Spy photos of a Ducati 1200 Scrambler being tested in Europe have surfaced, supporting rumours that the company would produce a large-capacity version of their most popular bike.
From the one photo, it appears the bike has the same single instrument, round headlight, handlebars, mirrors, 18-inch front wheel, upside-down forks, frame, high fender (from the Urban Enduro) and possibly only a single disc, although the photo isn’t clear.
It also appears the 1200 Scrambler may have a slightly more substantial rear end for carrying some luggage as there are luggage frames visible.
It is believed Ducati will power the bike with the Monster 1200’s L-Twin Testastretta engine, but perhaps tuned down for more torque.
We can also expect it will have some of the electronic rider aids and improved suspension of the Multistrada.
The 1200 Scrambler could be unveiled at the Intermot in Cologne in October or more likely the EICMA show in Milan in November.
A flagship 1200 Scrambler would bring the model range to eight with six 800cc variants — Icon (Ducati Red) $12,990; Icon (’62 Yellow) $13,140; Urban Enduro $14,990; Classic $14,990; Full Throttle $14,990; Flat Track Pro ($16,990) — and the 400cc learner-approved Sixty2 ($11,990).
Ducati is no longer the sports bike company with the retro Scrambler quickly becoming the Italian brand’s top-selling family, leaping over the Multistrada.