Ducati has announced the launch of the DesertX adventure bike in India. It is available in a single variant priced at Rs 17.91 lakh (ex-showroom). Bookings for the bike have also been opened across Ducati dealerships in Delhi-NCR, Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Kochi, Kolkata and Chennai. Deliveries for the bike will commence in the first week of January.
The Ducati DesertX is an off-road-focused motorcycle. The semi-faired ADV features twin LED headlamps with a short windscreen and a 5-inch digital instrument console. The bike rides on 21-inch front and 18-inch rear wire-spoke wheels with 46 mm upside-down Kayaba fork suspension at the front and a Kayaba mono-shock at the rear. The fully adjustable suspension further offers a ground clearance of 250 mm.
The DesertX is powered by a 937cc, L-twin, liquid-cooled Testastretta engine that produces 110 bhp and 92.38 kgm. The engine is mated with a 6-speed gearbox designed to offer the best performance in off-road riding. The bike comes with 6 riding modes namely Sport, Touring, Urban, Wet, Rally and Enduro. It also features four power modes, which are Full, High, Medium and Low.
Some of the electronic aids offered on the DesertX include engine brake control, traction control, wheelie control, cornering ABS and a bi-directional quick-shifter. The DesertX’s aptitude for journeys is highlighted by the design choices, such as the possibility of removing the passenger seat. This helps if you are travelling alone to create extra space. For those keen on longer journeys, it is also possible to add an additional 8-litre rear fuel tank.