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November 8th, 2016

New Ducati Scramblers For 2017 Are Actually Fantastic

Finally the wait for EICMA 2016 is over. Ducati was one of the first brands to go ahead and launch their lineup for 2017. For the coming year, their new lineup of motorcycles expands the brand’s offerings with a series of amazing motorcycles. There’s now a smaller Ducati Multistrada 950 which will go head-to-head with Triumph’s Tiger 800s and a new Ducati Monster 797 which will be the company’s new entry-level Monster. There is now also a limited-edition, super-expensive Ducati 1299 Superleggera as well, which was previously known as the Project 1408. But amidst the new launches, no other motorcycle lineup stood out more than the New Ducati Scramblers for 2017, one of the most loved motorcycles in Ducati’s range for the past couple years.

For 2017, now alongside the various models of the larger Ducati Scrambler, we will also have a Ducati Scrambler Cafe Racer and a Scrambler Desert Sled. These new Ducati Scramblers for 2017 aren’t a surprise, since everyone including BMW and Triumph are having a go at these very segments themselves. But what is surprising is the level of detail and equipment that the new Ducati motorcycles boast for 2017.

2017 Ducati Scramblers

While the Ducati Scrambler Cafe Racer is more or less the same motorcycle as the original Scrambler, with a low slung handlebar and all-black bodywork, the real juice of the new range lies with the Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled. Don’t get me wrong though, the Scrambler Cafe Racer still comes with a good new kit that includes – a Termignoni exhaust system, Pirelli Diablo Rosso II tyres, rear seat cowl, lateral number plate holder, low-mounted aluminium handlebars with mounted rear-view mirrors, fully-adjustable upside down forks and a teardrop fuel tank with interchangeable side panels. Its availability in only one colour – black, suggests that for 2017 Ducati wants to keep a unique distinguished look for the cafe racer, that’s instantly recognisable when seen on the streets. The original Ducati Scrambler is a proven formula for the Italian brand now, and a Cafe Racer that sits pretty in the middle of the product range makes for a sensible alternative to the otherwise free-willed Scrambler lineup. Although, I would personally love to see a Monster Cafe Racer from Ducati (that would be the right platform for a Cafe Racer according to me).

On the other end of the new Ducati Scramblers for 2017 is the Desert Sled. This is where Ducati has gone all-out to present a bike that is actually capable of doing a lot. It won’t be a hardcore off-road machine, but for most the Scrambler Desert Sled would be more than enough. The Desert Sled has a re-inforced frame that will take some heavy off-road beating. There is a new aluminium swingarm, a revised chain guard and rear sprocket protection fin… all to give more protection and stability when going mad off-road. There’s more too. The Scrambler Desert Sled also gets 19-inch front wheel for better maneuverability over rough, loose surfaces along with the 17-inch rear wheel.

New Ducati Scramblers Cafe Racer Left Side Front Quarters

But as we all know, the most important part of an off-road motorcycle is how well it’s suspended. Thankfully, Ducati hasn’t skimped here as well, providing the new Scrambler Desert Sled with fully adjustable front forks with an impressive 200mm travel. The rear Kyaba shock too is purposeful for off-road as it has a separate gas cartridge that would keep the oiling and compression even, despite of continuous torturous roads. The Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled looks promising. Its design lies between a supermoto and a dual sport motorcycle… and it looks fantastic.

Also Read: The Best Ducati Scrambler Customs For 2016

The Scrambler line has done great good for the Italian brand. With these new Ducati Scramblers for 2017, their range is now vast enough to accommodate everyone from a newcomer to the brand as well as a seasoned rider who is looking for something stylish to ride around on the daily.

2017 Ducati Scrambler Cafe Racer Specs

Colours – Black Coffee with black frame and gold wheels

Engine – 803cc, Air-cooled L-twin . EURO 4-compliant, with black finish and machined cooling fins.

Power: 76bhp @8,250rpm. torque: 68Nm @5,740rpm.

Features –
o Termignoni exhaust with dual tailpipes and black anodized aluminium
o 17” Pirelli DIABLO™ ROSSO II tyres, 120/70 ZR 17 up front and 180/55
ZR17 at the rear
o Dedicated seat with cover for passenger section
o Lateral number holders
o Separate aluminium handlebars
o Fully adjustable upside down fork with black anodized sleeves
o Sporty front mudguard
o Rear-view mirrors mounted on aluminium handlebars
o “Café racer” nose fairing
o Front radial brake pump
o Steel teardrop fuel tank with interchangeable side panels
o Dedicated logo
o Low plate holder

2017 Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled

Colours – White Mirage / Red Dusk

Engine – 803cc, Air-cooled L-twin . EURO 4-compliant, with black finish and machined cooling fins.

Power: 76bhp @8,250rpm. torque: 68Nm @5,740rpm.

Features –
o Exhaust with dual tail pipe and black covers
o Reinforced off-road frame
o New aluminium swingarm
o Spoked wheels, 19″ at the front and 17″ at the rear, with Pirelli
SCORPION™ RALLY STR tyres, 120/70 R19 M/C 60V M+S TL at the front and
170/60 R 17 M/C 72V M+S TL at the rear
o Dedicated seat with a height of 860 mm
o Tapered handlebars with reinforcement strut
o Adjustable Kayaba upside down fork with 200 mm of travel
o Adjustable Kayaba rear shock absorber with separate gas cartridge
o Steel teardrop fuel tank with interchangeable side panels
o Front headlight with type-approved mesh guard
o High front mudguard
o Extended rear mudguard
o High plate holder

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