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Ducati Launches 2022 DesertX: Bigtrail with Enduro Design from the 80s


Ducati launched in Europe the 2022 DesertX, its 950cc Bigtrail motorcycle, which arrives with a design inspired by the Enduro bikes of the 80s, and a chassis capable of facing any type of terrain.

DesertX is a bike made mainly for off-road, with a steel trellis frame, long travel suspensions and large wheels, 21″ at the front and 18″ at the rear.

It is equipped with fully adjustable Kayaba suspensions, 46 mm USD at the front with 230 mm of travel, and monoshock at the rear, with 220 mm. With this set, plus 21″ spoked wheels at the front and 18″ at the rear, the DesertX has 250 mm of ground clearance, allowing it to face the worst off-road environments.

In addition, it leaves the factory equipped with dual purpose tires, Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR, measuring 90/90-21 at the front and 150/70-18 at the rear.

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The 2022 Ducati DesertX arrives with a design reminiscent of Rally bikes, with a slim body and a very vertical windshield. According to the brand, it is a contemporary interpretation of the 80’s Enduro motorcycles, with criteria of essentiality and robustness.

It features two eye-catching round headlights at the front, as well as a ‘vintage’ style windshield, positioned like a Rally bike. The rear is simple, with minimal elements.

DesertX’s ergonomics are designed to allow for optimal standing upright riding, and good travel comfort, with tall, wide handlebars for an upright posture.

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Finally, the fuel tank has a capacity of 21 liters, and an additional 8 liter tank is offered to be placed at the rear (sold as an accessory), which guarantees optimal autonomy.

Engine and technology

The 2022 Ducati DesertX has a liquid-cooled 937 cm³ V2 Testastretta EURO5 engine, capable of generating up to 110 HP of maximum power at 9,250 rpm and 92 Nm (9.3 kgfm) of torque at 6,500 rpm.

To offer the best performance in off-road rides and in various uses, the Testastretta has been specifically optimized, with gearbox with dedicated ratios different from the Multistrada V2. The ratios were generally reduced in all gears up to fifth to ensure the best off-road handling.

Finally, in terms of technology, it comes with 6 riding modes (including Enduro and Rally modes), 4 power modes, ABS Cornering, Engine Brake Control (EBC), Ducati Traction Control (DTC), Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC), Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) Up & Down, Brembo brakes with 4-piston calipers Brembo M50 radial-mounted monobloc at the front, Full-LED lighting with DRL, and 5″ color TFT full digital instrument panel.

Finally, the 2022 Ducati DesertX will be available at Ducati network dealerships from May 2022.

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