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Ducati Rolls Out Its Most Hardcore Off-Road Motorcycle To Date With the DesertX Rally

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For over 20 years, the Multistrada represented Ducati’s only adventure bike. With a desire to deliver something more off-road-capable, the Bologna brand rolled out its all-new DesertX model in May of 2022. And while the bike undoubtedly represents its most competent go-anywhere model to date, the company has now opted to deliver an even more hardcore model variant with the new DesertX Rally. 

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Benefitting from the same treatment bestowed upon the Multistrada Rally, the Rally-spec DesertX uses the base models same advanced off-road-specific frame design, as well as its 110-hp 973cc Testastretta 11° L-Twin. The Rally variant’s bodywork also goes unchanged, though it does now sport a Rally-exclusive livery inspired by Ducati’s race bikes. In typical two-wheeled off-roader fashion, this new model has also been treated to a new high-mount MX-style front fender. Additionally, the bike also gets a new rally-specific red seat with embossed rally graphics. 

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The biggest and most noteworthy updates to the Rally-spec, however, are undoubtedly found in its suspension. Now comprised of a Pro KYB setup, the DesertX Rally now sports a Kashima-coated 48mm USD closed-cartridge fork and a matching KYB mono-shock that offer 9.8” and 9.4” of travel, respectively. While this isn’t a huge increase over the regular DesertX’s normal 9.06” front and 8.66” of travel, though not only is this new setup tuned specifically for hard-core off-roading, but it also bolsters the bike’s ground clearance to 11” in total — a pretty major increase over the regular base model’s 9.84” spec. Rounding out the DesertX rally is a 5.54-gallon tank,  Ducati’s full suite of electronic rider aids, and a two-year, unlimited mileage warranty. 

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The 2024 Ducati DesertX Rally is available for order now, starting from $22,995. Alongside the adventure motorcycle itself, Ducati has also released a range of adventure riding gear and apparel that, like the DesertX rally, has been engineered from the ground up specifically for hard-core off-road use.