Icon 2015 model
Ducati recently unveiled the Scrambler Icon and it has been well received at recent road shows.
Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Ducati Motor Holding, Cristiano Silei said, "Presenting the new Ducati Scrambler brand means for us opening the doors to an entirely new, fascinating, and absolutely contemporary world”. He added, “We have reinterpreted an iconic motorcycle, part of our history for more than 50 years, in a fully modern way, designing and building the Ducati Scrambler as if we’d never stopped making it. The four bikes of the Ducati Scrambler family represent starting points on a path to personalization that will make every single Ducati Scrambler a unique, free-spirited bike as individual as the person riding it.”
Combined electronic fuel injection
The Scrambler Icon sports a four stroke, 90-degree engine that features an L-twin cylinder, single overhead camshaft and two desmodromic valves per cylinder. It has a capacity of 803 cc, or 409 cubic inches with the bore being 88mm and the stroke 66mm. The compression ratio is 11.0:1. The engine can provide max power of 75 hp at 8250 rpm and can produce 68Nm of torque at 5750 rpm. For cooling Ducati have opted for an air-cooled system. The power plant also features electronic fuel injection using a 50mm throttle body as well as Marelli electronic ignition. The engine is fitted to a single stainless steel muffler Exhaust system with that has an aluminum exterior cover and incorporates a catalytic converter and two lambda probes.
The engine is connected to a six-speed gearbox that is operated by an APTC wet multiplate clutch with mechanical control. This powers a chain drive that has 15 sprockets on the front drive wheel and 46 sprockets on the rear. The gear ratios have been carefully chosen for maximum efficiency and are: first gear, 2/13 second gear, 30/18 third gear, 28/21 forth gear, 26/23 fifth gear 22/22 and sixth gear 24/26.
The frame is a tubular steel Trellis frame and for the front suspension a Kayaba 41 mm fork has been used giving front wheel travel of 150mm or 5.9 inches. For the rear suspension a Kayaba pre-load adjustable rear shock is used giving the same wheel travel for the rear wheel as for the front.
Well proportioned for taller riders
ABS comes as standard on both the front and rear wheel braking systems, with the front brake making use of a 330mm single disc with a 4 piston caliper, while the rear wheel has a 245 mm disc and single piston caliper. Wheels are 10 spoke light alloy affairs with the rear wheel 5.5 inches x 17 inches and front wheel slight larger at 18 inches but thinner at only 3 inches across. For tyres the bike is fitted as standard with a Pirelli MT 60 RS 110/80 R18 on the front and a 180/55 R17 on the rear.
For overall dimensions the bike is well proportioned. It stands at a height of 1150 mm or 45.3 in, and has an overall length of 2165mm or 85.2 inches. It is 845 mm or 33 inches wide at its widest point. The wheelbase is a compact 1455mm or 57.3 inches, especially when considering it against the bikes overall length. The seat height is set at a mid height level of 790mm or 31.1 inches, though a low seat which sits around 20mm or 0.8 inches lower is available as an optional extra. The difference is quite small and it would have been good to see this option explored further for shorter riders, but at least the option that is in place does exist. The seat is long and the handlebars set quite wide so it makes for a comfortable riding position nonetheless.
Cool looking LED front light
The bike has a dry weight of 170kg or 375 pounds, and features a low centre of gravity, something that will be welcome by riders of a smaller stature. The fuel tank can hold 13.5 liters or 3.57 gallons of petrol, which gives the bike reasonable range.
The bike features some nice extras such as an under-seat storage compartment with a USB socket, steel fuel tank with replaceable aluminum side panels and a front headlight with glass lens that also features a cool looking LED front light guide around the rim that can act as a side light. LED rear lights with diffuser, and easy to read LCD instrument panels are also part of the package.
Overall Ducati have managed to produce a bike that captures classic riding credentials but also has some futuristic updates. The Scrambler Icon is available in a signature red and yellow color that makes it stand out from the crowd.