2015 Ducati Scrambler Teaser
Not many know, but a major influence on Ducati design in the 1960s was America’s Berliner Motor Corporation – the Borgo Panigale-based manufacturer’s US distributor.
The Berliner Motor Corporation- founded in New York City by brothers Joseph and Michael Berliner – helped influence Ducati when designing some truly unique – though not best selling – motorcycles, including the Apollo, the 450 R/T and the Bronco.
And with dirt track racing reaching its height in hipness in the 1960s, Berliner also influenced Ducati when it designed its first Scrambler in 1962.
The debut model, the Ducati Scrambler 250, arrived with a 249cc SOHC single cylinder engine. The Scrambler would evolve to also include the 125, 350 and 450 models. The last year of production for these bikes was 1976.
But this is about to change; following months of rumors, Ducati has officially announced that the Scrambler will return in 2015. And as always, the folks at Ducati remain hush on all the details, though along with announcement it provided the above teaser video that contains some images around the laid-back, beach-bum atmosphere.
From analyzing the video, few things are clear – the 2015 Ducati Scrambler will arrive with 10-spoke wheels, a single front-disc brake, LED headlight, Diavel-style license-plate holder, and, of course, an L-Twin. This engine will likely be the air-cooled, two-valve 696 or 796 transplanted from the older Monster. Also, the cluster gauge seems to be offset to the right for the rider, and this prototype lacks mirrors.
And from the PR provided, the Scrambler will surely feature the latest in Ducati technology: “While the new Scrambler is created from the same core values that contributed to an important period of the company’s history during the 60s and 70s, it seems set to reinterpret the original model in an entirely up-to-date way.”
Ducati will unveil the new Scrambler at this Novembers EICMA, and says it will be available from early 2015 onwards. As for price, we’re speculating around $10K, the over/under factor contingent on what engine is used.
And as it did with its 1199, Ducati has launched a Scrambler-specific website so fans can track the progress of the new machine – www.scramblerducati.com. Ducati says fans can also gather content via the #scramblerducati hashtag.
Speaking of the 2015 Scrambler, Ducati says “Non-conformist, accessible and essential, the new Ducati Scrambler is said to represent the perfect combination of the traditional and contemporary, while returning to the pure essence of motorcycling – two wheels, wide handlebars, a simple engine and a lot of fun.”
How hush is Ducati? Well, the company surpassed the Bologna factory employees Monday with a private viewing of a Scrambler prototype. To set off the mood, Ducati employees arrived to discover “a beach atmosphere with surfboards, street food and a big yellow container in which they were able view the new model undercover” (final picture below shows event).
No photos were allowed, so the only official pics we have are shown below. Stay clicked to Ultimate MotorCycling for additional details as they are unveiled.