Scrambler, the hottest name in town right now and the one that everybody wants to have. All this is thanks to Ducati for reviving a certain motorcycle out of its own past.
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Back in 1962, the Italian manufacturer made a motorcycle by the name of Scrambler, especially for the American market. The motorcycle had standard styling with decent off-road capabilities although far from a typical dirt bike. Sporting single cylinder engines of 250cc – 450cc capacities, it became popular and enjoyed good success, but then times changed, focus areas shifted and the Scrambler was eventually stopped in 1974. Until 2014.
It might, of course, be backed up by lots of planning and strategic decisions, but to us, it feels almost like an instinctive move and impeccable timing, perhaps, a little bit of luck as well. At the Intermot Motorcycle Show in 2014, Ducati introduced a modern interpretation of the Scrambler with an 803cc air-cooled L-twin engine and not just brought back their own motorcycle to life, it almost instantly revived the whole breed.
But the Scrambler brand isn’t something which is associated with Ducati alone, Triumph has had a Scrambler in their lineup for a long time, but it hadn’t nearly achieved as much popularity. So what makes the Ducati tick so much? Everything, just look at it!
The engine is picked up from the previous generation Monster 795 but detuned for slightly gentler power delivery. Yet, it is still as lively as it can be. The 803cc engine produces 75 BHP at 8,250 RPM and 68 NM of torque at 5,750 RPM, numbers that ensure fantastic performance on the road.
The Scrambler is one of the most basic modern motorcycles today. As far as electronics are concerned, it gets switchable ABS and that is it. There is nothing else to it apart from the fact that it is fuel injected. There is nothing to set, you just get on it and ride. And one ride is enough to convince anyone that the Scrambler doesn’t need any of it. The natural traction is so good that the motorcycle offers a confidence-inspiring ride on all road conditions. It makes things like riding modes and traction control appear like unnecessary features.
By far, the best part of the riding experience is the handling. We would call it effortless if we had to describe it in a single word. It goes through the traffic with virtually zero effort. It just feels natural.
The Scrambler is probably the most successful revival of a motorcycle by a manufacturer. There is no doubt it became an instant hit. It has a proven engine, outstanding chassis, suspension and a fantastic design which pays tribute to the original Scrambler. The build quality is typical Ducati – up-market – and everything is where it should be. While it might be the most affordable Ducati, it is one of the best we have ridden from the Italian bike maker.
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