Following on from last month’s news that its entry level Scrambler Icon was getting a significant update, Ducati has confirmed that the three other 803cc derivatives have also gone under the knife for 2019.
The Scrambler is big business for Ducati, with over 55,000 examples sold around the world since the sub-brand’s introduction in 2014, and the three updated models get a more significant restyle than the Icon, giving them all an individual feel and unique vibe. The Full Throttle, Café Racer and Desert Sled models all receive the same technical updates as the base model, meaning that all three now benefit from Bosch cornering ABS, LED daytime running lights, hydraulic clutch and new switchgear.
Full Throttle is the flat track variant, with its inspiration taken from the Scrambler raced in the American Super Hooligan Championship. Colours remain black and yellow, but the 2019 bike comes with a new dirt track style rear end with number boards, dirt track style tapered handlebars, a stubby front mudguard and a twin outlet silencer.
The Desert Sled remains the big boy of the Scrambler range. Visually it gains a red coloured frame, but loses the old model’s distinctive gold wheel rims in favour of black ones, and it still packs a real punch off-road. Ducati says that it has been developed to withstand serious off-road riding worthy of the Desert Sled moniker and has undergone a more punishing testing routine than its on-road brethren, with the tall Kayaba suspension and pukka Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR tyres confirming its pretensions. The Desert Sled is also the only Scrambler to feature an ‘off road’ mode which disables the ABS system for riding on dirt.
The third updated Scrambler is the Café Racer. While the concept of ‘Scrambler’ and ‘Café Racer’ may appear to mix like oil and water, the Café Racer has been part of the Ducati range for the past two years, with some success.
This year’s model gets a new silver and blue livery inspired by the Ducati 125GP bike of the late 1950s, famous for being the first Ducati to use the Desmodromic valve activation that has now become the Bologna company’s trademark design, and carries the number 54 in honour of Bruno Spiaggiari, the Italian racer who won the 1958 Nations Grand Prix at Monza on the bike.
While the Café Racer shares the basic Scrambler’s frame and 803cc, 75bhp, motor, many of the cycle parts are unique to the model, with 17” spoked wheels (shod with sporty Pirelli Diablo Rosso II tyres), radial front brakes, nose fairing and low slung clip on handlebars.
No prices or details of when they will be on sale have been announced for the new models, but expect more information when the new Scrambler range goes on display at next month’s Motorcycle Live show at Birmingham’s NEC.