Spy Photos: Ducati Scrambler Caught Testing

06/11/2014 @ 3:51 am, by Jensen Beeler30 COMMENTS


It seems that no sooner did Ducati tease us its upcoming Scrambler model, than the Italian motorcycle maker was busy sound-testing its latest machine for road homologation.

Luckily, we have some spy photos from that event, and not only do we get to see what the near-finished form of the Ducati Scrambler looks like, but we also get a glimpse into what has to be the most ridiculous looking tests we have ever seen.

Unless we missed the part where the 2015 Ducati Scrambler will operate as a submersible, in addition to its expect on/off-road capabilities, the photos attached here (two more after the jump) show the great lengths that manufacturers must go to in order to pass all the stringent government protocols for motorcycles.

You will note that the photo above shows us the obviously not finished underslung exhaust, with its GP-style exit. And, we can also see clearly the cast wheels that Ducati has selected for the Scrambler, which might irk some diehards who were expecting a more properly laced-up wheelset, for the Scramblers supposed dual-sport activities.

Unsurprisingly, we can clearly see the Scrambler’s air-cooled v-twin engine, which we hear will be either of 696cc or 796cc in displacement — Ducati having come to the conclusion that a proper single-cylinder engine would be too costly to design and build, and perhaps too risky, should the Scrambler not be successful at market.

It is of course impossible to miss the testing equipment involved, as it appears both emissions and noise tests are being performed on the Ducati Scrambler in these photos.

Of note in the images below is the metal enclosure around the motor and chassis of the bike. We assume this is designed to lessen the sound from the engine during the noise tests, so only the exhaust note is measured.

With a hose going from the exhaust, into a giant fuel canister, and then up a snorkel where an emissions monitor is held, we get a glimpse into how governments standardize their exhaust emissions testing procedures so that they can work model-to-model.

The laptop and forward-facing pipe are likely to measure the air particles coming into the intake…or someone lost a bet involving elephant pornography — it could go either way. A perhaps untraditional perspective from your typical motorcycle spy photography, we find this whole photo set to be doubly interesting.



Photos: © 2014 BMH-Images — All Rights Reserved

  • David

    WOW….best Duc ever.

    A leaf blower on the front and a BBQ pit on the back.

    Now were talking!

  • Interesting. They went through some trouble to hide not only the motor but the noise the exhaust and intake makes. Crafty.

  • Frenchie

    Oddly the metal enclosure and concealed muffler somewhat make it look like Ducati first electric bike.
    The barrel stands for the extra battery, touring edition only ;-)

  • dan k

    My guess is that the metal enclosure is to ensure that all emissions are actually captured in the BBQ smoker out back. Otherwise bikes could employ leaking exhausts or purge valves to foil the tests.

  • Pedro

    It’s all nice to have potato canon on your bike!

  • Dan

    Would it have killed Ducati to add wire wheels and actual scrambler pipes? ….queue the aftermarket

  • I would buy it tomorrow as it would end the insane hunt for a sport classic that isn’t being sold for more than it originally retailed for. A beautiful Talon/Excel wheel set, and a RSD 2-1 mid exhaust system would set this bike off. Super into it.

  • Coreyvwc

    Totally eating my words here, but there’s a very nice looking motorcycle hiding underneath all that emissions testing crap.

  • Andrey

    Is it my imagination or do those forks looks very skinny?
    Interesting that the tank design is visible.
    Underslung exhaust = no off road pretensions, thats for sure.

  • Slangbuster

    Is it true that several Moto GP teams are fitting these contraptions to their bikes as a safety measure when Bowling Ball Bautista is on the track ?

  • AntiHero

    The big ass grin on this guys face reveals more about this bike than anything else!

  • johnc

    Jeff Boorn, a Nor Cal Ducati DOC member, had a very astute observation based upon viewing the spy photos:

    “Oooh, it has the the options I’ve always wanted on a bike, Water Cannon and Meat Smoker. Sweet!”

  • Eddie

    How is that air-cooled engine is not overheating (and causing extra emissions) when the sheeting is over it for the emissions test?

  • grizwald

    a scrambler? cast wheels and under-slung exorst?

    that’s like Ford coming out with a brand new pickup truck- but the new design utilizes a hatch back, and four inches of ground clearance.

    if it doesnt walk like a duck, doesnt look like a duck, has the wrong engine configuration for a duck…

    then this duc aint a duck.

    its marketing.

    sad, really. i was looking forward to this.

  • Anvil

    When did Ducati re-hire Pierre Terblanche?

  • ruben

    No gloves?

  • Xan

    I think it’s important to remember that this thing is going to be a budget Monster. Wire wheels would never make the cut. Calling it a scrambler might be erroneous, but if it is going to be cheaper than the entry level Monsters, underslung exhaust and wire rims are the least of your worries for off-road. Let’s be honest, the purpose of this thing is to get new riders or hipsters on a Ducati, nothing more.

  • Single disc up front says who Ducati is marketing this bike to…

  • City bike only and Triumph will snack on this with its 900 hi-pipe

  • JCB

    That is actually the California emissions testing created by bologna engineers.

  • ZootCadillac

    Don’t see what the problem is. Flame thrower on the front, beer keg on the back. I could not have designed it better myself.
    It’s interesting you think it’s gonna be the older monster engine. I came away from a dinner last week with someone senior from Ducati ( who would tell me nothing, absolutely nothing so make of this what you will ) with the impression that it will be the 821 engine. But given that this was the day before the official press release and the person would not even acknowledge that there was a scrambler you can imagine that I could have been totally mistaken :)

    Here’s your scrambler.


  • ZootCadillac

    also i know that sounds silly re: the engine as i doubt that they turned it into an air cooled version just for this bike so i blame the rather good German beer I had for that memory.

  • Steven

    You all have it wrong. When a bike is that ugly it has to be electric.!

  • Willbe

    Ducati bringing back the Extened Trellis Frame

  • It definitely doesn’t have the 821 water-cooled motor Craig.

  • John

    I just watched a “spy” video of this test… Might just be wishful thinking bu you know for a v-twin that engine sounded a lot like a single.

    Video was on the ottonero Blogspot if you want to Google it

  • John

    I’ll be going to Bologna next week, maybe I can get a spy shot of my own :-)

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  • meatspin

    it looks to be a more fun bike than the Triumph.

  • whothewhat?

    BBQ jokes aside, that’s not emissions testing at all. They’re isolating sound sources. The top picture would measure vehicle sound pressure levels minus intake noise – note that the “dryer hose” connecting the exhaust outlet to the Motul-sponsored silencer is not in place in the top photo. The bottom two measure vehicle minus intake, exhaust, and engine. Masking sound from different combinations of systems makes it possible to know which ones to attempt to quiet in development, in order of importance.
    For example:
    Total vehicle noise – intake – exhaust – engine = “other stuff” (e.g. tire, chain, whatever else).
    Total noise – intake – engine = “other stuff” + exhaust
    Total noise – exhaust – engine = “other stuff” + intake
    Total noise – intake – exhaust = “other stuff” + engine.

    You can then solve directly for intake noise, engine noise, and exhaust noise.

    It also looks like they’ve got a palmtop computer strapped on the remote airbox. It would be used for data collection – either to correlate throttle position, vehicle speed, gear position, etc to noise levels; or to assist fuel mapping.