While most motorcycle companies dazzled the Intermot show in Cologne with technology, Ducati dazzled with the simple retro brilliance of its Scrambler.
It has a single, offset instrument pod, minimal technology and is even powered by an air-cooled engine from a defunct model.
But rather than being a parts-bin special, the simple Scrambler is pure and innocent and a real gem among the over-polished, too-fast, hi-tech machines of Intermot.
We love the retro simplicity of the tear-drop tank with its aluminium sides, the looping clutch and brake cables, the wide MX bars, swirling two-into-one stubby exhaust, short fenders, chunky retro seat, twin-spar trellis frame and unadorned bodywork.
It is powered by the 803cc L-twin of the Monster 796, but “redesigned to give smooth acceleration throughout the rev range”. Power is up 8kW to 64kW and torque is up 10Nm to 78.6Nm.
There is not one, but four models and they will start arriving early next year. The base model is the 10-spoke mag wheeled Icon in Ducati red at $12,990* or 1962 yellow at $13,140, which is much cheaper than the Monster 796 at $15,990.
It will be followed by models called Urban Enduro (wire wheels, fork protectors, handlebar crossbrace, sump guard, chunky brown seat, wire mesh headlight protector and high front fender), Classic (wire wheels, aluminium mudguards and chunky brown seat), and Full Throttle (bobbed tail, low aluminium handlebars, black low-profile seat, double Termignoni muffler and cast wheels). All these models will cost $14,990.
Ducati Scrambler sits on an 18-inch 10-spoke alloy front wheel and 17-inch rear with “enduro-derived” Pirelli tyres. The Kayaba suspension consists of a 41mm upside-down fork and a monoshock with adjustable spring preload and brakes are from Brembo with a single disc up front and two-channel ABS.
It has a narrow and low 790mm seat which will make it popular with a wide variety of riders and underneath Ducati says it has “spacious under-seat storage” with a USB socket. All up, it weighs just 170kg.
Ducati says it’s not a retro bike with its modern LED lights and digital instruments, but it’s a “contemporary take”on their old ‘60s and ‘70s single-cylinder scramblers.
Ducati Australia & New Zealand marketing co-ordinator Stephanie Siagian says they will be releasing pricing “very soon and we are unsure as to the exact arrival dates for Australia”. There is no word, either, on the order of the Scrambler’s release after the Icon.
* All prices are before on-road costs.
Ducati Scrambler tech specs
- Engine: L-Twin, Desmodromic distribution, 2 valves per cylinder, air cooled
- Displacement: 803cc
- Bore x Stroke: 88 x 66 mm
- Compression: 11:1
- Power: 75hp (55kW) @ 8250rpm
- Torque: 50lb-ft (68Nm) @ 5750rpm
- Fuel injection: Electronic fuel injection, 50 mm throttle body
- Exhaust: single stainless steel muffler with aluminium exterior cover, catalytic converter and 2 lambda probes
- Emissions: Euro 3
- Transmission: 6 speed
- Ratios: 1=32/13 2=30/18 3=28/21 4=26/23 5=22/22 6=24/26
- Primary drive: Straight-cut gears, Ratio 1.85:1
- Final drive: Chain, front spocket 15, rear sprocket 46
- Clutch: APTC wet multiplate with mechanical control
- Chassis: Frame Tubular steel Trellis frame
- Wheelbase: 1445mm (56.9in)
- Rake: 24°
- Trail: 112mm (4.4in)
- Total steering lock: 35°
- Front suspension: Upside down Kayaba 41mm fork
- Front wheel travel: 150mm (5.9in)
- Front wheel: 10-spoke in light alloy 3.00″ x 18″
- Front tyre: 110/80 R18 Pirelli MT 60 RS
- Rear suspension: Kayaba rear shock, pre-load adjustable
- Rear wheel travel: 150mm (5.9in)
- Rear wheel: 10-spoke light alloy 5.50″ x 17″
- Rear tyre: 180/55 R17 Pirelli MT 60 RS
- Front brake: Single 330mm disc, radial 4-piston calliper with ABS as standard equipment
- Rear brake: 245mm disc, 1-piston floating calliper with ABS as standard equipment
- Fuel tank: 13.5L – 3.57 gallon (US)
- Dry weight: 170kg (375lb)
- *Wet weight: 186kg (410lb)
- Seat height: 790mm (31.1in) – low seat 770mm (30.3 in) available as accessory
- Max height: 1150mm (45.3in) (brake reservoir)
- Max width: 845mm (33.3 in) (mirrors)
- Max length: 2100 – 2165mm (82.7 – 85.2in)
- Instrumentation: LCD
- Ducati electronics dual-channel ABS
- Warranty 2 years unlimited mileage
- *Wet weight includes all fluids and fuelled to at least 90% of useable tank capacity. (93/93/CE)
Urban Enduro equipment: Spoked aluminium wheels, aluminium engine sump guard, high front mudguard, headlight grill,
aluminium handlebar crossbrace, front stem protectors, seat with dedicated design, dedicated logo
Full Throttle equipment: Termignoni slip-on silencer, low aluminium handlebars, flat-track style seat, sport tail piece with
dedicated turn indicator support, sport style front mudguard, black fuel tank side covers, dedicated
Classic equipment: Spoked aluminium wheels, front and rear aluminium mudguards, seat with dedicated design, fuel
tank with black stripe, dedicated logo, high plate support.