First ride: Ducati Scrambler

Published: 11 December 2014

Ducati’s eagerly anticipated Scrambler is being launched today in sunny California in the hands of Senior Road Tester Adam Child. Here’s what Adam had to say about the all new Ducati.

"We’ve flown all the way to sunny California to test ride Ducati’s all new Scrambler. We’ve been given the chance to ride the new Icon model which will cost £6995 when it arrives in the UK early next year.

"Each model shares the same 803cc air-cooled V-Twin from the 796 Ducati Monster. The bore and stroke remain the same but the valve overlap has been reduced which should smooth out the power delivery. Ducati are quoting 75bhp at 8250rpm and 5.2ftlb of torque at 5750rpm.

"Each model also shares the same twin spar trellis frame and the same suspension, inverted 41mm front forks and a side mounted single rear shock, both adjustable for preload only and produced by Kayaba.

"Each model features new chunky enduro-style Pirelli MT60 rubber specially designed for the Scrambler. In all there are four different models to choose from, the Icon, Classic, Full Throttle and Urban Enduro, each one styled slightly different but using the same base.

"Prices start at £6895 for the Icon in red then £6895 for the yellow. All other variants are £7995. The Icon will be in dealers in February with all other models following in Mach and April. There’s also a huge list of accessories to personalise and create your own bike along with a huge list of clothing."

Read the full test on in the December 17 issue of MCN.