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ADV NewsThe Ducati DesertX Returns For 2023 With New Livery

The Ducati DesertX Returns For 2023 With New Livery

The ADV Bike from Italy gets draped in new a livery inspired by Audi’s RS Q e-tron.

Published on 11.10.2022

Since the launch of Ducati’s DesertX earlier this year, the new rally-inspired machine has defied expectations, proving it can be a legitimate contender in the competitive off-road ADV segment. For 2023, Ducati is adding some spice to their freshly baked Adventure Bike with the introduction of what the manufacturer calls the RR22 livery — a design originally intended only as an exclusive one-off colorway for a track day put together with Audi and ex-Moto GP star Danilo Petrucci in Sardinia. 

Unveiled this week at EICMA, the new RR22 livery was created by Ducati’s Style Center designers and inspired by the Audi RS Q e-tron ― an innovative electric-drivetrain vehicle which made an impressive debut at last year’s Dakar by snatching four stage victories and 14 stage podium results.

The new livery drapes the DesertX in black, gray and red with graphics that give a nod to the advanced technology of the Audi RS Q e-tron on its body. The styling package is completed with a splash of red integrated into the black saddle. 

Ducati DesertX receives new RR22 livery for 2023
Ducati DesertX receives new RR22 livery for 2023


The bike still features its tried and proven 937cc Testastretta engine pumping 110 ponies, 21”/18” wheels, generous ground clearance and 9.1”/ 8.7” of front and rear suspension travel. As you’d expect from Ducati, the DesertX is also equipped with a full suite of state-of-the-art rider aids as well as premium braking by Brembo. One of the stand-out characteristics is its optional rear tank, which adds an additional 2.1 gallons of fuel to the 5.54-gallon standard capacity.

Ducati DesertX receives new RR22 livery for 2023
Ducati DesertX receives new RR22 livery for 2023

The new RR22 joins the original White Silk color scheme with an MSRP of $18,295, adding a premium of $1,200 over the base model. For more information go to

Ducati DesertX Specs

ENGINE TYPE:Ducati Testastretta 11°, L-Twin cylinders, Desmodromic valvetrain, 4 valves per cylinder, liquid cooled
BORE X STROKE:94 x 67.5 mm
POWER:110 hp (81 kW) @ 9,250 rpm
TORQUE:92 Nm (68 lb-ft, 9.4 kgm) @ 6,500 rpm
FUEL INJECTION:Bosch electronic fuel injection system, Ø53 mm throttle bodies with ride-by-wire system
EXHAUST:Stainless steel single muffler, catalytic converter and 2 lambda probes
GEARBOX:6 speeds
PRIMARY DRIVE:Straight cut gears, ratio 1.85 : 1
RATIO:1=38/14, 2=31/17, 28=28/20, 4=26/22, 5=24/23, 6=23/25
FINAL DRIVE:Chain, front sprocket Z15, rear sprocket Z49
CLUTCH:Slipper and self-servo wet multiplate clutch with hydraulic control
FRAME:Tubular steel trellis frame
FRONT SUSPENSION:KYB Ø 46 mm upside-down fork, fully adjustable
FRONT WHEEL:Cross-spoked, tubeless, 2.15″x21″
FRONT TIRE:Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR 90/90 – 21 M/C 54V M+S TL (A)
REAR SUSPENSION:KYB monoshock, fully adjustable, remote preload adjustment, aluminium double-sided swingarm
REAR WHEEL:Cross-spoked, tubeless, 4.5″x18″
REAR TIRE:Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR 150/70 R18 M/C 70V M+S TL
WHEEL TRAVEL (FRONT/REAR):230 mm (9.06 in) – 220 mm (8.66 in)
FRONT BRAKE:2 x Ø 320 mm aluminum flange semi-floating discs, Radial mount Brembo monobloc 4-pistons calipers, Bosch Cornering ABS
REAR BRAKE:Ø 265 mm disc, Brembo floating 2 pistons caliper, Bosch Cornering ABS
INSTRUMENTATION:5″ TFT color display
DRY WEIGHT:202 kg (445 lb)
KERB WEIGHT:223 kg (492 lb)
LOAD CAPACITY:240 kg (529 lb)
SEAT HEIGHT:875 mm (34.4 in)
WHEELBASE:1608 mm (63.3 in)
GROUND CLEARANCE: 250 mm (9.8 in)
TRAIL:122 mm
FUEL TANK CAPACITY:21 l (5.54 US gal), expandable to 29 l (7.7 US gal) with optional rear tank
SAFETY EQUIPMENT:Ducati Safety Pack (Cornering ABS, Ducati Traction Control)
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
EQUIPMENT READY FOR:Ducati Multimedia System (DMS), Anti-theft system, Turn by turn navigation via app, fog lights, heated grips, auxiliary fuel tank
WARRANTY:48 months, unlimited mileage
MAINTENANCE SERVICE INTERVALS:15,000 km (9,000 miles) / 24 months
CO2 EMISSIONS:133 g/km
FUEL CONSUMPTION:5.6 l/100 km (42 mpg)

Author: ADV Pulse Staff

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November 10, 2022 12:15 pm

First year upgrades: BNG at $1200.00. Underwhelmed.

Steven Bonaretti
Steven Bonaretti
November 12, 2022 3:08 pm
Reply to  Bob

Does the front have a mono shock?

November 11, 2022 8:29 am

Wow. Transforms the bike! Doesn’t look “agricultural” anymore. Still no match for the Triumph scrambler XE in terms of style, value or performance.

Christopher E Johnson
Christopher E Johnson
November 11, 2022 6:19 pm

From stand-out to ho-hum. Can I still get the white one?

November 13, 2022 4:22 pm

I don’t think of the cycle as ho-hum. Its still a thrilling ride. I just don’t believe that a graphics change is a good value at an additional $1200.00 option premium. There are options I would have preferred over BNG for that kind of coin: Cruise, or Tubeless rims.

Bob Jr
Bob Jr
January 18, 2023 6:01 pm
Reply to  Bob

Did you not read any of the specs? It already comes with cruise and tubeless standard.


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