Ducati Scrambler Brings Retro Basics Back
The Ducati Scrambler is a contemporary bike that expresses the pure essence of motorcycling. With new generation components such as front and rear LED lighting and LCD instruments. Wide handlebars and a long seat provide a comfortable, relaxed riding position and, together with the low weight, low centre of gravity and slightly knobby tyres, ensure pure riding fun whatever the situation.
The Icon version, in yellow and red, is joined by three others – Urban Enduro, Full Throttle and Classic – each offering its own style and performance-related interpretation of the Ducati Scrambler spirit. The Urban Enduro, with its “Wild Green” paintjob, is for enduro style enthusiasts and ready to switch from city streets to country backroads in an instant. The Full Throttle is for riders enthralled by the flat-track racing world who have a penchant for pushing things to the limit. And the Classic is for devotees to details and a 1970s look who want the uncompromising riding pleasure and comfort of a modern-day bike.
When the Ducati Design Center started working on the Ducati Scrambler the goal immediately became a very clear one: to revive a legend while, simultaneously, building a truly modern bike. A new bike inspired by the iconic 70’s model but with all the technical specifications of a present-day one. That’s why, for example, the bike features an upside down stanchion fork, alloy rims, a rear mono-shock, and front radial mount callipers.
Redesigned for the present day, the round headlamp is a key part of the Ducati Scrambler look. The filler cap, which sports the inscription “born free – 1962”, reflects the closure system in vogue in the 70s. Similarly, the key, once inserted in the switchgear on the headlamp unit, recalls the design of the original light switch. Under-seat moulding provides another 70’s design throwback.
Ducati Scrambler History
The Scrambler was designed following a request from the Berliner brothers, the US importers of Ducati bikes in the 1960s. They wanted a bike that would suit the tastes of American bikers. Initial contact was established by Giorgio Monetti – famous for his round-the-world ride together with Leopoldo Tartarini – who was then Sales Manager at Ducati. It was agreed that the bike would have to be extremely practical and the design work was entrusted to Renzo Neri, who, even though he was Technical Department Manager at the time, was known to have a skilled hand: the designs for the tank, seat and mudguards are, in fact, his. The first Scrambler went into production in 1962 and was modified uninterruptedly until 1968, when the real “long engine cover” Scramblers appeared, followed by the 250 and 350 versions and, in 1969, the 450.
The first Scrambler series included some bikes with desmodromic cylinder heads and was the subject of continuous technical adjustments until production was discontinued in 1975. For a variety of reasons, the Scrambler was an enormous success. First of all, it embodied the rebellious, unconventional spirit of the time. It also had an exceptional frame, good enough to even be used on the racetrack. Also, it had a purpose built engine, and great overall performance with a perfect central riding position made it one of the most enjoyable bikes of the period. Last but not least, it was cool: rounded lines with a hint of both classic and modern blended seamlessly with the bright colouring, which stood out against the black chassis setup and chrome tank.
The first Scrambler model is universally acknowledged as the meeting point between the American and European schools of motorcycling. A bike that defined an era, it became a Ducati milestone in much the same way that the 916 and Monster later would.
An oil cooled L-twin two-valve 803 cc engine powers the Ducati Scrambler. Derived from the Monster 796 engine, it has been redesigned to give smooth acceleration throughout the rev range. The Desmodue engine on the Ducati Scrambler has light machine-finished aluminium covers, including those on the clutch and alternator.
Pistons and crankshaft are the same as those on the Monster 796 and Hypermotard 796 power units. The 2-in-1 exhaust with aluminium silencer has been specially designed for the Ducati Scrambler.
The gearbox is a 6-speed unit while the multiplate APTC oil bath clutch with cable actuation, while emphasising the minimalist nature of the Ducati Scrambler, provides a light-touch brake lever with outstanding ‘feel’, a real plus point when it comes to the continuous stop-and-go of inner city traffic. Moreover, it features a torque-linked anti-hopping system that prevents rear wheel chatter when downshifting.
The twin-cylinder Desmodue engine on the Ducati Scrambler has been designed to favour smooth running and fluid acceleration throughout the rev range, putting out 75 hp (55.2 kW) @ 8,250 rpm and 50.2 lb-ft (6.9 kgm) of torque @ 5,750 rpm.
Ducati Scrambler As-standard Features
- Colours 1. “‘62 Yellow” with black frame and black seat 2. “Ducati Red” with black frame and black seat
- Steel teardrop-shaped tank with interchangeable aluminium side panels o Low seat (790 mm) for perfect stationary manoeuvrability
- Low weight (170 kg dry) and low centre of gravity
- Wide handlebars for a relaxed riding position o Headlight with glass parabola and ultra-modern LED light guide
- Rear light with suffused-light LED technology
- LCD instruments o L-twin air-cooled 803 cm³ engine o Machine-finished aluminium belt covers o Twin spar steel Trellis frame o Die-cast aluminium rear swing arm
- 10-spoke alloy wheels, 18’’ front, 17’’ rear o Enduro-derived Pirelli tyres optimised for the Ducati Scrambler
- Dual-channel ABS as standard
- Spacious under-seat storage compartment with USB socket is enhanced even further by the lozenge patterned stitching on the brown seat.
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 off-road qualities are made even more appealing by 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 Ducati 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 recognisable 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.