Scrambler 1100 / 1100 Special / 1100 Sport
Long-awaited bigger capacity Scrambler finally makes 2018 debut
Adding a top tier to the Scrambler family, the 800 and 400 are now joined by this brute – which uses an evolution of the lovely old Monster 1100 EVO engine – one of Ducati’s finest air-cooled V-twins.
There are three flavours of 1100 at this first serving – while we expect there might be a Café Racer and a Desert Sled to come in the future – presented as a base model (above), a Special and a Sport (see right).
There’s a good amount of steel and aluminium to give it a feeling of solidity and quality, and Ducati say they’ve deliberately tried to minimise the number of plastic components. As befitting a bigger capacity bike, the Eleven gets a fatter teardrop tank that can hold 15 litres of go-go-juice, and which allows for interchangeable aluminium side panels to be fitted.
The seat is different on each version, and understandably plainest on the base model (above) – while being more attractive on the hotter duo. All are more generously shaped than its smaller siblings for better comfort.
Thoroughly modern retro
It might look authentically old-school, but there’s Bosch Cornering ABS and Traction Control to take the stress out of riding hard in variable conditions.
A strong part of the design is the twin-silencer system and tail unit mounted numberplate hanger (it’s swingarm-mounted on the 800) which helps to differentiate it from its sibling.
The headlight keeps the LED ring, but gains a big X in the middle of the unit, apparently as a homage to the tape scramblers used to put over their headlights. The LED ring is a DRL, while the main illumination is actually bulb, rather than LED. The rear light and indicators are all LED.
The other big change is the clock unit, that boasts a new element jutting from the round clockface, which is now the display for the speedo, a sidestand warning light and information from the Ducati Multimedia System (which is available as an accessory when the Bluetooth module is fitted). All the other information remains in the round dial.
The base model starts at £10,695.
New wheelbarrow Underseat twin-exit pipes – just like the old Monster 1100 it steals its engine from – look great HOTTEST NEW METAL Tank on The 1100 gets a bigger 15-litre steel teardrop fuel tank with interchangeable aluminium side panels Power 84.5bhp @ 7500rpm O Weight 206kg O Seat height 810mm Elevenses This is the biggest Scrambler ever built, with the 1079cc air/oil cooled mill from the old 1100EVO, tickled for Euro4