The new Scrambler Ducati may look similar the outgoing model, but almost everything is new with the bike
Ducati Malaysia recently unveiled the new second-generation Scrambler Ducati at the Ducati Freedom Festival which was held in Publika, Kuala Lumpur which was concluded yesterday.
The new Scrambler Ducati is available in three variants, namely the Scrambler Icon, Scrambler Nightshift, and Scrambler Full Throttle which are priced at RM62,900, RM69,900, and RM69,900 respectively.
The Scrambler Icon features a revised handlebar that is lower and closer to the rider, allowing for more control over the bike. The seat has been redesigned, with a more tapered and streamlined shape. Completing the design of this new generation of Icon are black under-seat side panels with Scrambler graphics.
The Scrambler Nighshift on the other hand, is distinguished by the Café Racer styled saddle, stitched and in the dark leather shade and the alternation of glossy and matte surfaces. It also features side number plates, a minimal front fender, rear fender removal, black finishes for the aluminum aesthetic details and as well as compact LED turn signals.
The Nebula Blue coloring and spoked wheels, now completely black, makes the Nightshift decidedly sophisticated in appearance, with a flat-set variable-section handlebar and bar-end mirrors, also in café racer style. The Nightshift’s riding position, thanks to a variable section handlebar compared to the Icon version, is adjusted to be a sportier ride.
Last but not least, we have the Scrambler Full Throttle which is the sportiest model in the Next-Gen range and is inspired by U.S. flat track competitions on dirt ovals. The side number plates bear the number 62 (1962 was the debut year of the first Scrambler Ducati) in a Tracker style and, along with the skid plate.
The Full Throttle’s sporty character is underlined by the sporty-looking seat, the dedicated livery in GP19 Red/Dark Stealth, and the black finish of the exhaust heat shields and front side covers. A shorter front fender, a tail without a rear fender, red tags on the alloy wheels, a street-legal Termignoni silencer, Ducati Performance LED turn signals and standard Quick Shift up/down complete the package.
All three versions are powered by the same 803cc L-twin, air and oil cooled EURO 5 approved engine that produces 73 hp at 8,250 rpm and a 65.2 Nm of torque at 7,000 rpm. Paired with the engine is a six-speed gearbox, the same clutch system as the Monster, as well as a quickshifter which is standard on the Scrambler Nightshift and Full Throttle.
Overall, the new Scrambler’s front headlight, now full LED, retains the iconic “X”, redesigned and applied to the exterior for an even more distinctive style. The design of the rear light, which remains full LED, also evolves while maintaining the classic and recognizable semicircle shape. Also, the LED functions as turn signals as well.
The steel tank has also been redesigned with elegant anodized aluminum covers below the tank to complete the renewed design of the Next-Gen Scrambler’s front. The new instrumentation with 4.3-inch color TFT cluster and dedicated HMI has updated the looks of the Next-Gen Scrambler, integrating perfectly with the style of the bike in its shapes and information display.
A key element of the New Scrambler’s personality, the twin-cylinder Desmodue engine has new clutch and alternator covers featuring the “X” logo, while the belt covers now have a refined shape in keeping with the bike’s new style. The exhaust, also evolved, showcases the essential lines with the turn of the headers leaving the engine fully exposed.
The new Scrambler has also been renewed in its technical contents and lightened by 4 kg, thus creating a more manageable and easy-to-ride bike. The chassis is all-new and makes an important contribution to the bike’s overall weight reduction. The trellis frame has been updated and lightened. The swingarm is completely new and is now combined with a shock absorber repositioned towards the center of the bike.
The engine has also undergone updates to reduce weight. Finally, for a sportier feel, the rear frame is now separate from the main frame. Riding improvements also come from a slightly increased steering angle that contributes to ease of use both in maneuvering and in city traffic. Newly designed wheels are specified in 18” and 17” sizes at the front and rear, respectively.
The Desmodue engine, which has always been a distinctive feature of the Scrambler, has been modernized, is about 2.5 kg lighter than the previous generation, and is now equipped with a new eight-disc clutch for a softer pull.
The clutch is also more compact, which has made it possible to reduce the side encumbrance of its cover, thus offering more space for the rider’s foot. The new Scrambler Ducati is equipped with a bearing-mounted shift drum, which allows for smoother and more precise shifting.
The Scrambler Ducati is even more fun and safer with the introduction of Ride-by-Wire throttle management. It allows the adoption of Ducati Traction Control and two Riding Modes: Sport and Road.
The latter, designed specifically for carefree riding, offers a smoother throttle response and a traction control calibration oriented to stability and safety. Standard equipment is completed by Cornering ABS, which is essential for safer riding.
Thanks to the introduction of Ride-by-Wire, the new generation of Desmodue engine has the option to mount the Quick Shift up/down feature, which comes as standard equipment on the Full Throttle and available as an accessory on the rest of the range.
Also available as an accessory is the Ducati Multimedia System, which offers the ability to manage music and calls by connecting your smartphone to the bike.