New Ducati DesertX

Dream Wilder

Exploration. Fun. Performance. And a great desire to take and leave towards the horizon. The identity of this bike leaves no room for doubt: just looking at it, it brings you into the atmosphere of Dakar racing.

DesertX is the first modern Ducati with 21 "front wheel and 18" rear, long stroke suspension and a new frame designed specifically for the off-road experience. 

Off-road chassis

21 ”front and 18” rear wheels, long stroke suspension, generous ground clearance (250mm) and an off-road frame designed and tested to withstand the toughest conditions.

Ergonomics optimized for every condition

Ergonomics and aerodynamic study give life to a motorcycle that has off-road as a natural territory and at the same time remains comfortable, easy and safe for urban commuting and long travels.

Advanced electronics, dedicated to versatility

The versatility of DesertX is also reflected in the Riding Modes: there's 6 of them, with Enduro and Rally dedicated specifically to the off-road riding experience.

Lightweight engine tuned for off-road use

DesertX is equipped with the latest evolution of the 937 cc Testastretta 11th desmo, lighter by 1.7 kg compared to the previous generation and equipped with a new gear ratio to ensure the best off-road behavior.

RR22 and Star White Silk

The new RR22 livery, inspired by that of the Audi RS Q e-tron that participated in the last Dakar, complements the Star White Silk color scheme.
$21,195 i
$20,595 i
  • RR22
  • Star White Silk
Post-heritage and digital.

DesertX presented a completely new challenge to the Centro Stile. The opportunity to experiment with a new design language, seeking inspiration in the history of African Rally.

The result is a solid, clean, modern design, based on shapes taken from the most adventurous off-road world. It is a bike that wants to be solid and functional at the same time. 

Dream Wilder in Colorado

Aspen, Colorado with endless off-road climbs, dirt trails and treacherous rocky descents became the location for the North American Press launch of the DesertX. Our goal was to put the bike through the toughest test for any Adventure bike to prove the bikes off-road capability, performance and ruggedness.

Watch as Jordan Graham and Jake Zemke conquer Aspen.

Production by Phlewid Films 

See the DesertX in action

Ducati DesertX vs Audi RS Q e-tron
United Arab Emirates
DesertX World Première

2023 DesertX – North American Press Launch

DesertX dominates Aspen Mountain in the climb to 12,000 ft. Check out a round-up of the latest written and video reviews.

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Technology for the adventure of a lifetime.

We worked by drawing on the best of our knowledge in terms of ergonomics, engine, aerodynamics and electronics. And we developed a new specific chassis for off-road.

DesertX is functional, a 'sport tool', competent, technologically advanced and effective like all Ducatis. 

Post heritage and digitale The Ducati DesertX is designed as a tool: essential and robust. Style is driven by functionality. That's why we pushed for a minimalist aesthetic.
VEHICLE DEVELOPMENT DesertX is a versatile bike, adaptable to different context of use: it has been specifically developed to cope with the most demanding off-road riding, but it is also safe and comfortable for touring, and at home on everyday trails.
ELECTRONICS FOR VERSATILITY 6 riding modes, 5 ”color TFT and full LED lights. DesertX, like all Ducatis, has advanced electronic equipment aimed at safety and performance in all conditions.

DesertX was developed for the most demanding off-road, and therefore has all the essential contents for this type of use: spoked wheels, 21 '' at the front and 18 '' at the rear and generous ground clearance. Thanks to the various homologations obtained, DesertX has various types of tires available, up to those dedicated to the off-road world. 

21"/18" wheel combination

DesertX is equipped with the iconic wheel combination for the enduro segment: spoked wheels, 21'' at the front and 18'' at the rear. Ready to easily tackle any type of obstacle and asphalt.

Generous ground clearance

A fundamental feature for off-road use, DesertX has a ground clearance of 250 mm, which is particularly favorable for more extreme off-road riding.

Wide choice of tires

The DesertX is equipped with Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR tubeless tires that combine greater reliability and safety in case of puncture with easier repair. Thanks to the different approvals obtained, there is a wide choice of alternative tires.

Kayaba long stroke suspension

The 46mm upside-down fork and fully adjustable single shock absorber were developed with the Japanese brand Kayaba, a successful producer in the off-road world.


The new DesertX is equipped with the latest evolution of the water-cooled 937 cc Desmodromic 11° Testastretta engine with 110 horsepower and 67.8 lb-ft of torque.

It’s the well-known twin cylinder already appreciated on our other models for its double soul: very manageable and smooth at low revs, but with a torque that is always ready and able to release all the Ducati character with a great extension. 

937 cc
110 hp (81 kW) @ 9,250 rpm
92 Nm (68 lb-ft, 9.4 kgm) @ 6,500 rpm
Dry Weight
202 kg (445 lb)
Seat Height
875 mm (34.4 in)
890 mm (35.0 in) with high seat accessory
865 mm (34.1 in) with low seat accessory
845 mm (33.3 in) with low seat + low suspension kit accessory
Standard Equipment
Riding Modes, Power Modes, Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC), Engine Brake Control (EBC), Ducati Quick Shift up/down (DQS), Cruise control, full LED lighting system, DRL, Ducati brake light (DBL), USB power socket, 12V socket, self cancelling turn indicators, Steering damper
Tech Spec
State of the art electronics

DesertX, like all Ducatis, has advanced electronic equipment aimed at safety and performance in all conditions. 

Riding mode

The versatility of DesertX is also reflected in the Riding modes: up to six options, two of which are specifically dedicated to the off-road riding experience.

Riding assistance systems

The electronic equipment is completed by the package of riding assistance systems: Traction control, Wheelie control, Engine brake control, cornering ABS, Quickshifter up & down and Cruise control, to make riding on long journeys even more relaxing.

Lighting system

The bike’s completely Full LED lighting system equipment is of the highest level. The double front headlight has two bi-function polyellipsoidal modules with Daytime Running Light (DRL) and has been designed to ensure excellent visibility, which is particularly important for a bike that can ride in all conditions. The rear headlight is equipped with the Ducati Brake Light. The system, in the event of sudden braking, automatically activates the flashing of the rear light to signal the condition of sudden slowing to following vehicles, making a further contribution to rider safety.

TFT & Connectivity

DesertX is equipped with a high resolution 5 ”color TFT display oriented vertically and positioned to offer the best visibility even in standing riding. This display is designed for integration with the Ducati Multimedia System which allows you to connect your smartphone via Bluetooth and activate Turn by Turn navigation by receiving directions directly on the dashboard.

Developed to push you to the limit

Take your wildest dreams and make them come true. Bring some friends and get ready to enjoy the adventure of a lifetime.

DesertX will take you all the way. 

The rider and the engineer

Meet Antoine Méo, 5 times Enduro world champion who rode the DesertX in the desert for the first time, and Pierluigi Zampieri, Ducati R&D Vehicle Director. The rider and the engineer. Friends and Enduro World Champions.

DesertX was born to create adventures, and this one is good to tell. 

A collection inspired by the desert

The bike has such a strong identity that, for the first time, we decided to design a dedicated apparel within the Ducati Centro Stile. We named it 21/18.

Get ready to go for your next adventure, discover the exclusive garments dedicated to DesertX.


DesertX is already very complete with standard equipment, but can be further enriched thanks to a wide range of accessories dedicated to off-road or touring use. 

Off-Road accessories

For off-road use, the rally saddle is available, which combines the rider and passenger seats for greater effectiveness in off-road driving, reinforced handguards, protective grilles for headlight and radiator, a further reinforced engine guard and tubular protection bars.

Touring accessories

For touring, aluminum side cases and top cases, the central stand, heated grips and additional LED lights are available.

For the first time on a Ducati, we also have an 8L rear tank, a truly functional and evocative accessory that increases the bike's range by over 150 kilometers.

The transfer of fuel from the rear tank to the front tank is suggested to the rider through the dashboard when the front tank reaches a sufficiently low fuel level. It can be easily activated through the handlebar controls.

Also available are the homologated Termignoni titanium silencer and the racing exhaust, also produced by Termignoni, which reduces weight and further improves the performance of the bike thanks to the dedicated mapping.

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Images and videos show only stunts performed by professional riders in closed streets and private area closed to public. Do not attempt. No animals were harmed.