Ducati unveil two showstoppers at the Verona Bike Expo

Published: 27 January 2017

Hot Scramblers at Italian show

Ducati unveiled two new Scrambler specials at last week’s Motor Bike Expo in Verona. The bikes, named the Scrambler R/T and Essenza, proved a massive hit with the latter picking the Best in Show award from Italian magazine Motociclismo. 

The R/T was built by Parma-based Avil Motociclette using the 400cc Scrambler Sixty2 as the donor bike. The build took 53 days – hence the #53 numberboard on the finished machine.

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Anvil are known for building machines with a strong focus on the 70s, so it was no surprise to find out that’s exactly what they’ve done with the R/T. The bike takes it design cues directly from Ducati Scramblers of yesteryear. A spokesman said:  “We wanted to pay homage to this glorious Ducati by giving it a modern twist by bringing some of the styling traits of the seventies into the present day.” 

This resulted in Anvil messing with everything but the frame to get it looking just right. The fuel tank, for example, was made to the original shaping of the 70s Scrambler and was then modelled to fit the frame perfectly. The handlebars could have come directly from a Californian desert race and the seat has also benefitted from a re-shape that harks back to those sweet 70s origins.

The Essenza, meanwhile, featured a design that was much more of a nod to the Café Racer movement. It was built by South Garage of Milan who are no strangers to the Scrambler, having used the model a couple of times before in their extensive repertoire of custom builds.

The frame and suspension on the Essenza remain stock but most other things have been altered, modified or changed in some way. Everything on the bike just seems to sit right, be it the lines that flow through the bikes design, the fairing, which was influenced by a “steam punk” design or the beautifully made exhaust. This bike is a standout work of pure and beautifully made craftsmanship.

 

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