Two new Scramblers for 2017
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’