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Ducati unveil 2019 Scrambler 800

Published: 10 September 2018

In a bid to regain their retro crown, Ducati have revealed an updated Scrambler 800 that apes the style and tech features of their new Scrambler 1100. They’ve also redefined where the word ‘scramble’ comes from and invented the word ‘Joyvolution’… let’s just stick to the bike shall we.

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The bulk of the changes are little cosmetic updates, so working from top to bottom: the tank has been beefed up with new customisable side panels, the seat is lower and flatter with grey edging, the headlight has a new chrome surround, the engine is now black with machined fins, there’s a new exhaust heat shield, levers, foot controls and new wheels too. Don’t worry though, there’s a little bit going on under the surface too.

Hidden inside that new headlight is a DRL (which has a funky retro yellow dipped beam) plus there are LED indicators and all new switchgear. The clocks have received an update to include a gear indicator, fuel gauge and Ducati’s multimedia system (with the optional Bluetooth receiver).

Little changes add up to a significant update

Hidden further still under the electronic hood is a Bosch 9.1MP Cornering ABS, which part of Ducati’s safety push although there’s still no traction control. Last but not least the suspension has been adjusted for more comfort and the clutch is now hydraulic. While that doesn’t sound like much, all those little changes add up to a significant update to what is an excellent little bike and if it ain’t broke…

For now Ducati have only announced the base model ‘Icon’ in the classic yellow and a new ‘Atomic Tangerine’ colour but we assume the other six variants will follow along quite soon. The current Icon costs £7990 but with the new additions we wouldn’t be surprised if it crept up to £8500 ish.

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