Cafe Racer and Dual-Sport Ducati Scrambler for 2017


Talk of additions to Ducati’s Scrambler range has been rife over the last year, and the speculations is set to come to reality for 2017 with two new versions added to the line-up.

Documents recently filed with the California Air Research Board (CARB) reveal that as well as the basic Ducati Scrambler, there will be separate Scrambler DS and Scrambler CR variants in the new line-up.

The initials suggest that the DS, standing perhaps for Dual-Sport, is recently spied enduro version. While the CR has yet to break cover, surely the letters must stand for ‘Cafe Racer’. Plenty of brands already offer bolt-on bits to make cafe racers from Ducati’s Scrambler, so it makes sense to add its won for an in-house transformation.

The CARB documents also reveal that all versions of the motorcycle employ the 803cc air-cooled engine. Its emissions are unchanged, suggesting that it’s in the same state of tune as the current version.

The Ducati Scrambler DS is some 10 kilograms heavier than the stock version or the Ducati Scrambler CR, which weighs the same as the base motorcycle. A separate document covers the 399cc Ducati Scrabler Sixty2 model and doesn’t show an DS or CR version of that motorcycle being added to the line-up.

There’s no sign of the much rumored 1100cc Ducati Scrambler. But That can always change...

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