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When the DesertX prototype hit the scene at EICMA in 2019, it was portrayed as a Dakar-inspired Scrambler variant – that was the initial idea anyway. As you’re likely already aware, the production DesertX is anything but. Powered by the proven 937cc Testastretta 11° Desmo engine, the 2023 Ducati DesertX has been designed from the ground up as a purpose-built adventure machine.

Sure, the idea of keeping the DesertX within the Scrambler brand has its allure. Ducati could keep things simple, yet modern with either the air-cooled 803cc or 1079cc Desmo engine while keeping electronics to a minimum, giving the DesertX Scrambler an old school feel to match its ’90s Dakar-inspired styling. It seems, however, Ducati couldn’t help but ask itself, “But what if we didn’t?”

Can this brand new from the ground up middleweight adventure Ducati really do it in the dirt? We sent MO's resident dirty dude Ryan Adams to the launch to find out. Smash the play button to hear his thoughts and savor some tasty action.