2015 Ducati Scrambler: A Budget Bike from Bologna?

Oct 06, 2014 View Comments by

DUCATI SCRAMBLER - ICONWe’ve known that a Ducati Scrambler has been on the way for a while now. What we didn’t know was what it would look like or even what type of bike it would be. It turns out that the 2015 Scrambler is truly a modern take on Ducati’s Scrambler models from the ‘60s.

The bike borrows the air-cooled 803cc Desmo L-Twin from the Monster 796, and with a few tweaks, the motor puts out 75 horsepower and 50 pound feet of torque in the Scrambler. But that’s not what’s going to get the attention of potential buyers so much as the bike’s undeniable vintage style. Still, with a wet weight of only 410 pounds, the Scrambler should be very quick and nimble. The bike will come in four different “trims” with different price points, features, and styling cues: the Icon, Urban Enduro, Classic, and Full Throttle. MSRP starts at a surprisingly low $8,495 with standard ABS.

With the Scrambler, Ducati has made a bold move into the market space currently occupied by Triumph’s Bonneville, Scrambler, and Thruxton as well as Yamaha’s Star Bolt. The bike may even steal some sales from the Harley-Davidson Iron 883 and the new Indian Scout. Ducati’s Scrambler is certainly priced very competitively against these models and, at least according to its spec sheet, should offer compelling performance as well.

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