After taking over the world with its Ducati Scrambler 800, Scrambler 400, and its seemingly endless variations, Ducati has launched a new Scrambler 1100, coming in at £10,695.
Answering the prayers of Scrambler riders looking to step up to a slightly bigger bike, the 1079cc Scrambler makes 86bhp at 7500rpm, compared to the 800’s 75bhp, but offers a lot more torque, with 65ft-lb from the 1079cc motor compared to the 800’s 50ft-lb.
The motor is based on the old Monster 1100 but tweaked for Euro 4, and features ride-by-wire technology. The chassis is a new steel trellis frame with an aluminium rear subframe.
Of course it features that renowned #LandOfJoy styling we’ve come to know and love with the Scrambler range. Originally inspired by Ducati’s 250, 350 and 450 Scrambler of the Sixties and Seventies, the new 1100 takes that concept of retro cool brought back with the Scrambler 800 one step further, with definite nods to the past. Though, we do notice the 1100 Scrambler’s extra size and weight (it weighs 19kg more than the 800 Icon) means that Ducati seem to have quietly steered away from mentioning any off-road pretension other than that name.
That’s no bad thing, as Scrambler owners buy in to the look and the lifestyle and rarely take their bikes off-road – even the ultra-capable 800cc Scrambler Desert Sled, which can take on the worst off-road you can throw at it, seldom gets used off-road by most owners. I’ve got one, and am loathed to get mine muddy very often, either.
For the first time on a Scrambler, there’s traction control, adjustable four ways, and three riding modes – Active, Journey and City. It comes with cornering ABS linked to its Brembo calipers and twin 320mm discs. One criticism of the brilliant 800 Scramblers by more experienced riders was that they only have one disc at the front.
For riding longer distances there’s a 15-litre tank, compared to the 800’s 13.5 litres, and the low seat height comes in at 810mm. That’s really low for an 1100, as the 800 Scrambler’s standard seat height is just 790mm, making it more accessible for shorter riders. New clocks feature an offset round LED unit, with a new oblong pod to the left showing speed and side stand warning.
Three models of the 1100 Scrambler all be available – the standard bike at £10,695 with Kayaba suspension, the 1100 Special at £11,495 and the 1100 Sport with Ohlins front and rear suspension at £12,295.
The Scrambler 1100 Special comes with black spoked wheels, chrome exhausts, aluminium front and rear mudguards, brushed effect swingarm, adjustable front forks and a brown seat. It’s available in custom grey.
The Scrambler 1100 Sport features aluminium black wheels, black and yellow paint, an Ohlins rear shock, fully adjustable Ohlins front forks, and comes in viper black with yellow tank sides. It gets 10 spoke aluminium wheels with and 18” front and 17” rear, the same wheel sizes as the other two bikes in the range.
They’re available in dealers soon, and test riders can already be booked ready for their arrival. For more information go to: www.ducati.co.uk