Video Review: 2018 Ducati Scrambler 1100
We recently spent a week fanging the Scrambler 1100 on road and dirt and had an absolute blast, mostly on one wheel! Test: Jeff Photography: Heather, Kris
The Ducati Scrambler 1100 is a fun, torquey, comfortable and stylish all-rounder big bore naked that, considering the high spec running gear, is very competitively priced at $17,990 + ORC. We recently spent a week riding the bike in all kinds of conditions, mostly on the back wheel!
Here is our Video Review, keep an eye out next week for our full written test.
2018 Ducati Scrambler 1100 Tech Talk
The Ducati Scrambler 1100 is powered by a Euro4 compliant air-cooled 1079cc Desmodromic L-twin two-valve engine. A development of the Monster 1100 engine, this power unit has a 98mm bore and 71.5mm stroke and has been redesigned to prioritise smmooth acceleration across the rev range and is equipped with a single 55mm full Ride by Wire throttle body with two sub-butterfly injectors.
Each cylinder is fitted with twin spark plugs and a secondary air system, while valve overlap is 16°. The Ducati Scrambler L-twin puts out 86hp@7500rpm and a maximum torque of 88.4Nm@4750rpm.
The gearbox is a six-speed unit while the clutch is the wet multiplate type with hydraulic control. The clutch also has a servo-assisted slipper function. The exhaust pipes on the Ducati Scrambler 1100 have a larger diameter than those on the Scrambler 800.
The exhaust has a low-slung catalytic converter and dual steel silencers with aluminium sleeves, die cast aluminium end caps and four aluminium covers (two per silencer). The engine also features 12,000 km maintenance intervals, while sporting machine-finished aluminium covers, including those on the clutch and alternator. Other aluminium items include the two belt covers, machine finished.
The Ducati Scrambler 1100 features an all-new twin upper spar steel Trellis frame, completed by a rear aluminium sub-frame. Rke is 24.5° with 110mm offset.
Up-sizing of the bike has given the Scrambler 1100 a new riding position: compared to the 800 version, the seat-footpeg gap is wider and the handlebars are further forwards and lower. The steel fuel tank, with that unmistakeable teardrop silhouette, can hold 15L.
The Scrambler 1100 features Kayaba USD 45mm forks and a rear shock with adjustable spring preload and rebound damping, with both providing 150mm of wheel travel.
The Scrambler 1100 also comes with all-new aluminium machine-finished 10-spoke wheels of flat-track inspired origin. The 3.50 x 18in front wheel and the rear 5.50 x 17in one have been designed to be light. They mount an enduro-type Pirelli MT60 RS 120/80 ZR18 tyre at the front and the 180/55 ZR17 at the rear.
The Ducati Scrambler 1100 is equipped with a Brembo braking system with Bosch 9.1 MP Cornering ABS alongside dual 330mm front rotors with four-piston Brembo M 4.32B radial monobloc calipers. At the rear a 245mm rotor is gripped by a caliper with a 34mm piston. The single-setting ABS cannot be deactivated.
The Ducati Scrambler 1100 is also the first bike in the family to feature Ducati Traction Control (DTC), which can be adjusted to four different levels. Level 1 is the least intrusive while level 4 maximises intervention and safety. On the Scrambler 1100, Traction Control can be deactivated.
Three Riding Modes are also available in the forms of Active, Journey and City. Active Riding Mode provides full engine power (86hp), a direct throttle connection and a Traction Control level that’s compatible with sport riding. Journey Riding Mode is perfect for everyday use: full L-twin power (86hp), a more fluid throttle connection than with Active mode and a Traction Control level developed for carefree riding. The third Riding Mode, City, lowers engine power to 75hp (and 88Nm of maximum torque), the same as on the Scrambler 800. Throttle control is extremely fluid and Traction Control ensures maximum safety.
2018 Ducati Scrambler 1100 Specifications
Price: $17,990 + ORC
Warranty: 24-month, unlimited kilometre
Service Interval/Valve Clearance check: 12,000km
Colours: ’62 Yellow, Shining Black
Claimed Power: 63kW(86hp)@7500rpm
Claimed Torque: 88Nm(65lb-ft)@4750rpm
Fuel tank capacity: 15L
Engine: Air-cooled, L-Twin, Desmodromic, two-valves per cylinder, 1079cc, 98 x 71mm bore x stroke, 11:1 compression ratio, twin stainless steel mufflers, EFI, 55mm throttle-body, RbW
Final drive: Chain; Front sprocket 15; Rear sprocket 39
Clutch: Wet multiplate clutch with hydraulic control, self-servo action on drive, slipper action on over-run
Frame: Tubular steel Trellis frame, aluminium double-sided swingarm
Steering lock: 34°
Suspension: Marzocchi fully adjustable 45mm USD forks, Kayaba monoshock, pre-load and rebound adjustable
Wheels & Tyres: 10-spoke in light alloy, 3.50 x 18in, 5.50 x 17in,
Brakes: Bosch Cornering ABS, dual 320mm semi-floating front rotors, radial Brembo Monobloc M4.32 four-piston calipers, axial master-cylinder, 245mm rear rotor, single-piston caliper
Claimed dry weight: 179kg
Seat height: 810mm
Max height: 1330mm
Max width: 895mm
Max length: 2190mm
Instruments: LCD Dash
Riding Modes; Power Mode; Ducati Safety Pack (Cornering ABS + DTC); LED light-guide; LED rear light with diffusion-light; Steel tank with interchangeable aluminium side panels; Machine-finished aluminium belt covers; Under-seat storage compartment with USB socket