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 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.