Exploration. Fun. Performance. And a great desire to take and leave towards the horizon. The identity of this bike leaves no room for doubt: just looking at it. It brings you into the atmosphere of Dakar racing.

Equipped with a 21-inch front wheel and 18-inch rear wheel, the new DesertX is designed to handle even the most challenging off-road terrain. Dedicated off-road development combined with Ducati’s road expertise results in a responsive and manoeuvrable bike at ease on all trails and asphalt.

21 ”front and 18” rear wheels, long stroke suspension, generous ground clearance (250mm). And an off-road frame designed and tested to withstand the most challenging conditions.


Ergonomics optimized for every condition.

Ergonomics and aerodynamic study give life to a motorcycle that has off-road as a natural territory. And at the same time remains comfortable, easy and safe for urban commuting and long travels.

Advanced electronics dedicated to versatility

The versatility of DesertX is also reflected in the Riding Modes: there are 6 of them. With Enduro and Rally explicitly dedicated to the off-road riding experience.

Lightweight engine tuned for off-road use

DesertX is equipped with the latest evolution of the 937 cc Testastretta 11th desmo, lighter by 1.7 kg compared to the previous generation. And equipped with a new gear ratio to ensure the best off-road behaviour.

RR22 and Star White Silk

The new RR22 livery, inspired by the Audi RS Q e-Tron that participated in the last Dakar, complements the Star White Silk colour scheme.

DesertX presented a completely new challenge to the Centro Stile. The opportunity to experiment with a new design language, seeking inspiration in the history of African Rally.

The result is a solid, clean, modern design based on shapes taken from the most adventurous off-road world. It is a bike that wants to be solid and functional simultaneously. 

Post-heritage minimal

The aesthetic of DesertX manages to combine the suggestion of the “Dakarians” with an almost touch interface feeling. It is post-heritage and digital at the same time.

Essential and robust

The bike is visually composed of 3 macro elements. A single central volume, the saddle and the windshield integrate the double headlight. A “Robust Design” effect that combines form and function.

Designed for comfort

The surfaces in contact with the rider are broad. And well-connected, allowing movement in various directions with the highest comfort level, especially in off-road riding.

Audi RS Q e-Tron inspiration

The new RR22 livery is inspired by the Audi RS Q e-Tron that participated in the last Dakar. Seen for the first time during the International Press Launch in Sardinia on the DesertX ridden by Danilo Petrucci. It will join the Matt Star White Silk colour scheme at Ducati’s European dealerships from November.


The new DesertX is equipped with the latest evolution of the water-cooled 937 cc Desmodromic 11° Testastretta engine with 110 horsepower and 92 Nm of torque.

It’s the well-known twin cylinder already appreciated on our other models for its double soul: very manageable and smooth at low revs. But with a torque that is always ready and able to release all the Ducati characters with a significant extension. 

1.7 kg lighter

The new version of the Testastretta 11 ° introduces essential improvements over the previous generation. Which has led to an overall weight saving of 1.7 kg.

Reliable in different uses

Reliable and designed for touring use, the engine has long maintenance intervals. With an oil change every 15,000 km and a valve clearance check every 30,000 km.

Wide gear ratio

The work on the DesertX gearshift also involved the ratios. Which were shortened overall for greater efficiency at high speed.
Riding mode

The versatility of DesertX is also reflected in the Riding modes. Up to six options, two specifically dedicated to the off-road riding experience.

Riding assistance systems

The package of riding assistance systems completes the electronic equipment: Traction control, Wheelie control, Engine brake control, cornering ABS, Quickshifter up & down. And Cruise control, to make riding on long journeys even more relaxing.

Lighting system

The bike’s Full LED lighting system equipment is of the highest level. The double front headlight has two bi-function poly ellipsoidal modules with Daytime Running Light (DRL).

It has been designed to ensure excellent visibility. Which is particularly important for a bike that can ride in all conditions. The rear headlight is equipped with the Ducati Brake Light.

In the event of sudden braking, the system automatically activates the flashing of the rear light to signal the condition of sudden slowing to following vehicles, making a further contribution to rider safety.

TFT & Connectivity

DesertX is equipped with a high-resolution 5 ” colour TFT display oriented vertically and positioned to offer the best visibility even in standing riding. This display is designed for integration with the Ducati Multimedia System, which allows you to connect your smartphone via Bluetooth and activate Turn by Turn navigation by receiving directions directly on the dashboard.


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