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DIRT and TRAIL January 22

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2022 Ducati DesertX Ducati Fans around the world REJOICE! After a couple of years of teasing, it’s on the way - Ducati’s most dirt-worthy motorcycle since the 1971 450 R/T. It’s the most ADV oriented Ducati to date and we like the fresh approach. Let’s look more closely at Ducati’s shot across the bow of the midrange rallye market. The 2022 Ducati DesertX’s Testastretta 11° motor is based on the engine used in the Multistrada V2 and Monster. The 937cc V-twin with desmodromically actuated valves pump out 110 horsepower at 9250 rpm and 68 ft-lbs of torque at an approachable 6500 rpm. Changes to the clutch and gearbox improve shifting and save weight. A quickshifter is standard for the six-speed transmission. 1st and 2nd gears are considerably lower than on the Multistrada V2, with the 3rd through 5th speeds geared incrementally lower. Sixth gear remains a touring-friendly overdrive. Off-road credibility comes via a 21-/18-inch wheel combo and long-travel suspension. Aggressive Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR tubeless tyres are mounted on the wire-spoked rims. The fully adjustable KYB suspension provides around nine inches of wheel travel at both ends. The fork is a 46mm inverted unit, while the piggyback-reservoir shock is cantilevered, rather than linkage-assisted. The DesertX tips the scales at 224 KG’s with the 21 litre fuel tank topped off. An optional 8 litre auxiliary fuel tank mounted near the rear fender extends the DesertX’s range considerably. Seat height is 34.4 inches, and the ergonomics are friendly for standing. Ducati says it has kept the midsection slim to make it easier for the rider to grasp the motorcycle when riding off-road and get the rider’s boots to the ground. Initially soft suspension keeps the rider closer to the ground, cutting into the 9.8 inches of ground clearance. An accessory lower seat is available. Plenty of modes and rider-aid options allow riders to tailor the DesertX for preferences and conditions. There are six ride modes, plus four Power Modes. For the first time, a Ducati motorcycle has a Rally mode, which goes with the Enduro, Sport, Touring, Urban, and Wet modes. The four power modes—Full, High, Medium, and Low—adjust throttle response and power output. IMUsupported adjustable rider aids include traction control, wheelie control, electronic engine braking adjustment, and cornering-aware ABS. The DesertX’s ABS also has three levels with the cornering function, plus Enduro and Rally, which defeat the cornering utility. Brembo handles braking duties. A pair of radially mounted Brembo M50 monobloc calipers grasp the 320mm disc. The front brake master cylinder is a direct axial-pump design, and the lever is adjustable. The 265mm rear disc gets a two-piston floating Brembo caliper. The dashboard is rally-inspired. The five-inch TFT display is mounted vertically to make it easier for riders to read while standing. There are two viewing modes—Standard and Rally. The Rally mode is designed to facilitate navigation by mimicking the tripmaster display used by rally bikes. Unfortunately, GPS is not part of the system. The optional Ducati Multimedia System pairs with your smartphone, providing turn-by-turn navigation. If you like listening to music or talking on the phone while rally raiding, the DMS will make that happen. There will be lots of apparel to match the DesertX—both casual and technical. Looks good. Let’s see if we get a ride when it gets here. A NE Stock C Ph

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