Ducati have just launched their new Scrambler line in Australia, and did so at a venue which shares those values they built the Scrambler around, with Young Henrys in Newtown also embodying the young, authentic and creative background of the new Ducati brand.
Since Ducati introduced the Scrambler line they’ve sold 46,000 of these machines, including 1,500 in Australia, and draw parallels to the original single-cylinder versions in the ’60s and ’70s which were available in 250, 350 and 450, proving highly popular.
It seems fitting that they’ve just introduced the 1100, effectively offering the 400 LAMS version, 800 line-up and of course the latest and greatest of the bunch, which somewhat mirror that original line-up.
These new iterations share some features with the originals, styling is obviously similar, while they retain air-cooled powerplants, however one big change is the latest offerings all including Desmodromic L-twin engines.
The modern Scramblers till now have also remained relatively simple, with no extensive electronics package, however the 1100s introduce a Ride-by-Wire (RbW) throttle, traction control, cornering ABS, Riding Modes and Power Modes. The bikes are also powered by an air-cooled, 1079cc, L-Twin, Desmodromic distribution, two-valves per cylinder powerplant with 86hp and 65lb-fts of torque at 4750rpm.
High dual underseat exhausts retain that Scrambler theme, while the 1100s also feature adjustable suspension as part of the higher spec package, along with dual 320mm rotors and Brembo monobloc M4.32 callipers. Numerous aluminium components also help keep weight down, ensuring a dry weight of 189kg, or wet weight of 206kg.
For the traditionalist or purist this may seem a step away from the traditional Scrambler theme, but looking at the popularity of the Ducati Scrambler, it makes sense to add an additional higher power, high spec version for those wishing to upgrade past the 800 offerings.
Ducati’s Monsters may be famous but they aren’t for everyone, with the Scrambler 1100 effectively capping off this model line, and ensuring those after a more retro themed offering at the high performance end of the market have something to upgrade to.
The Ducati Scrambler 1100 model line will include three versions, the regular Scrambler 1100 (17,990.00 RRP +ORC), Scrambler 1100 Special (19,990.00 RRP +ORC) and highest spec Ohlins equipped Scrambler 1100 Sport ($20,990.00 RRP +ORC).
For more information you can check out the Australian Ducati website, head to models and choose Scramblers to visit the website specifically for these models. Here’s a look at each however:
2018 Ducati Scrambler 1100
The standard edition of the Scrambler 1100 includes all the electronics noted above, and is available in ’62 Yellow and Shining Black colour schemes, with a DRL headlight, and LED taillight.
Standard fitment is Marzocchi fully adjustable 45mm USD forks, light-alloy 10-spoke wheels, a Kayaba monoshock with preload and rebound adjustability, LCD display, Brembo brakes, Bosch ABS, and a slip/assist slipper clutch. The fuel tank is also steel and side panels can be swapped, with belt covers machined and an underseat USB socket for charging a phone or similar.
2018 Ducati Scrambler 1100 Special
The Scrambler 1100 Special features black spoked wheels and comes in a Custom Grey colour option, which is a gloss grey paint job on the tank.
Features apart from the wheels, low handlebars, aluminium mudguards, chromed exhausts, anodised fuel tank panels, brushed swingarm finish (black on the standard/Sport) and dedicated seat, are all shared with the regular version.
2018 Ducati Scrambler 1100 Sport
The highest spec Scrambler 1100 is the Sport, which stands out for its Viper Black colour scheme, with a matte black finish punctuated by yellow racing stripes across the tank and front guard and tail. The tank panels are also specific to this model in black, with the tank painted yellow behind the panel for some extra depth.
The big tag difference is of course the Öhlins fully adjustable 48mm USD forks and Öhlins monoshock with pre-load and rebound adjustment. Low ‘bars are also featured, as is a custom seat design.