Ducati Scrambler 1100 joins the retro party

Published: 08 November 2017

Adding a top tier to the Scrambler family, the 800 and 400 are now joined by this brute – which uses an evolution of the lovely old Monster 1100 EVO engine – one of Ducati’s finest air-cooled V-twins. There are three flavours of 1100 at this first serving – while we expect there might be a Café Racer and a Desert Sled to come in the future – presented as a base model, a Special and a Sport.

There’s a good amount of steel and aluminium to give it a feeling of solidity and quality, and Ducati say they’ve deliberately tried to minimise the number of plastic components. As befitting a bigger capacity bike, the Eleven gets a fatter tear drop tank that can hold 15 litres of go-go-juice, and which allows for inter changeable aluminium side panels to be fitted.


The seat is different on each version, and understandably plainest on the base model (above) – while being more attractive on the hotter duo. All are more generously shaped than its smaller siblings for better comfort.

Thoroughly modern retro

It might look authentically old-school, but there’s Bosch Cornering ABS and Traction Control to take the stress out of riding hard in variable conditions. A strong part of the design is the twin-silencer system and tail unit mounted numberplate hanger (it’s swingarm-mounted on the 800) which helps to differentiate it from its sibling. The headlight keeps the LED ring, but gains a big X in the middle of the unit, apparently as a homage to the tape scramblers used to put over their headlights. The LED ring is a DRL, while the main illumination is actually bulb, rather than LED. The rear light and indicators are all LED.

The other big change is the clock unit, that boasts a new element jutting from the round clock face, which is now the display for the speedo, a sidestand warning light and information from the Ducati Multimedia System (which is available as an accessory when the Bluetooth module is fitted). All the other information remains in the round dial. The base model starts at £10,695.

1100 Special

The 1100 Special has a more modern feel to it compared to the more simplistic base model. It gets black spoked wheels, chrome exhausts and aluminium front and rear fenders. It’s also the only model to come in ‘Custom Grey’ and the brushed-effect swingarm is unique to this model. It also gets a brown seat with quilted stitching, contrasting nicely with the grey paint.

1100 Sport

The most aggressive looking of the new 1100 trio, the Sport is intended as more of a café racer, but in reality it’s closer to the 800cc Full Throttle model in terms of styling. Easily identifiable by its top-spec fully-adjustable Öhlins fork and shock, the sportiness is underlined by the ‘Viper Black’ paintjob with yellow tank details on the sides and dual yellow stripes down the centre of the tank and fenders. The aluminium wheels also get machine finished spokes, and there’s a tapered handlebar and bespoke seat, too.

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