Just a few months ago Ducati teased the world with a few images of a motorcycle that evoked nostalgia. Some time later a yellow crate carrying the motorcycle was displayed before Ducati employees just before the World Ducati Week and now the crate has been opened and the motorcycle unveiled to the world. This latest nostalgic wonder from Ducati is the re-incarnation of their famous Scrambler model and comes across as a perfect tribute to the fun machine of the '70s.
Design0wise the Ducati Scrabler is spot on. It features the classic tear-drop tank with high and wide handlebars, a flat seat, a short rear end and a round headlamp to remind one of the bygone golden ara. The Ducati Scrambler also features a beautiful mix of modern and retro bits. Take a look at the upside down (USD) front forks, the modern Ducati L-twin engine, disc-brakes with ABS and a set of wicked-looking sculpted exhaust pipes that give the Ducati Scrambler a modern look which still retains hints of its glorious past. The Ducati Scrambler is powered by a humble oi-air-cooled L-twin engine. This 803cc engine produces about 75 horsepower and 68Nm of torque, and it is mated to a six-speed transmisson. The good part is that the Ducati Scrambler only weighs 170 kilograms, which means a good balance of power and weight. The frame of the Ducati Scrambler also plays a big role in the motorcycle's appearance. The twin upper spar steel trellis frame is exposed in certain places, giving the Ducati Scrambler a muscular look. The Ducati Scrambler uses Kayaba USD front forks and a Kayaba monoshock with spring preload adjustment at the rear. New 10-spoke alloy wheels that remind you of the flat-track era further enhance the Ducati Scrambler's retro visual appeal.
There are four variants of the Ducati Scrambler serving four very different purposes. The first is the Ducati Scrambler Icon, which is described above. The second is the Ducati Scrambler Urban Enduro, which comes with a high mudguard, headlights grill, handlebar cross brace and spoke wheels, aimed squarely at people who like to ride on the road as much as they love going off it. The there is the Ducati Scrambler Full Throttle, a minimalistic variant dedicated to the Flat-track racing and other forms of scrabler racing from the 60 to 70s. Next is the Ducati Scrambler Classic variant which comes with metal mudguard, traditional plate-holder and spoke wheels. This model is ideal for people who long the retro look but would like to ride a modern and pratical motorcycle.
Ducati will be launching this motorcycles overseas early next year and we hoope to see it being launched in Thailand soon thereafter. We expect the price to be a little on the steeper side, for, after all, this is a very special Ducati.