2024 Ducati DesertX Rally

Ducati turns its slick retro-raid rally tool a little bit hardcore

It’s one of Ducati’s most interesting models – which looks as sharp as it rides. And now Ducati’s acclaimed DesertX middleweight adventure bike has been given a dirt-focused chassis upgrade, to produce the DesertX Rally.

The big changes are to the suspension: the new bike features a trick new Kayaba competition setup, with a 48mm closed-cartridge pressurised front fork, and a rear monoshock with a 46mm piston. Both are fully adjustable, with the fork featuring both Kashima coating and DLC layers on the sliders, to reduce stiction. Travel is a mighty 250mm front and 240mm rear, 20mm more than stock, which gives 280mm ground clearance, up 30mm. Ducati’s also fitted a new Öhlins steering damper behind the top yoke.

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Away from the springy parts, there are new billet yokes, and reinforced offroad rims from Takasago Excel, which are much tougher than before, fitted with a choice of Pirelli rubber: Scorpion Rally STR as original equipment, with the option of more off-road Scorpion Rallys or Scorpion Trail II if you prefer to ride the bike on asphalt. Finally, there are new stronger adjustable brake and gear pedals, and a new high-level front mudguard more suited to the dirt.

The engine is the same excellent 937cc 110bhp Testastretta V-twin as seen across Ducati’s upper-middleweight range, with the same electronics package, but with revised calibrations to suit the more off-road focus.

The new DesertX Rally costs from £18,995, and is available on the Ducati website now: www.ducati.com

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Main standard equipment

  • Testastretta 11° 937 cc engine with 110 hp at 9,250 rpm and 92 Nm at 6,500 rpm
  • Tubular steel trellis frame with cast aluminium double-sided swingarm
  • Tank capacity 21 litres
  • High front mudguard with split brake line *
  • Spoked rims with billet hubs 21” x 2.15” and 18” x 4”, carbon steel spokes and high-strength Takasago Excel rims with inner tube *
  • Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR tyres in sizes 90/90-21 at the front and 150/70 R18 at the rear (alternatively: Pirelli Scorpion Rally, Pirelli Scorpion Trail II)
  • KYB Ø 48 mm closed cartridge fork, 250 mm travel, adjustable compression and rebound, Kashima Coating treatments on the fork tubes and DLC on the sliders *
  • Fork clamps machined from solid *
  • KYB shock absorber with 46 mm piston, 240 mm travel, adjustable in compression at high and low speeds, in rebound and preload *
  • Ground clearance of 280 mm *
  • Adjustable Öhlins steering damper fixed to the handlebar *
  • 6 customizable Riding Modes (Sport, Touring, Urban, Wet, Enduro, Rally)
  • 4 Power Modes on 3 power levels
  • ABS Cornering Bosch adjustable on 3 levels
  • Ducati Traction Control adjustable on 8 levels
  • Ducati Wheelie Control
  • Engine Brake Control
  • Ducati Cruise Control
  • 5″ colour TFT instrumentation with Ducati Link App support and turn-by-turn navigation
  • Utility Bar
  • Ducati Brake Light
  • Ducati Quick Shift Up & Down (DQS)
  • Full LED lighting system
  • Dedicated Iron Giant livery *
  • Adjustable brake and gear pedals machined from solid *

*Equipment and features exclusive to DesertX Rally

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