Sunday, 29 May 2016

The Ducati Scrambler Family - A Modern Version Of The Original

In the 1960's and early 1970's motorcycle owners were stripping down their street bikes and converting them into off road motorcycles that were eventually raced in what would become the forerunner of motocross.

Back then, the popular motorcycles to convert were made by Triumph, Honda, Ducati, Yamaha and BMW.  It's taken over 40 years for the Scrambler to make a comeback and Ducati has hit the mark with the introduction of the Ducati Scrambler Family.

The original Ducati Scrambler was made between 1962 and 1974.  They were mainly sold in the North American market and came in 250, 350 and 450 cc single cylinder models.

A Ducati Scrambler 450

Fast forward to 2014 and Ducati introduces the new Scrambler to a hungry motorcycle audience at a price that's affordable.  The motorcycle was designed to appeal to riders of all abilities, with the goal of bringing new riders to the Ducati family and adding a motorcycle that would appeal to current Ducati owners who may be interested in adding another motorcycle to their collection.  Goal Achieved!  The Scrambler line is the most popular Ducati being sold today.

I had the opportunity to take out a 2016 Scrambler Classic out for a ride and what a fun motorcycle.  Powering the new Scrambler is powered by a 803cc air cooled Desmodromic engine that crankes out 75 hp at 8,250 RPM and 50 lb-ft of torque at 5,750 RPM.  With a wet weight of 424 lbs, a narrow profile and wide dirt bike style handlebars, this little motorcycle is fun to ride and it feels like it'll go just about anywhere.  With a 3.57 gallon gas tank and a seat that will require frequent stops in order to keep a riders backside comfortable, the Scrambler will be more at home around town then on a long trip.  However there are more then a few aftermarket parts available that could make the Scrambler into a fun bike to take on a short trip.

Ducati Scrambler Classic

Heading out for a ride on the Scrambler Classic

More information can be found at Ducati Scrambler Website.

This is a fun motorcycle that reminds me of the Yamaha DT 250 that I rode around when I was a teenager.  The only difference the look, power and handling, which is very much modern and Ducati.

Gerald Trees
Dream Your Ride

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