Ducati grows out of its niche motorcycling segment with the addition of the Scrambler. The 2015 Scrambler is the modern interpretation of an all-purpose motorcycle from the ‘70s. Available in four versions, the Scrambler starts at $8495 (Icon model).
Keeping tabs on the Scrambler’s heartbeat is an oval faced full-digital instrument/gauge pod that’s elegant, functional and simple to decipher. Speed is displayed prominently at the center with a clockwise swept tachometer below, and clock and odometer functions above. Neutral, low oil pressure, and ABS warning lights are neatly incorporated into the bezel face. Additionally the rider can navigate through the menu settings and disable ABS, if desired. Another important convenience is the universal USB charging socket and small storage compartment underneath the seat.
The chassis is underpinned by a fresh one-piece iteration of Ducati’s traditional tubed steel-trellis frame with a boomerang-shaped cast-aluminum swingarm (dual-arm). Hydraulic cross-drilled disc brakes attach to the flat track-inspired 10-spoke alloy wheels (18-inch front, 17-inch rear) providing ample stopping power as well as braking force sensation. Another noteworthy feature is the fantastic calibration of the ABS which engages seamlessly with negligible lever pulsation.
The Scrambler feels lively and is eager to respond to rider input. On smooth surfaces the chassis feels connected to the road and is entertaining to ride at a sporting pace.
Although th bike feels a bit long (wheelbase is 56.9 inches — on par with the outgoing 796, but 1.4-inches shorter than the newly introduced liquid-cooled Monster 821) the 410-pound machine is responsive and changes directions easily. On smooth surfaces the chassis is communicative with a pleasing degree of road holding.
Ducatis Scrambler impresses with its simple fun-loving character. The cockpit is nicely appointed with a broad seat that’s short inseam friendly with a 31.1 inch seat height. The rider’s foot controls are placed low enough that it won’t demand sportbike-like knee contortions. The handlebar offers an upright bend with a high degree of rearward sweep which might help shorter riders feel more comfortable. But for taller folks it feels a little cramped.
Fortunately, the handlebar can be rotated within its clamp, or swapped out altogether, for a different bend via the Scrambler’s vast accessory catalog. In fact, customization is what the Scrambler platform is all about. As such, the side covers on the fuel tank can be swapped out for different designs/materials, as can the seat, and other various hard parts to get the exact ‘look’ you want.
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Shahin Alvandi, the Finance Manager at Seminole Harley-Davidson in Orlando Florida, is seen here with MotoCorsa's General Manager, Arun Sharma in Portland, Oregon. They were both featured in MOTORCYCLIST's "Me and My Bike" segments. Shahin visited the shop and the two had a great time talking about their mutual appreciation for Ducati!
Blue Ridge Parkway - Virginia/North Carolina/Tennessee
Top Gear did the Blue Ridge Parkway a massive favor by bashing the route for its 45-mph speed limit in Season 16. As a result, the 469-mile path from Northern Virginia to East Tennessee has largely been left alone by the poser crowd. Tackling the parkway from top to bottom is an exercise in endurance, not just for you, but your machine. With vast leaps and drops in altitude, complex decreasing-radius turns, and sections that remain miles from the closest help, the Parkway can be hell on metal. Drop off any of the Parkway's numerous side roads and prepare to plummet down forgotten threads of tumbling asphalt that corse to the low country below. Jeremy Woodhouse/Getty Images
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