>We know that Ducati isn’t afraid to try something new. It’s also apparent that the Italian maker isn’t afraid to try something old. The Scrambler line demonstrated that when it was launched three years ago. These are image-driven naked bikes with a dirty edge, and they’ve struck a
chord with young urban riders who are looking for something
to be a part of. Ducati looked to the ’60s to come up with the
Scrambler look; it was based on the company’s 250cc four-stroke that was produced between 1962 and 1974.
The next chapter in Ducati’s play book is to expand the
Scrambler image beyond the company’s own history and link it
to a larger movement in the motorcycle world. That’s why the
Scrambler Desert Sled is here. Back in the late ’60s, “desert
sled” was a generic term, but it was usually associated with a
Triumph TR6 Trophy. There were Bonnevilles, Tigers and even
a few bikes like Honda CB450s that riders called desert sleds.
It was more of an image than an exact motorcycle model.
Now, Ducati is either paying homage to that image or hijacking
it, depending on how cynical you want to be.
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