Ducati has a bona fide hit with its Scrambler models. The vintage-inspired line now accounts for over a quarter of the company’s motorcycle sales, so it should come as no surprise that the Italians have decided to add yet another model for 2019, this one called the Scrambler 800 Icon.

The hugely popular Scrambler series now includes everything from air-cooled 400cc models (the Sixty2) to 800cc bikes like the Desert Sled, all the way up to its recent 1100cc L-twin, the 1100 Special.The latest makeover - because it's not really a new model, but a revamp of an existing one - is the Scrambler 800 Icon, which gets infused with modern rider aids and safety upgrades, quite a few of them trickling down from the Icon's bigger brother, the Scrambler 1100.

2019 Ducati Scrambler Icon
With new side panels, wheels, a lower seat, and cornering ABS, the Scrambler Icon is even more accessible than its predecessor.Courtesy of Ducati

Ducati's ongoing "Joyvolution" branding campaign pushes the new safety features and updated styling, even while positioning the Scrambler as an affordable, fun motorcycle. But the Scrambler Icon goes a step beyond simple, with a new, daytime running light and headlight housing and LED turn signals (that are auto-canceling) along with more ergonomic switchgears to navigate through the menu. There are also beefier (and customizable) aluminum side panels that match the steel of the teardrop tank, but most of the other bodywork remains the same, though the black-painted engine, brushed cylinder head fins and new machine-finished rims give the Icon Scrambler a bit more visual pop.

You’ll also see a lower seat, new exhaust, new heat shield, and new foot and hand controls, too. The Scrambler’s updated display and menu also gets new fuel level info, gear indicator, and Ducati’s multimedia infotainment system. Even more notable is the addition of Bosch’s 9.1MP Cornering ABS for added safety during braking, as well as a hydraulic clutch, and a revised front suspension setup.

2019 Ducati Scrambler Icon
The Scrambler’s supposed to be a simple bike that embraces just the bare essentials, but the new modern upgrades are a nice bonus.Courtesy of Ducati

The Scrambler is meant to be a traditional motorcycle with a focus on the bare essentials, but these new updates are still a nice perk. The Scrambler Icon is available in Atomic Tangerine with black frame and a black seat with grey trim or in classic ’62 Yellow with black frame and black seat with grey trim, and will be available in November 2018. Look for a First Ride review in this space soon.