First Look: 2018 Ducati Scrambler 1100 Preview

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We here at MO often cite a “more is more” attitude, so perhaps we should’ve seen this coming: a new Ducati Scrambler fitted with a 1079cc V-Twin retooled from the old Monster 1100. And not only is the engine bigger than the 803cc mill in the earlier Scramblers, but so its its new trellis frame, which opens up the riding position to better suit larger riders. And joining the standard version will be a Scrambler 1100 Special (“which draws its inspiration from the custom world”) and the Scrambler 1100 Sport, which is equipped with Öhlins suspension.

“The Ducati Scrambler 1100 aims to meet the needs of even the most demanding, expert motorcyclists – but without compromising the fun, style and freedom that the Scrambler stands for,” boasts a Ducati media release. “A beefier bike with a bigger engine and an even better set of standard equipment that lets riders upgrade without leaving the Scrambler family.”

In addition to the meatier motor (with 86 claimed ponies) and new chassis, the Scrambler 1100s also receive higher-level brakes and suspension, plus new switchgear and Bosch 9.1 MP Cornering ABS. Four-level traction control is also standard equipment across the line. It’s wet weight is claimed to be 454 pounds; 465 for the Special.

Up front is a fully adjustable 45mm inverted fork from Kayaba (Öhlins on the Sport version), with a pair of radial-mount 4-piston Brembo M4.32B monoblock calipers biting on 320mm discs. New wheels with machine-finished spokes carry enduro-type Pirelli MT60RS tires, with a 120/80-ZR18 on the front specially designed for use on the Scrambler.

In the middle, underneath the fuel tank with removable aluminum side panels, is the clean-appearing air-cooled desmodue V-Twin with machined cooling-fins and cam-belt covers that provide tasty highlights. Airbox covers are nice bits of aluminum. Power delivery is adjustable three modes: Active, with full engine power (86 hp), a direct throttle connection and a sporty traction-control level; Journey, with full power but softer responses; and City, which drops horsepower to 75 and dials up TC intervention.

Much thought went into the design of the Scrambler 1100’s seating accommodations, with each version getting its own particular saddle, but all of them feature an embroidered Ducatilogo at the rear. Ducati says the seats are “more generously shaped than its Scrambler 800 counterpart.” Underneath is an aluminum subframe with machine-finished trim. Ducati says the seat-footpeg distance is increased over the 800 Scrambler, and the handlebar ends are further forwards and lower. A USB socket resides under the seat for recharging mobile devices.

At the rear is a direct-acting shock with spring preload and rebound damping adjustments. The 1100 Sport, again, features a fully adjustable Öhlins damper but also lacks compression-damping adjustability. A 180/55-ZR17 Pirelli gets the Scrambler’s power to the ground. Nearly 6 inches of wheel travel is provided at both ends.

The face of the Scrambler 1100 is graced by by a new headlight, round to harken back to earlier times but with distinctive X pattern over it and an LED ring around the headlight rim that acts as a Daytime Running Light. Lighting comes from a “Blue Vision” bulb, which emits a white light like the DRL. The LED taillight makes use of a technology said to be unique in motorcycling, with a “softening” effect is produced by using a dulled diffuser cover.

The Scrambler 1100’s instrument panel now includes a secondary element to the Scrambler 800’s round dial. The round section displays fuel level, riding mode and the TC level, along with dual tripmeters, miles of fuel remaining and air temperature. The new oval element has a speedo and can display information from the Ducati Multimedia System, available as an accessory when the Bluetooth module is fitted.

Further information about the new Scrambler 1100 series follows. Features listed for the base model are also equipped on the higher-end Special and Sport version. Pricing is not yet available.

Colors: “’62 Yellow” or “Shining Black” with black frame and black seat

  • Steel teardrop fuel tank with interchangeable aluminum side panels
  • Low seat (31.9 inches)
  • Wide handlebars for a more relaxed riding position
  • Round headlight with glass lens and DRL
  • Diffused LED tail light
  • Dual-element LCD instrument panel
  • 1079cc air-cooled V-twin engine
  • Machine-finished aluminum belt covers
  • Twin spar steel trellis frame and aluminum subframe
  • Double sided swingarm
  • 10-spoke wheels in light alloy, 18 inch at the front and 17 inch at the rear
  • Enduro-derived Pirelli tires optimised for the Ducati Scrambler
  • Bosch Cornering ABS
  • Traction Control
  • 3 Riding Modes (Active, Journey and City)

Colors: “Custom Grey” with black frame and black spoked wheels

  • Low, tapered handlebars
  • Adjustable fork and shock
  • Aluminum front/rear mudguard
  • Dedicated seat lining
  • Chrome exhaust pipes
  • Gold-anodized fork tubes

Colors: “Viper Black” with yellow tank sides and dual yellow striping down the middle of the tank and mudguards, with black frame and wheels

  • Low, tapered aluminum handlebars
  • Dedicated seat lining
  • Adjustable Öhlins fork and Öhlins shock




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