Two new Scram­blers for 2017

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Du­cati will re­veal sev­eral ad­di­tions to the Scram­bler range for 2017, in­clud­ing dual-sport and café-racer de­riv­a­tives.

The ex­ist­ing 803cc Scram­bler can al­ready be had in many forms – Icon, Classic, Flat Track Pro, Full Throt­tle and Ur­ban En­duro – but they’re such close sib­lings that they’re classed as the same ma­chine in of­fi­cial emis­sions cer­ti­fi­ca­tion doc­u­ments. But newly-filed Amer­i­can cer­tifi­cates for the 2017 model range list dis­play three dis­tinct 803cc Scram­bler mod­els, with the ‘Scram­bler CR’ and ‘Scram­bler DS’ join­ing the base ver­sion in the range.

The Scram­bler DS is likely to be the of­fi­cial in­ter­nal name for the forth­com­ing Dual-sport style ver­sion that was spot­ted un­der­go­ing tests in mid-au­gust. It fea­tures the fa­mil­iar air-cooled twin and trel­lis trame from the Scram­bler but gains a new look and higher-spec Öh­lins sus­pen­sion with longer travel. Spy pic­tures of a heav­ily-dis­guised pro­to­type re­veal styling that ap­pears to swap the 60sin­spired look of the Scram­bler for body­work more like an en­duro bike from the late 70s or early 80s.

Although the ‘Equiv­a­lent In­er­tial Mass’ (EIM) listed on the emis­sions doc­u­ments is a vague weight fig­ure in­tended to show the com­bined weight of the bike and an av­er­age rider, it’s notable that the DS ver­sion is shown as be­ing 10kg heav­ier than the base and CR mod­els. That puts its dry weight at around 180kg, with a ready-to-ride mass of about 196kg.

The Scram­bler CR hasn’t yet been spied yet, but the ‘CR’ let­ters surely hint at a Café-racer restyle. Given the Scram­bler’s retro styling it’s no sur­prise that sev­eral cus­tom builders have al­ready cre­ated café racer ver­sions, with firms like Ri­zoma of­fer­ing con­ver­sion kits. By raid-raid­ing its own parts bin for clip-ons to re­place the Scram­bler’s wide bars, and per­haps adding a new seat and screen, Du­cati can eas­ily gain ac­cess to the un­de­ni­able mar­ket that ex­ists for such a ma­chine.

MCN ex­pect to see the bike at the Eicma show in Mi­lan in Novem­ber.

‘The ‘CR’ let­ters surely hint at a Café-racer restyle’

The new Scram­ber DS, spied in test­ing just last month

Ri­zoma’s Du­cati kit

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