Sporty yet tame

The Du­cati Scram­bler Café Racer ride in Italy was an ex­pe­ri­ence to re­mem­ber.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Impressions - By A. NACHI

The Du­cati Scram­bler Café Racer was re­cently launched in Bologna, Italy, birth place of Du­cati.

The press launch saw jour­nal­ists and blog­gers from all over the world gath­ered around this new sexy look­ing Café Racer.

Aes­thet­i­cally the bike is def­i­nitely retro in­spired.

The bike is a trib­ute to a fa­mous Du­cati racer by the name of Bruno Spag­giari thus his num­ber plate “54” is found on the bike which gives it a sportier look.

The Black Cof­fee colour and gold on the bike, re­cap­tures the 900 Su­per Sport dur­ing the 1970s.

At present there are no other colours ex­cept the Black Cof­fee.

The teardrop tank with in­ter­change­able alu­minium sides com­ple­mented by a plush brown leather sad­dle makes the bike ir­re­sistible.

Mean­while the clip on han­dle­bars with round rear view mir­rors fur­ther en­hances the look of the bike. Sweet.

The sporty look of this bike is very well cap­tured by the Ter­mignoni ex­haust with dual tailpipes cou­pled with black an­odized alu­minium cover, huge mud­guard, the nose fair­ing and the huge 54 num­ber plate on the side panel un­der the seat.

The power plant of the 803cc Du­cati Scram­bler Café Racer is the air and oil-cooled twin-cylin­der Des­modue en­gine.

Each of the jour­nal­ist were given a café racer to be re­viewed.

Our ride started at about 9am and ended around 4pm.

The ride took us through Bologna town and onto the hills.

We clocked about 200kms and en­coun­tered noth­ing less than 1,000 dif­fer­ent types of twists and turns. You name it - hair pin, sweep­ing cor­ners, tight cor­ners, blind cor­ners and many more.

The minute I thumbed the starter and twisted the throt­tle, I re­alised that the bike is not snatchy but rather smooth.

It takes few twists on the throt­tle be­fore the bike moves thus mak­ing this ma­chine very friendly es­pe­cially for any novice rid­ers.

For the vet­er­ans, they might term this as a lag in the power de­liv­ery.

The er­gonomics of this bike is less chal­leng­ing com­pared to many other café rac­ers in the mar­ket.

This new cre­ation has a more com­fort­able sporty rid­ing po­si­tion ie. much more up­right yet easy to han­dle the bike.

This is per­fect for those who are young at heart but the body is un­able to take the clas­sic café racer sit­ting po­si­tion.

The bike only weighs 188kg, thus rid­ing on the bike and con­quer­ing all the cor­ners in Bologna were fun.

I was flick­ing the bike to the left and the right at ease with­out any hes­i­ta­tion and you don’t have to worry of run­ning the foot pegs onto the tar­mac. There is more than enough ground clear­ance.

The clutch, gear and throt­tle re­sponse are flaw­less.

The clutch is light, three fin­gers are good enough to man­age the clutch. The gear­ing is smooth in any speed you are.

Drop­ping or gear­ing up is ef­fort­less and I did not even re­alise it.

On the free­way, I de­cided to throt­tle up to 3,200rpm at 105kph and pushed it gen­tly to 6,000rpm.

The horse­power of the bike climbed grad­u­ally and there was no lag at ev­ery gear up­shift.

It was smooth as silk. In fact when I started drop­ping gear from 6th gear to 1st gear, it was ef­fort­less.

When you are on a café racer, it is only ob­vi­ous for one to push the limit, so I de­cided to push the bike to 190kph on the sixth gear.

And I was amazed the amount of power the bike has and throt­tled fur­ther and there is more to come. It was just too much for me.

While rid­ing this ma­chine which is mated to a six-speed trans­mis­sion, it was very ap­par­ent to me that the twin cylin­der en­gine of­fers noth­ing but flaw­less en­gine per­for­mance.

The café racer was de­liv­er­ing 75hp at 8,250rpm and a torque of 68Nm at 5,750rpm.

Mean­while on the end­less tech­ni­cal moun­tain cor­ners, I was ei­ther on third or fourth gear.

En­ter­ing and ex­it­ing cor­ners were fun es­pe­cially with this nim­ble bike and not to for­get the sturdy chas­sis which was able to hold ev­ery­thing to­gether.

The Du­cati was sta­ble in any cor­ners and that gave me the con­fi­dence to push the bike harder.

I took few mid-cor­ner dives and the bike glided nat­u­rally.

The re­sponse of the bike to­wards my rid­ing style be it slow or fast is sim­ply amaz­ing es­pe­cially in the windy moun­tains.

It will not be too much to say that the Du­cati Scram­bler Café Racer is def­i­nitely an ex­ten­sion of the rider. Agility and sta­bil­ity were the or­der for the day.

On few oc­ca­sions while rid­ing down the moun­tains, I en­coun­tered few un­even roads.

The sus­pen­sion of the bike kept me from be­ing thrown off.

The bike was able to ab­sorb all the humps and bumps gra­ciously.

The front fork which was firm yet flex­i­ble, did not let the bike lunge for­ward ev­ery time I braked.

Mean­while the rear sus­pen­sion is equally good.

Du­cati has al­ways be­lieved in Brembo brakes and to-date Brembo has de­liv­ered its prom­ise of keep­ing ev­ery rider safe.

And this café racer is no ex­cep­tion; the café racer is fit­ted with 330mm disc, Brembo ra­dial four-pis­ton cal­lipers. And the rear comes with 245mm disc held by a cal­liper with a 32mm pis­ton. An­tilock brak­ing sys­tem (ABS) is stan­dard and can be switched off if need to.

Fi­nal ver­dict, the over­all ex­pe­ri­ence of the bike is what a café racer should be.

Sporty yet, very tame, com­pared to other Du­cati high per­for­mance mo­tor­cy­cles.

Du­cati Scram­bler Café Racer is an ex­pres­sion of free spirit and em­blem of style.

Psst... Next Bike Sdn Bhd, the sole dis­trib­u­tor of Du­cati mo­tor­cy­cles in Malaysia, is tak­ing book­ings for this bike now.

What are you wait­ing for?

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