Feature: Rock 'n' Roll

Before the Ducati runs away with top honours, there’s one final detail that need some pondering – the sticker price. Although significant changes have been made to the Desert Sled to make it scrambler-worthy, a difference of `1.5 lakh between the two is a big one, thereby making the Street Scrambler seem great value on paper. But if you’re considering either of these niche motorcycles, value-for-money shouldn’t be your buying measure.

In the real world, these motorcycles are expected to serve the dual purpose of being good both on and off the road, finding a middle ground between street and off-road performances. And to that effect, the Scrambler Desert Sled does a far better job of bringing in a fine balance, and if I were to put my money on one, it would be the Ducati.