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Ducati cashes in on the Scrambler’s success with new 1100

Ducati cashes in on the Scramb...
The Ducati Scrambler 1100 Special is one of three versions available
The Ducati Scrambler 1100 Special is one of three versions available
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The 2018 Ducati Scrambler 1100 in Shining Black color
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The 2018 Ducati Scrambler 1100 in Shining Black color
The 2018 Ducati Scrambler 1100 in '62 Yellow color
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The 2018 Ducati Scrambler 1100 in '62 Yellow color
Ducati built the 2018 Scrambler 1100 on the styling of the original model
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Ducati built the 2018 Scrambler 1100 on the styling of the original model
The 2018 Ducati Scrambler 1100 combines classic looks with modern touches
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The 2018 Ducati Scrambler 1100 combines classic looks with modern touches
The 2018 Ducati Scrambler 1100 will fit bigger riders
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The 2018 Ducati Scrambler 1100 will fit bigger riders
The 2018 Ducati Scrambler 1100 is fitted with Pirelli MT 60 RS tires
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The 2018 Ducati Scrambler 1100 is fitted with Pirelli MT 60 RS tires
The steel fuel tank of the 2018 Ducati Scrambler 1100 holds 15 l (4 gal)
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The steel fuel tank of the 2018 Ducati Scrambler 1100 holds 15 l (4 gal)
Cockpit view of the 2018 Ducati Scrambler 1100
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Cockpit view of the 2018 Ducati Scrambler 1100
The 2018 Ducati Scrambler 1100 stops thanks to a pair of four-piston, radially mounted Brembo monobloc calipers acting on 320 mm semi-floating discs
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The 2018 Ducati Scrambler 1100 stops thanks to a pair of four-piston, radially mounted Brembo monobloc calipers acting on 320 mm semi-floating discs
The rear Kayaba shock of the 2018 Ducati Scrambler 1100 is adjustable for spring preload and rebound damping
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The rear Kayaba shock of the 2018 Ducati Scrambler 1100 is adjustable for spring preload and rebound damping
Under the seat of the 2018 Ducati Scrambler 1100 hides a USB outlet for charging devices
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Under the seat of the 2018 Ducati Scrambler 1100 hides a USB outlet for charging devices
The tail section of the 2018 Ducati Scrambler 1100
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The tail section of the 2018 Ducati Scrambler 1100
The 2018 Ducati Scrambler 1100 Special is available only in Custom Gray color
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The 2018 Ducati Scrambler 1100 Special is available only in Custom Gray color
The 2018 Ducati Scrambler 1100 Special  invests on classic cosmetic touches
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The 2018 Ducati Scrambler 1100 Special  invests on classic cosmetic touches
The 2018 Ducati Scrambler 1100 Special features bright gold fork tubes
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The 2018 Ducati Scrambler 1100 Special features bright gold fork tubes
The 2018 Ducati Scrambler 1100 Special rolls on spoked wheels
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The 2018 Ducati Scrambler 1100 Special rolls on spoked wheels
The 2018 Ducati Scrambler 1100 Special sports only stylish differences over the basic model
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The 2018 Ducati Scrambler 1100 Special sports only stylish differences over the basic model
View from behind the 2018 Ducati Scrambler 1100 Special
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View from behind the 2018 Ducati Scrambler 1100 Special
The rider's view of the 2018 Ducati Scrambler 1100 Special
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The rider's view of the 2018 Ducati Scrambler 1100 Special
The brushed swingarm is a giveaway of the 2018 Ducati Scrambler 1100 Special
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The brushed swingarm is a giveaway of the 2018 Ducati Scrambler 1100 Special
The chromed exhaust tubes of the 2018 Ducati Scrambler 1100 Special
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The chromed exhaust tubes of the 2018 Ducati Scrambler 1100 Special
The brown plaid seat of the 2018 Ducati Scrambler 1100 Special
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The brown plaid seat of the 2018 Ducati Scrambler 1100 Special
The 2018 Ducati Scrambler 1100 Special in action
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The 2018 Ducati Scrambler 1100 Special in action
The 2018 Ducati Scrambler 1100 Special can be a very efficient communter
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The 2018 Ducati Scrambler 1100 Special can be a very efficient communter
The 2018 Ducati Scrambler 1100 Special in action
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The 2018 Ducati Scrambler 1100 Special in action
The Ducati Scrambler 1100 Special is one of three versions available
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The Ducati Scrambler 1100 Special is one of three versions available
The 2018 Ducati Scrambler 1100 Sport is available only in Viper Black color
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The 2018 Ducati Scrambler 1100 Sport is available only in Viper Black color
The Sport is the higher-spec version of the 2018 Ducati Scrambler 1100
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The Sport is the higher-spec version of the 2018 Ducati Scrambler 1100
From the front only the black handlebars reveal that this is the 2018 Ducati Scrambler 1100 Sport
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From the front only the black handlebars reveal that this is the 2018 Ducati Scrambler 1100 Sport
Black styling and Öhlins suspensions for the 2018 Ducati Scrambler 1100 Sport
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Black styling and Öhlins suspensions for the 2018 Ducati Scrambler 1100 Sport
Yellow details break the black theme of the 2018 Ducati Scrambler 1100 Sport
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Yellow details break the black theme of the 2018 Ducati Scrambler 1100 Sport
The stripes on the fuel tank bring a touch of vintage racing to the 2018 Ducati Scrambler 1100 Sport
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The stripes on the fuel tank bring a touch of vintage racing to the 2018 Ducati Scrambler 1100 Sport
The fuel tank of the 2018 Ducati Scrambler 1100 Sport
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The fuel tank of the 2018 Ducati Scrambler 1100 Sport
The blacked out cockpit of the 2018 Ducati Scrambler 1100 Sport
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The blacked out cockpit of the 2018 Ducati Scrambler 1100 Sport
The digital instrument is common for all three 2018 Ducati Scrambler 1100 models
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The digital instrument is common for all three 2018 Ducati Scrambler 1100 models
The left-hand side controls of the 2018 Ducati Scrambler 1100
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The left-hand side controls of the 2018 Ducati Scrambler 1100
The right-hand side switches of the 2018 Ducati Scrambler 1100 Sport
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The right-hand side switches of the 2018 Ducati Scrambler 1100 Sport
The tail section of the 2018 Ducati Scrambler 1100 Sport
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The tail section of the 2018 Ducati Scrambler 1100 Sport
The 2018 Ducati Scrambler 1100 Sport features Öhlins forks
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The 2018 Ducati Scrambler 1100 Sport features Öhlins forks
The Öhlins rear shock absorber of the 2018 Ducati Scrambler 1100 Sport
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The Öhlins rear shock absorber of the 2018 Ducati Scrambler 1100 Sport
The seat of the 2018 Ducati Scrambler 1100 Sport
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The seat of the 2018 Ducati Scrambler 1100 Sport
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The Scrambler proved to be a huge hit for Ducati, building on the principle of simplicity that had nourished the Monster's legend. It started as an 800, shrunk to 400, and now Ducati is breathing new life to another classic airhead motor with the Scrambler 1100, offered in three stylish renditions.

Ducati made its name after decades of building race-winning sportbikes, yet one of its biggest commercial hits was a naked, relatively underpowered roadster. The Italian company had been winning races with liquid-cooled engines years before the Monster forged an icon out of air-cooled V-twins that drew their roots from the 1970s.

More than two decades later, while the modern Monsters are turning to detuned superbike motors, Ducati cut back to the simple classic theme with the Scrambler. At a time when modern retro is the latest hype and custom shops are popping up all over the world like daisies in the spring, Ducati managed to come up with the right product at the right time. Pretty soon there are eight different Scrambler models, each one styled and equipped for the occasion.

It almost seems inevitable that Ducati would come up with a bigger Scrambler. The engine has been available for years, writing its own history on the Monster and Hypermotard 1100 before giving way to a new generation of bikes powered by variations of the Testastretta V-twin.

Ducati built the 2018 Scrambler 1100 on the styling of the original model
Ducati built the 2018 Scrambler 1100 on the styling of the original model

The old 1,079 cc two-valve airhead would end up too restricted to make it through Euro 4, but as much as this was a problem for the Hypermotard, it certainly wasn't for the Scrambler. The output of 86 hp (63 kW) and 88 Nm (65 lb-ft) is more than enough for a classic looking bike with real-world practicality in mind.

The new Scrambler is not only more powerful than the original model, it is also bigger. A little longer in wheelbase and physical dimensions, it sits the rider 20 mm (0.8 in) higher at 810 mm (32 in), but keeps the same frame geometry, and hopefully the familiar feeling of the previous Scrambler.

The modern touches are there, with electronic throttle control, three riding modes, adjustable traction control and Bosch Cornering ABS. These are complemented with some high-end mechanical equipment, like Brembo radial monobloc M4.32 four-piston calipers, Marzocchi fully adjustable 45-mm front forks and a Kayaba rear monoshock that is adjustable for preload and rebound.

Next to the basic model, Ducati also offers the Special, which goes for a more classic look with its spoked wheels, aluminum mudguards, a brown seat and lower handlebars.

Black styling and Öhlins suspensions for the 2018 Ducati Scrambler 1100 Sport
Black styling and Öhlins suspensions for the 2018 Ducati Scrambler 1100 Sport

The third member of the Scrambler 1100 clan is the Sport, which brings about more than just cosmetic changes in the shape of fully adjustable Öhlins suspensions at both ends of the bike.

All three models roll on 3.50 x 18 in wheels at the front and 5.50 x 17 at the rear and, according to Ducati, their wet weights are 206 kg (454 lb) for the basic model and the Sport, and 211 kg (465 lb) for the Special.

The digital instrument is common for all three 2018 Ducati Scrambler 1100 models
The digital instrument is common for all three 2018 Ducati Scrambler 1100 models

The Scrambler 1100 is making its public debut at the EICMA show in Milan, Italy, this week. New Atlas is on the ground to bring you the latest news.

Source: Ducati

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