DUCATI SCRAMBLER 1100 SPORT PRO (2020-on)

Highlights

  • Sport Pro and Pro models available
  • Euro 5 compliant twin
  • Revised Scrambler styling

At a glance

Power: 85 bhp
Seat height: Medium (31.9 in / 810 mm)
Weight: Medium (454 lbs / 206 kg)

Prices

New £12,795
Used £11,300 - £12,800

Overall rating

Next up: Ride & brakes
4 out of 5 (4/5)

The Ducati Scrambler 1100 Sport Pro is the firm's new Euro5 compliant large-capacity Scrambler, complete with fully-adjustable Öhlins suspension, a plethora of design updates - including a restyled rear end, a repositioned numberplate and a double-stacked exhaust - plus the same lovely air-cooled 1079cc desmo twin as the rest of the models in the line-up.

The Sport Pro is not the only new Scrambler for 2020 though, with a slightly cheaper £11,295 1100 Pro also now available. Distinguishable by its Marzocchi front suspension and Kayaba rear, as well as a more relaxed riding position, both are superbly enjoyable road bikes. The hard decision now is Pro or Sport Pro.

Ride quality & brakes

Next up: Engine
4 out of 5 (4/5)

On the sportier, Öhlins-clad Sport Pro the bars are much lower and straighter, giving an aggressive stance, especially when compared to the standard Pro model with its traditionally wide Scrambler bars.

The Sport’s new ergonomics move you further forward on the bike, while bar-end café racer-style mirrors give the new model a sportier feel. On both models you immediately feel the Scrambler’s plus points: ease-of-use and natural ability, which is mainly down to its intuitive handling and that low weight.

Cornering on the Ducati Scrambler 1100 Sport Pro

At speed, when you really start to push, the Öhlins set up is always controlled. On the road, you’re nowhere near the limits of the Sport’s suspension. On the Pro, however, the limitations of the 45mm Marzocchi forks and preload and rebound-adjustable Kayaba set up wouldn’t be too far away.

In reality, new or inexperienced riders may prefer the softer ride of the standard model. And if you’re riding a Scrambler hard, pushing the handling boundaries, you’ve possibly bought the wrong bike in the first place. No, the Scrambler is designed to flow and be a relaxing ride. And if you haven’t ridden the Sport version you’ll find little to fault with the standard Pro.


Ducati Scrambler 1100 electronics

The Ducati safety pack comes as standard on both models and is identical on both machines. There’s excellent cornering ABS and lean-sensitive traction control, which can be deactivated at a standstill.

To make life simpler there are three rider modes – City, Journey and Active… yes, they moved away from the normal 'Urban, Touring and Sport' to keep the Scrambler marketeers happy. City mode cuts 10bhp, offers a soft throttle map and increase the traction control. Journey and Active are both full power but have different engine and throttle characteristics and TC settings.

Ducati Scrambler 1100 clocks

Engine

Next up: Reliability
3 out of 5 (3/5)

Both the 1100 Pro and Sport Pro share the same powerplant; the iconic, air-cooled 1079cc V-twin. Despite having to comply to tight new Euro-5 emissions regs, power and torque remain the same at around 85bhp at 7500rpm and 65ftlb at a just 4750rpm.

Revised fuelling hasn’t meant any loss of sophistication either. From small throttle openings, response is smooth and precise – and with plenty of usable torque available from low down in the rev range both Pros are happy and willing to pull cleanly away from slow speeds in a tall gear.

This is usable, unintimidating performance yet easy enough to have fun with. On the road you just keep short-shifting though the smooth gearbox while enjoying successive helpings of grunt. Ride the torque and the Pro is more than quick enough, especially as it weighs just 189kg dry.

Both models use an 1100 V-Twin engine

Reliability & build quality

Next up: Value
5 out of 5 (5/5)

Being a new model, it's hard to talk about the reliability, however it has already been tried and tested in the Euro4 compliant first-generation Scrambler 1100, which arrived in 2018. A strong dealer network, two year unlimited mileage warranty and decent service intervals of 7500 miles are also in its favour.

A side view of the Ducati Scrambler 1100 Pro

Value vs rivals

Next up: Equipment
3 out of 5 (3/5)

At £12,795 for Scrambler 1100 Sport Pro and £11,295 for the Pro model, both 2020 Ducati retros are a heavy investment. That said, both are sophisticated, stylish and desirable with easy handling and a soulful, unintimidating air-cooled engine.

Both machines are superbly enjoyable road bikes. If you were hoping for more power and sharper handling, you’ll be disappointed, but if you wanted class leading style, then look no further. 

The large-capacity road bike class is strongly contested, with the 1100s facing stiff competition from the likes of the BMW R nineT, Triumph Speed Twin and Scrambler 1200, Honda CB1100 range and more.


Equipment

4 out of 5 (4/5)

The Italian-made engine is one of the most attractive motors you can buy while the Pro’s new, double stacked exhaust looks like a classy factory aftermarket item and is a huge visual improvement over the old model. Thankfully, it sounds as good as it looks and has a nice little burble at tickover and a charismatic chorus on the throttle.

Ducati’s designers have upped their game even further for 2020 and the new styling, graphics and separate number plate holder have cleaned up the rear end. For styling and image, the new Pros tick all boxes and is a significant step above over the older bike. Both models have a high-end finish and are dripping in quality.

The Ducati Scrambler 1100 Sport Pro gets Öhlins suspension

The £12,795 Scrambler 1100 Sport Pro uses the same air-cooled engine as the lesser-specced Pro, but gains fully adjustable, 48mm Öhlins forks and an Öhlins rear shock, again directly side-mounted and adjustable for pre-load and rebound. The bars are now lower, with café racer-style bar end mirrors and is presented in matt black.

Meanwhile, the standard Scrambler 1100 Pro (£11,295) comes with fully adjustable 45mm Marzocchi forks and a Kayaba side-mounted shock, adjustable for pre-load and rebound. It comes in an 'Ocean Drive' livery and with wide bars, which you’d normally associate with the traditional Scrambler.

Specs

Engine size 1079cc
Engine type Air cooled V-twin
Frame type Steel trellis
Fuel capacity 15 litres
Seat height 810mm
Bike weight 206kg
Front suspension 48mm USD Öhlins forks, fully adjustable
Rear suspension Öhlins monoshock. Pre-load and rebound adjustable
Front brake 2 x 320mm discs, four-piston radial caliper
Rear brake Single 245mm disc, one-piston caliper
Front tyre size 120/70 x 18
Rear tyre size 180/55 x 17

Mpg, costs & insurance

Average fuel consumption -
Annual road tax £93
Annual service cost -
New price £12,795
Used price £11,300 - £12,800
Insurance group -
How much to insure?
Warranty term Two years

Top speed & performance

Max power 85 bhp
Max torque 65 ft-lb
Top speed -
1/4 mile acceleration -
Tank range -

Model history & versions

Model history

  • 2018: Ducati Scrambler 1100 launched as a three bike family comprised of the standard 1100, the Special and Sport. Carrying the same ethos as the smaller 800 and 400cc Scramblers, it provided big bike performance to match its looks and was built like a true slice of Italian exotica.

Other versions

Only the Ducati Scrambler 1100 Sport Pro and Pro models are available as part of the large-capacity Ducati retro family.

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