Ducati has finally unveiled the production version of the Ducati Scrambler – the modern incarnation of the sixties Ducati Scrambler range.
Ducati say the Scrambler is: ‘a perfect mix of tradition and modernity, a stride towards the pure essence of motorcycling; two wheels, wide handlebars, a straightforward engine and endless fun.’
It’s a stripped-back modern motorcycle using a version of the V-twin 803cc Monster motor derived from the Monster 796. It’s a bike that has been on a massive campaign of hype since the firm first unveiled it to Ducati staff in Bologna on June 9 inside a yellow lorry crate!
The V-twin Scrambler motor uses a single 50mm throttle body with two injectors. The pistons and the crankshaft are taken from the Hypermotard 796 with new camshafts. It has a six-speed gearbox, a two-into-one exhaust, and an ‘anti-hopping’ clutch.
Overall the new motor makes 75bhp at 8250rpm, and 50.2ft-lb of torque at 5750rpm. The motor is designed to be simple and accessible and has 7500 mile service intervals. Ducati are remaining tight-lipped but many in the factory believe that this is the last of the air-cooled Ducati’s, a piece of history in itself from a firm built on air-cooled V-twins.
That’s enough to make this bike infamous in itself, but it’s the blend of post-modern styling that will really get people talking about the Scrambler. That striking tank echoes the lines of the sixties bike, with removable aluminium side plates so that the bike can be customised. Ducati claim this bike is more than a bike, that it’s a world.
What they mean is that they intend to create a load of events, accessories and lifestyle around modifying and personalising the Scrambler, much the way they did when they created the Monster back in 1993. In fact, the concept of straightforward motorcycling is similar to the original design brief for the Monster 900 from the M900’s designer Miguel Galluzi of masking a simple motorcycle that was easy to ride, and not a sports bike.
It’s a compact motorcycle and has a low seat height of 790mm and weighs just 170kg with a very low centre of gravity.
Although the styling echoes features of the original Scrambler, the factory were keen that it was seen as a modern bike too, hence the distinctive LED headlight , aluminium swingarm, and cast wheels. We can already envisage a Scrambler with spoke wheels though. But there’s plenty of retro features too, like the seventies style fuel cap closure, a headlamp where you insert the key, and those big, wide laid back handlebars.
There’s a long and low seat with room for two, including tucked away handle grips for the passenger. Under the seat is underseat storage and a USB socket too.
There’s ABS with Brembo calipers comes as standard too. It’s designed to be used, but we’re not sure what the fuel range of that beautiful 13.5 litre tank will be. We’ll see when we get to test it.
The post-heritage concept isn’t perhaps as much Scrambler in terms of its off-road ability as some may have hoped, but with a nod to the name, Ducati have fitted the cast wheels with Pirelli semi-off-road tyres. The steel trellis frame is a new design with a steep 24 degree head angle and 112mm offset to provide quick steering on twisty roads.
There’s 41mm Kayaba upside down front forks and a rear monoshock. The rear is adjustable for preload only, and the forks have no adjustment.
No prices are yet available but we believe it will be close to £7000 in the UK. The bike will be seen on the Ducati stand at Motorcycle Live in November in the UK.
Ducati are also expected to reveal a rumoured bigger 1299 Panigale version of its awesome 1199 Panigale sports bike at the Milan Show. Bike Social will be on hand to reveal the bike at its launch in Milan.
After the hype, was it everything you expected?