In the light of new starter motorcyclists, most leading motorcycle manufacturers now have more than one model catering for that group of riders, and understandably so, because not only is it now a very lucrative percentage of the market, more importantly it creates the opportunity of attracting new riders to the brand. You just have to look at manufacturers like Yamaha, Suzuki, Honda or Kawasaki, who have all invested heavily in their focus toward new starter motorcyclists market.
In comparison, Ducati only had the Monster 796 to service its up and coming Ducatisti, a motorcycle more suited for riders returning to motorcycling rather than just starting out.
The Ducati Scrambler Sixty2 has filled that gap perfectly, and being priced so competitively at only 282,000 THB, it’s an enticing drawcard, especially considering the quality components you’ll find on the new little Ducati Scrambler like the Desmo L-twin engine, alloy 10 spoke wheels, Brembo brakes and the Kayaba shock. Named after the original year the Scrambler came into production, its biggest feather in the cap is just how easy the Ducati Scrambler Sixty2 is to ride with its wide handlebars, long seat and relaxed riding position. Maneuvering the little Ducati Scrambler Sixty2 around is a breeze thanks to the 24 degree of rake and 112mm of trail, and the suspension soaks up the bumps well enough with the Showa 41mm set-up at the front, while the rear is adequately cushioned thanks to the Kayaba monoschock with adjustable spring preload. Bother provide a generous 150mm of wheel travel, so although it’s not suited to hard-edged off-road action, it will easily jump up a gutter or tear along a dirt or gravel road just as well as it handles on the street.
The Ducati Scrambler Sixty2 really is an easy motorcycle to ride, and the power delivery from that little 399cc L-twin engine is smooth and linear once you’re up and cruising. Of course there’s no neck snapping power, although the throttle response did feel a lot smoother than the larger Ducati Scrambler, but it did get a little snatchy at lower speeds. Still, it does kick out a respectable 41 horsepower at 8,750rpm with 34.3M, of torque at 7,750rpm. Rolling along, the Ducati Scrambler Sixty2 feels great and there’s more than enough top end kick to have you moving through traffic at a quick enough pace, but it’s once you get it up around 6,000rpm where it gets a little more lively.
It accelerates at a decent pace too, made even easier with the smooth shifting six-speed gearbox. Although if you do happen to experience a head wind, it does have the tendency with the upright riding position to make you feel a little like a wind-sock. It’s handy though the tight stuff too, with more than enough ground clearance when you want to get a little more serious and pumps out enough power to not get left too far behind the bigger motorcycles.
Although the mirrors look a little large they were quite functional and offer good vision while negotiating your way in and out of traffic – which is what the Ducati Scrambler Sixty2 was basically designed for. Sure it’ll get you out of town if needed, even two-up with a very accommodating large seat for the pillion, plus hand-holds below the seat, but bopping around town on the smell of an oily rag is where you’ll get the best use out of the Ducati Sixty2.
The Brembo brake package is well suited to the motorcycle, with a forgiving initial bite on the lever, but more than enough stopping power with a good feel through the lever; perfect for learner riders. And although the rear brake was slightly harder in response, it was good for balancing the motorcycle in traffic and the inclusion of ABS as standard is also an important feature, something I think should be on all motorcycles if possible…
It’s clear in design that the new Ducati Scrambler Sixty2 is predominately aimed at the younger hipsters, which is a great moe by Ducati, creating a very user-friendly motorcycle that will without a doubt bring a whole new generation to the Italian marque. And like the Ducati Scrambler 800 range, the Scrambler Sixty2 is ideally suited for riders who want to customize their motorcycle with variety of accessories available.