MILAN SHOW: Ducati reveal 400cc Scrambler Sixty2

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Ducati have made no secret of the fact it would be adding more models to the stunningly successful Scrambler range, and this 400cc version is the next version to join the family.

Putting out a smaller capacity bike makes far more commercial sense as this is a bike that will be sold in mature markets as a city-friendly motorcycle and around the world as a premium desirable bike amidst a sea of bland 125s and 300s.

Ducati Scrambler Sixty2 highlights

  • New 399cc air-cooled V-twin
  • 41bhp | 25.3 ftlb | 183kg (wet)
  • A2 licence compliant
  • Standard fitment ABS
  • Three seat heights available

At the heart of the new Scrambler Sixty2 (so named because that was the first year the original Ducati Scrambler was launched) is a new 399cc air-cooled V-twin engine which keeps it simple with a two-valve design and a bore and stroke of 72mm x 49mm. This engine is derived from the larger 803cc motor used on the rest of the Scrambler range and shares components like the 50mm single throttle body with twin injectors.

Ducati are making a big deal of the accessible riding nature of the Sixty2, the nature of the engine, soft power delivery, easy-going riding position and comfortably low seat height of 790mm (770mm and 810mm options are also available).

Ducati have also added ABS as standard, using the Bosch 9.1 MP system, which works with the single front 320mm disc and two piston caliper,a nd rear 245mm disc with single piston caliper.

Cost reductions for the Sixty2 are evidenced by the fitment of a traditional Showa 41mm fork in place of the bigger inverted unit on the 803cc Scrambler.

Ducati are pitching the new 400cc Scrambler into the UK market at £6450 – just £800 less than a Scrambler Icon – which could prove a little salty for British pockets against strong competition from other manufacturers, but you can’t argue with the power of the Ducati brand and its visual similarity to the bigger Scrambler will doubtless help sales.

New Scrambler Flat Track Pro for 2016

Ducati Scrambler Flat Track Pro side view

The 803 Scrambler hasn’t been ignored for 2016, either. This new Flat Track Pro version is a fifth model in the model line-up and pays homage to the bikes raced in the American Flat Track championship by former World Superbike champion Troy Bayliss and teammate Johnny Lewis.

Based on the Scrambler Full Throttle model, it gets a yellow-painted fuel tank, two-tone side panels, lower tapered handlebars, and a Termignoni exhaust slip-on end can. The seat design is new for this bike too, while side and front mounted numberplates complete the flattrack makeover. It’s now the premium Scrambler in the range, costing £8995.

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Andy Downes

By Andy Downes

Former MCN Senior Reporter