The inspiration for the styling is evident with the twin-pod LED headlights and relatively slim proportions. However, under all that new bodywork is a motorcycle that we’re pretty familiar with. At the heart of the new DesertX is the same 937cc Testastretta V-twin engine that powers multiple models in the Italian marquee’s lineup — like the Multistrada V2. That said, peak output figures at 110hp at 9,250rpm and 68lb-ft of torque at 6,500rpm are slightly lower than on the Multistrada. The DesertX also features shorter gearing, which should translate to better performance earlier on in the rev band — vital while off-roading.
While the Multistrada is a road-biased adventure tourer, the DesertX has been designed with the dirt in mind. Autocar India reports that the bike features a 21-inch/18-inch wire-spoke wheel setup that not even the Multistrada 1260 Enduro gets. Given its intentions, the DesertX also boasts of some seriously impressive off-road-centric figures; 230mm and 220mm of suspension travel at the front and rear, respectively, and 250mm of ground clearance.
Consequently, this is a tall motorcycle. A seat height that’s 875mm off the ground is going to deter less experienced riders from hopping on. There’s also the weight — with the 21-liter fuel tank topped up, the DesertX tips the scales at 223kg.
Like with every Ducati, this one features a host of electronics. There’s a total of six riding modes, including Enduro and Rally modes dedicated to off-road use. Riders also can choose from four power modes via a 5-inch TFT dash with optional Bluetooth connectivity.