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DUCATI SCRAMBLER 800 (2017-on) Review

Published: 02 December 2017

Roland Sands gives the Ducati Scrambler some West Coast style

DUCATI SCRAMBLER 800  (2017-on)

Roland Sands gives the Ducati Scrambler some West Coast style

Overall Rating 3 out of 5

In many ways the Mach 2.0 is a cynical money making machine that cashes in on Roland Sands’ name with minimal alterations to the basic Scrambler base. But it has to be said, the Bell Cross Idol-inspired paint scheme does look fantastic and the lower bars add more of a butch feeling to the bike while the other mods are subtle yet classy. Is it worth £1245 more than an Icon? That depends on how much you value fashion… 

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

With its semi-chunky tyres and odd-sized wheels the Scrambler shouldn’t handle that well, but it does. This is a bike that can be enjoyed in the bends at a reasonable pace and stops well thanks to a strong four-piston single front brake that is backed up with ABS. The Mach 2.0’s lower bars and flat track-style seat don’t detract from its comfort levels too much.

Engine 4 out of 5

The V-twin engine in the Mach 2.0 is mechanically identical to the motor used in other Scrambler models and as such you get a spirited air-cooled desmo that has good mid-range and loads of character. It’s a lovely engine for town riding thanks to a light APTC clutch and although a little underpowered when the pace ups, is ideal for chilled-out cruising and has a real inbuilt fun factor.

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

The Scrambler has been on sale since 2015 and there are no known horror stories when it comes to reliability. The air-cooled motor has 7,500-mile or one year service intervals and is cheap to get serviced due to its accessibility. The level of finish on the Scrambler models is also pleasingly high. 

Insurance, running costs & value 3 out of 5

With a price tag of a £9195, you are effectively paying an extra £1245 over the stock Scrambler model’s £7950 asking price for a set of bars, flat track-style seat, black exhaust cover and engine heads and a flash paint scheme. Does it justify the extra cash spent? That depends on how much you value Sands’ design skills, but it is worth considering the Classic with its spoke wheels and cool retro look is £100 less than the Mach 2.0…

Equipment 3 out of 5

The Mach 2.0 gains a few unique parts, but the whole ethos of the Scrambler range is a lack of electronic assists and aside from ABS, it is pleasingly devoid of them. You get a USB plug in point under the seat, which is helpful, but there’s no traction control. 

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2017
Year discontinued -
New price -
Used price £6,000 to £11,000
Warranty term 2 year unlimited
Running costs
Insurance group -
Annual road tax £88
Annual service cost -
Max power 72 bhp
Max torque 49 ft-lb
Top speed 90 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 55 mpg
Tank range 140 miles
Engine size 803cc
Engine type Four-stroke, air-cooled desmo V-twin
Frame type Tubular steel trellis
Fuel capacity 14 litres
Seat height 790mm
Bike weight 186kg
Front suspension 41mm inverted Kayaba forks, non-adjustable
Rear suspension Single shock, preload and rebound adjustable
Front brake 1 x 330mm disc, four-piston radial caliper; ABS
Rear brake 245 disc, one-piston caliper ABS
Front tyre size 110/80X18
Rear tyre size 180/55x17

History & Versions

Model history

This is the Scramber Mach 2.0

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