Tuesday, April 20

Ducati Scrambler Icon- the classic cult retained

The Ducati Scrambler was the brand name for a series of single cylinder scrambler motorcycles made by Ducati for the American market from 1962 until 1975. Then the company came up with the new Ducati Scrambler in 2015.

The Ducati Scrambler was introduced at the 2014 Intermot motorcycle show. The new model, with an 803 cc engine rated at 75 hp, is offered in four configurations: Classic, Urban Enduro, Icon, and Full Throttle.

We at technwheelz.com review the 2015 Ducati Scrambler Icon.

Ducati Scrambler (41)

At a glance

Make: Ducati

Model: Scrambler

Tech specs:

  • Engine Type: L-Twin, Desmodromic  distribution, 2 valves per cylinder, air cooled
  • Displacement: 803 cc
  • Bore x stroke: 88 x 66 mm
  • Compression ratio: 11:1
  • Power: 75 [email protected] 8,250 rpm
  • Torque : 68 Nm @ 5,750 rpm
  • Fuel injection: Electronic fuel injection, 50 mm throttle body
  • Gearbox: 6 speed
  • Emissions: Euro 3

Ducati Scrambler (42)

Ride Quality

  • The handlebar is tall and wide, providing upright, confident riding position.
  • Zipping through city traffic is exceptionally easy.
  • Light-touch brake lever feels outstanding, a real plus point when it comes to the continuous stop-and-go of city traffic.
  • The bike is ultimately truer to the scrambler ethic.
  • Tyres provide ample grip when running through patches of sand and are produced exclusively for the Scrambler. The result is outstanding performance on surfaces of any kind.
  • A simple, respectable machine.
  • An easy-access motorcycle for smaller riders and to inspire those of less experience.

Ducati Scrambler Icon

The Powertrain

  • Oil cooled L-twin two-valve 803 cc engine powers the Ducati Scrambler Icon.
  • The engine is lively and quick revving, pulling strong all the way to the rev limiter.
  • Shifting is easy and quick.

Build Quality

  • Ducati Scrambler features a twin upper spar steel Trellis frame.
  • Light weight, stronger engine and planted chassis.
  • Ultra-modern LED light guide on headlamps and Rear light with suffused-light LED technology shows attention to details paid.
  • A distinctive header pipe configuration curls into a right-side 2-into-1 exhaust.
  • Under-seat storage compartment with USB socket.

How much to pay:

  • For a new bike: Rs 7.25 lakh* (Ex Showroom Delhi)
  • For a used bike: NA*
  • Insurance: Rs 20000/-* per year
  • Servicing: Rs 5500/- *

(* The prices are indicative)

Ducati Scrambler Icon logo
Ducati Scrambler Icon logo

A bit of history

The Scrambler was designed following a request from the Berliner brothers, the US importers of Ducati bikes in the 1960s. They wanted a bike that would suit the tastes of American bikers. Initial contact was established by Giorgio Monetti – famous for his round-the-world ride together with Leopoldo Tartarini – who was then Sales Manager at Ducati. It was agreed that the bike would have to be extremely practical and the design work was entrusted to Renzo Neri, who, even though he was Technical Department Manager at the time, was known to have a skilled hand: the designs for the tank, seat and mudguards are, in fact, his. The first Scrambler went into production in 1962 and was modified uninterruptedly until 1968, when the real “long engine cover” Scramblers appeared, followed by the 250 and 350 versions and, in 1969, the 450.

The first Scrambler series included some bikes with desmodromic cylinder heads and was the subject of continuous technical adjustments until production was discontinued in 1975. For a variety of reasons, the Scrambler was an enormous success. First of all, it embodied the rebellious, unconventional spirit of the time. It also had an exceptional frame, good enough to even be used on the racetrack. Also, it had a purpose-built engine, and great overall performance with a perfect central riding position made it one of the most enjoyable bikes of the period. Last but not least, it was cool: rounded lines with a hint of both classic and modern blended seamlessly with the bright colouring, which stood out against the black chassis setup and chrome tank.

The first Scrambler model is universally acknowledged as the meeting point between the American and European schools of motorcycling. A bike that defined an era, it became a Ducati milestone in much the same way that the 916 and Monster later would.



Technical Specifications


  • Type:  L-Twin, Desmodromic distribution, 2 valves per cylinder, air cooled
  • Displacement: 803 cc
  • Bore x Stroke: 88 x 66 mm
  • Compression Ratio: 11:1
  • Power: 75 hp (55 kW) 8250 rpm
  • Torque: 50 lb-ft (68 Nm) @ 5750 rpm
  • Fuel injection: Electronic fuel injection, 50 mm throttle body
  • Exhaust: Exhaust system with single stainless steel muffler with aluminium exterior cover, catalytic converter and 2 lambda probes
  • Emissions: Euro 3


  • Gearbox: 6 speed
  • Ratio: 1=32/13 2=30/18 3=28/21 4=26/23 5=22/22 6=24/26
  • Primary drive: Straight cut gears, Ratio 1.85:1
  • Final drive: Chain, front sprocket 15, rear sprocket 46
  • Clutch: APTC wet multiplate with mechanical control



  • Frame: Tubular steel Trellis frame
  • Wheelbase: 1445 mm (56.9 in)
  • Rake: 24°
  • Trail: 112 mm (4.4 in)
  • Total steering lock: 35°
  • Front suspension: Upside down Kayaba 41 mm fork
  • Front wheel travel: 150 mm (5.9 in)
  • Rear suspension: Kayaba rear shock, pre-load adjustable
  • Rear wheel travel: 150 mm (5.9 in)

Ducati Scrambler Icon rear


  • Front wheel: 10-spoke in light alloy 3.00″ x 18″
  • Front tyre: 110/80 R18 Pirelli MT 60 RS
  • Rear wheel: 10-spoke light alloy 5.50″ x 17″
  • Rear tyre: 180/55 R17 Pirelli MT 60 RS


  • Front brake: Single 330 mm disc, radial 4-piston calliper with ABS as standard equipment
  • Rear brake: 245 mm disc, 1-piston floating calliper with ABS as standard equipment
  • Fuel tank capacity: 13.5 l – 3.57 gallon (US)
  • Dry weight: 170 kg (375 lb)
  • Wet weight 186 kg (410 lb)
  • Seat height: 790 mm (31.1 in) Max height 1150 mm (45.3 in) (brake reservoir)
  • Max width: 845 mm (33.3 in) (mirrors)
  • Max length: 2100 – 2165 mm (82.7 – 85.2 in)

Ducati Scrambler Icon speedometer

  • Instrumentation: LCD
  • Ducati electronics dual-channel ABS
  • Versions Dual seat


Ducati Scrambler image gallery

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