Ducati has revealed its new DesertX Discovery – a touring focussed version of its middleweight adventure bike – which is set to hit Australian showrooms in the fourth quarter of this year, priced from $29,800 rideaway.

At this price, the DesertX Discovery will middle the line-up, sitting above the standard DesertX ($26,400) and the off-road-focussed Rally ($36,800).

Ducati DesertX Discovery price

Distinguishing the Discovery is a unique black and Ducati Red livery, as well as a number of now-standard features including reinforced hand-, engine-, radiator- and sump-guards, as well as a larger windshield, heated grips and a centre stand.

The Ducati DesertX Discovery can also be fitted with new aluminum panniers, however, this comes as an optional extra in the Australian market.

Ducati DesertX Discovery price

As before, the 2023 Ducati DesertX draws power from the brand’s 82kW/92Nm 937cc V-twin engine, the same unit that motivates the Monster naked bike and Multistrada V2 adventure tourer, although it features shorter gear ratios to match its off-road bias.

As it is positioned as a more dirt-focussed model compared to its Multistrada V2 stablemate, with 21- and 18-inch wire-spoked wheels, stripped back bodywork and long-travel suspension, the new Ducati DesertX rivals the likes of the KTM 890 Adventure R ($24,470) and Triumph Tiger 900 Rally Pro ($24,790).

Ducati DesertX Discovery price

The Ducati DesertX is slightly heavier than its aforementioned rivals at 202kg (dry), with the KTM and Triumph tipping the scales at 194kg and 201kg, respectively. However, this may be due in part to the Italian bike’s 21-litre standard fuel tank, which is up one litre in capacity compared to said sales competitors.

The Ducati V2 platform’s six-axis electronics suite sees the addition of a Rally rider mode, to join the Sport, Touring, Urban, Enduro and Wet modes seen previously on other Ducati models.

Ducati DesertX Discovery price

This electronics package also includes an up/down quickshifter as standard, and advanced rider aids like cornering ABS and traction control, power modes, wheelie control, and engine brake control, which can all be adjusted via the bike’s 5.0-inch TFT dash.

Suspension is handled by an upside-down Kayaba fork (230mm travel) and rear monoshock (220mm), affording riders 250mm of ground clearance. The standard seat height is 875mm high.

Ducati DesertX Discovery price

Brembo M50 brakes squeeze dual 320mm discs at the front end, while a single twin-piston caliper grabs a 265mm disc at the rear. Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR tyres are fitted as standard.

Available optionally are things like aluminium panniers, LED spotlights, heated grips, a centre stand, as well as a Termignoni exhaust system that increases power and torque by up to seven per cent, thanks to a dedicated fuel mapping.

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