Welcome to another installment of Ducati’s “Land of Joy,” a marketing philosophy built around its Scrambler. During INTERMOT in Cologne, Germany, where Ducati released earlier this month its new SuperSport, the Bologna-based brand followed its trend of teasing its new Scrambler models in two huge containers—one in a 60’s style cafe, the other in a California desert.And now, a little over two weeks before the official unveiling at EICMA (Milan Motorcycle Show) November 7, Ducati has revealed the names of its new Scramblers—Desert Sled and Café Racer—along with two short teaser videos.According to the California Air Resources Board, which simply designates the bikes as “DS” and “CR” models, we know the bikes will arrive with the 803cc L-twin two-valve Desmodue (75 horsepower) that was transplanted from the former Monster 796.The Desert Sled and Cafe Racer now create a lineup of eight Scramblers, which also includes five other 803cc versions (Icon, Urban Enduro, Full Throttle, Classic, Flat Track Pro) and the 399cc (41 horsepower) Sixty2.When unveiled in late 2014, the concept of the Scrambler was simple: combine modern technology with the classic styling of the original model from the ‘60s and ‘70s. Ducati coins this design as “post-heritage” – a contemporary take on a classic model.Ducati followed this up with a super cool online Srambler configurator. The tool allows you to customize a Scrambler anyway possible, and have your dealer build it that way.And this Scrambler “Land of Joy” continues to grow. We’re hoping the new Desert Sled is truly a off-road worthy motorcycle—just like the Multistrada Enduro is for the Multistrada lineup. We’ll know more at 10 a.m. ET Monday, Nov. 7.
Hello everyone and welcome once again to Motos and Friends, the weekly podcast brought to you by Ultimate Motorcycling. My name is Arthur Coldwells.
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In this week’s first segment, Editor Don Williams takes the smallest BMW ADV bike on an urban adventure in Los Angeles. The BMW G 310 GS is a full size motorcycle with a modest engine, so of course we wonder if it is a little too underpowered and might struggle. Don put it through its paces and gives us his take.
In the second segment, Neale Bayly and Kiran Ridley have returned from the Ukraine to Paris where Kiran is based.
Kiran is an award winning photojournalist, and as an accomplished documentarian, he has covered stories as diverse as drug smuggling around the Mexican border, to the devastation of the Australian Bush Fires, to the tragedy of the Mediterranean migration crisis. Neale and Kiran reminisce about their motorcycle adventure in the Ukraine, and their observations and experiences with the incredibly resilient people of Ukraine, who have been put through such brutal hardship.