Motorcycle manufacturers often trot out existing bikes with "bold new graphics" at shows like EICMA to capture the attention of enthusiasts enthralled with reading about new models being released. Ninety-nine percent of the time we ignore them because, well, paint is paint. But that last 1 percent is saved for bikes like the Ducati Desert Sled and what Ducati is calling "Shining Black."
The bike is unchanged since last year minus the new paint, but we thought this was something you deserved to see.
You might recognize this paint scheme from the Chemical Candy colorway on Bell's new Moto-3 and Bullitt helmets, but most people don't have a brother named after Thomas Magnum from the 1980s television show Magnum PI. Those of us lucky to know the show know that this color scheme is all TC.
Whether your dad was a `80s TV-loving dork or you just like pretty things, we're pretty sure you'll be into the new colorway of the Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled if your tastes skew toward hipster-ish sensibilities. My former co-worker Bradley Adams fell in love with it at the bike's launch, and we thought it looked great in the white of it debut. This new offering would have been off-the-charts cool if Ducati had left the black sections in a matte finish.