Back in July, Asphalt & Rubber broke the news that Ducati was working on a Scrambler model, which was based on the drawings originally inked by Pierre Terblanche during his tenure at the Italian company.
A month later we confirmed that report, noting the Ducati had trademarked the use of “Ducati Scrambler” for the American market, in relation to a model of motorcycle. Throughout all this time though, we had yet to see a photo of the expected 2015 model — that is, until now.
Getting our first look at the 2014 Ducati Scrambler, we are finally able to draw some definitive answers to the earlier speculation, namely that the Italians have chosen to mount one of their air-cooled v-twin motors for the machine.
Likely the same 803cc v-twin found in the Monster 796, the engine has been mated to trellis frame with a double-sided swingarm, and we can also see that the Ducati Scrambler here has a traditional 17″ rear wheel, while it looks to be sporting a spoked 19″ wheel up front.
The seat appears to be a flat, single-piece, “banana” seat, with the fuel tank elongated for that unique scrambler style. The overall fit and finish is clearly lacking from this photo, but if the radially mounted Brembo calipers are any indication, Ducati does not plan on making the Scrambler a budget model, which had been rumored previously.