We heard on good authority that Ducati was going to make a learner friendly version of the Ducati Scrambler a long time ago and that rumor has come true in the form of the Ducati Scrambler Sixty2. Effectively, the Sixty2 (named after the year in which Ducati premiered the original bike) is just a standard Scrambler, but the 803cc engine has its displacement effectively halved to 399cc via 72mm x 49mm bore and stroke.
Engine output is now 30.1 kW @ 8,750 rpm and 34,3 Nm of torque @ 7,750 rpm which again is roughly half of the original model. That puts in in the performance realm of the various learner sport and naked bikes from the Japanese manufacturers like the Kawasaki Z300, Yamaha MT-03 and Benelli BN302. Don’t however expect the price of the new Scrambler Sixty2 to be halved though as Ducati will be playing this bike off as a premium learner machine.
Curiously (and no doubt as a cost saving exercise), the standard 330mm front rotor with its radially mounted four pot caliper has been replaced by a 320mm, two piston floating caliper. We’ll be interested to see how much this affects braking performance as despite the reduction in engine capacity, the weight is only fractionally less. The swingarm is now made of steel and the inverted forks have been loss to standard ones.
Colors are another mark of differentiation between the new Sixty2 and the standard Scrambler, with “Atomic Tangerine”, “Ocean Grey” and “Shining Black” available. The new Ducati Scrambler Sixty2 is expected to hit dealerships worldwide around January. At this stage, only pricing in Australia and the UK has been confirmed, with the Brits getting it at £6,450 and Australians at $11,990 and will be available within their respective tiered licensing systems for new riders.