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If you haven’t noticed already, the new-retro style of motorcycles have pretty much taken over the world. These are the motorcycles that sell in numbers and bring in the dough. Triumph and Ducati have done it the best with their Bonneville and Scrambler range of motorcycles. With the number of updated versions Triumph has been putting out, it was a matter of time before Ducati made a move too. 

Ducati Scrambler

 

What is the 2019 Scrambler?

If you are looking at pictures and scratching your head about what is really different about this, well, you aren’t the only one. You need to pull out the magnifying glass to see the sculpted tank plate, the shiny accents on the L-twin motor and the new wheel design. What is easier to spot is the new headlamp with its peripheral DRL element, the LED indicators and fins on the oil cooler. If you are looking at the Desert Sled, well, the contrast paint on the frame is pretty easy to spot.

Ducati Scrambler



Any mechanical changes?

In short, not really. The 803cc, L-twin motor makes 72bhp and 67Nm of torque like before. However, the throttle is a lot more linear than earlier and takes away from the snatch you hooligan-like character of the earlier bike. A hydraulic clutch replaces the cable operated one, which makes it lighter to use. You even get dual-channel ABS now along with the introduction of cornering ABS. While the Icon does not get ride modes, you do get to choose between ‘Journey’ and ‘Off-road’ on the Desert Sled. The ‘Off-road’ mode switches off ABS and allows for slides into corners, the sort you would like to have in the dirt. Apart from the electronics you get better suspension that is less taxing on the rough stuff and a better seat, which is more comfortable to spend time on. This is more true for the Sled than the Icon though.

Any more electronics?

Apart from the bits that help you ride with more confidence and ensure you remain upright even on tricky wet surfaces, as we found out in pouring rain, Ducati has included some more features. Primary to this is the instrument cluster, which now has a lot more information on offer. While the design remains the same, you now get a fuel garage, a gear indicator and a few other bits that you can scroll through with the buttons on the left grip. 

 

Ducati Scrambler

 

Should I buy one?

Prices are likely to remain very similar to the outgoing versions - we expect only marginal increases 7.3 lakh for the Icon and 9.5 lakh for the Desert Sled. However, you get a more appealing motorcycle, thanks to better ride quality and a better seat. not to forget the fact that you also have the added safety of cornering ABS for times when you decided to go raiding twisties. Apart from that, the Desert Sled is pretty much the most authentic off-road experience you can have without opting for one of the massive adventure tourers.  

Scrambler Icon

8/10

Price: 7.3 lakh (ex-showroom)*

Spec

Engine: 803cc, L-twin air-cooled, 72bhp, 67Nm, 6M

Kerb weight: 189kg

Fuel tank: 13.5 litres

Seat height: 798mm

Tyres: fr 110/80 R18; rr 180/55 R17

Desert Sled

8/10

Price: 9.5 lakh (ex-showroom)*

Spec

Engine: 803cc, L-twin air-cooled, 72bhp, 67Nm, 6M

Kerb weight: 209kg

Fuel tank: 13.5 litres

Seat height: 860mm

Tyres: fr 120/70 R19; rr 170/60 R17


Ducati Desert Sled



Ducati Desert Sled






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