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The Du­cati Scram­bler

Old Bike Australasia - - DUCATI SCRAMBLERS -

There have been few model re­leases in re­cent times with the de­gree of hype that ac­com­pa­nied the new Scram­bler from Du­cati. Per­haps this mighty teaser cam­paign was nec­es­sary prior to the re­lease due to the fact that the new model was not – as many had spec­u­lated – a brand new big sin­gle per­haps de­vel­oped from the leg­endary Su­per­mono – but a con­ven­tional L-twin us­ing the tried and proven en­gine that pow­ers the smaller Du­cati Mon­sters. The Scram­bler’s en­gine was de­vel­oped from the Mon­ster 796, but with tweaks such as dif­fer­ent camshafts and a sin­gle 50mm throt­tle body (with sep­a­rate in­jec­tors for each cylin­der) in­stead of the Mon­ster’s twin units, de­signed for bet­ter low speed tractabil­ity. How­ever some­where along the way, the 796 Mon­ster’s power out­put of 87hp/64kW has dropped to 75hp/55kW, with torque down from 78Nm to 68Nm. Like the Mon­sters, the Scram­blers have a min­i­mal­is­tic ap­proach to just about ev­ery­thing; there is but a sin­gle in­stru­ment, mounted on the right side of the head­lamp, which shows speed and en­gine rev­o­lu­tions, but not which gear you’re in nor the fuel level.

Lower han­dle­bars and slip-on twin out­let Ter­mignoni muf­flers dis­tin­guish the Full Throt­tle.

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