If the 2019 model year isn’t the Year Of The Scrambler (yet), maybe October 2018 could be considered the month of scrambler-style models? First, Triumph announced that it would reveal a new 1200 scrambler in October, then Ducati dropped its 800 Icon just a few weeks ago, and Triumph countered by announcing its own Street Scrambler at Intermot, just as the Italians were unveiling three new Scrambler versions. Whew. The vintage-inspired line claims a big chunk of Ducati’s motorcycle sales, so it’s not really a shock to see the Italians double down—er, make that triple down—on the success. The three new Ducati models are dubbed the Scrambler Full Throttle, the Scrambler Desert Sled, and the Scrambler Café Racer.
Ducati’s “Joyvolution” branding continues with these bikes, emphasizing the new safety features and, obviously, the even fresher styling. The three latest versions incorporate most of the same styling and mechanical upgrades the Icon received, which means Cornering ABS comes standard on all the models.
The first in line is the Full Throttle, a bike modeled on the flat-trackers ridden in the 2018 American Super Hooligan Championship. That two-tone bumblebee-looking tank, all-new rear end and white-rimmed yellow number holders capture the full-on real dirt track feel. A low-slung tapered handlebar, brief front fender, and Termignoni dual-pipe exhaust homologated for road use also differentiate the Full Throttle from its siblings.
Meanwhile, the Scrambler Café Racer pays serious homage to the legendary Ducati 125GP desmo model, with its Silver Ice Matte graphics with blue frame, and continuing the ’60 race vibe with new 17-inch spoked wheels and bar-end mirrors. A modern radial front brake pump provides sportbike-level braking, while the dual-pipe exhaust, nose fairing, number holders, and Pirelli Diablo Rosso III tires are all callouts to the bikes that roared down British lanes 50 years ago.
Of course there’s a Scrambler Desert Sled model, a no-brainer of a tribute to classic American off-road bikes. This model brings a dedicated red frame, swingarm and suspension, spoked wheels (19-inch front, 17-inch rear) with high fenders, and a skid plate for those who want to get their kicks off the asphalt. The suspension is adjustable front and rear, and the new Desert Sled also features an Off Road riding mode that allows ABS disengagement when you’re getting down in the dirt. The off-road-style footpegs get removable rubber pads, while the passenger pegs are also removable.
The Scramblers will be available in North America in the first quarter of 2019, and are priced as follows:
|Scrambler Full Throttle:||$10,995|
|Scrambler Desert Sled:||$11,995|
|Scrambler Café Racer:||$11,995|
For more info visit: scramblerducati.com.