Ducati add cheaper Scrambler Icon Dark to 2020 range

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Ducati have today announced a new Scrambler Icon Dark model will be joining their 2020 line-up, aimed at providing a more affordable entry-point to their retro range.

Based on the existing £8295 803cc air-cooled Ducati Scrambler Icon, the new machine will arrive in dealers in November and will be priced at £7595, making it the cheapest mid-sized Ducati retro, yet still £496 more expensive than the likes of Yamaha’s XSR700.

However, unlike the MT-07-derived Yamaha, the Dark features dual-channel cornering ABS like the other 803cc Scramblers, alongside LCD instruments including a gear indicator and fuel level.

Finished in matt black, with a black twin-spar trellis frame and seat with a grey rim, the new machine also includes a steel teardrop fuel tank, complete with interchangeable aluminium side panelling.

Continuing the black theme is a die-cast aluminium swing arm, rounded mirrors and 10-spoke alloy wheels, which come as an 18in front and 17in rear and are shod with enduro-inspired Pirelli MT60 RS tyres, as found on the Icon.

Ideal for tackling the urban sprawl in style, the new bike comes with a manageable seat height of 798mm and weighs just 175kg dry. This is aided further by wide handlebars and a relaxed seating position, as well as a modest power output of 72.5bhp. A hydraulic clutch also features, alongside an adjustable lever.

Away from performance, the new bike is also fully compatible with the Ducati Multimedia System, allowing you to connect your smartphone directly to the machine, in order to listen to music, make calls and more.

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Dan Sutherland

By Dan Sutherland

Senior Writer (motorcycling), sportsbike nut, currently riding a FireBlade