Ducati scales down the Scrambler with the Sixty2
Unveiled at EICMA 2015, the entry-level version of the Scrambler is Ducati's attempt to make its hugely successful retro model accessible to a wider audience. The Sixty2stays true to the bigger Scrambler's design, but introduces a 399 cc variant of the air-cooled Desmodue engine.
The name Sixty2 is a direct reference to 1962, the year that the first Scrambler 250 was introduced. Ducati produced the single-cylinder Scramblers until 1974, with the later models reaching a 450 cc capacity. Since then the Italian company has turned away from small capacity engines, instead focusing on the V2 desmo motors that built the modern Ducati legend.
The Sixty2's air-cooled 90-degree V2 engine is a smaller take on the 803 cc powerplant of the Scrambler Classic. Its 72 x 49 mm (2.8 x 1.9 in) cylinder dimensions make for a 399 cc capacity, producing 41 hp at 8,750 rpm and 34.3 Nm (25.3 lb-ft) at 7,750 rpm.
In terms of weight, the Sixty2 tips the scales at 183 kg (404 lb), 9 kg (20 lb) less than its sibling.
At first glance the easiest way to spot the new member of the family is by looking at the conventional front forks. Ducati has introduced a set of Showa 41 mm forks paired with a Kayaba single shock. The only adjustable feature in its suspension is the rear shock's preload. The swingarm looks identical to the one used on the bigger model, yet in this case it is a cheaper and heavier steel unit.
Another point that sets apart the Sixty2 is its light alloy 10-spoke wheels. Braking is handled by a 320 mm single disc and a floating two-piston Brembo caliper, supported by a dual-channel Bosch 9 MP ABS system that is offered as standard.
Ducati hit the proverbial jackpot last year with the Scrambler, with the neo-retro model leading the company's sales in a record-braking fiscal season. Now the Italians are obviously targeting a younger audience by offering a cheaper an entry-level version. The Sixty2 is the first modern Ducati motorcycle to comply with the European A2-class driving licenses (restricted to 35 kW / 47 hp) and may also prove to be popular in the Japanese market, where the 400 cc capacity is the marker between two different license classes.
Initial information on the pricing of the Sixty2 turns out rather salty figures. In USA it will be offered for $7,990, compared to £6,450 (US$9,737) in UK, €7,690 ($8,154) in Italy or AUD11,990 ($8,660) in Australia. These price tags effectively translate to a bike considerably more expensive than its competition, and putting it quite close to the 803 cc Scrambler, which starts at US$8,495.