Ducati has announced a raft of updates to its entry level Scrambler Icon model for 2019.
The Scrambler has been a worldwide smash hit since its unveiling in 2014 and the modifications promise to improve the refinement and safety of the bike. Currently the changes are only confirmed for the basic Icon model, however it would be a surprise if they are not transferred to all of the 803cc Scramblers sooner rather than later.
Aesthetically there are no major changes to the retro styling that has made the Scrambler a best seller, with 55,000 sold worldwide. New 10-spoke alloy wheels echo those on the Scrambler 1100, as does headlight, which features an LED ring that acts as a daylight running light. Indicators are also LED, while the new instruments are fully digital and now feature both a fuel gauge and gear indicator.
Also on the styling, the exhaust has been redesigned, cylinder heads are blacked out and there’s a new (albeit very Seventies) tangerine orange colour option alongside the existing yellow. The saddle is redesigned for extra comfort, as is the suspension, but it’s the tech touches that should make the biggest difference to the 2019 Scrambler.
Bosch cornering ABS is standard fitment on the updated bikes and one of the most interesting features is the adoption of the Bluetooth connected Ducati Media System from the Multistrada. This allows connectivity of up to four Bluetooth devices for riders who want to use multiple devices, such as smart phones, sat-navs and intercom systems simultaneously.
Otherwise, the much loved retro remains the same usable package with its wide handlebars, low weight and and soulful 73bhp aircooled engine.
The 2019 Scrambler Icon is due to go on sale in November, although no prices are yet available.
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