DUCATI SCRAMBLER 800 (2015 - on) Review
At a glance
|Owners' reliability rating:|
|Annual servicing cost:||£300|
Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
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 & brakesNext up: Engine
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.
EngineNext up: Reliability
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.
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
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.
Value vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
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.
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.
|Engine type||4v aircooled V-twin, 6 gears|
|Frame type||Tubular steel trellis|
|Fuel capacity||13.5 litres|
|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|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||52 mpg|
|Annual road tax||£96|
|Annual service cost||£300|
|Used price||£4,500 - £6,900|
How much to insure?
|Warranty term||Three years|
Top speed & performance
|Max power||75 bhp|
|Max torque||50 ft-lb|
|Top speed||130 mph|
|1/4 mile acceleration||12 secs|
|Tank range||154 miles|
Model history & versions
2015: Model introduced
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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Owners' reviews for the DUCATI SCRAMBLER 800 (2015 - on)
17 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.
Summary of owners' reviews
|Ride quality & brakes:|
|Reliability & build quality:|
|Value vs rivals:|
|Annual servicing cost:||£300|
Annual servicing cost: £800
A great looking bike that turns heads and gets people interested. I personally find it comfortable, but haven't put many miles in for a fair comment on long distances. My bro in law who is a sports bike rider claims to feel 'cool' on it, and I agree. The stock exhaust doesn't disapoint to the degree that want to change it immediately. The negative points are 1) the usual ducati upkeep on services ( I wish my research hadfound this out). 2) finding neutral can be a tricky one, sometimes it's on but the light doesn't show, other times, it's back in gear. 3) the clutch can be a bit snatchy when finding rev point coming out of corners etc. 4) side stand has he'll of a lean and it it is a bit of a lump to throw upright. Sat on a friend's Street triple and it practically stood up on its own. However that said, it is well planted on the stand where the Triumph was almost already upright, which the owner felt could easily topple the bike by the slightest nudge. 5) small fuel tank with no guage until low. As you can probably tell, I have recently passed my test and this is my first bike, so my terminology and description may be lacking in expert finesse. The only other bike I can compare to is the battered ER6N that I learned on, which wasn't a bad bike to be fair.
Comfortable ride with great riding position. Great stopping power with ABS, which can be turned on and off to suit.
Great torque and power delivery, obviously not the fastest bike but has plenty to give a great experience.
For it's age, it has been well looked after, feels like a solid well built machine, nothing flimsy.
The desmo valve services are crippling. Luckily, I have a local garage with a young guy who was a race team mechanic, he really knows his stuff, full service, belts and desmo cost £800. To get this done by ducati Leeds would have cost £1000 plus getting the bike there (150mile round trip). This service on this model is every 7.5k, later models I believe are at 15k.
Basic instruments, but has everything you need, just lacks creature comforts of other bikes. There are plenty of after market options.
Buying experience: Bought from a dealer of classic motorcycles, they had a great set up. Great experience. Paid £4600 for it at the time, which seemed cheap. Evidently, this was due to the desmo service needing to be done, so all in, I've probably paid what it was worth with the peace of mine knowing it has been done.
Annual servicing cost: £200
Easy to ride, nice bike for b roads and even a gentle green lane.
Nice street and b road bike. If you want speed buy a sports bike! I have a tail tidy and aftermarket exhaust and the bike looks and sounds much better. Brakes not bad for single disk.
A bit more power would be nice but as I commented earlier if you want power look elsewhere. It's enough for most and I find I can stay with much quicker bikes.... But this engine is nice on twisty lanes all day long.
Had the bike from new, some fasteners and bolts have corroded but nothing major. Paint has started to flake from rear of engine. Had a chain guide snap and chain marked engine cases as it come off. Went at 5000 miles.
I do the maintenance myself, but I am told service at dealer not too bad. I find ducati parts expensive, so stuff like chain and sprockets I use renthal, great quality and well priced
No much, fairly old school. Adjustable suspension would be nice but not a deal breaker. Two up is not fun, for me Its a single seater really.
Buying experience: I bought new and enjoy a simple style bike that's easy to ride. I'm lucky enough to have other bikes, but find I use this as its just a nice bike. I went for the icon as it was the same engine and frame / forks but cheaper. I considered changing for a triumph, but now they are made in Asia but still charge European price I will stay with the ducati. Try one, I get the odd comment from other bikers about marketing exercise etc but each to their own. (my Rs250 is same speed/less power but nobody says that's not a proper bike!???)
Version: Desert Sled
Annual servicing cost: £300
After 18 months I can give a good review and I love it! My first bike after a break of 30 years it has a great combination of performance style and ease of use. I used to ride 2 stroke dirt bikes in the eighties and whilst it doesn't come on the pipe and do wheelies in the first three gears its got enough to make it enjoyable and far better than the Triumph scrambler I also considered which was very slow, heavy and lower quality of build and components. The riding position makes for good control around town yet its substantial enough for the odd long journey where a Husqvarna 701 or KTM 690 would be a bit twitchy. Its not just the styling, it really does remind me of my mate's old XT500.
If you're above average size and weight you definitely need to up the pre load front and back especially if you ever carry a passenger but there is lots of fine adjustment on the preload and damping. That big Brembo on the front stops it very well, haven't triggered the ABS yet and you can turn it off easily for off road.
Its got a nice spread and delivery but the the throttle is quite a long slow action now that I've had it a while. However I had a go on the Hypermotard 939 recently and you dont want that kind of delivery when you're my age. Only tiny gripe is the (very) occasional flase neutral between 5th and 6th.
Nothing gone wrong at all even surprised how well battery holds its charge if I haven't ridden it for a few weeks in the winter
If you cared about this you'd buy a moped
Its a dirt bike/dual purpose so not looking for a load of gizmos. Highly recommend the optional tail tidy as the standard plate holder is very big and ugly and the gold alloy Renthal rear sprocket is a third of the weight of the ugly black steel standard one.
Buying experience: Ducati Cambridge were excellent before and since delivery. I paid list
Version: Mach 2 Roland Sands
Light, Low, Fun,
After a couple of hours seat gets a bit sore and front forks are a bit hard on the slow bumps
Buying experience: Bought from Optimum bikes in Wetherby. Excellent customer service
Annual servicing cost: £300
I was the first to review this bike over 3 years ago and now with 7,500 miles under my belt I feel I can give an honest review on probably one of my all-time favourite bikes. It doesn't have GSX-R power, but you get your kicks from the torque, light handling and neck-breaking good looks (mines a bit of a custom cafe racer now). The bike's been solid, starts every time, no issues apart from a faulty fuel connector after a service and makes me smile every ride. It's also taken me off the beaten track where a sports bike just wouldn't feel right.
Suspension on mine has been upgraded to Maxton which is great but I didn't mind the standard set up. The brakes are mega.
Enough power to have fun, 124mph top whack, 0-60 3.5 seconds, again not sportsbike power but the same fun at slower speeds. A bit 'vibey' further up the rev range (fingers tingle after a good thrashing) but uber smooth up to 4,500rpm. Makes the most beautiful music.
Only issue was a dodgy fuel connector. Quality of finish is excellent, bike still looks great apart from usage marks by me (tank bag etc).
I have to knock it for this as it is expensive, £450 for the valve service (just been done) but will do my own oil changes in the future.
Missing only a fuel gauge and gear indicator.
Buying experience: Bought 6 weeks old from somebody who was 6' 6" (saved £1500 on new price) this is not a bike for really tall people.
Annual servicing cost: £350
Best:Power, style, handling Worst: at first, throttle light switch, not linear, now I'm used to it, would change nothing.
Spread of power, gear selection not so critical.
Left me roadside, failed Kill Switch, shorting preventing engine to fire-up. Ducati Rosso Dublin, ordered part in advance, fitted under warranty, issue has not returned...100% reliable since.
Buying experience: Dealer very attentive, great service, no issues to comment, just professional
Version: Desert Sled
Annual servicing cost: £230
Excellent all-rounder off-road and on and a very nice bike to ride and own.
Lovely ride quality great to throw around and the brakes are excellent
A great L twin air cooled 800cc that packs plenty of punch and runs very smoothly.
Excellent Ducati build quality and overall finish not let me down once.
It’s a Ducati so not the cheapest to buy and own.
Has everything you need really including the ability to turn off the ABS when going off road.
Buying experience: Bought brand new from Ducati Coventry at £9450 with free first service.
Annual servicing cost: £300
The marketing around this bike may turn your stomach and I don't blame you, but honestly this really is a fun bike that eggs you on to ride it hard, ride it everywhere. Why? 1. It's light. It's simple. I'm not afraid of dropping it on a dirt road like some adv bikes. I'm much more inclined to explore around. There is no question that I'm controlling the bike, not the other way around. 2. It has just enough power to keep things exciting and pushing hard. 3. It's not expensive. 4. Small size makes life so much easier in the city. The weak points. 1. You can tour with it but it's not a touring machine. Two-up touring is out of the question. No room for two people + luggage. 2. If you are tall it will feel cramped.
Some people complain about the suspension but I don't see a need to upgrade it. It's good for carving corners. If the road is too bumpy you just stand up. Brakes are great. Gearbox was pretty bad in the begining but broke in real good after 2000 miles.
At 5000 miles nothing has fallen off or corroded. I once had an engine error due to very bad fuel but after changing fuel it was resolved.
It's great value for money.
Annual servicing cost: £350
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 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.
Yeah, the suspension isn't perfect, and it's definitely not set up for offroad action. Never had any issue with brakes.
plenty of low ent grunt, but could do with a bit more top end (like most bikes)
I'm pretty meticulous about cleaning and maintenance and I've had no issues. After 2 years it still looks good as new.
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.
lose the handlebars and replace with flat track bars. A termignioni or after market can will change your life.
Version: Full Throttle
A joy to ride easy to live with and love the noise
The seat look good but so uncomfortable making long journey painful buy a comfort seat for touring available from Ducati.
Not Honda quality but all good so far
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
Annual servicing cost: £170
Great fun, good handling but harsh back end.
Excellent brakes. Rear suspension harsh. Transformed with Hagon shock with linear spring. £300 inc vat well spent. Fully adjustable damping
Just the right amount of power for the chassis. Great torque and clips on nicely
Very good build quality
Standard tyres good but wearing quickly
Simple without gizmos.
Buying experience: Excellent service from Sergio at Ducati Manchester
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 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.....
Version: Urban Enduro
Annual servicing cost: £350
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 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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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!
Typically excellent Ducati road manners let down by uninspiring engine.
Great brakes. Ride is on firm side of sporty.
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.
Very nicely made and finished, just a few omissions and cheaper details.
Probably £750 too expensive.
Just lacks a gear position indicator and USB socket.
Version: Full Throttle
Annual servicing cost: £150
Modern retro - lovely looking, easy and predicable to ride. Sore bum after 100 miles or so !
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.
Exhaust note is gorgeous, especially on a trailing throttle. Response at low revs in low gears is quite sharp, but overall really, really nice.
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.
Version: Urban Enduro
Annual servicing cost: £250
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 the imagination, but does pretty much everything else (even light offroading!!).
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.
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
oil pump problem caused the motor to be swapped out after 35km. apart from that, no issues as yet.
easy to work on, simple
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
Annual servicing cost: £200
Great little bike that is pure fun,
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.
plenty enough power and torque but this bike is not about speed
no issues so far
not cheap but worth the extra
Buying experience: straight forward apart from the wait