Rumor: Ducati Scrambler Cometh

07/08/2013 @ 4:20 pm, by Jensen Beeler17 COMMENTS

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While I was lounging at the pool this holiday weekend, getting my bronze on, the A&R Bothan Spy network was hard at work dumpster diving, hacking emails, and subscribing to the NSA’s live PRISM feed.

The fruits of that labor was the alarming realization of how many kitten videos the motorcycle industry collectively watches in a single day, and the fact that Ducati is working on scrambler-style motorcycle.

The project itself dates way back when Pierre Terblanche was still toiling away in Bologna, dodging equal portions of labor strikes and carbonara, and at the time was based around the now defunct Ducati Sport Classic.

Shelved, and thought never to see the light of day, we can only imagine this whole Hipstacyclist™ movement has helped Ducati rethink its position regarding a scrambler.

What we expect to be either a 2014 or 2015 model year machine, there are couple differing rumors on the Ducati Scrambler project, and knowing Ducati, the two stories we have heard may not be mutually exclusive, and likely indicate that the Italian company itself hasn’t come to a hard conclusion on this machine.

One version of the rumor pegs the new Scrambler as being an air-cooled single-cylinder machine, 600cc or so in displacement. A stepping stone for Ducati to enter the smaller bike market, the Ducati Scrambler would be the gateway from big bikes to little bikes in the Italian brand.

While Audi has been fairly laissez-faire with its tampering on the product side of Ducati Motor Holding, one has to imagine that there are marching orders to develop machines that would be better suited to emerging markets.

We have a hard time thinking that Ducati is building a new air-cooled motor, as the industry is being pushed further and further towards water-cooled lumps that have friendlier CO2 emissions, but the idea isn’t the craziest thing we have heard today (Patrick, she’s 19!).

Other sources say the Ducati Scrambler will be based off the Ducati Hypermotard, which was designed with a modular chassis, for this very undertaking. In that case, the Scrambler would have the same peppy 821cc water-cooled v-twin motor found on the Hypermotard. A more “Ducati” approach to building a new bike, but perhaps less enthralling.

What we do know for certain is that the new Ducati Scrambler will be very similar in design to Terblanche’s work, with some reworking and updating.

Will it fill the void left behind from the Ducati Sport Classic? Probably not, but it could be a sign of future more-niche machines to come from Borgo Panigale.

Source: Bothan Spies; Photo: JVB-Moto

Comment:

  1. paulus says:

    Maybe the scrambler will be more than one model, similar to the monster.
    A base model for emerging markets and a higher spec one for developed nations.

    definately an interesting look.

  2. Andrew says:

    You mean, something like Borile Scrambler? That would be nice… come to think of it, maybe Ducati could just buy Borile’s design and put it into larger scale production… I’d love to get one! (Borile uses a top half of a Ducati engine)

  3. Norm G. says:

    re: “We have a hard time thinking that Ducati is building a new air-cooled motor, as the industry is being pushed further and further towards water-cooled lumps that have friendlier CO2 emissions”

    Chinese math is what that is.

  4. BBQdog says:

    It’s time Ducati returns to their roots and starts building singles again.
    A nice street supermono (seems KTM brings is the RC 390 next year) and
    a single cylinder bases scrambler.

  5. TexusTim says:

    it’s hard to make a non water cooled motor pass emissions and then theres the fact in many places..ei texas that are very hot during the summer and hell when you get caught in traffic….yea somthing will “scramble” …I like the concept but the only new bikes that dont need coolant are electric…now and electric scrambler would really be exciting news.

  6. Iwan says:

    They recently applied to register “Ducati Scrambler” as a trademark name: http://www.nieuwsmotor.nl/motornieuws/18479-ducati-scrambler-merknaam-aangevraagd.html

  7. David says:

    I only clicked on this hoping to see pics of your new bronzeness.

    Your such a tease!

  8. Scott says:

    This is a bike that has already been built and gone, by JvB-moto:
    http://jvb-moto.com/rocknroll/?page_id=37

  9. TRL says:

    Terblanche had so many good ideas and was exploring some really interesting directions during his tenure at Ducati. Unfortunately most will probably not see the light of day.

    Smaller displacement bikes (anyone remember the 400cc monsters?) make sense and not just for the emerging markets due to the change in EU mc licensing regulations that came into force earlier this year..

  10. Shawn says:

    I actually whimpered when I saw that. I need help.

    It looks like the headlight would be circular, not one of those droopy ones a lot of manufacturers use now. I definitely like that better than the mugs on most of the naked/standards.

  11. smiler says:

    Clearly we have no need to worry about prism…..all the concrete info comes from google and a good old source.
    The custom market will be happy.
    A Ducati designed for developing world roads would be really useful in the UK.
    If they do make a new smaller capacity engine then presumable be able to put it in the Hypermotard.

    Still wondering why they do not replace the ST4S. Not as if they do not now have all the parts for one.

  12. Sometimes, I think the only part of the story you guys read is the picture…

  13. Shawn says:

    Jensen, I enjoyed the story too. A scrambler built on the water cooled 11 degree hypermotard would float my boat, absolutely. But that bike is so pretty it needs to be discussed.

  14. MaxAR15 says:

    BBQdog says:
    July 8, 2013 at 10:44 PM
    It’s time Ducati returns to their roots and starts building singles again.
    A nice street supermono (seems KTM brings is the RC 390 next year) and
    a single cylinder bases scrambler.

    I have been dreaming of a new Super Mono for a LONG time!

  15. Norm G. says:

    re: “Sometimes, I think the only part of the story you guys read is the picture”

    are we that transparent…? :)

  16. Norm G. says:

    re: “Still wondering why they do not replace the ST4S.”

    wonder no more, that categories deader than well… dead. adventure tour’s BMOC (big man on campus).

  17. Rick H says:

    That gets built as shown in the picture and priced at $9k or so and I swear, I’ll be the first in line. Looks like what I’ve been waiting for!