After months of hype across various social media channels and a dedicated website, Ducati has finally taken the cover off its newest model – the Scrambler.The new Scrambler combines modern technology with the classic styling of the original model from the ‘60s and ‘70s. Ducati coins this design as “post-heritage” – a contemporary take on a classic model.
[Visit the latest Motorcycle Lineups]Ducati teased the new Scrambler with various claymation videos and some darkened pictures, but kept hush on everything else. Our assumption of the Scrambler arriving with the oil-cooled 803cc L-Twin two-valve Desmodue engine transplanted from the Monster 796 was correct, but we were blindsided by the additional versions.Yes, the Ducati Scrambler is available in four versions: Icon, Urban Enduro, Full Throttle and Classic.The Icon is the base model that’s available in Yellow or Ducati Red, and the other three are extensions of this model. The details are listed in detail below, but here’s a rundown for now.The Urban Enduro is for the city rider who craves country/fire roads ; the Full Throttle for the flat-track fan; and the Classic for those who want distinct Scrambler styling.Ducati’s Scrambler plays into the passionate side of pure motorcycling. The Borgo Panigale-based manufacturer says: “Anti-conformist, accessible and essential, the Ducati 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.“The Scrambler world – the latest addition to the Ducati universe – is one of authentic creativity and free expression; the lead-up to its official arrival has generated an unprecedented buzz, as has a captivating launch campaign of outstanding originality.”Styling aside, the Scrambler is loaded with typical modern-day Ducati features, such as the Desmodue that produces 75 horsepower at 8250 rpm and 50.2 ft/lbs of torque at 5750 rpm. In the Monster 796, this engine engrossed a charismatic character that was optimal for real-world streetability. We’re sure this will also be said of the Scrambler.The Ducati Scrambler features a twin-spar steel trellis frame, wide handlebars, and a generous 56.9-inch wheelbase. This combination should provide agility around town while remaining stable at speed.Suspension duties are handled by Kayaba, the Scrambler using a 41mm upside down stanchion fork and a monoshock with adjustable preload out back. The Scramblers roll on 10-spoke aluminum wheels with a classical flat-track design. These wheels are shod in Pirelli MT60 RS tires – a 110/80 ZR18 up front, and a 180/55 ZR17 out back.Like all modern Ducatis, the Scrambler features a Brembo braking system; it utilizes a single 330mm disc up front squeezed by a four-piston Brembo monobloc radial-mount caliper, and a single 245mm disc griped by a single-piston caliper out back.The Scrambler also arrives with a two-channel Bosch ABS system – the only high-tech electronics found on the motorcycle.Other design elements that are truly unique to the Scrambler is the 3.57-gallon teardrop gas tank that features the “upward sloping” look of the original model, the round LED headlight, and the single, round instrument gauge positioned to the right of the rider that harkens back to the 1970s.The gauge features a fully digital tach that lights up clockwise as the engine is revved, and a digital speedometer in the middle. It also features two trip odometers and one total-mileage odometer, a trip fuel indicator, an air temperature display, maintenance reminders, a clock, and fuel reserve and ABS warning lights.The Ducati Scrambler will have a starting MSRP of $8,495, making it the lowest-priced model in the current lineup.Following are the features of each Scrambler extension model, the specs, colors, and MSRP from the official Ducati press:
Ducati Scrambler Urban Enduro
High mudguard, headlight grill, handlebar cross-brace, spoked wheels. The Urban Enduro is ready to switch from city streets to country roads – and back again – in an instant. Perfect for the urban jungle, it’s also outstanding when your destination lies at the end of a route less travelled. Its evident off-road qualities are made even more appealing by superb post-heritage styling.The “Wild Green” paintjob merges perfectly with the “urban battleground” and matches the horizontally ribbed brown seat, made with modern fabrics, that provides outstanding ergonomics for rider and passenger alike. The fork protectors, sump guard and headlight grill shield the engine and other key parts of the bike during off-road riding, while the cross-brace stiffens the wide Scrambler handlebars to give enhanced solidity.Spoked wheels, 3 x 18 at the front and 5.5 x 17 at the rear, complete its off-road character in style. The Scrambler Urban Enduro is also recognizable by way of the large “X” logo on its tank, a clear reminder of the bike’s decidedly off-road nature.
Ducati Scrambler Full Throttle
The Full Throttle draws its inspiration from the flat-track and racing worlds. The “Deep Black” tank – which sports a dedicated logo with a yellow-black background – evokes speed, as does the seat which, with its yellow inserts, also draws on flat-track origins. The end result is a sporty look and outstanding rider comfort. With its short tail, the Scrambler Full Throttle evokes the bikes that roar round the oval tracks of the USA and Australia; it also features a Termignoni racing exhaust, homologated for road use. Further distinctive elements on the Scrambler Full Throttle include the light, ergonomic tapered handlebars, making it a perfect everyday bike but with uncompromising racing panache.
Ducati Scrambler Classic
The Classic is for riders who want 1970s styling and details plus the pure riding pleasure and practicality of a modern bike. With its metal mudguards, traditional plate holder, and spoked wheels (the same size as the alloy ones, 3 x 18 at the front and 5.5 x 17 at the rear) this is, perhaps, the version that embodies the essence of motorcycling more than any other. The Scrambler Classic logo is the one that most resembles its 1970s counterpart, perfectly matching the “Orange Sunshine” of the tank which, just like the original Scrambler, features a central black stripe. Lastly, the retro flavour of the Scrambler Classic is enhanced even further by the lozenge-patterned stitching on the brown seat.
2015 Ducati Scrambler Specs:
Type: L-Twin, Desmodromic distribution, 2 valves per cylinder, air cooled
Displacement: 803 cc
Bore x Stroke: 88 x 66 mm
Compression Ratio: 11:1
Power: 75 hp (55 kW) 8250 rpm
Torque: 50 lb-ft (68 Nm) @ 5750 rpm
Fuel Injection: Electronic fuel injection, 50 mm throttle body
Exhaust: Exhaust system with single stainless steel muffler with aluminium exterior cover, catalytic converter and 2 lambda probes
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