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When the DesertX Rally was showcased globally last year, we were a little bummed that we still hadn’t gotten a taste of the standard DesertX. However, now that we know what the DesertX can do, we have yet another reason to be excited; the Italian manufacturer has commenced bookings of the DesertX Rally!

The DesertX retains the same 937 cc twin-cylinder powertrain, with 110 bhp and 92.38 kgm of torque on offer. While both the standard DesertX and the Rally get their suspension courtesy of Kayaba, there is some differentiation. The DesertX Rally uses 48 mm compression and rebound adjustable closed-cartridge forks, along with a fully-adjustable monoshock at the rear. Wheel travel on both ends has increased by 20 mm, leading to 250 mm and 240 mm of travel at the front and rear respectively. It also makes use of Excel Takasago rims, which are said to lighter, along with billet aluminium hubs, carbon steel rims, and Pirelli Scorpion STR tyres as standard. There’s even an Ohlins steering damper available.

DesertX Rally

In terms of equipment, Ducati will offer the DesertX Rally a 5-inch colour TFT with smartphone connectivity, calls, and music functions, along with rider aids such as six riding modes, ABS, traction control and wheelie control among other things.

Ducati hasn’t specified an exact date, but given that it has commenced bookings, a launch date is certainly not far away now.