DUCATI SCRAMBLER IN SA: Ducati SA is at last offering the latest version of the bike - in four versions, too. Image: Dries van der Walt
The eagerly-awaited 2015 Ducati Scrambler was launched at Intermot in October 2014 – not the bikes have arrived in South Africa with a launch at the Barnyard Theatre in Rivonia, Gauteng.
The new version is a contemporary take on the original Scrambler, a single-cylinder machine with engine capacities ranging from 250 to 450cc that has become hugely popular in Europe and the United States.
The original Scrambler soon became as much a fashion statement as a mode of transport.
CLASSIC - AND MODERN
This the latest Scrambler has an 803cc air-cooled 90° V-twin Desmodromic engine and comes in four variations: the base Icon in yellow or red, the Urban Enduro (said to be ready to switch from city streets to country backroads in an instant), the flat-track inspired Full Throttle and the Classic, meant for those who want a retro look combined with the riding pleasure and comfort of a modern bike.
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To integrate the classic and the modern, Ducati combined classic styling elements such as a teardrop tank, wide handlebars and a long seat as well as new-generation components such as front and rear diode lighting, liquid-crystal display instruments and an upside-down front suspension.
Standard on all versions are a steel fuel-tank with interchangeable aluminium side panels, headlight with glass lens, diode light-guide and interchangeable aluminium cover, machine-finished aluminium belt covers and an under-seat storage compartment with a USB socket.
Version-specific differences include a high front mudguard, headlight grille and spoked wheels for the Urban Enduro, a Termignoni slip-on silencer, low handlebars and a flat-track style seat for the Full Throttle and spoked wheels, aluminium mudguards and a seat with a dedicated design for the Classic.
Each version has its own logo.
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Johnny Araujo, Ducati South Africa’s general manager, told Wheels24 that the Scrambler was not a retro bike but rather an interpretation of how the original might have looked had Ducati continued its production.
He also readily admitted that the Scrambler was not exceptionally fast: the concept was more to capture the spirit and fun factor of the original than to create a fast bike.
Araujo added: “The Scrambler name has much in common with the verb ‘to scramble’ – mixing up, blending, letting the imagination run free and sharing with others.
“The Ducati Scrambler is a cultural movement in and of itself. It’s free-spirited, positive and anti-conformist, open to encounters with other philosophies and styles. The Scrambler isn’t just a bike, it’s a world.”
Ducati offers a huge range of accessories, allowing any of the four models to be customised to suit its owner’s taste. Ducati SA is, as always, very willing to give potential customers an opportunity to test-ride the bikes - contact your nearest showroom if you’re interested.
Prices for the Scrambler range are R117 000 for the Icon in red, R118 00 for a yellow one. The rest (Urban Enduro, Full Throttle and Classic) sell for R137 000.