THE RiDE VERDICT
WHILE THE PREVIOUS smaller Scramblers were sneered at by some more opinionated motorcyclists, the 1100 Scrambler has galvanised Ducati’s trendy retro brand. It’s almost as if the manufacturer went the wrong way in rolling out the range, starting with the smaller basic models that have a more limited appeal, rather than bringing out the 1100 first.
Either way, the 1100 Scrambler is a machine that casts open that Scrambler appeal to more-experienced riders with its mix of great styling, lovely attention to detail and real riding ability. It backs all this up with excellent, seamlessly integrated high-spec electronics and as a result functions brilliantly as a road bike. With its 86bhp it’s ideal for riding on the UK’S roads without feeling as if you’re compromising your own safety, or sanity, and the chassis is good enough to enjoy gently sweeping through back lanes. It’s all about fun. The big Scrambler really shines in the urban environment where its combination of commanding riding position, low-end grunt and easy-to-use controls make it a joy to use on city streets.
This genre of motorcycling is thriving and the Scrambler 1100 is able to rise above offerings from other mainstream manufacturers and out-do them by being a genuinely cool bike that has a cultural heritage and appeal but which also really works too.
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Scrambler 1100 arguably should have been the first to be launched