The new Scrambler 1100 takes a step closer to the power and performance expected from Ducati by upping the engine to an 1,100 cc air/oil-cooled, two-valve twin. The engine is based on the Ducati Monster 1100 Evo, but don’t let that fool you; the Scrambler 1100 is built from the ground up and is not just a revved-up version of the original. This bigger engine cranks out 86 horsepower and 65 ft lbs of torque, but the added muscle means the Scrambler 1100 is slightly bigger than its predecessor in several ways, including a longer wheelbase, taller seat height, a larger fuel tank, and added weight.
To handle that increase, Ducati upgraded the Scrambler 1100 with Brembo brakes, cornering ABS, and fully adjustable Kayaba front fork and shock. Ducati also redesigned the instrument gauge and renamed the Scrambler’s ride modes, which include Active (full power), Journey (softer throttle), and City (slightly reduced horsepower). Only five of the bike’s elements are plastic, and like previous Scramblers, Ducati plans to release a slew of accessories to personalize the bike with minimal mechanical know-how. The Italian bike maker will also release two customized versions of the Scrambler 1100 in addition to the base model, which will be priced at $12,995. The Scrambler 1100 Special ($14,295) features wire-spoke wheels, lowered handlebars, a gray color scheme, and brushed aluminum exhaust. The Sport ($14,995) includes a nearly all-black color scheme, 10-spoke cast wheels, and Öhlins front fork and shock.