When the Ducati Scrambler was launched in fall of 2014, the Bologna-based manufacturer shocked many – not so much for the actual bike, but the fact that four Scramblers were available – Icon, Urban Enduro, Full Throttle, and Classic.Ducati said the Scrambler, which arrived with the oil-cooled 803cc L-twin two-valve transplanted from the previous Monster 796, was based on a “post-heritage” design that provides a contemporary take on a classic model.
The Scrambler immediately garnered a cult following, and was praised from many across the motorcycle media; we even named it one of our Top 10 Motorcycles of 2015.When something’s good, you don’t touch it, and the Italians completely understand this. But the Scrambler line wasn’t left untouched for 2016. The original four Scramblers return, and are now joined my two additional Scrambler models – the Flat Track Pro, and the one discussed here, the Sixty2.The Sixty2 is Ducati’s newest entry-level motorcycle that is inspired by “youth street culture, skateboards, street food, pop music, and pop art.” Ducati chose the Sixty2 name because pop art was garnering much traction throughout America in 1962 – the same year that the original Ducati Scrambler was launched.The 62, um, Sixty2, features a 400cc desmo that produces 42 horsepower, a six-speed transmission, two-channel ABS, and some unique styling that caters to pop art. Though named after the ’62 year, Ducati’s logo is influenced from the 1980s, drawing inspiration from motocross and BMX bike culture. The logo features four stars, which represent the 400cc engine. Just as it did when launching the 2015 Scrambler lineup with its claymation videos, Ducati has launched the new Scrambler Sixty2 with a Bart & Betty comic strip.Though the name is taking from the 1960s, and the logo from the 1980s, the bike’s styling is right from the 1970s, from the single headlight to the single gauges that features an rpm indicator and speedometer, classic handlebars with minimal controls, and a 3.7-gallon teardrop steel gas tank.All else is modern Ducati; the Scrambler Sixty2 arrives with a twin upper spar steel trellis frame, Showa suspension, 10-spoke aluminum wheels wrapped in Pirelli MT60 rubber, and Brembo braking (single 320mm disc up front, single 245mm out back) with a two-channel ABS. And as is the style of nearly every modern motorcycle, LED headlights are standard.The 2016 Ducati Scrambler Sixty2 will be offered at $7,995 in following three colors:
Atomic Tangerine with black frame and black seat
Ocean Grey with black frame and black seat
Shining Black with black frame and black seat
Following are the highlights and specs for the Ducati Sixty2:
2016 Ducati Scrambler Sixty2 Highlights:
Steel teardrop fuel tank with dedicated design
Dedicated adhesive logo
Traditional stanchion fork
Newly designed front mudguard
Classically designed steel swingarm
Exhaust with all-new pipe layout and black silencer cover o Rear wheel with 160/60 x 17’’ tyre
Round rear view mirrors
High plate holder
Two-channel ABS as standard
2016 Ducati Scrambler Sixty2 Specs:
Engine Type: L-Twin, Desmodromic distribution, 2 valves per cylinder, air cooled
Displacement: 399 cc
Bore x Stroke: 72 mm x 49 mm
Compression Ratio: 10.7 : 1
Power: 42 horsepower @ 8750 rpm
Torque: 25.2 ft/lbs @ 7750 rpm
Exhaust: Exhaust system with single stainless steel muffler with aluminum exterior cover, catalytic converter and 2 lambda probes
Suzuki V-Strom 1050 DE + Scott Casey – Living with PTSD and the Rolling Barrage
byMotos and Friends by Ultimate Motorcycle
Hello everyone and welcome once again to Motos and Friends, a weekly Podcast brought to you by the editorial team at Ultimate Motorcycling.
My name is Arthur Coldwells.
The new Suzuki V-Strom DE has just been announced, and Avery Innis, Training and Publications Manager from Suzuki Motor USA, is just the expert to explain its nuances to us. The V-Strom has always been a superb, yet inexpensive platform, and the new DE variant gets more serious about ADV riding. I find out from Avery whether the new upgrades are worthwhile; and the place that the new V-Strom has in the current market.
Our second segment covers a subject that’s a little more serious than usual.
Many veterans and first responders suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, aka PTSD.
Scott Casey—himself a sufferer—decided to try and help his fellow vets, and started a cross-Canada charity ride in 2016 called the ‘Rolling Barrage’. It was—and is—incredibly successful.
It’s not just a tremendous ride. The Rolling Barrage is a place for like-minded sufferers and their supporters to ride together. They get some serious “wind therapy” whether it’s on just a stop, or a leg of the ride, one day, a weekend, or even the whole ride. Scott opens up with Associate Editor Teejay Adams about his personal history, and how he came to create such a brilliant and worthy real-world event that truly helps.
The Rolling Barrage is a supportive network of brothers and sisters. To quote Scott Casey: “this is the family you never knew you had”.
It was a Nation exploding into civil war. In 1992, the collapse of the former Yugoslavia triggered an international armed conflict that would last more than 3 years and eventually see nearly 100,000 people killed. Canadians were thrown into what was declared a peacekeeping mission, but it wasn’t. They were going well beyond the rules of engagement that were provided by the UN. Told by Scott Casey, Former Canadian Peacekeeper.