additionally fairly straightforward to journey and lightweight on its toes. The DRE course at WDW was very fundamental, however it was sufficient to inform that with its 21-inch/18-inch wheel sizes, this bike goes to be very succesful and good enjoyable off-road. The standing up ergos are spot on, the suspension has heaps of journey (230mm entrance/220mm rear) and there’s 250mm of floor clearance. 

Even with the low seat, the seat peak is at a tall 865mm.

At this easy filth course, the few issues I may inform was that Pirelli tyres do a superb job in dry filth; the steering feels just a little heavy when shifting the handlebar from lock to lock at low speeds (because it does on most large ADVs); and that the seat is slim, however fairly tall. The inventory seat peak is 875mm, however India will get the low seat as commonplace which brings it right down to 865mm. For reference, the Tiger 900 rally’s seat is ready at 860mm.


The remainder of our few hours on the DesertX was spent on the roads round Bologna the place we received to journey by means of some city areas and in direction of some winding hilly roads. The acquainted 937cc L-twin is rather like what you’ll get within the SuperSport, Hypermotard, Multistrada V2 and the Monster, though in a unique state of tune. With 110hp and 92Nm, its peak figures are within the ballpark of its siblings, however the DesertX’s engine has essentially the most muted and mellow tune of the lot.

It definitely lacks the punch of the light-weight Monster or the aural drama and aggressive responses of the Hypermotard. The facility supply is sort of linear and there’s a superb surge above 6,000rpm, however there have been additionally moments the place that robust Ducati kick I used to be anticipating – popping out of corners at about 3,000rpm – simply wasn’t there. In the end, it’s very a lot a fast bike, but additionally a quite calm and approachable one, which ought to enchantment to the broader crowd. 

New vertical TFT show is straightforward to learn and management.

Sadly, we didn’t spend a lot time in jammed site visitors or at prolonged freeway speeds both, in order that should wait until we journey it again dwelling. Then again, the Euro warmth wave meant that we noticed as a lot as 37 levels Celsius, which felt very very similar to dwelling, and identical to most Ducatis, this one additionally throws off various warmth. Additionally like most Ducatis, the hydraulic clutch is on the heavy aspect.

Up on the winding roads exterior Bologna, the bike dealt with very effectively, as soon as you bought used to the in depth motion of the long-travel suspension. It turns in fairly simply, feels secure when leaned over and even aspect to aspect transitions don’t take a lot effort. I keep in mind being amazed by the Tiger 900 Rally’s street manners on condition that it has a 21-inch entrance wheel and this bike is rather like it. The principle distinction is that the Ducati’s blocky inventory tyres really feel fairly squishy when totally leaned over. The DesertX rides on Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR as commonplace, that are a midway home between a full-on off-road tyre and a street focussed ADV tyre (just like the Tiger Rally will get). Stick some extra road-biased tyres on it and I’m certain the DesertX can be a really good street handler. 

As for the brakes, you get twin Brembo M50 calipers within the entrance, however mated to a easy axial brake grasp cylinder. The ensuing efficiency is rather like the engine – in no way aggressive, however robust sufficient whenever you need it.  



The DesertX could also be a rugged Ducati, however it’s nonetheless a really effectively outfitted one. The sheer variety of digital options and rider assists are very seemingly the most effective within the phase. The brand new vertical TFT show seems good and it provides you management over nearly all the identical rider assists you’ll discover in Ducati’s sportbikes. The DesertX has six customisable using modes, 4 energy modes, multi-level traction management, wheelie management, cornering ABS and extra. Not solely are you able to deactivate the rear ABS, but additionally the entrance system if you happen to’re gifted/courageous sufficient. Additional luxuries come within the type of an up/down quickshifter, cruise management and heated grips – it actually has nearly the whole lot you might want.

Non-obligatory auxiliary gas tank holds 8 litres.

There is just one totally outfitted variant, though Ducati will promote you numerous equipment, together with a improbable trying eight-litre auxiliary gas tank that sits on both aspect of the pillion seat. 

The DesertX will solely make it to India by the tip of this yr and we count on the value to be someplace between the present Multistrada 950 (Rs 15.49 lakh) and the Multistrada 950S (Rs 17.49 lakh). Hopefully, it will likely be nearer to the bottom Multi as a result of that can place it effectively towards the Tiger 900 Rally Professional (Rs 15.5 lakh), which is our present choose of the phase.

Both means, the DesertX has all of the Ducati qualities of being a ravishing machine that’s succesful, enjoyable, fantastically outfitted and packing a excessive price ticket to match. How effectively it really works in the environment is one thing we’re actually keen to seek out out.

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