2021 Ducati Scrambler Nightshift First Look (11 Fast Facts)

2021 Ducati Scrambler Nightshift: Price and MSRP
Photo by Marco Campelli

There’s another flavor of Scrambler available from Ducati, and it has a mix of urban and sporting appeal. The 2021 Ducati Scrambler Nightshift is a bobbed blacked-out model with café racer ergonomics. We’re all familiar with the basic Scrambler concept, so let’s look at what makes the Nightshift variation tick.

  1. A narrow aluminum handlebar gives the 2021 Ducati Scrambler Nightshift a sporting riding position. Rather than going with clip-ons, Ducati employed a handlebar that sits well above the triple clamp. Ergonomics should be aggressive yet friendly.

2021 Ducati Scrambler Nightshift: Photos and Specs

  1. The bar-end mounted mirrors reinforce the café theme. It also means the rider can have a decent chance of observing trailing traffic.

  1. Traditional fenders are virtually absent. The front fender is bobbed to almost nothing, while the rear fender is gone. Instead, there’s a small swingarm-mounted fender that also is home to the license plate and brake light. The turn indicators are mounted on a stub behind the seat.
  2. Speaking of the seat, it’s a traditional one-piece design that easily accommodates two. Nearly flat, reinforces the Scrambler’s retro theme, while simultaneously softening the sporting look.

  1. With a 17-/18-inch wheel combination, your choices of high-performance rubber will be limited. Ducati stuck with the off-roadable Pirelli MT 60 RS tires, even though the narrow handlebar will discourage dirt excursions. The wire-spoke wheels unabashedly promote the vintage styling.

  1. Should you want to go racing, there are number plates on both sides of the 2021 Ducati Scrambler Nightshift.

2021 Ducati Scrambler Nightshift: Price and MSRP
Photo by Marco Campelli

  1. Bosch Cornering ABS is standard. Brembo supplies the calipers.

  1. The headers are stainless steel, the muffler is aluminum. Both are supplemented by black guards.

  1. The air- and oil-cooled 803cc desmodromic engine is black with brushed highlights, while the aluminum belt guards are machine-finished.

  1. Lighting is LED, and instrumentation is LCD.

  1. The 2021 Ducati Scrambler Nightshift hits the showroom floors with an MSRP of $10,995. Be patient, as the dealers won’t be getting the Nightshift until March.

2021 Ducati Scrambler Nightshift Specs

ENGINE

  • Type: 90-degree L-twin
  • Displacement: 803cc
  • Bore x stroke: 88 x 66mm
  • Maximum power: 73 horsepower @ 8250 rpm
  • Maximum torque: 49 ft/lbs @ 5750 rpm
  • Compression ratio: 11:1
  • Valvetrain: Desmodromic, 2vpc
  • Fueling: EFI w/ 50mm throttle body
  • Cooling: Air and oil
  • Transmission: 6-speed
  • Clutch: Hydraulically actuated assist-and-slipper
  • Final drive: Chain

CHASSIS

  • Frame: Tubular steel trellis
  • Front suspension; travel: Non-adjustable KYB inverted 41mm fork; 5.9 inches
  • Rear suspension; travel: Spring-preload adjustable KYB shock; 5.9 inches
  • Wheels: Wire spoked w/ aluminum rim
  • Front wheel: 18 x 3.00
  • Rear wheel: 17 x 5.50
  • Tires: Pirelli MT 60 RS
  • Front tire: 110/80 x 18
  • Rear tire: 180/55 x 17
  • Front brake: 330mm disc w/ radially mounted Brembo caliper
  • Rear brake: 245mm disc w/ single-piston floating Brembo caliper
  • ABS: Bosch Cornering ABS

CAPACITIES and DIMENSIONS

  • Wheelbase: 56.9 inches
  • Rake: 24 degrees
  • Trail: 4.4 inches
  • Seat height: 31.4 inches
  • Fuel tank capacity: 3.6 gallons
  • Wet weight: 417 pounds
  • Estimated fuel consumption: 45 mpg

    2021 Ducati Scrambler Nightshift Price: $10,995 MSRP