Ducati usually makes a big splash at EICMA, Italy being its home market, of course, but in recent years, Ducati has been moving its product reveals farther and farther ahead of the show, with this year’s launch taking place two weeks ahead of the Milan show.
As such, we’ve already had plenty of time to digest Ducati’s new 2020 models, such as the Streetfighter V4, Panigales and various model variants. Still, Ducati can’t show up in Milan without showing something new, displaying two concepts that take its Scrambler brand in a couple of new directions.
First up is the DesertX concept, pictured at top. Inspired by the Ducati-powered Cagiva Elefant Paris-Dakar racers from the ’90s, The DesertX sports a rally-style fairing, giving it significantly more bodywork than any existing Scrambler variant. Like an actual rally raid bike, the DesertX sports multiple fuel ports, two on the tail and two in front of the rider, hinting at multiple fuel tanks. We say “hinting” because these are likely more decorative than functional.
Other features include dual circular LED lights, a tail rack, Brembo brakes, a Termignoni exhaust and Pirelli Scorpion Rally tires.
The second concept is the blue-wheeled Motard pictured here. Based on the Scrambler Desert Sled, the Motard concept is inspired by supermotard racers from the ’80s. The concept is shod in Pirelli Diablo Superbike slick tires customized with grooves in the middle of the otherwise smooth rubber.
At the moment, both concepts remain purely styling exercises with no plans to go further than that.