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Ducati launches 2019 Scrambler range starting Rs 7.89 lakh
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Ducati launches 2019 Scrambler range starting Rs 7.89 lakh

Aatish Mishra

Ducati has announced prices for the new MY2019 Scrambler range. It has launched all four variants including the Icon, the Cafe Racer, the Desert Sled and the Full Throttle. The updated Scrambler gets mildly tweaked cosmetics, more features and a few updates to the suspension. Prices for the Scrambler start at Rs 7.89 lakh and go up to Rs 9.93 lakh.

Visually, the Scrambler gets a new LED headlamp up front with LED indicators (which are now self cancelling) as well. The tank panels are redesigned and the Icon now also gets 10-spoke alloy wheels just like the Scrambler 1100 does. There’s a new colour scheme available as well — ‘Atomic Tangerine’ which is an addition to the ’62 Yellow that it was already available with. The changes aren’t vast, and you’d have to have a keen eye to spot them.

There has been some work on making the Scrambler easier to live with. The Scrambler new gets new switchgear that is supposed to be more ergonomic, and to incorporate that, they have redesigned how the cable throttle sits. It gets updated instrumentation — fully digital, and Ducati Multimedia System ready, which means it can hook up to your phone if you opt for the Bluetooth accessory. The seat has been redesigned to be flatter and more comfortable. Ducati claims that it has recalibrated the 41mm Kayaba USD forks to provide better ride comfort. The Italian marque has also added hydraulic clutch with adjustable levers in the MY19 Scrambler. Both the front forks and the rear monoshock provide 150mm of travel each. A big addition on the MY2019 motorcycles are the addition of cornering ABS — it gets a single 330mm disc, with a 4-piston Brembo M 4.32B monobloc calliper that works in conjunction with Bosch’s 9.1MP cornering ABS. The core of the motorcycle — the twin spar trellis frame that houses the 803cc L-twin motor. Outputs remain the same at 72bhp at 8250rpm and 67Nm at 5750rpm.

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In addition to the base Icon variant of the Scrambler, the three other variants including the Cafe Racer, the Desert Sled and the Full Throttle. The Cafe Racer gets a new livery, and draws inspiration from the Ducati 125GP Desmo. Obviously it gets the aggressive clip on handlebars, but it also gets neat looking bar end mirrors and a 17-inch spoked wheel in front (the Icon gets an 18). Other cosmetic tweaks include a dual tailpipe, headlamp cowl, number holders and stubby mudguards. The Cafe Racer comes shod in Pirelli Diablo Rosso III tyres.

The Desert Sled is the most off-road biased of the lot here. Visually, it gets a red frame and a new seat colour. It also gets spoked wheels (a 19-inch front with Pirelli Scorpion Rally tyres) with blacked out rims, a mesh headlamp guard, high-set mudguards and a bash plate that do well to showcase its off-road cred. But it isn’t just visual — the Desert Sled gets a beefier frame, a longer swingarm and fatter forks to make it more effective off the road. It also gets a special Off Road mode that allows the rider to disengage ABS to get better control off-the tarmac.

The Full Throttle draws inspiration from a Flat Tracker that was ridden by Californian racer Frankie Garcia in the 2018 American Super Hooligan Championship. It gets a two-toned black-yellow striped tank and a redesigned tail section. The ergonomics are given an update with the flat handlebar, while the stubby mudguard and dual silencer add to the authenticity.

The Scrambler has been the entry point in to the Ducati family since this range of Scramblers was launched five years ago. Since then, it has sold over 55,000 motorcycles worldwide. The new range of Scramblers compete with Triumph’s Bonneville range and its many adaptations.

Here are the prices of the Scrambler range (all ex-showroom)

Scrambler Icon Rs 7.89 lakh
Scrambler Full Throttle Rs 8.92 lakh
Desert Sled Rs 9.93 lakh
Café Racer Rs 9.78 lakh