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« on: November 22, 2016, 10:59:33 PM »

This version of the Scrambler is interesting looking. I like it much better. Suspension. Wheels. Ground clearance.

http://scramblerducati.com/en/bike/desert-sled

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« Reply #1 on: November 23, 2016, 12:22:23 PM »

I like the look, but I don't think that would be the bike for me.  Looks too pretty to get dirty.
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« Reply #2 on: November 24, 2016, 02:10:22 AM »

I like it much more than the standard scrambler


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« Reply #3 on: March 25, 2017, 04:02:41 PM »

One look at the Desert Sled and I was all in...



This will be replacing an 800gs...



It should be showing up in Alaska about the time the snow melts...

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« Reply #4 on: March 26, 2017, 02:23:48 PM »

Wow, nicely done Frostbit! It has a very good vintage classic look to it! And it should be a real blast to ride!
Congratulations!  ricky ricky
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« Reply #5 on: March 26, 2017, 03:08:03 PM »

Sweet machine - congrats!   beer
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« Reply #6 on: April 08, 2017, 07:17:16 AM »

very very nice.... i like how they havn't put all the bull shit on it that they think bikes need these days.
A duel sport with a big motor....looks  a very capable ADV bike...

dam you..now I want one.....




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« Reply #7 on: April 14, 2017, 02:08:15 AM »

Love your new ride, Frostbit!

Envious, of course....

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« Reply #8 on: May 18, 2017, 06:25:20 AM »

It is finally here...



I found a 100 mile route between the dealership and home.  The Desert Sled is really putting a big smile on my face. It's a joy to ride through city traffic and handled the mountain road gravel very well. The rear suspension needs to be softened up a bit, but the front seems to be right on the mark. The power delivery is very smooth and more manageable than the 800gs.



I can't wait for the next ride...  ricky
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« Reply #9 on: May 18, 2017, 02:25:11 PM »

Congrats @frostbit!  thumb
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« Reply #10 on: May 18, 2017, 05:36:48 PM »

It's official - the 2017 riding season is OPEN!

When FROSTBIT is across a saddle in Alaska, we are all supposed to be on board.     ricky

(What's my excuse?)  I ain't got one...    hehehehe    Sure, it's still snowing here for the second day in a row, and I'm stoking the woodstove, but - I'm all prepping for a rally next week out in the Wyoming hinterlands aboard Casper the Friendly Punkin'. Aaaah, I remember when he was new.... At least he's fresh and frisky for a 7-year-old bike.

Nothing like fresh and frisky new Ducati Desert Sled action though, to think about what's up this coming weekend! Beautiful machine, Frostbit!

Me likey.      thumb

Me also likey the "RETAIN SPEED" sign. I've not seen many of those before, and wish I would see more of them...     naughty

Rally on,

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« Reply #11 on: May 18, 2017, 10:48:42 PM »

Nicely done Frostbit, it's got great style and it looks well built for handling the gravel roads. I look forward to hearing more about it!


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« Reply #12 on: May 20, 2017, 03:28:37 PM »

Cool bike!  I got a kick out of the "Retain Speed@ sign...it means "go faster", right?
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« Reply #13 on: May 29, 2017, 03:09:29 PM »


(What's my excuse?)  I ain't got one...    hehehehe    Sure, it's still snowing here for the second day in a row, and I'm stoking the woodstove, but - I'm all prepping for a rally next week out in the Wyoming hinterlands aboard Casper the Friendly Punkin'. Aaaah, I remember when he was new.... At least he's fresh and frisky for a 7-year-old bike.

Me likey.      thumb

Rally on,

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Stovey, we need evidence... Were's the ride report?  lurk
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« Reply #14 on: May 29, 2017, 03:33:37 PM »

A cold and wet 200 mile test ride still managed to put a smile on my face...



Ducati crash bars are now installed and I'm thinking that I should have looked into after market units. The price was a bit steep and I had to notch into the plastics on the right side to get them to fit. A Dart wind screen has also been added and I'm on the fence about the minimal effectiveness vs the bare bones look of the bike that I like so much.



I monkeyed with the rear suspension before the ride and it is much improved. A little more tweaking and it should be just right.

The gas mileage has improved from 45.6 on the first tank to 50 on the third.
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« Reply #15 on: June 01, 2017, 10:10:28 PM »

The scrambler looks like a great handling bike! I once had a 620 Monster and really liked how light and responsive it was.
What is a comfortable speed on nice smooth dirt roads? I bet 50mph is a breeze!
Thank you for keeping us posted!
Cheers, Kosmic

PS: Any chance you will be coming to the South West some day?
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« Reply #16 on: June 09, 2017, 02:48:14 AM »


PS: Any chance you will be coming to the South West some day?


Nothing definite at the moment...
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« Reply #17 on: June 09, 2017, 03:34:01 AM »

The Desert Sled is checking most of the boxes so far...  ricky

The only down sides at this point are the fuel range and my nuts going to sleep after 30 minutes of riding. I'm pretty much stuck with the fuel range, but/butt the seat can is malleable...





Softening up the center by drilling out the core did the trick... Happy Nuts!

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« Reply #18 on: June 09, 2017, 03:47:22 AM »

My Brother came by today with his new bike...



I'm past the break in period, so he won't be able to keep up with me, at least for the next week.
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« Reply #19 on: June 10, 2017, 02:21:34 AM »

My Brother came by today with his new bike...



I'm past the break in period, so he won't be able to keep up with me, at least for the next week.
That is cool! Did you know he was getting one too? My brother and I are the same way!
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« Reply #20 on: June 12, 2017, 12:04:26 AM »

Wow, love it!


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