Ducati DesertX Rally


Make Model

Ducati DesertX Rally




Testastretta, L-Twin cylinder, 4 valves per cylinder, Desmodromic timing


937 cc / 57.2 cu in
Bore x Stroke 94 x 67.5 mm
Compression Ratio 13.3:1
Cooling System Liquid cooled


Bosch electronic fuel injection system, Ø53 mm throttle bodies with ride-by-wire system


Stainless steel single muffler, catalytic converter and 2 lambda probes





Max Power

81 kW / 110 hp @ 9250 rpm

Max Torque

92 Nm / 68 lb-ft @ 6500 rpm


Slipper and self-servo wet multiplate clutch with hydraulic control



Primary Drive Ratio

Straight cut gears, ratio 1.85 : 1

Gear Ratios

1st 38/14, 2nd 31/17, 3rd 28/20, 4th 26/22, 5th 24/23, 6th 23/24

Final Drive

Chain, front sprocket Z15, rear sprocket Z49

Frame Tubular steel trellis frame

Front Suspension

46 mm KYB upside-down fork, fully adjustable

Front Wheel Travel

250 mm / 9.8 in

Rear Suspension

KYB monoshock, fully adjustable, remote preload adjustment, aluminum double-sided swingarm. Kashima cating on outer tubes, DLC treatment on inner tubes

Rear Wheel Travel

240 mm / 9.4 in

Front Brakes

2x 320 mm aluminum flange semi-floating discs, Radial mount Brembo monobloc 4-pistons calipers

Rear Brakes

Single 265 mm disc, Brembo floating 2 pistons caliper
ABS Bosch Cornering ABS

Front Wheel

Cross-spoked, tubeless, 2.15 x 21

Rear Wheel

Cross-spoked, tubeless, 4.5 x 18

Front Tyre

90/90 – 21 M/C 54V M+S TL (A), Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR

Rear Tyre

150/70 R18 M/C 70V M+S TL, Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR




122 mm / 4.8 in


1625 mm / 64 in
Seat Height 910 mm / 35.8 in (low seat: 885 mm / 34.8 in)
Ground clearance 280 mm / 11 in

Dry Weight

203 kg / 447 lbs

Wet Weight

224 kg / 494 lbs

Fuel Capacity

21 Litres / 5.54 US gal (28 Litres / 7.66 US gal  with optional accessory rear tank)


5.5" TFT colour display
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 canceling turn indicators, Steering damper
Safety Equipment Ducati Safety Pack (Cornering ABS, Ducati Traction Control)
Ready for Ducati Multimedia System (DMS), Antitheft system, Turn by turn navigation via app, fog lights, heated grips, auxiliary fuel tank

From a press release issued by Ducati:

Ducati DesertX Rally: adventure without limits
The DesertX Rally is dedicated to adventurous motorcyclists who love challenging journeys and rallies.
Unique and distinctive style thanks to a dedicated livery, high front mudguard, and benchmark technical equipment for off-roading such as suspension with closed cartridge fork and specific wheels for the most extreme off-roading.

From the DesertX, the first Ducati equipped with a 21-inch front rim and 18-inch rear, now comes the new DesertX Rally model. It is characterised by the best race-bred components: the DesertX Rally adopts high- quality solutions that are both specialised and effective in off-road use and sophisticated as on all Ducatis.
Developed and tested also on racetracks, the DesertX Rally prototype was the protagonist of the Iron Road Prolog at the Erzbergrodeo 2023 with Antoine Meo (multiple Enduro World Champion and European Supercross Champion) who took it to the top step of the podium in the twin-cylinder category.
Like all Ducatis, the DesertX Rally has a unique and distinctive style. Thanks to the new livery and
solutions typical of the off-road world that characterize its appearance, the DesertX Rally communicates its character from the very first glance. However, it is thanks to the technical equipment that the Rally becomes a real off-road motorbike.
The high front mudguard guarantees usability even in particularly difficult ground conditions, the Kayaba suspensions with increased travel with closed cartridge fork and shock absorber with larger piston are derived from motocross and allow the rider to overcome any obstacle, while the new central-spoked wheels with sizes and characteristics specific to off-road racing make the Rally an unstoppable motorbike on any type of terrain. These solutions together with a light and resistant forged carbon sump guard, gear pedals and rear brake lever machined from solid, unequivocally identify the Rally as a motorcycle designed to tackle the most extreme adventures.

The DesertX Rally's suspension is designed to tackle even the most difficult obstacles, improving the DesertX's already strong off-road ability. Both the fork and the shock absorber, in fact, are characterized by the same technologies used on professional cross and enduro bikes.
At the front end, the DesertX Rally is equipped with new billet aluminium plates, rigid and light. The fork is a closed cartridge KYB, a technology used on motocross and enduro racing bikes.
This solution involves pressurizing the oil inside the cartridges to avoid cavitation, thus guaranteeing a
homogeneous and consistent behaviour of the front suspension and the necessary support during the most extreme uses.
Furthermore, to improve smoothness and resistance to wear, the fork tubes are equipped with Kashima
Coating and the sliders with DLC surface treatment. Wheel travel increases by 20 mm, for a total of 250 mm. The rear is made up of an aluminium swingarm with a different attachment point compared to the standard DesertX, with a fully adjustable shock absorber with a larger piston to improve the bike’s behaviour in the most demanding off-road use. Rear wheel travel increases by 20 mm, for a total of 240 mm. Finally, to improve handling on the most demanding off-road terrain, the DesertX Rally is fitted with an adjustable Öhlins steering damper, fixed directly to the handlebars with supports machined from solid.
The new suspensions have allowed the DesertX Rally to increase the ground clearance, which is now 280 mm (30 mm more than the standard), to enable it to overcome even the most difficult obstacles.
Always with the aim of improving off-road performance, the DesertX Rally is equipped with wheels
characterized by specific measurements for off-road, more robust and lighter thanks to hubs machined
from solid, carbon steel central spokes and high-strength Takasago Excel rims with inner tube.
Finally, to underline the versatility of the DesertX Rally, as with the DesertX, triple homologation is envisaged for the tyres with Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR proposed as original equipment. To enhance its off-road capabilities, it is possible to mount Scorpion Rally, while for those who prefer to ride the bike on asphalt, Scorpion Trail II is available.
Thanks to the use of high-level components, the DesertX Rally has a dry weight of just one kilogram more than the standard model despite the increase in length and size of the suspension.

Engine and Electronics
The DesertX Rally is equipped with the 937 cc Ducati Testastretta 11° twin-cylinder with desmodromic
distribution. Maximum power is 110 hp at 9,250 rpm and maximum torque of 92 Nm at 6,500 rpm. This engine,characterized by regular and manageable power delivery to tackle any route, has been optimized for off-road thanks to a dedicated ratio and specific strategies and calibrations of the electronic systems.
The six Riding Modes of the DesertX Rally (Sport, Touring, Urban, Wet, Enduro, Rally) have Cornering
ABS, Ducati Traction Control (DTC) and Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC) recalibrated according to the
new chassis and for more challenging off-road use.
The electronic functions of the DesertX Rally are managed through the vertically oriented, high-resolution colour TFT display positioned to offer optimal visibility even when riding standing. This display is designed for integration with the Ducati Multimedia System which allows you to connect your smartphone, thus activating new functions such as music control, call management and Turn by Turn navigation* (optional) with road directions directly on the dashboard. Furthermore, the DesertX Rally offers the Utility Bar as standard for mounting the satnav.
Service intervals for the DesertX Rally are every 15,000 km or 24 months, with valve clearance checks every 30,000 km. DesertX Rally will also be available in a 35 KW version for A2 license holders.

Accessories and Apparel
The DesertX Rally has all the essential components for off-road use as standard, but those who want to customize it can do so by choosing from the Ducati Performance accessories catalogue. To extend autonomy, it is possible to mount an additional 8-litre tank which guarantees almost 40% more, perfectly integrated into the line of the motorbike. Aluminium side cases are available which, combined with the top case, give the motorbike a total load capacity of almost 120 litres. For travellers who never stop there are also additional LED spotlights and heated grips.
The steel tube engine guards protect the tank and engine from falls or impacts during off-road use. Finally, enthusiasts who wish to make the image of their bike even more racing can choose the Termignoni homologated exhaust. Anyone wishing to use the DesertX Rally in competition can improve the power and torque values by +7% by means of a racing exhaust, again Termignoni.
Enthusiasts who want to complete their look will be able to choose from various specialist apparel proposals with graphics coordinated with the DesertX Rally livery. The collection, which also includes the women's line, is made up of the Explorer jacket-trousers set, Atacama gloves, Explorer T7 boots and Arai Tour-X5 helmet.

DesertX Rally
Main standard equipment

- Testastretta 11° 937 cc engine with 110 hp at 9,250 rpm and 92 Nm at 6,500 rpm
- Tubular steel trellis frame with cast aluminium double-sided swingarm
- Tank capacity 21 litres
- High front mudguard with split brake line *
- Spoked rims with billet hubs 21” x 2.15” and 18” x 4”, carbon steel spokes and high-strength Takasago Excel rims with inner tube
- Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR tyres in sizes 90/90-21 at the front and 150/70 R18 at the rear (alternatively:
Pirelli Scorpion Rally, Pirelli Scorpion Trail II)
- KYB Ø 48 mm closed cartridge fork, 250 mm travel, adjustable compression and rebound, Kashima
Coating treatments on the fork tubes and DLC on the sliders
- Fork clamps machined from solid KYB shock absorber with 46 mm piston, 240 mm travel, adjustable in compression at high and low speeds, in rebound and preload
- Ground clearance of 280 mm
- Adjustable Öhlins steering damper fixed to the handlebar
- 6 customizable Riding Modes (Sport, Touring, Urban, Wet, Enduro, Rally)
- 4 Power Modes on 3 power levels
- ABS Cornering Bosch adjustable on 3 levels
- Ducati Traction Control adjustable on 8 levels
- Ducati Wheelie Control
- Engine Brake Control
- Ducati Cruise Control
- Colour TFT instrumentation with Ducati Link App support and turn-by-turn navigation
- Utility Bar
- Ducati Brake Light
- Ducati Quick Shift Up; Down (DQS)
- Full LED lighting system
- Dedicated Iron Giant livery

- Adjustable brake and gear pedals