How does Ducati’s 2022 DesertX take a page from an adventure DNA?

How does Ducati’s 2022 DesertX take a page from an adventure DNA?

It’s not every moment in life you can shape by a company’s direction and history forever. When Ducati unveiled the Desert X concept at EICMA 2019, it set expectations for what an adventure could be. 

The concept was developed on the Scrambler platform and looked like a scaled-down Multistrada 1260. 

It was gorgeous but failed to deliver the level of performance commonly found in the segment after a positive fan reaction to the unveiling.

Ducati decided to move forward with the production model. Which would live up to the DesertX name. 

To do so, it built an all-new chassis. And adopted its tried-and-true Testastretta L-Twin powerplant as a benchmark for performance.



Ducati caps off its new 2022 DesertX series with the production of a new bike. Designed to go where no Ducati has gone before, at least in terms of the dirt. 

The official word from the brand is that these bikes will be made for “off-road enthusiasts who love to explore the unknown”. And that these are motorcycles “designed for riders who go beyond their limits, again and again.”

And, after a few days to think things over, we must admit.This is one of our favourite surprises to come from Bologna in years. While we’re still uncertain about the odd name (DesertX? Really?), even that has a certain charm. 

Ducati has been focused heavily on more extensive adventures since the Multistrada was released.But with this new bike, it looks like they may be ready to take on some serious off-roading.


Performance Specs

Ducati hopes they have a winner on their hands with the all-new 2022 DesertX. With 110 horsepower at 9,250 rpm and 68 lb-ft of torque at 6,500 rpm, 937cc V-twin. Industry-leading suspension and the race-bred styling Ducati is famous for.The new DesertX could be the most attractive large-size ADV.

Long-distance travel is never easy, which is why Ducati built the all-new DesertX to be more than just another comfortable sportbike. As the name implies.It was specifically designed to conquer both desert areas of sand and tarmac roads with equal finesse.

With Testastretta V-twin into a steel trellis supported by a 46mm KYB inverted fork and KYB monoshock, we also see 9.1 inches fully-adjustable suspenders. And 8.7 inches on the front makes the ground clearance up by 9.8 inches. And it also ups seat height by 34.4 inches.



As for the wheels are 18 inch rear and 21-inch front with Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR tires. Braking duties are performed by four-piston Brembo M50 monobloc radial callipers. And 320mm rotors on the front and 265mm discs on the rear.

Ducati provides 20.8 litres ( 5.5-gallon ) tank, and it also further gets a 2.1-gallon fuel cell.

Further, it gets 117 litres pannier. Ducati made sure the DesertX arrives with a complete electronics suite.

  • Anti-Wheelie
  • Multi-level cornering ABS
  • Bi-directional quickshifter
  • Traction control
  • Engine braking control
  • It also gets four ride modes (Sport, Touring, Urban, Wet). Apart from four standard power modes (Full, High, Medium, Low) supported by two Rally and Enduro modes. 

A first in the Ducati Scrambler lineup. The DesertX is a rally-ready that Ducati will launch at the very heart of the all-new and re-energized Xcel.


Desert X is about showcasing your bike for what it is—a work of art and vehicle for self-expression.

The price starts from $16,795 and will arrive in dealerships from June 2022.

via Ducati

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