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The DesertX Rally will debut in the upcoming Ducati World Premier episodes
Ducati's tradition of unveiling its latest motorcycle offerings through the Ducati World Premiere continues into the current year. Thus far, the Monster 30 Anniversario has been showcased as their inaugural revelation, with five more exciting motorcycles on the horizon. Among them, the Ducati DesertX Rally has been spied undergoing testing in Europe, promising to be an even more rugged version of the middleweight ADV. Notably, the DesertX Rally has already received certification from the California Air Resources Board.
The Upcoming Ducati DesertX Rally: Geared for Off-Roading
The DesertX is known for its distinctive appearance, with design cues inspired by the Cagiva Elefante, a commanding stance, and robust side panels. However, it hasn't been perceived as particularly off-road-friendly, and that's where the Rally version aims to excel. The most significant addition is the motocross-style long and tall front fender, accompanied by sturdy fork protectors that extend to the upper tubes and wrap around the stanchions, reducing the likelihood of damaged oil seals.
Additionally, a different, taller windshield is noticeable, even though it retains its polka-dot pattern. At the lower end, a new engine bash plate with enhanced reinforcement and a forged carbon construction has been introduced, distinguishable by the silver clamps. It's important to mention that this bash plate differs from the one Ducati offers as an accessory.
One notable addition from the accessory catalog is the new Rally saddle, featuring a dual-tone (red-black) flat single-piece design as opposed to the stock split configuration. This change aims to facilitate rider movement during off-road adventures, potentially increasing the seat height while maintaining the overall riding triangle. Meanwhile, the tail design remains largely familiar, with the fender and lights resembling the existing model, except for updated side racks.
A distinctive livery is also part of the package, with hints of red visible beneath the cover plastics at the top, complemented by a red subframe and pillion grab rail. The tank and rear fender appear to sport a white shade, resulting in a dual-tone livery, prominently featuring Ducati's signature red.
Enhanced Suspension for the New Ducati DesertX Rally
In terms of mechanics, spy shots reveal that the Rally model boasts long-travel upside-down forks finished in copper gold. These appear more substantial than the 46 mm KYB units found on the current model, likely measuring 48 mm in diameter. Likewise, the rear monoshock, although retaining its yellow hue, now features a hand-knob for adjustability, a feature absent in the current middleweight ADV. Expect both front and rear suspensions to offer increased travel, exceeding the current 9.06 and 8.66 inches.
However, other aspects like the 21/18-inch cross-spoke wheels (F/R), 320 mm front and 265 mm rear disc brakes with Brembo calipers, and Pirelli Scorpion STR tires appear consistent with the existing model. This suggests that the dry weight of 445 pounds is likely to remain unchanged.
Unaltered Engine Performance
As the DesertX Rally is a variant, no changes to the engine are anticipated. Spy shots reveal the same Testastretta 11-degree 937cc engine, delivering 110 horsepower at 9,250 RPM and 68 pound-feet of torque at 6,500 RPM. It continues to be paired with a six-speed transmission, and the electronic suite appears unchanged. The familiar five-inch TFT instrument cluster remains, offering access to ride modes, power modes, wheelie control, engine brake control, and cruise control. The sole addition is the rally tower above the TFT, designed for convenient navigation device mounting.
Anticipated Debut of the New Ducati DesertX Rally
While this marks the initial sighting of the DesertX Rally, it appears to be primed for launch. As previously mentioned, it will be unveiled as part of Ducati's World Premier series, scheduled for September 19, October 3, October 19, November 2, and November 7, 2023. Even though it is the final reveal in the lineup, the launch is less than two months away. Following the unveiling, Ducati will announce the American MSRP, with early 2024 dealership availability expected. Enthusiasts are hopeful that the DesertX Rally won't substantially surpass the already elevated $17,995 price tag of the DesertX.
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