The engine of the DesertX is the well-known and much-appreciated 937 cc Ducati Testastretta 11° twin-cylinder unit with desmodromic distribution. The engine delivers 110 hp at 9,250 rpm and the torque of 92 Nm at 6,500 rpm, with an ability to combine Ducati performance with a smooth delivery.
This latest evolution of the 11° Testastretta engine that equips the DesertX inherits all the improvements introduced on it, first on the Monster and later on the Multistrada V2. The 8-disc clutch is extremely light and compact, while the gearbox drum works on bearings to minimize friction and improve precision and smoothness when shifting, thus contributing to a reduction in total engine weight of 1.7 kg compared to the previous version.
The the gearbox has different dedicated ratios with respect to those of the Multistrada V2. The ratios have been shortened overall on all gears up to fifth, to ensure the best off-road behavior.
First and second gears are much shorter (14.3% and 8.7% respectively vs Multistrada V2), to facilitate the low-speed riding. Sixth gear is properly long to facilitate highway rideability while maintaining low engine speeds; this means a contained fuel consumption and an increased level of comfort.
The gearbox works in conjunction with the DQS Up & Down (Ducati Quick Shifter) with a strategy developed specifically for this model, active both uphill and downhill. DesertX maintenance intervals are scheduled every 15,000 km or 24 months, with a valve clearance checking every30,000 km.
The layout adopted for the chassis of the Ducati DesertX includes a new tubular steel trellis frame, which works in combination with long suspension travel with specific settings to ensure effective operation in all riding conditions.
The optimization of all components has led to the creation of an extremely efficient bike, with a dry weight of 202 kg. The choices made in terms of chassis make the DesertX an easy bike to ride, inspiring confidence, and safety on all types of roads, even the bumpiest ones.