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“Ducati is a global brand with a strong Italian soul: sporty spirit, design excellence, love for beauty, capable of giving thrilling emotion and building unique experiences”
Ducati has updated its entire Scrambler line-up for 2019. And one of the four motorcycles from the family is the Desert Sled which has taken its Scrambler-prefix a tad too seriously, offering capabilities that its siblings maybe less capable of.
And as potent as it was, the previous Desert Sled fell short of giving the rider a completely comfortable and enthralling experience. Ducati wishes to change that with the 2019 Desert Sled. Apart from visual updates, the manufacturer claims to have also improved the bike mechanically. Or has it? We got our hands on one and took it across twisty mountain roads and a few trails around Phuket, Thailand to find out for ourselves.
The frame of the HP4 RACE is made of seamless carbon fiber and is a continuous component from the steering head to the swing arm pivot. Compared to the standard frame, it saves almost 9 pounds in weight. It’s not about the looks, rather, its characteristics when it comes to the BMW HP4 RACE’s carbon technology. The designers facilitated pre-calculation and incorporated function-dependent torsion and rigidity. As rigid as aluminum, as hard as steel. All advantages of the carbon material were fully utilized on the wheels, including their flexibility.