I am super excited about the Desert Sled, and I'm going to go put down a deposit on one. I really didn't expect Ducati to make a variant like the Desert Sled, and was thinking I'd have my Icon for many many years. I love it for what it is, and it's so much fun. That said, if I were to improve things, it'd be a lot of the things they've done on the DS; like a better suspension with more travel, more ground clearance, less touchy throttle at the low end (which they pointed out they worked on), more aggressive tires (which you can't really get for the Icon, other than TKC-80's where you run a rear tire on the front), taller front wheel, taller seat height (I'm 6' tall), and a heavier duty frame setup in general. They also done me a huge favor and clearly used some of the height and lower frame to drop the foot pegs, which will greatly improve the riding position for me! It's almost like Ducati was listening to people?
I'm really curious if I'll be able to swap my suspension/swing-arm for the ones on the desert sled. I love the look of the EU, but I'd love the upgraded suspension travel. Time will tell. I think financially, it'll hurt whether I trade in or upgrade..
I wanted the Desert Sled but got impatient and picked up an UE the dealer had in stock in November. After riding it for a month I'm turning it into a cafe racer. I wanted a bike i could take back on trails but the Scrambler doesn't behave very well on tight trails at very low speeds. Perhaps if i had fire trails i could ride that would be one thing but all I've got are dirt bike trails and it was nerve wracking as hell trying to maneuver this heavy torquey bike. Not to mention bottoming out the suspension constantly. Oh well, live and learn i guess. I might pick up a Vanvan200 or TW200 to putt through the trails and keep the scrambler on the street.