The Ducati Scrambler has been around for awhile but it is a new model for many of us here in the UK. The Ducati Scrambler combines a rear naked motorbike and a scooter in one sleek package. The name of the scooter is derived from the two parts of the motorcycle – the scrambler (scram) and the tail (toss). The concept is simple enough. The rider places the scooter on the rear of the bike and mounts the engine on the top of the rear pegs. The motor is then covered with a fairing to protect it and also provides protection from wind and debris.
As well as providing a rear passenger for stability and control, the Ducati scrambler actually mounts a rear motorbike that could be switched to a front peep or removed altogether when the bike is being used for off-road riding. The Ducati Scrambler has been introduced at the Intermot bike show, in the UK, in January of this year. US sales will start in July and will include Europe, Japan, Korea and Australia. This gives you an early look at what to expect when the scooter makes its first appearance in the off-road arenas.
To discover why the Ducati scrambler can be such an exciting concept for off-road motorcycle riding, first you have to discover just what the icon has to offer you. Simply put, the Ducati Scrambler combines the light weight benefits of a modern day motocross bike with the functionality of a street legal dirt bike. What this means for you is a bike that can be customized with a huge range of upgrades from the typical ABS system, to a tank mounted air tank and air filter. It will have powerful suspension with travel shocks and a tank-mounted motorbike engine.
You'll also discover that the Ducati Scrambler can be configured as a sports bike and a utility bike. What this means for you is that you can use it to go on family holidays and get a lot of use out of the little machine. When used as a family holiday machine, the small engine will be sufficient to get you around in moderate terrain without too much difficulty. And once you have progressed to faster speeds, you may discover that you require more power than the machine offers. In this instance, you would switch to a mid-sized engine that will provide you with a fair amount of torque. When used as a utility machine though, the engine will give you plenty of extra power without it affecting your ride quality too severely.
One of the coolest components that have been developed for the Scrambler are the lower bars. These lower bars have been cleverly added to the front forks of the bike to provide clearance for the exhaust pipes, all while ensuring that you get the most aerodynamic shape possible. The original Ducati icon design featured the lower bars just below the handlebars, but now, the lower bars are mounted almost on the handlebars themselves. This move has effectively converted the bike from a street bike into a high end sports bike.
Another cool aspect of the Ducati Scrambler model is the color combination being used on the bodywork. Designed in a modern manner using the latest computer aided design technology, the Ducati Scrambler incorporates styling that is fresh, dynamic, and cutting edge. The basic color combination being used on the Scrambler includes the iconic black and orange colors that have been used on the majority of the models, however, there are some subtle variations being introduced that include white and blue, silver and chrome, and even the ever popular pink and yellow colors. Each of the colors is highly functional for different situations, and the color combinations are interchangeable as well.
Up until recently, the original Ducati Scrambler was limited to rear wheel drive, but since its introduction, the scramble icon has become available in a rear drive version. This has helped the Scrambler take off, and helped it gain a significant following. One of the main reasons for this is the new seat height. The new seat height allows riders to enjoy a higher handlebar position which helps increase the fun and excitement of the bike.
The Ducati Scrambler also offers great fuel economy thanks to the newly designed six gear system. With six gears, the bike has a very low drag racing style, and it has a low fuel consumption. It offers great handling and high speed performance with its top speed of 72 mph. At the end of the day, the Scrambler offers a great package of benefits. It has high speed performance, a sporty riding position, powerful engine, sporty suspension, and fuel economy, making it one of the most popular models of motorcycle in the market today.