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Ducati Desert X Extreme Adventure Bike World Premiere on 30th September

Bi-Weekly Web Series Will Introduce 2022 Models

Ducati will be hosting a series of six web-based premieres of its 2022 model line-up, starting on the 30th September. What could be the most interesting is being saved for last, as the Desert X middleweight adventure bike shown at the 2020 EICMA show is due to be revealed in production form.

Ducati World Premiere 2022 Web Series Starts on September 30th

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2022 Ducati DesertX
First unveiled in 2020, will be fully revealed online in December 2021

The World Premiere series of online reveals continues Ducati’s focus in the last quarter of the year on showcasing its line-up of models for 2022. It coincides with the annual EICMA motorcycle show in Milan, Italy, where Ducati has traditionally held a swanky digital presentation available worldwide, revealing its new models.

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Celebrating 1990 Dakar Victory
Back then it was a Cagiva Elefant, using a Ducati v-twin engine

Each ’broadcast’ this year has been given a name: Your Everyday Wonder, Mark Your Roots, Rule All Mountains, A New Fighter in Town, The Evolution of Speed and Dream Wilder - DesertX. So far, only the DesertX is obvious - the rest we can guess at, possibly inaccurately.

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Ducati’s First ’Proper’ Off-Road Model
Promises to be hard-core, where the Multistrada Enduro is just too big and expensive

As it is, it is the DesertX that is the most tantalising prospect. Ducati is relatively new to the adventure game and, in all honesty, the Multistrada, even in Enduro guise, is struggling to gain the same off-road credentials as rivals from KTM and BMW. It is an exceptional road bike and, in the right hands, capable off-road but, somehow the idea of a Ducati adventure bike just doesn’t sit right with many.

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Scrambler Forms the Basis
Uses the 937cc Testastretta engine and 21" front wheel

The DesertX could change all that. Up to this point, Ducati has only paid lip-service to the middleweight adventure class with the unconvincing Scrambler which, even in Desert Sled form, was only a retro-styled boulevard cruiser and certainly not a serious off-road contender. Fair enough, neither was Triumph’s Scrambler in its first iteration, but its new Scrambler 1200 has re-written the rules for that class of bike, while the Yamaha T700 has moved the class on another notch, as have the KTM 790 and 890 Adventure models. Ducati is looking to play in the ’serious’ adventure class, as epitomised by the KTMs and Yamaha, and the Triumph Tiger 900, rather than the ’retro’ class of the Triumph Scrambler 1200.

Ducati is obviously taking this new direction seriously, although how seriously we’ll only know when the full specifications are revealed. The new model gained huge attention when the concept was unveiled at EICMA 2019 and now, we only have a few weeks to wait before the new model is revealed in all its glory.

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Competing With the Yamaha T7
Ducati aiming directly for the Yamaha, as well as KTM 890 Adventure and Triumph Tiger 900.

The DesertX is being launched to commemorate Ducati’s victory at the 1990 Dakar Rally (although this victory was officially by a Cagiva Elefant, powered by a Ducait V-twin: Cagiva was at that time owned by Ducati). Powered by a 937cc Testastretta engine, the new bike will have a 21" front wheel and the colour scheme will echo the winning bike. along with a set of twin round headlights.

The full list of Ducati events is as follows:

September 30, 2021: Ducati World Première - Episode 1 | Your everyday wonder
October 14, 2021: Ducati World Première - Episode 2 | Mark your roots
October 28, 2021: Ducati World Première - Episode 3 | Rule all mountains
November 11, 2021: Ducati World Première - Episode 4 | A new Fighter in town
November 25, 2021: Ducati World Première - Episode 5 | The evolution of Speed
December 9, 2021: Ducati World Première - Episode 6 | Dream Wilder - DesertX

You will be able to watch these events live either through Ducati’s website or their Youtube channel and Facebook page

Harry Fisher
Harry Fisher
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Born and raised in England, he has lived in South Africa with his family since 2002. Harry has owned examples of Triumph, Norton, BSA, MV Agusta, Honda, BMW, Ducati, Harley Davidson, Kawasaki and Moto Morini motorcycles. He regrets selling all of them.  Read full bio
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