The eagerly awaited 2016 Ducati Scrambler Sixty2 is the small-displacement machine we have been waiting for from Ducati, and it has finally dropped at this year’s EICMA show in Milan. The Scrambler Sixty2 joins the Scrambler Flat Track Pro as one of the two new Scrambler Ducati models for 2016.
Accordingly, the Ducati Scrambler Sixty2 takes the basic Scrambler chassis and re-sleeves the machine’s air-cooled v-twin for 400cc of displacement, with a 72mm x 49mm bore and stroke (compared to the 88mm x 66mm bore and stroke on the 803cc models).
The result is a bike that Ducati says is better suited for new riders with its 41hp and 368 lbs dry weight. That’s only a 7 lbs reduction from the the 803cc models, so the Scrambler Sixty2 is still a bit heavy, but the Ducati Scrambler Sixty2 does fit into Europe’s A2 license format, so there’s that.
Ducati’s hope is that the Sixty2 will get even younger riders into the Ducati brand, thus allowing the motorcycle company to grow. At $7,995 a pop though, that might be a tough task to achieve.
The price is certainly a better entry point for wannabe Ducatisti, though when compared to other 400cc/500cc machines it certainly is a bit pricey. Of course, we don’t know of any learner bikes that come in “Atomic Tangerine”, “Ocean Grey”, or “Shining Black”, so…