There has been a massive revamp of the most affordable Ducatis.
After breaking cover at EICMA 2022, Ducati has unveiled the next generation of its iconic Scrambler series of motorcycles. With prices starting at Rs 10.39 lakh for the base Icon, the Scrambler 800s remain the most accessible way to get into the Ducati folklore. While the overall Scrambler silhouette remains more or less the same, the new model is sharper and edgier, giving it a toned, muscular feel. The X-insignia bearing headlight is now an LED unit, and so are the other lighting systems as well.
With customisation being key for the Scramblers, you can easily choose a base cover and then slap on ‘cover kits’ to keep your Scrambler looking fresh as always. Gone is the circular LCD console. In its stead comes the same 4.3-inch colour TFT dash that most other Ducatis bear. However, you will find the Scrambler touch here as well as the housing is unique and it is offset-mounted.
The 803cc air-cooled L-twin motor continues making 73 bhp and 65.2Nm. However, this motor is now a lot more tech-savvy as Ducati has thrown in a lot of electronic rider aids. For starters, the notchy on/off throttle transitions are expected to be a thing of the past as the Scrambler now finally gets ride-by-wire and with it two riding modes: Wet and Road. Plus, the six-axis IMU is now also responsible for handling lean-sensitive traction control duties besides the predecessor’s cornering ABS functionality.
Ducati has listened to its community and made two key changes to the bike to make it more wholesome. Firstly, the clutch is a lot more compact and claimed to be lighter to operate, a great thing for our bumper-to-bumper traffic situations. More importantly, with the changes to the monoshock, swingarm design and new bolt-on rear subframe, the ride is expected to get a lot more pliant and welcoming for our roads.
The Scrambler is also offered in two other trims – Full Throttle and Nightshift – both priced at Rs 12 lakh. The former continues to be the Scrambler’s flat-track racing-inspired variant with lowered bars for a sporty posture and unique colour scheme. Plus, it is the only variant of the trio to get a bi-directional quickshifter as standard, optional fitment on the other two, though. And not to forget a Termignoni end-can which is homologated for road use.
The Nightshift is a derivative of the old Cafe Racer trim, arriving in a sexy Nebula Blue shade. It doesn’t have clip-on bars but the tan seat and blacked-out spoke rims make up for the vibe that the Italian marque is aiming for with this variant.
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