Large Capacity Ducati Scrambler Comes Closer to Reality

Last February we reported on information from our sources both in European dealers and the factory floor in Thailand that Ducati was planning on expanding its Scrambler range to include a sub-500cc version as well as a circa 1,200cc model. The former rumour proved true with the announcement of the Scrambler Sixty2, and now there’s evidence of a big sized bike to join Ducati’s Scrambler lineup.

At the launch of the new Scrambler Sixty2 this week in Spain, project manager Federico Sabbioni stated to British mag Visordown that “We’ve got the engines, there is room to make something bigger. We’ll see, we have a number of ideas and we’re thinking about it… there is a volcano of ideas.”

“I think we will continue to apply this kind of engine, we have in the past made a number of different displacements of this engine so we have experience and room to do a different version in terms of engine sizing. There’s great possibility to stretch the brand with the 800cc engine, then of course there’s also the possibility to make the bigger engine.”

That engine is likely to be from the now discontinued Desmodue Evoluzione motor,  last used in the Monster EVO and discontinued in 2013.

Ducati have been at lengths to emphasize that the Scrambler is a brand unto itself and will no doubt look to capitalize as much as possible on the early success of this retro machine. In addition to engine variants, don’t be surprised to see completely different bikes that trace their roots back to Ducati’s of yesteryear as well, including from what we hear some semi-faired motorcycles.

Source: Visordown


Ducati Announces Finalists for “Custom Rumble” Contest

Ducati has announced the five finalists of its ‘Custom Rumble’ competition which saw official Ducati dealers from across the world design customer looking Scramblers. There is a Scrambler for each continent (Antarctica as usual is ignored) and were selected via the very democratic method of ‘likes’ on Instagram.

The five finalists are ‘Iron lungs’, produced by Warsaw Liberty Moto (Poland) in collaboration with two “customisers”; ‘Ice Track Pro’, coming from Canadian creative workshop Bow Cycle North; ‘Scrambobber’ Made in Thailand by Ducati Vibhavadi; ‘ScramblArabia’ built by Wheels of Arabia from Bahrain, and ‘Scramblegale’ created by the Canberra Motorcycles Centre, dealer in the Australian capital.

 All dealers taking part in the “Custom Rumble” contest started work on their specials last September, with online voting getting underway in late October and continuing until January. From 1 to 3 July, during “World Ducati Week”, the world’s largest gathering for motorcyclists and Ducatisti taking place at Misano Adriatico, the best-looking custom Scrambler will be selected from among the five finalists. A special jury of experts, composed of designers, motorcyclists and customisers, will decide on the winner.
The dealer finalists will attend WDW 2016 together with their magnificent “Custom Rumble” entries.
2-Ice Track Pro 1-Iron lungs 4-ScramblArabia 3-Scrambobber 5-Scramblegale

1,077 Ducati Scrambler Independents to be Created

Ducati is really ramping up the lifestyle division of its company and has teamed up with fashion house Italia Independent to not only produce co-branded fashion items such as sunglasses, but also a ‘limited’ edition run of 1,077 Ducati Scramblers. Why 1,077? We don’t know. Why sunglasses? Shrug.

According to Ducati, The Ducati Scrambler Italia Independent is inspired by the world of the “cafè racer” and stands out thanks to a series of hand-crafted details developed together by the creative teams of the two companies: a black engine with brushed cylinder head fins and visible machining, black full exhaust unit with Termignoni silencer, low handlebar with variable section and aluminium rear mirrors mounted on the ends. The short front mudguard, the essential nose fairing, the frame and the wheels painted “Night Copper” (colour designed for this special edition), the seat with stitching in the same colour with the embroidered Italia Independent logo on the back further embellish this version. The “Matte Black” colour of the entire bike and the side panels of the tank, created by an artisan brushing process reminiscent of the “Night Copper” of the wheels and chassis, emphasise even further the “café racer” soul of this new bike.

The sunglasses are a few cents worth of plastic which will probably cost a few hundred dollars. It’s expected the the Ducati Scrambler Italia Independent will be priced at the top of the Scrambler range. No word on if you get a free pair of sunglasses with it.

In other Ducati news, the first XDiavel has come off the production line in Italy, with deliveries expected to commence in February depending on where you are in the world.

Is the Benelli Leoncino the Suprise of the Year?

There may now be an overabundance of scrambler and retro styled motorcycles coming out from various companies at the moment, yet somehow the Benelli Leoncino has managed to stand out from the crowd. Sporting a 500cc inline twin and gorgeous looks, it could well mean that a resurgent Benelli has a major hit on its hands.

While it’s not a powerhouse, it should still prove to be a lot of fun. The all new engine produces 35 kW @ 8500 rpm and very impressive 45 Nm of torque @ 4500 rpm. We’ll be interested to see more details on the engine as the torque of it looks mighty impressive and should prove to be brilliant out in the mountains.

Front suspension is an adventure like 50mm in diameter with 135mm of travel. Rear travel is 145mm. Stopping power is provided by way of two 320mm rotors with radial 4 piston calipers and ABS. A single 260mm disc sits at the back. The front wheel is 19 inches in diameter as well. Stick a bash plate on to protect the headers and we’re actually seeing a potentially truly off-road capable scrambler.

Yes, we’re really excited about this bike. Not only does it look amazing but if other recent Benelli’s are anything to go by, it will ride well too. About the only negative we can find is the weight which at 170kg dry is tipping the scales slightly more than we’d like. That said however, it’s only 3kg more than the Ducati Scrambler Sixty2, while having more power and no doubt will be a few thousand dollars cheaper.

We can’t wait.


Ducati Scrambler Sixty2 is Smallest Ducati in Decades

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.


BMW R nineT Scrambler is 1170cc’s of Air Cooled Fun

The Scrambler onslaught continues and we’ve lost count of how many there are now. The latest as expected is from BMW in the form of an R nineT based motorcycle. Considering that the original R nineT was only a few modifications away from a Scrambler to begin with, BMW are probably kicking themselves they let Ducati get such a lead on them.

Where the BMW has it over the Ducati is in the engine department – a 1170 cc air/oil-cooled boxer that delivers an output of 81 kW (110 hp) at 7,750 rpm and maximum torque of 116 Nm at 6,000 rpm. The engine has been remapped slightly, but this is more to do with EU4 emission standards than for rider benefit.

The exhaust has been raised with two vertically arranged rear silencers at the rear and the front wheel is now 19 inches in diameter. Front suspension travel is 125 mm (up 5 mm from the before) and rear spring travel is 140 mm (also up 5 mm). Other than those changes and a modification of the ergonomics, the bike remains pretty much mechanically the same as the standard R nineT roadster.

Of course, one of the biggest things with all these new scramblers is the cross promotion of not only accessories for the bikes, but clothing and other gear too and BMW has always been on top of this. The R nineT Scrambler is no different, with options including cross-spoke wheels, heated grips, a hand-brushed aluminium fuel tank with ground/visible weld seam, a one person seat, engine guard and believe it or not, you can get an RPM reading on the dash as an optional extra, too. Wonders never cease.


Moto Guzzi Stornello is Another Italian Beauty

Moto Guzzi has resurrected the Stornello, last seen in the 70’s but it sure was worth the wait. And how times have changed – what was originally a 7 horsepower thumper when it was first released is now a V-twin producing 48 hp at 6.700 rpm, and max torque is 43.6 ft-lb. Plus, it’s really pretty.

Again, this is another machine which we can probably thank Ducati for due to the success of its Scrambler. The Stornello is built round Guzzi’s V7 platform, which brings across the air cooled 744 cc motor. The big changes to the existing V7 models are the inclusion of spoked wheels (18″ at the front, 17″ at the back), a high slung exhaust and an aluminium fender.

Other specifications for the bike closely match the rest of the V7 lineup, which means ABS and traction control as standard, wet weight a smidge under 200 kg and a single 320 mm rotor at the front for stopping with a 260 mm one at the rear.


Ducati Premiere – Live Streaming

In just a few hours, Ducati will be showcasing their new range for 2016 which will likely include among other motorcycles, a new version of the Ducati Scrambler, a belt driven version if the Diavel Cruiser and also a larger capacity 899 Panigale. For those wanting to watch as it happens, check back here at 15:00 GMT on  16 November (17 November for Australian and New Zealand residents) for the stream which will be shown below as soon as the event commences.

Ducati is also offering the opportunity to ask the men and women responsible for the 2016 range questions. This can be done by posting your questions during and after the premiere on Twitter by using the hashtag #Ducati2016, and on Facebook commenting the dedicated post. Ducati will then select the most interesting ones and provide detailed answers on Tuesday 17th, directly from Ducati’s Stand at the EICMA Exhibition where all new Ducatis will be publicly exposed from November 19th to the 22nd.

Suggested questions include, do you like the colour red? Do you rate V4’s? Did Rossi kick Marquez at Malaysia?