Are You The New Ducati Scrambler?

10/03/2013 @ 3:45 am, by Jensen Beeler25 COMMENTS


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.

With only a few more months until the EICMA show, we won’t have to wait long to find out all the details of Ducati’s new bikes. Stay tuned loyal Ducatisti.


  • eg

    honestly dont see the point to this

  • ross ewich

    i was honestly looking forward to this from the previous leaks. a simple, back to basics, ‘leave the racer fairings and egos behind’- kind of bike.

    but after seeing this monstrosity… i’m happy i didnt wait for it and bought my aprilia shiver.

    (i realize that the awful front headlight is probably a stuck on piece to throw off looks for under-the-radar testing… as is the three spoke rear and the zebra-flage on the tank… but still, it looks like more of a “why?” than a “wow!”)

  • smiler

    899 swing arm, oh dear.

  • Norm G.

    re: “we can also see that the Ducati Scrambler here has a traditional 17″ rear wheel, while it sports a spoked 19″ wheel up front.”

    wait, you can…? that is…?

  • I wonder what are Ducati’s designers thinking! oh well, moving along

  • chris

    “but if the radially mounted Brembo calipers are any indication, Ducati does not plan on making the Scrambler a budget model”

    all ducatis, even their budget models, have used radial mounted brembos for the past five years, right?

  • JoeD

    Almost there. Move the pegs down 2″ and forward a bit and install a steel trellis type swingarm with spoked wheel for a lighter look. I rode the ’12 Monster 1200 last weekend and the pegs were perfect.

  • TJ99


    I wonder what all of you are thinking, passing judgment based on some random photo of an obviously unfinished bike/test mule/proof of concept/who knows, that may or may not be on the lineup next or any other year…

    Granted this is the internet, but a little common sense would be nice.

  • Jerry

    I am surprised to see a 19″ front!

    I would have thought the Multistrada or Hyperstrada clearly deserved 19″ front wheels!

  • Brandon

    So what exactly would be the real difference between this and a Hypermotard besides styling (slightly)?

  • Scott

    We were always told the old Monster was a “parts bin” bike made out of various components from other Ducatis mixed in with some new styling. This Scrambler looks more pieced together than the Monster ever did. Like eg said in the first post, “I don’t see the point”. The low seat and high bars along with the big front wheel is going to just make this an oddball. The styling is not that interesting either. Makes me excited to still have my S2R1000.

  • Nick Brown

    There is no point in Ducati introducing a bike and calling it the “Scrambler” if you can’t participate in scrambles on it.

  • BBQdog

    With some luck they took the standing cilinder of and made it a real scrambler, not another too fat Duc.

  • TJ99

    “Too fat”, ha, every Duc made is the lightest bike in its segment. Am I taking crazy pills here?!?

  • MikeG81

    Well, it doesn’t have a single sided swingarm, so it’s clearly not a Ducati.

  • Tony C

    Ducati has a history of “leaking” spy pics of their prototypes. With the Multi, they put a midget (sorry, small people) on bike that was far from the final product, just to mess with people. I doubt the final Scrambler would look anything like this one.

    I, for one, am looking forward to the final revewal.

  • Aaron

    I like Nick Brown’s comments…a real ‘Scrambler’ would be awesome. Ducati has been in the habbit of blowing peoples minds lately and I doubt they’re about to stop now…time will tell.

  • Brian stevens

    Why do “stolen” pics allways look as if shot with a 200 pixel phone camera of ten years ago ?

  • ZootCadillac

    After some of the false alarms in the press, yes. this is a test bike for the scrambler platform. Whilst the trademark registration was no more than a commercial move on the part of Ducati it’s been no secret they are to produce a bike which nods back to one of its best loved models.
    Viewers should not concern themselves with what they see as we all know test bikes are always full of bolt-ons from the shelf of existing parts. What should be of interest is the choice of engine and frame.
    Showroom bikes rarely resemble the test bikes, especially when they are over a year away from announcement, as this is.
    Regarding the swingarm. I don’t comprehend the problem with the banana swingarm. On a scrambler/enduro type bike it’s almost essential for the clearance. It’s not like Ducati invented the single-sided swingarm and truth be told it’s only been on 3 of their sport platforms (916-998, 848/1*98 and the 1199) and even the bread and butter monster did not get the sssa until it was well into its life cycle and even then on the flagship model.

    The Ducati scrambler is looking good and will bring a whole new group of people to market for the company. That’s the direction now.

    As for the leak? I think this is a public shot from the phone. Yes Ducati do leak pics of their models to create buzz. That 899 pic was an internal leak. This? My opinion is that it’s a shot taken by a member of the public on a phone cam.

  • MikeD

    I understand this is only a “test mule”, but did the have to make so damn fugly ? LMAO.
    P.S: Is cool, scramblers do nothing for me . . . so carry on DUC. (^_^)

  • paulus

    Dont worry… to sell it into the US there will be a Roland Sands Designs version
    black performance machine wheels with CNC milled accents and black belt covers with CNC milled accents and black ‘everything’ covers with CNC milled accents…. bike will be painted 70’s candy apple red

  • Damo


    EVERYTHING? Hypermotard has a different swing arm, wheels, frame, engine, etc.

    I am guessing this will be a fruity off road monster, not a parallel product to the Hyper line.

  • Ruyters

    Are You The New Ducati Scrambler? – No, i am not. I am a so called “Versuchsträger” (german word for prototypes who will never been built). This bike was assembled for riding tests (engine testing, exhaust and Euro 4/5 behaviour) and nothing more.

    Zoot is right.

    And second: Who said a scrambler made by Ducati has to be cheap? My guess is somewhat on 10-11.000 Euros, means probably around 9.500$?

  • Duc guy

    I have seen this bike in person…I can’t say when or where but rest assured it is not ugly at all!!!

  • MeatyBeard

    Guys, it’s a test mule. Not production ready. It will look nothing like this. Calm down.