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Ducati DesertX with twin fuel tanks revealed

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Ducati has officially revealed the DesertX adventure motorcycle in the global market.

It gets a new off-road-friendly chassis and a host of electronic riding aids.

The bike has a retro look, dual fuel tanks for fulfilling additional fuel needs, a 5.0-inch TFT screen, and a 937cc engine that comes paired with a 6-speed gearbox.

Here’s our roundup.

The Ducati DesertX concept was showcased at EICMA 2019 and two years later, we have the production model. It has a similar appearance as the concept version and looks like the Ducati motorbikes of Dankar racing from 1990s.

Distinct features such as dual fuel tanks and dual-pod headlight make it a unique offering.

The bike has a generous ground clearance of 250mm.

The front and rear fuel tanks on Ducati DesertX have capacity of 21 liters and 8 liters, respectively.

Ducati DesertX features a muscular front fuel tank, a transparent windshield, a twin-pod LED headlamp, a split-style seat, an upswept exhaust, and an auxiliary fuel tank at the back.

It houses a 5.0-inch TFT display and rides on 21-inch front and 18-inch rear wheels.

The two-wheeler has a seat height of 875mm, a ground clearance of 250mm, and a kerb weight of 223kg.

Engine & Specs
The Ducati DesertX is powered by a 937cc, Testastretta twin-cylinder motor that churns out 108hp of power at 9,250rpm and 92Nm of peak torque at 6,500rpm. Transmission duties are handled by a 6-speed gearbox.

For the rider’s safety, Ducati DesertX is equipped with disc brakes on both the front and rear wheels, along with cornering ABS, wheelie control, traction control, and engine brake control. It offers six riding modes.

The suspension duties are taken care of by fully-adjustable Kayaba inverted forks on the front and a fully-adjustable mono-shock unit on the rear end.

Pricing and availability
Ducati DesertX will start at $16,795 in the US. It will likely be available in North America starting June 2022.

Vagabund 07 The Whale Is All About the Fuel Tank

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by Daniel Patrascu from

Because of the way in which motorcycles are made, the fuel tank is one of the main elements that can be customized to relay the most important message of a build: uniqueness. And in the case of this bike, that message is definitely heard.

The motorcycle in the gallery above was once a BMW R100 R. This motorcycle family was the Germans’ last breed of air-cooled two-wheelers, and they date back as far as 1976. That makes them very old, and in the case of this one here, born in 1991, not particularly appealing in stock form.

Not the same can be said about it customized like this. The bike is called The Whale, or 07, and is the work of an Austrian custom garage that goes by the name of Vagabund.

The group is behind some of the craziest motorcycle designs on the market, and that’s not necessarily because of the final shape of the projects, but also thanks to the manufacturing processes it uses, like 3D printing.

In the case of The Whale, the focus went into making the fuel tank unique. Vagabund calls it a handmade aluminum monocoque that extends all the way to the back to support the seat. It also includes a mini speedometer and warning lights.

Visually, the build is miles away from its former, original self. The wheels are the original ones, only knocked down, the exhaust likewise but are now fitted with a pre-silencer, and the front fork has been shortened by 70 mm.

Not many modifications were made to the engine, which is pretty much the same one fitted by the Bavarians decades ago, only serviced and painted black.

The Vagabund 07 The Whale is listed on the garage’s website as sold, and this is not a series production motorcycle so don’t expect to see more than one on the roads.

Two Face 1982 BMW R100 RS Has Swappable Fuel Tanks

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by Daniel Patrascu from

Aside from its general purpose, a motorcycle is visually defined by its fuel tank. This hardware is in many cases the central element of a build, one on which the creativity of the designer can run rampant. Almost always there is only one idea that can be expressed on a bike’s fuel tank, however.

That’s not the case with the 1982 BMW R100 RS we have here. Created by a garage called Deus Customs, the motorcycle comes not with one, but two fuel tanks that can be exchanged depending on the mood of the rider.

The base of the build was the said Bimmer motorcycle that according to the garage spent most of its life tucked away somewhere, nearly forgotten. When work on it began, despite the many years since its production, the motorcycle had run for just 4,000 km (2,485 miles).

The modifications made to the bike are mostly visual, and we are not told if there are any mechanical improvements made to the air-cooled engine. But the visual chances are extensive.

Riding on massive wheels that seem capable of tackling most types of terrain, the bike sports an exposed black and chrome engine. On one side of it, Deus fitted an additional headlight, complementing the main one that is hidden behind a cut metal plate.

The red leather seat is there to contrast the coldness of the metal parts, including that of the very different fuel tanks available: one comes as a slim piece of hardware, painted white and boasting a reinterpreted version of the BMW M stripes, and the second a much more massive build, painted black and wearing the Deus logo to the sides.

According to the garage, changing between the two is as easy as it gets:

“All you need is a screwdriver and wrench, and you can enjoy setting it up yourself depending on your mood that day, be it sporty or modern. It’s easy, like choosing an outfit.”