DUCATI SCRAMBLER 800 (2015-on) Review

Published: 19 December 2014

Stylish, easy to ride, desirable and afforable

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Stylish, easy to ride, desirable and afforable

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

You don’t have to be a fashionable hipster to enjoy the Scrambler, its qualities shine through without the clever marketing. It’s easy to ride, small and light, has a lovely useable air-cooled V-twin with lots of low to mid-range power. There’s some lovely attention to detail on all the models. Experienced hands may want a little more power and noise, but everyone else will love it.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

Despite the odd wheel sizes (18 inch front and 17 rear) and off road-looking Pirelli rubber, the Scrambler can hold its head high and punch well above its weight in handling terms. It’s relatively light and nimble and the wide bars enable you to throw it around with ease. 

Engine 4 out of 5

The 803cc, air-cooled, motor is based on the old 796 Monster unit. The bore and stroke has remained the same but valve overlap, injectors, air-box and exhaust are all new. The result is 75bhp and 50.2ftlb of torque - slightly down on the old Monster but the spread of torque is greater. Power starts from low down, is linear, more than enough for this type of bike, but it does lack a litte top end rush for experienced hands.

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

The level of finish is very high – there is some lovely attention to detail. Ducati have also worked in partnership with reliable, quality brands such as Brembo, Pirelli and Kayaba. Reliabity shouldn’t be a problem as the motor is based on the proven 796 Monster. 

Insurance, running costs & value 5 out of 5

The Scrambler range is exceptional value for money. The bikes are desirable, well built and good looking. The cheapest model, the Icon, doesn’t feel like an entry level ‘budget’ Ducati, you’d estimate the price to be much higher.

Equipment 4 out of 5

ABS comes as standard on all models but that’s it in terms of rider aids. It’s relatively basic but is designed to be at a competitive price. The Kayaba suspension only has pre-load adjustment, and there’s only a single brake disc up front, but it’s controlled by a huge radial Brembo caliper.
The Scrambler comes in six varients with options of wire spoked or alloy wheels, Termignoni exhausts, different seats, headlamp guards, bodywork and handlebars depending on the model.

Owners' Reviews

9 owners have reviewed their DUCATI SCRAMBLER 800 (2015-on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

Review your DUCATI SCRAMBLER 800 (2015-on)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 3.9 out of 5
Engine 4.2 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 3.9 out of 5
Equipment 3.9 out of 5
4 out of 5

Not perfect but a lot of fun

14 April 2017 by Ducati Dude

Ok it's not perfect, but it's a lot of fun. As other reviews have mentioned, ditch the stock can, the stock bars and mirrors. The suspensions is a little agricultural and the throttle can be snatchy until you get used to it. But boy, with a good can... Read more on it sounds great, it's a lot of fun to ride, has good low end torque and is light. I must be the ony person on the planet who didnt have a problem with the seat.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
Yeah, the suspension isn't perfect, and it's definitely not set up for offroad action. Never had any issue with brakes.
Engine
4 out of 5
plenty of low ent grunt, but could do with a bit more top end (like most bikes)
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
I'm pretty meticulous about cleaning and maintenance and I've had no issues. After 2 years it still looks good as new.
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
It depends on how extortionate your dealer is for servicing. The Ducati badge seems to be a licence to charge like a wounded bull. The tyres are a bit pricey - you're probably buying them yourself and getting the dealer to fit.
Equipment
4 out of 5
lose the handlebars and replace with flat track bars. A termignioni or after market can will change your life.
4 out of 5

28 March 2017 by frenchy

A joy to ride easy to live with and love the noise Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
3 out of 5
The seat look good but so uncomfortable making long journey painful buy a comfort seat for touring available from Ducati.
Engine
4 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
Not Honda quality but all good so far
Value & Running Costs
3 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
Love the look and the ride ability however a fuel gauge be a plus you need to keep track of your miles all the time only 13.5 liters tank so 100 miles and the light is on
4 out of 5

Great fun retro

21 October 2016 by Dave Allcock

Great fun, good handling but harsh back end. Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
Excellent brakes. Rear suspension harsh. Transformed with Hagon shock with linear spring. £300 inc vat well spent. Fully adjustable damping
Engine
5 out of 5
Just the right amount of power for the chassis. Great torque and clips on nicely
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Very good build quality
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
Standard tyres good but wearing quickly
Equipment
4 out of 5
Simple without gizmos.
Buying experience

Excellent service from Sergio at Ducati Manchester

4 out of 5

Make your own mind up.......go for a ride.

19 June 2016 by Spokegg

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend. However, it aint perfect. I have done 10,000 miles on it, so I have a pretty good perspective on the finer points. As a workhorse (?), the seat hurts (part seat, part suspension), the sometimes snatchy... Read more throttle can irritate and you'll feel like a kite when the wind blows. But when all is said and done, the 'fun' factor is through the roof.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
120 miles before the reserve light comes on is perfect time to rest your tushy. My pillion never complains but 2 hours is enough. The bike excels on windy Cornish A roads keeping it in 5th and using all that lovely low end torque. Brakes are ok but dont improve with a pillion....... Brake early ladies and gents. Change the bars to the FT lower ones or you'll dislocate your shoulders. Oh, and dont believe those who take them off road. Not a good idea.
Engine
5 out of 5
With after market can the engine sounds addictive. Low end torque is a pleasure and cruises at 70/80mph no problem. Throttle can catch you out in traffic or over bumps. It's not a sports bike so dont look for much power after 6000rpm
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
A couple of the screw heads are a tad orange and some of the shiny bits are furring up, but then I have ridden it in all weather and could/should have cleaned it more obsessively. The stock equipment feels a little, well stock. Seat, can, shocks, mirrors all feel a bit bargain bin but that is simply all to do with the ethos of the bike and encourages personalisation (if you have the cash). No engine issues and nothing has fallen off.
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
600 mile service £150. 7,500 mile service £300ish. Tyres £280. If you dont ride all year then these prices are no issue. Having done 10,000 miles in 6 months it's starting to hurt. Stock tyres look nice and grip ok but are made of tissue. Get some Pilots on there and you'll see plenty of grip for long periods (stock tyres were shot after 3,500 miles, current Pilots are still grippy after 6,500). 55MPG cant be sniffed at.
Equipment
4 out of 5
Change the tyres, as mentioned earlier. Change the bars, as mentioned earlier. Change the can, as mentioned earlier. Dont pay any attention to the forums or you'll bankrupt yourself, and look like a tw*t.
Buying experience

Paid 7,500 with new can and some carbon stuff. Good dealer and would buy from them again but a bit pricey.....

4 out of 5

Scrambler after 5000kms

04 May 2016 by Tiger68

Best features 1. Handling on both the Twisties and light off road - the standard Perilli MT60RS tyres are fantastic they are 60/40 but on road feel like 90/40 (yes I know it doesn't add up ?) The only down side they wear very quickly I've only... Read more done 5000kms and both front and rear need replacing. 2. Brakes are good for the size and weight of bike and ABS works well. 3. The motor is a sweet joy in traffic and on the open road its exciting down low and you can easily cruise on 120kms (A small Dart screen makes a BIG improvement on the buffeting) 4. Riding position is an upright riding position (almost trail bike like - with its wide bars) 5. Standard suspension works well but can be abit hard on poor road surfaces 6. Service intervals are 15000 kms (thats gold) but still keep an eye on chain tention, tyre pressure and engine oil - if you ride off road you may need to change oil at 10,000 (or less depending on how dusty the roads are) OK Bad points 1. The seat is made of timber! not really but is very hard, it looks comfortable but NOT, I had mine redone to suit my needs 2. Not the best bike for taller riders say 5-8 max down and a great females bike as well. 3. Front pegs are too narrow I put SM-MOTO ones on mine they gave rubber inserts and are very comfortable 4. Last one has a false neutral between 5-6 gear (was told it was a Ducati thing and would have to get used to it) I sort off have, just be firm with up shift and down shirt between 5-6 gears. 5. Tank size is too small 13.5 LTS is not enough but will still get you at least 240kms before refilling. I also carry a 3.5 LT fuel bladder on long trips as well. Overall a great bike for the money if you won't to make it into a practical and handling weapon will cost you a few thousand dollars with suspension and other mods. But straight out of the box its still a great bike.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
Handling is almost as good as my Triumph Tiger Sport (and that is saying alot) it just handles so well and brakes are very good for the size and weight off the bike, but pushed very hard you can find there limits.
Engine
4 out of 5
SWEET! nothing like tbe sound of a Ducati its a great smooth engine (but standard pipe needs to go as is 3.5 kg in weight and stops to sweet sound - invest in a after market pipe!
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
Iv done just over 5000kms and it hasn't missed a beat , and at least 300kms off that has been off road. Build quality is fairly good but paint finish on tank isn't the best and scratches easily.
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
The first service was fairly reasonable cost, its 15000 km service isn't supposed to be that expensive, as all components are easily accessible, e.g plugs oil and filter etc Also running costs I get around 260kms on a tank running 95 octane fuel. So thats as good as a current model Suzuki 650 V-Strom
Equipment
3 out of 5
ABS and 12v socket under seat only options, does have brembo brakes but ! You can make it into whatever you want regardless on the type of Scrambler you have , from Adventure accessories for a Urban Enduro to carbon fiber bling for the Icon and variants.
Buying experience

They couldn't sell me a bike quick enough, but after the sale was treated like they were not interested i any of my questions or concerns. Will not buy from that Ducati dealer again!

3 out of 5

Ducati Scrambler Sixty2 - essential to test ride prior to buying!

18 April 2016 by Stuee

Typically excellent Ducati road manners let down by uninspiring engine. Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
Great brakes. Ride is on firm side of sporty.
Engine
3 out of 5
Has power on paper but fails to deliver on the road. Torquey and characterful below 6000 rpm then loses momentum. Reluctant to rev with enthusiasm above that to reach peak power and torque levels above 7000 rpm. Has a harshness to match lack of sparkle which makes speeds above 68mph not pleasant enough for the money. If it was smoother and revved sweeter the lack of outright power would not be an issue.
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
Very nicely made and finished, just a few omissions and cheaper details.
Value & Running Costs
2 out of 5
Probably £750 too expensive.
Equipment
4 out of 5
Just lacks a gear position indicator and USB socket.
4 out of 5

How British bikes should have been - Classic Modern Retro.

05 February 2016 by NorthernFB

Modern retro - lovely looking, easy and predicable to ride. Sore bum after 100 miles or so ! Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
Reminds me very much of the old Bonnie - but hugely better. Brakes a little soft, and seat becomes uncomfortable after an hour or so. I'm not a fast rider, but it is just so predictable round corners, even with those odd tyres. I've take it down a few green lanes and it's quite happy there.
Engine
4 out of 5
Exhaust note is gorgeous, especially on a trailing throttle. Response at low revs in low gears is quite sharp, but overall really, really nice.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
I've replaced the hugger and put on a tail tidy & rack which improves the looks. . Could do with a gear indicator and a larger tank - best range so far has been 120 miles before reserve light flicks on.
Buying experience

Bought from a small family run business in Alton, Hants (WM Snell if I am allowed to say) who are head and shoulders above the nearby BMW dealership in terms of friendliness.

4 out of 5

Bringing back the enjoyment of riding

20 July 2015 by Jase

Good: fun, comfy, easy to throw around and always makes you smile - just as a bike ought to make you feel. Bad: no fuel gauge, and mirrors rubbish if you more than 5ft tall Perfect every day bike, not a motorway high speed bike by any stretch of... Read more the imagination, but does pretty much everything else (even light offroading!!).

Ride Quality & Brakes
3 out of 5
Relaxed and enjoyable. Easy to throw about, enjoys the corners. Comfy to sit on, haven't had the sack of spuds on the back as yet, but presume it would be okay for short trip.
Engine
5 out of 5
fueling and tuning exactly what you expect. no issues (apart from the oil pump seizing). enough torque to play with and a great soundtrack to boot
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
oil pump problem caused the motor to be swapped out after 35km. apart from that, no issues as yet.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
easy to work on, simple
Equipment
4 out of 5
Basic as it should be - no rider modes, although could have had a fuel gauge. Got the termignoni high level exhaust - awesome, need to put the dB killer in though as it is very throaty once the cat has been removed. Bar ends, frame plugs, clock surround, all X-rated - it's nice but would have got them if the bike wasn't already fitted. Got the bar bag - handy for keeping stuff on the run without the need for a tank bag.
Buying experience

Sigma motors in Haugesund, Norway - great guy's good service. Living in Norway so price is about double that in the UK. 155,000NOK fully kitted up

5 out of 5

early days review

08 June 2015 by armo

Great little bike that is pure fun, Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
the ride is great, the throttle response is fine not too sharp like the reviews say and the gearbox is one of the best, clutch is nice and light and a really comfy riding position.
Engine
4 out of 5
plenty enough power and torque but this bike is not about speed
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
no issues so far
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
not cheap but worth the extra
Equipment
4 out of 5
enough
Buying experience

straight forward apart from the wait

Read all 9 owners' reviews in full

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2015
Year discontinued -
New price £6,895
Used price £5,200 to £10,000
Warranty term Three years
Running costs
Insurance group -
Annual road tax £85
Annual service cost £240
Performance
Max power 75 bhp
Max torque 50 ft-lb
Top speed 130 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 12 secs
Average fuel consumption 52 mpg
Tank range 154 miles
Specification
Engine size 803cc
Engine type 4v aircooled V-twin, 6 gears
Frame type Tubular steel trellis
Fuel capacity 13.5 litres
Seat height 790mm
Bike weight 186kg
Front suspension Kayaba 41mm, pre load only
Rear suspension Kayaba monoshock pre load only
Front brake 330mm single disc
Rear brake 245mm disc
Front tyre size Kayaba 41mm, pre load only
Rear tyre size 180/55 x 17

History & Versions

Model history

2015: Model introduced

Other versions

Scrambler Full Throttle – lower bars, flat track style seat, chopped front mudgard, alloy wheels, Termignoni slip-on exhaust.
Scrambler Classic – Wire wheels, metal conventinal front and rear mudguards, retro seat.
Scrambler Urban Enduro – Wire wheels, bash plate, high mudguards, headlight guard, fork protectors, cross brace handlebar.
Scrambler Flat track Pro – lower bars, flat track style seat, chopped front mudgard, alloy wheels, number boards, headlight fairing, Termignoni slip-on exhaust.

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