Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled


Ant Anstead of Dirtbikes
I've got a constantly moving goal post with bikes and my needs/wants change.

I started with a 2009 KTM 690 Enduro R which was a great giant dirtbike. That kinda sucked on road. Without the sag set too low and forks stiffened and steering stabilizer full stiff it wandered around on the road and it was too light so it got blown around.

Next I tried to buy a 1090 R but the guy backed out on the way to the bank. I was ticked off so I went and bought a different bike that same day.

2016 Ducati Scrambler Classic with 750 miles. Love it. Werkes USA pipe dropped 17+ lbs of catalytic converter/pipe and is moderately quiet.

Did a bunch of riding last year. Maybe 3.5k miles. Great bike at speed. 50mpg. I added a Givi skid plate, a Dart windscreen and Ducati side bags and tank bag.
My wife picked up her motorcycle endorsement the other day and asked what I'm going to ride now she has the Ducati.
I'm like ohhhh.

Well I tried to buy a Yamaha Tenere 700, but there aren't any for sale new. There's one used example but he's a price gouger and wants 12,999 for a bike that lists for $9500.
And even if I put down a $4k deposit the dealers say it could be 16 weeks. I'm not that patient.

I always want a little more offroad prowess
And there are only 4 of these for sale in a 4k mile radius.
So when I randomly saw this bike the other day in front of someones house, I knocked on the door and offered to buy it. He gave me a good deal I think.

2017 Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled

It's got the Ducati side bag mounts and other than that it's totally stock.
From my research Ducati has a little more mellow throttle tube cam they changed to in 2017. Plan is to swap the earlier throttle tube in the make it a little more snappy off idle and maybe an exhaust to free up a little HP.

I've got a new Pirelli scorpion rally rear tire to mount up. It's a non STR- a bit has a little larger tread block voids than the stock rear but still retains the abnormally high speed rating (for an ADV tire) and the triple compound tread for nice grip in the twisties.
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I really wanted to buy one of these last year after seeing a bunch of pictures and a few in the wild. The problem with being my size is that anything other than an Electra glide looks like a clown on a mini trike. I got my challenger instead I suppose but I've still got Ducati envy.