2018 Ducati Scrambler 1100 First Ride Review

Ducati’s modern Scrambler movement started in 2014 with the launch of the DucatiScrambler Icon (as a model year 2015 machine). Powered by an 803cc L-Twin, the Icon was just a starting point. With the launch of the 400cc Scrambler Sixty2 a year later, an entry-level motorcycle for the don’t-want-to-be-labeled crowd was introduced. Now, the Scrambler 1100 takes the Scrambler line in the opposite direction, placing itself as the flagship of the Scrambler trio.

The Same, But Different

Unlike the Sixty2, which is essentially a sleeved-down Icon, the 1100 is an all-new motorcycle. It all starts with the engine. Based on the 1079 cc air/oil-cooled, two-valve Twin last seen on the Monster 1100 Evo, the engine itself is physically larger than its 803cc little brother. This necessitated an all-new trellis frame, setting the wheels in motion (pun not intended) to design a new bike while staying true to the original.

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