At Ducati’s World Premiere in Bologna a couple of weeks ago, Claudio Domenicali announced that there would be TWO new Scrambler concepts at the EICMA show in Milan; the Desert X and Motard. And here are some photos of the new bikes in the flesh courtesy of our pals at German site Motorrad.
DUCATI DESERT X
The new Ducati Desert X concept pushes the off-road credentials of the Italian factories Scrambler line-up one step further. Powered by the existing 1100cc powerplant, the new retro enduro machine takes obvious inspiration from Cagiva Elefant 900 of the ‘90s (and there’s arguably a bit of Aprilia’s Tuareg thrown in for good measure). With a 21-inch front wheel and a 17-inch rear wheel, clad with knobbly tyres – it looks like a proper bit of off-road kit. Factor in a bash plate, an upswept Termignoni exhaust, handguards and a rear rack – and the new Desert X looks up for tackling some serious terrain.
In addition to the well-received Desert X 1100, Ducati is also displaying its new Motard concept at EICMA. While still sitting in the Scrambler line-up, it’s a bit of a departure from the Italian factories usual fare. Powered by the 800cc Scrambler motor, it comes with 17-inch blue spoked wheels clad with some sticky rubber, wide bars, handguard and a little bash plate. And with its numberboards, Ducati seems to be suggesting the new Motard concept would be up for some on-track action.
We really like the look of Ducati’s TWO new concepts. Chances are we will get to see them in the flesh – but it’s pretty likely we’ll have to wait another 12 months for the production machines to arrive. Try to be patient.