Official: Ducati confirms three new 1100cc Scramblers | EICMA 2017

John Milbank, BikeSocial Consumer Editor
By John Milbank
BikingMilbank BikeSocial Consumer Editor, John owns a KTM 1050 Adventure. He's as happy tinkering in the workshop as he is on twisty, bumpy backroads, and loves every bike ever built (except one). He's bought three CBR600s, two Ducati Monsters, several winter hacks, three off-roaders, a supermoto pit bike, a Honda Vision 50 and built his own custom XSR700. 

 

The headline of a 1079cc motor for the Ducati Scrambler – which until now has been powered by an air-cooled 400cc or 800cc 90° V-twin – is exciting enough, but by adding Bosch cornering ABS and four-level traction control, the range of three new machines promise even greater performance.

The Scrambler 1100 will cost around £10,695, the 1100 Special about £11,495 and the 1100 Sport approximately £12,295. All are expected to be available around March 2018.

The oil/air-cooled L-twin engine creates 84.5bhp (63kW) @ 7500rpm and 65lb-ft (88Nm) @ 4750rpm. Compared to the 803cc model, that’s an increase of only 12.5bhp, but it peaks a healthy 750rpm earlier. Torque is up by 16lb-ft, and at its strongest a full 1000rpm before the smaller bike.

It’s a physically bigger motorcycle – the 1514mm wheelbase is 69mm longer than the 800, with 45mm forks on the standard and Special (up from 41mm), and 48mm on the Öhlins-equipped Sport. Inevitably, the 1100 will be a bit thirstier, so the tank’s gone up in size by 1.5 litres, to 15 litres. That’s put the kerb weight up of course, but only by 15.5kg, to 206kg. The seat’s 20mm higher, at 810mm, but we’ll need to wait until we ride it to see how much of a difference that really makes. There’s now more legroom, while the bars are lower and further forwards.

 

2018 Ducati SCRAMBLER 1100 SPECIAL

 

Based on the Desmodromic 1100 Monster engine, the new motor has been retuned for Euro 4 – in its original guise it made 88.5bhp (66kW) @ 7500rpm, and 71lb-ft (96Nm) @ 6000rpm, so torque is slightly improved in the low and mid-range. It’s got machined aluminium engine and belt covers, with a single 55mm ride-by-wire throttle that’s 10mm larger than on the Monster 1100, and said to combine with a generous airbox to ensure ‘fluid power delivery and accurate control of the fuel mix’.

A servo-operated slipper clutch is fitted, which helps prevent the rear wheel locking during aggressive down-shifts.

 

2018 Ducati Scrambler 1100

 

Based on the Desmodromic 1100 Monster engine, the new motor has been retuned for Euro 4 – in its original guise it made 88.5bhp (66kW) @ 7500rpm, and 71lb-ft (96Nm) @ 6000rpm, so torque is slightly improved in the low and mid-range. It’s got machined aluminium engine and belt covers, with a single 55mm ride-by-wire throttle that’s 10mm larger than on the Monster 1100, and said to combine with a generous airbox to ensure ‘fluid power delivery and accurate control of the fuel mix’.

A servo-operated slipper clutch is fitted, which helps prevent the rear wheel locking during aggressive down-shifts.

 

2018 Ducati SCRAMBLER 1100 SPECIAL

 

The headlight, with a daytime running light, is the same round one used on the other Scramblers, with a new aluminium ring. That ‘X’ design is said to be inspired by the tape put over off-road bikes’ headlights in the past. The tail-light and indicators are all LED.

 

2018 Ducati Scrambler 1100 Yellow

 

The rev counter runs clockwise around the bottom of the round display, which also shows fuel level, riding mode (there are three), traction control level, two trips, miles remaining and air temperature. It’ll also displays the setting of the optional heated grips.

Sprouting out of the dial is an oval section for speed, side-stand warning light, gear position and info from the optional Bluetooth multimedia system.

The twin upper spar steel trellis frame has been redesigned for the new bike, with a removable aluminium sub-frame that can be unbolted for easier customisation. There’ll be three versions available at launch – the Scrambler 1100, Scrambler Special and Scrambler Sport…

 

2018 Ducati Scrambler 1100 Yellow

 

Ducati Scrambler 1100

  • Price: Around £10,695
  • Adjustable Marzocchi forks and shock
  • 10-spoke wheels in light alloy, 18" at the front and 17" at the rear

Colours: ’62 Yellow’ with black frame and black seat or ‘Shining Black’ with black frame and black seat

 

 

Ducati Scrambler Special

  • Price: Around £11,495
  • Adjustable Marzocchi forks and shock
  • Spoked wheels, 18" at the front and 17" at the rear
  • Aluminium front/rear mudguard
  • Dedicated seat lining
  • Chrome exhaust pipes
  • Gold-coloured anodized fork sleeves

Colour: ‘Custom Grey’ with black frame and black spoked wheels.

 

Ducati Scrambler 1100

 

Ducati Scrambler Sport

  • Price: Around £12,295
  • Adjustable Öhlins forks and shock
  • 10-spoke wheels in light alloy, 18" at the front and 17" at the rear
  • Dedicated seat lining

Colour: ‘Viper Black’ with yellow tank sides and dual yellow striping down the middle of the tank and mudguards, with black frame and wheels

 

Also revealed by Ducati was the 803cc Scrambler Street Classic, which sits between the Icon and Classic models, with cosmetic differences. It was joined by a black version of the Desert Sled, and is expected to be on sale in March.

 

SPECIFICATION: Ducati Scrambler 1100

Engine

1079cc L-Twin, Desmodromic distribution, 2 valves per cylinder, air cooled

Bore x stroke

98 x 71 mm

Compression ratio

11:1

Power

84.5bhp (63 kW) @ 7500 rpm

Torque

65 lb-ft (88 Nm) @ 4750 rpm

Fuel injection

Electronic fuel injection, Ø55 mm throttle body with full Ride by Wire (RbW)

Exhaust

2-1-2 system with catalytic converter and 2 lambda probes, twin stainless steel muffler with aluminium covers and end caps

Transmission

6 speed, chain final drive. Front sprocket 15; Rear sprocket 39

Ratio

1=37/15 2=30/17 3=28/20 4=26/22 5=24/23 6=23/24

Primary drive

Straight cut gears; Ratio 1.85:1

Clutch

Light action, wet, multi-plate clutch with hydraulic control. Self-servo action on drive, slipper action on over-run

Frame: Tubular steel Trellis frame

 

Front suspension

Marzocchi fully adjustable Ø45 mm USD fork (Sport: Öhlins fully adjustable Ø48 mm USD fork)

Front wheel travel

150 mm (5.9 in)

Front wheel:

10-spoke in light alloy, 3.50" x 18" (Special: Spoked aluminium wheel, 3.50" x 18")

Front tyre

Pirelli MT 60 RS 120/80 ZR18

Rear suspension

Kayaba monoshock, pre-load and rebound adjustable (Sport: Öhlins monoshock, pre-load and rebound adjustable)

Rear wheel travel

150 mm (5.9 in)

Rear wheel

10-spoke in light alloy, 5.50" x 17" (Special: Spoked aluminium wheel, 5.50" x 17")

Front tyre

Pirelli MT 60 RS 180/55 ZR17

Front brake

2 x 320 mm semi-floating discs, radially mounted Brembo Monobloc M4.32 callipers, 4-piston, axial pump with Bosch Cornering ABS as standard equipment

Rear brake

245 mm disc, 1-piston floating calliper with Bosch Cornering ABS as standard equipment

Dashboard

LCD

Wheelbase

1,514 mm (59.6 in)

1,514 mm (59.6 in)

 

1,514 mm (59.6 in)

 

Rake

24.5°

Trail

111 mm (4.4 in)

Steering lock

34°

Fuel tank capacity

15 l - (3.3 UK gal)

Dry weight

189 kg (417 lb) (Special: 194 kg (428 lb))

Wet weight

206 kg (454 lb) (211 kg (465 lb))

Seat height

810 mm (31.9 in)

Max height

1330 mm (52.4 in)

Max width

895 mm (35.2 in) (Sport and Special: 920 mm (36.2 in))

Max length

2,190 mm (86.0 in)

Standard equipment

Riding Modes, Power Modes, Ducati Safety Pack (Cornering ABS + DTC), RbW, LED light-guide, LED rear light with diffusion-light, LCD instruments with gear and fuel level indications, Steel tank with interchangeable aluminium side panels, Machine-finished aluminium belt covers, Under-seat storage compartment with USB socket

Warranty

24 months unlimited mileage

Servicing

12,000 km (7,500 mi) / 12 months

 

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