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DEMO TIME: DUCATI’S DESERTX RALLY!

1 month ago | Words: Andy Wigan | Photos: Ducati Media House

After our trip to Morocco back in January to throw a leg over Ducati’s all-new DesertX Rally at the model’s international media launch, it’s felt like an interminable wait to sample this landmark new Ducati on Aussie soil. And it seems like we’re not alone in feeling that way.

In the wake of Antoine Meo’s recent twin-class Prologue win aboard the bike at Austria’s infamous ErzbergRodeo, our phones have been running hot with mates asking about the up-specced DesertX’s performance; questions made even more pressing because of the bike impending arrival in Aussie dealerships. So, to answer your calls, here’s a redux version of our ride impression video from that Moroccan media launch. Enjoy…

After riding Ducati’s all-new DesertX Rally at the model’s recent international media launch in Morocco, what did we learn about this machine? We learnt that it differs more than we’d expected from the ‘standard’ DesertX it’s based on, and that it boasts equally as large advantages in handling prowess when the terrain gets rough and rowdy.

Here’s a top-line reminder about the backstory of Ducati’s DesertX; details about the Rally model’s standout, up-specced componentry and design elements; and a snapshot of our impression after testing the machine for a couple of memorable days in the Agafay Desert, near the Moroccan city of Marrakesh…

PS: Get in your dealer’s ear for a demo ride on this 110hp weapon with MX-spec Kayaba suspension. Even if you don’t end up laying down 36 large to become its owner, the ride will be an experience you’ll never forget!

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