Recently, Ducati launched its new 2019 Scrambler range in India, and the Desert Sled is the top-of-the-range bike within that group. However, there is another bike in this segment that can take on Ducati’s new updated Scrambler, the Triumph Street Scrambler. Let’s have a look at how these bikes go head-to-head against each other:
Since both the bikes are Scramblers, their designs and dimensions should be similar. But this is not the case as Ducati’s Desert Sled is 940 mm wide, which is 105 mm wider than the Triumph Street Scrambler. While the Desert Sled also gets a longer wheelbase of 1505 mm, which is 60 mm more than Triumph’s 1,445 mm. Which means the Desert Sled is a lot bigger than the Street Scrambler in every way. However, being small doesn’t mean that the Triumph is light in weight, the Street Scrambler has a dry weight of 203 kg, which is 10 kg more than the Desert Sled’s dry weight of 193 kg.
|Width||Wheelbase||Height||Seat Height||Dry Weight||Fuel Tank Capacity|
|Ducati Desert Sled||940 mm||1505 mm||1213 mm||860 mm||193 kg||13.5 litres|
|Triumph Street Scrambler||835 mm||1445 mm||1180 mm||790 mm||203 kg||12 litres|
Design and Chassis
With those tall forks, high-perched fender and high ground clearance, the Ducati Desert Sled looks ready to go Wild. On the other hand, the Triumph Street Scrambler gets a heavy-duty design which makes it appear like a Bonneville for the rough. The Ducati Scrambler gets a tubular steel trellis frame and the Triumph gets a tubular steel cradle. The Ducati Scrambler gets a more modern USD fork in the front and a monoshock at the rear, however, the Triumph Street Scrambler gets the basic non-adjustable front fork with a twin spring-coil rear suspension set. Here is a list of some other chassis differences:
|Frame||Front Suspension||Rear Suspension||Front Disc||Rear Disc|
|Ducati Desert Sled||Tubular Steel Trellis Frame||USD||Rear Monoshock||330 mm||245 mm|
|Triumph Street Scrambler||Tubular Steel Cradle||Telescopic Fork||Twin Spring-Coil||310 mm||255 mm|
Engine and Transmission
The Ducati gets an 803 cc, air-cooled, L-Twin engine which produces 73 PS at 8,250 rpm and 67 Nm of torque at 5,750 rpm, and is mated to a 6-speed gearbox with a hydraulic slipper clutch. The Triumph gets a 900cc, liquid-cooled, parallel-twin engine which produces 64.1 HP at 7,500 rpm and 80 Nm of torque at 3,200 rpm, and is paired with a 5-speed gearbox with ride-by-wire.
|Ducati Desert Sled||803||73 HP @ 8,250 rpm||67 Nm @ 5,750 rpm||6-speed|
|Triumph Street Scrambler||900||64.1 HP @ 7,500 rpm||80 Nm @ 3,200 rpm||5-speed|
In terms of features, the Desert Sled gets interchangeable aluminium side panels, LED headlight with DRL, LED rear light and LED turn indicators, LCD instrument console with gear and fuel indicators, under-seat storage compartment with a USB socket and cornering-ABS. While the Street Scrambler gets a new semi-analogue instrument console, an adventure-oriented seat finish. The Street Scrambler is also equipped with grippy front pegs, an all-terrain bash plate, rubber knee pads, dual-purpose tyres and a contemporary paint scheme.
|LED headlights||ABS||USB Power Socket||Bash Plate|
|Ducati Desert Sled||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Triumph Street Scrambler||No||Yes||Yes||Yes|
The Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled is priced at Rs 9,93,000 (ex-showroom, India), while the Triumph Street Scrambler is priced lower at Rs 8,55,000 (ex-showroom, India). Overall, for the extra money, the Ducati offers unique styling, more kit, and is the one which looks more ready to take on trails.
|Price (ex-showroom, India)|
|Ducati Desert Sled||INR 9,93,000|
|Triumph Street Scrambler||INR 8,55,000|