Ducati's new Scrambler is a surprisingly funky and affordable motorcycle that aims to court a new audience. Will it succeed? We ride it and place our bets.
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The Scrambler is best described as a classic-looking all-purpose bike powered by an 803cc air-cooled Ducati L-Twin.
Just spent the weekend at AIMExpo listening to people respond to this bike. My conclusion? Better get your deposit in if you want one ....
The American International Motorcycle Expo (AIMExpo) today announced that Ducati, the iconic Italian motorcycle manufacturer, is the latest OEM to join up for the second annual event scheduled for October 16-19 in Orlando, Florida. Ducati will take advantage of the AIMExpo platform to introduce its newly unveiled Scrambler motorcycle to the North American marketplace.
For the rest click HERE
See you there!
A motorcycle ride of a lifetime from San Francisco, California
to Anchorage, Alaska on a Ducati SportClassic and a KLR – captured by two photographer friends with the end goal of making a book called The Ride North.
Photos so spectacular it'll send you bucket list planning (that's a SportClassic under all that luggage)
Ducati Sport Classic 1000s
Lucky Owner Lucas Worthing
Shot on Nikon D4
Ohlins front R/T forks with radial mount 100 mm lowers
-Lowers were powdercoated satin black
-Black/ Clear Ohlins Decals
Bored Stock triple clamps - upper and lower
-Lower triple was powder coated gloss black
-Upper triple was powder coated satin black
Ohlins Preload Adjusters
Brembo M4 Monoblocks
-racing compound brake pads
-new seals after High-temperature Brake Coating in Gloss Black
Brembo 999R rear brake caliper
-racing compound brake pads
-High-temperature Brake Coating in Gloss Black
Galfer Steel braided black coated Brake lines
-custom cut for simple line run
Forged Aluminum Marchesini Wheels
-Gloss Black finish
-999R rear brake mount
520 conversion DID Gold Race Chain
-Driven 14 tooth front steel sprocket
-Driven 41 tooth rear sprocket
-anodized black finish
Rizoma reserviors CNC
-with Rizoma CNC mini mounts
-anodized black finish
NCR Corse Zard Full Titanium System
-with sound restrictors installed
-with NCR custom Sport 1000s ECU and custom Mapping
-Charcoal canister removed
NCR Corse Cam cover Set
-Anodized Black Finish
MWR Full intake
-anodized red (replaces upper half of airbox)
Sport 1000 Mono Rearsets
-powdercoated Satin Black
Sport 1000 Kickstand
-powdercoated Gloss Black
Frame sliders Trumpet style
-Steel Engine screw Mount
MPL 30mm Clutch Slave
-with custom line
-Black anodized finish
-German CNC Manufactured
Monoposto Seat conversion
-chosen for it's excellent control and comfort
-Brake relocated and rewired
-Watsen Design LED signals in Gloss Black both front and rear
Additional Black Powder Coated Parts
-Triple top mount for fairing stay
-Headlight Bezel with Super White Bulbs installed
-Breather Valve Extension
Ducati might launch two variants of Scrambler in November. Ducati is expected to launch one 400 and one 800 variant of its much awaited Scrambler at EICMA 2014
Nice price! And a 400 (in my opinion) would be a great way to build ist time bikers brand loyalty as well as take a bite out of those massive 250 Ninja "starter bike" sales figures...
The new version of one of the most popular Ducati ever (since the spring of 1968 to that of 1976 were built about 50,000 Scrambler, displacement 250, 350 and 450 cc), on several occasions have come out drawings and photos of strange prototypes that turned inside and outside of the factory in Bologna, motorcycle masked more or less heavily ( click here for the gallery ). Then one morning, in the yard of the factory in Borgo Panigale Ducati workers have found a yellow container that contained a motorcycle , Scrambler: just to give it a look before everyone else, including journalists. So in fact no one, including the general public has yet to see the new Scrambler in the final version. But now, we Motorcycling we can show you some exclusive new images exclusively of the bike almost ready for production (marketed in 2015), just missing the mark on the tank badge . The line is inspired decidedly that of the progenitor and the very wide handlebars promises a relaxed and comfortable driving. Note the saddle the old "logo" of the Bologna factory, to return the original image.Domina yellow (color of the beloved old 450), the wings are reduced to a minimum, the saddle is abundant and promised a good comfort even in two, the discharge is low and short and the lighthouse is round, but with a ring of LEDs around the central halogen bulb. The instrumentation is single element, but fully digital, so it is assumed complete. A modern twist is given by the number plate flush with the rear wheel.
Translated by Google, for the rest (in Italian) click HERE
Translated by Google:
Ducati motorcycles - the sightings continue the highly anticipated Ducati Scrambler, this time it was paparazzi with the colors and details that made immortal the original model of the years 60/70: superstructures yellow tank with chrome inserts, high handlebars, the line seems successful and as required by the decidedly retro fashion now -
Following the success of the Borgo Panigale event dedicated to its staff, Ducati intends offering the community an exclusive premiere of the new Ducati Scrambler in its prototype form, a private viewing reserved for all Ducatisti at the World Ducati Week 2014.
Nonconformist, affordable and essential, the new Ducati Scrambler reincarnates the values that made the motorcycle famous between the 60's and 70's, but in a totally renewed, contemporary style.
From July 18th to 20th, the Scrambler will be hitting the scene at the Misano World Circuit "Marco Simoncelli" along with a laid back, beach party feeling, plus music, longboards and the yellow container which houses the prototype of the new model, ready to be revealed to the Ducati community. Yet another reason not to miss WDW2014 which reaches its eighth edition this year, as ever ready to welcome thousands of fans from all corners of the world with countless surprises and activities planned to galvanize the three-day event and make sure it's "red" with passion.
On the evening of Friday July 18th the Ducati Scrambler will take centre stage during the "Scrambler Beach Party". Open to everybody, the party kicks off on a beach of the Adriatic Coast. And it's thanks to Ducati employees in Borgo Panigale that we had the idea to celebrate the new motorcycle in true Scrambler style.
The Beach Party will be the finish line of the big Ducati Parade, that will start from the circuit.
Stay Tuned - Lots of photos for you of course!
It seems that no sooner did Ducati tease us its upcoming Scrambler model, than the Italian motorcycle maker was busy sound-testing its latest machine for road homologation.
Luckily, we have some spy photos from that event, and not only do we get to see what the near-finished form of the Ducati Scrambler looks like, but we also get a glimpse into what has to be the most ridiculous looking tests we have ever seen.
For the rest click HERE
Also: more from Insella.it (in Italian) click HERE
(Translated with Google)
At Borgo Panigale was revived for a day the glorious atmosphere of the Swinging Sixties. The factory Ducati, workers, managers and employees have seen a real transformation for a day atmospheres beaches boards, longboards, street food and a yellow container with a clear well-written: Scrambler.
Read more: http://www.gpone.com/2014060913846/Ducati-annuncia-la-Scrambler-arriva-nel-2015.html#ixzz349GgQJSx
So excited about this...
Yesterday we posted a Cycle World guesstimate of the expected to be revealed Ducati Scrambler which showed what I would describe as a very modern baby Hypermotard. Today we are re-posting a shot from last October sourced from the Swiss publication Acidmoto.ch showing what appeared to be a disguised but road going Scrambler prototype.
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I really think I liked it better pre-internet when all the rumors stopped with the sweep of a bright red cloth at EICMA. Pure glamour, those were the days.
The moral of this story is simple: Do not let non-motorcycling bureaucrats run a motorcycle company.
Ducati had a pretty successful run from its inception in 1946, especially after it introduced the Diana 250 single to the American market in 1961. However, financial problems cropped up in the early ’70s and, in the typical Italian way, the government stepped in to save the company. The new board, a governing body made up of gentlemen in Brioni suits, knew little about the realities of motorized two wheelers.
Although Ducati had made its reputation on singles, the board decided to phase them out after 1974…and replace them with 350 and 500 parallel twins. The idea of a 350cc bike was sensible, as the government provided a huge tax break for motorcycles under that size. And building a 500 version would be inexpensive, as all the hard work would have gone into the 350.
Worst Ducati ever? (We still like them)
A field of 18 rare and significant Ducati’s will appear at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance on March 10, 2013, led by the seminal “Cucciolo” that, in 1946, began Ducati’s rise to the pinnacle of motorcycle excellence and success. Ducati is the fourth motorcycle marque to be honored by “The Amelia” with a one class display on the concours field of The Golf Club at Summer Beach.
This event takes place March 10th during the first weekend of Daytona bike week just over an hour North of Daytona Beach. It's a beautiful event and a perfect start for Daytona Bike Week for anyone who appreciates Ducati Unobtanium...
With an engine note as moving as an opera by Verdi, and curves as beguiling as Sophia Loren’s, the legendary Ducati 750 Super Sport is an all-time favourite among Ducatisti..
Classic. The very definition of Ducati Iconic. But more like twice the price + they mention for real ones with correct numbers in good condition....
Every now and then, it’s good to go back to square one. To revisit the baseline, if you like. And for me, that’s an immaculate classic motorcycle captured by a skilled photographer. Like this matching-numbers 1973 Ducati 750 Sport.
For the rest of this story and more photos click HERE
This year Ducati was the featured marque and the theme was F1's and the derivitives from the F1 - Montjuich, Laguna Seca, Santamonica and the TT2 and TT1. The text is in Dutch but the photos speak for the depth and quality of the event and the Ducati display.
The Ducati museum in Bologna was also present with a large tent where a dozen bikes in the race history of the brand were exhibited. All V-twins, starting with a replica of the 750 racer (#16) which Paul Smart in 1972 the 200 miles from Imola won. Next up was the winner of the 24 Hours of Montjuich of 1975 (# 9) with its narrowed lower crankcase for extra ground clearance, and equipped with lights for night stages. The list of racers was closed by a team of 750SS Spaggiari and an NCR endurance racer. On the other side of the tent stood the TT1 and TT2 F1 which Marco Lucchinelli won the Battle Of The Twins race at Daytona in 1986. The four models were represented by 888, 916 and 999
For lots of photos of classic Ducati's click HERE
A while back Vincent, the guy I built the Virago and the CX500 chopper with, bought a Ducati Cagiva Pantah 650. He sold his Yamaha R1 for it and that was a wise decission. The Ducatis isn’t even finished yet, but I’m pretty sure he’s already done more miles on it, than on the R1 in 3 seasons….
Although the bike is not finished yet, it is taking shape nicely. At this moment it has custom made exhaust pipes with modified mufflers, Emco air filters, air-supension at the back, a CX500 C gas tank, a seat made of a CX500 C gas tank, Tomasselli clipons, home made headlight and license plate brackets, after market headlight, Honda speedo and a seat made by the same guy (Raymond) that did the seat on my CB750....More photos and the rest of the story on the headline link above
Thought we would share this nice photo of Mike McGeachy's 250 he sent us today. Taken at El Mirage dry lake at the season finale for land speed racing. It ran 121 mph it's first time out, not bad for a '66 Ducati 250.