In the identical yr Ducati introduces a V-Four superbike, ditching the engine configuration synonymous with its title, it additionally offers us the Scrambler 1100. It’s not a SuperSport, or a Monster, or some other definitive Ducati. It doesn’t even are available in purple.
Ducati’s sturdy heritage and historical past has bred a legion of Trustworthy who bow to the diadem of Desmo and enshrine the reliquary of dry clutches, trellis frames, and curvy purple fairings. Ducatisti worship on the cathedral of Imola, and bless the patron saint Taglioni (could he relaxation in peace). How is the Ducatisti to interpret the Scrambler 1100? Sure, it’s lovely, however is it a Ducati?
For those who’ve watched Ducati’s Scrambler 1100 advertising quick movie, The Getaway, starring Imogenocide, Goldeluxe, and Dave Hardcastle (does that sound just like the forged of a ’70s Italian stag movie, or what?), you is perhaps much more doubtful, tempted to jot down off the 1100 as a motorcycle that’s extra type than substance, extra market-niche than definitive Ducati. Till you journey it, that’s. The Scrambler 1100 is the real article.
For one lovely sunny afternoon in Portugal, the Scrambler 1100 Particular carried me on twisty roads clinging to the shoreline—its 1,079cc air-cooled desmodue growling from apex to apex, its exhaust crackling and popping in that particular Ducati means.
The 1100 is available in three variants. I rode the Particular, which at $14,295 is the center sibling price-wise. It’s the brother who will get his worsted wool fits tailor-made on Savile Row, has his personal pair of lasts at a cobbler in Milan, and shaves with an ebony-handled straight razor. The Particular’s particular therapy consists of spoked rims, aluminum fenders, a premium seat cowl, a sophisticated swingarm, chrome header pipes, and that posh grey paint job. It’s a classy look that belies the beast inside. It’s kind of like if Dame Judi Dench trashed resort rooms with the Rolling Stones: You’d be shocked, however not totally disillusioned.
The engine, derived from the Monster 1100 EVO—the predecessor of in the present day’s 1200—has been redesigned particularly for the Scrambler 1100: new single throttle physique, twin spark plugs, completely different gearing, and many others., however the identical piston, conrod and sizzling cams as within the donor motor. You’ll be able to take the engine out of a Monster, however you possibly can’t take the Monster out of the engine. That’s an excellent factor.
The proper main steadiness of a large-displacement 90-degree Ducati twin is one in all motorcycling’s nice sensations. For those who’ve by no means ridden one, there’s one thing nearly natural feeling about the best way the engine configuration interprets reciprocating movement into visceral presence. The 1100 looks like a Ducati.
Driving by oceanside tunnels and revving the throttle simply to listen to the holy thunder of the booming twin is absolutely all of the justification this bike wants, to be trustworthy. Or perhaps that’s simply me. The 1100 seems like a Ducati.
Once you journey a giant twin, the previous adage “there’s no alternative for displacement” actually holds true. The liter-plus motor paints the city Ducati Purple, delivering energy in massive swaths of exuberant torque to the pavement, like de Koonig making use of paint to an oversize canvas. The rear squats, the entrance does a little bit dance (there’s no steering damper), and comparisons to tractors come to thoughts. And it’s all out there virtually from off idle, earlier than really fizzling out round eight,000 rpm. The 1100 goes like a Ducati.
Along with its premium end and lusty motor, the 1100’s technical bundle goes a great distance towards justifying the worth tag—if revving the motor in tunnels simply isn’t sufficient for you. The primary bit on the tech sheet that stands out is Bosch cornering ABS, a security characteristic which till now has solely been discovered on extra top-spec, non-Scrambler Ducatis, just like the Panigale, XDiavel, and Multistrada. The IMU additionally controls the LED flip alerts, routinely canceling them after the bike returns to upright. They work properly, besides at low speeds when the bike doesn’t lean sufficient for the IMU to register the maneuver as a flip. The 1100 has three journey modes, 4 ranges of traction management (and off), and is Ducati Multimedia-ready.
Brembo M4.32 calipers—the identical as on my ’15 899 Panigale, the SuperSport, and different performance-oriented Ducatis—are another indication that the Scrambler 1100 means enterprise. The hydraulic clutch feels gentle, and the gearbox is slick-shifting. No clunky Ducati field of yore right here. I, for one, will endlessly love rattly dry clutches, however time should march on.
An all-new chassis and totally adjustable Marzocchi entrance suspension and Kayaba rear (adjustable for preload and rebound) make the 1100 recreation for the twisties. My greatest grievance, nonetheless, is the Pirelli MT60RS dual-sport tires that run on an 18-inch entrance rim. It’s the identical setup as on the unique Scrambler. To me, the entrance felt obscure and I wasn’t as assured diving into corners as I’m on typical road rubber. The 18-inch entrance/17-inch rear wheels restrict the number of tires out there too, however there’s nonetheless some tremendous choices on the market, so it’s not a deal breaker. It’s the most important form-over-function flaw of the machine. Sure, knobbies look cool, however they’re not well worth the trade-off in cornering means. If you need an off-road Scrambler, get the Desert Sled.
Flat bars and a large supportive seat present good ergos for the all-day rides the 1100 will cajole you into taking.
Over dinner one night time in Lisbon, I chatted with the group of younger Italian designers and engineers answerable for the 1100. These guys are constructing a Ducati model for a brand new Ducati viewers. Whereas the 1100 is oriented within the lineup for the prevailing Scrambler rider to work as much as, it’s additionally a platform for the extra mature rider who desires a timeless-looking Ducati that doesn’t sacrifice an excessive amount of efficiency or tech for the sake of favor. When type, consolation, ease of use, and efficiency are given equal precedence within the design temporary, you get a motorcycle just like the Scrambler 1100.
For the Trustworthy who bleed Ducati Purple, the 1100 is the hyperlink between the Scrambler world—the place a promo movie that appears like an advert for a flavored vodka isn’t out of left subject—and the sacrosanct world of Ducati: a spot deeply rooted in historical past, efficiency, and some trademark mechanical parts. The Scrambler 1100 brings all of it full circle. It seems, taking the Scrambler ethos to the nth diploma simply accentuates its inherent Ducati-ness. It feels, sounds, and goes like a Ducati—which is what makes it the definitive Scrambler.
|Worth||$14,295 (as examined)|
|Engine||1079cc air-cooled V-twin|
|Claimed Horsepower||86 hp @ 7,500 rpm|
|Claimed Torque||65 lb.-ft. @ Four,750 rpm|
|Entrance Suspension||Totally adjustable Marzocchi 45mm upside-down fork; 5.9-in. journey|
|Rear Suspension||Kayaba adjustable for preload and rebound; 5.9-in. journey|
|Entrance Brake||Brembo Four-piston radially mounted Monoblock calipers, 320mm discs w/ Bosch cornering ABS|
|Rear Brake||Brembo 1-piston caliper, 245mm disc w/ Bosch cornering ABS|
|Seat Top||31.9 in.|
|Gas Capability||Four.zero gal.|
|Dry Weight||428 lb. dry|