MCN’s Andy Davidson is on the launch of the new Ducati Scrambler Sixty2 in Barcelona, here are his first impressions.
"The Ducati Scrambler Sixty2 represents the latest addition to the hugely successful Scrambler range. It’s basically the popular 800cc air-cooled Scrambler in 400cc form and specifically targets younger, urban riders.
"You’d be forgiven for not noticing any big changes between the two bikes at first glance. The only two obvious giveaways are that the rear tyre has dropped from 180 to 160 and the USD fork on the bigger Scrambler has been ditched in favour of a conventional set-up. Oh, and the tank is a little different as it no longer has changeable aluminium side plates, which has upped capacity from 13.5 to 14 litres.
"When on the move, the most noticeable change is the engine. Now half the original capacity, Ducati reckons the Sixty2 is far more accessible and easy going. It now pumps out 41bhp making it A2 licence friendly and easier to manage for newer riders. The new Kayaba fork is also softer, and while the rear shock is the same unit, the damping has been tweaked to soften the ride.
"Ducati hasn’t skimped on quality components despite the 400 being a smaller, softer model. The bike still rides, looks and feels like a premium product. And Ducati has priced it that way too at £6450, only £800 less than an 800cc Scrambler Icon."
Read the full first ride in next Wednesday’s MCN - on sale February 17.