Ducati’s New Scrambler Motorcycles Are Inspired by Vintage Off-Road Bikes

The four new models combine retro styling with modern technology…

The long-hyped Ducati Scrambler recently debuted at the Intermot motorcycle show in Cologne, Germany. Powered by an air-cooled 803 cc engine sourced from the brand’s Monster lineup, the Scrambler takes its styling cues from the off-road motorcycles of the 1960s and 1970s—a bike segment Ducati last visited more than a half century ago.

The four variations revealed at the show should appeal to nostalgic riders hoping to relive the glory days of off-roading. The aptly named Icon ($8,495 in red, $8,595 in yellow) offers the most basic entry point in the Scrambler lineup, while the Urban Enduro ($9,995)—which is given a Wild Green paint job—has a high-mounted, dirt-friendly front mudguard, spoked wheels, a headlight grille, and off-road handlebars with a crossbar. The Classic ($9,995) combines spoked wheels with a vintage-style seat, and the Full Throttle ($9,995) pays homage to flat-track race bikes with a snug-fitting saddle, lightweight alloy wheels, a tapered tail, and a short mudguard.

By combining classic dirt-bike signatures with what Ducati calls “post-heritage” details—such as LED lights, antilock brakes, and under-seat storage equipped with a USB-powered charger—the Scrambler should attract a new generation of riders intrigued by the past but looking toward the future. (scramblerducati.com)

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