Ducati Scrambler making a comeback?
Throughout the 60s and 70s Ducati had a Scrambler as part of its line-up and with the appearance of a trademark submission it appears that the Bologna firm looks to be bringing back their stripped-down off-roaders.
In the trademark application Ducati has applied to use ‘Ducati Scrambler’ in a variety of areas that include clothing, gear and accessories. What makes this appealing is the request for the use of the name in the vehicle category, which would see the Italian manufacturer adding another model to the existing model line-up that includes: Superbike, Monster, Hypermotard, Diavel, Multistrada and Streetfighter.
The original Scrambler series were four-stroke singles ranging from 250, 350 and 450cc. It’s unlikely that the Italian marque would build a new engine for a modern Scrambler, rather dipping into their engine pool.
Of the available V-twin powerplants that Ducati could adapt into a Scrambler, the favourites would be either the Monster 696 or 796 motors, as these would allow the bike to be lightweight and useable with enough power coming from the air-cooled twin.
There has been a rise in custom builders transforming Ducati Monsters into Scramblers (check Google for evidence) and Ducati’s own interpretation will no doubt be inspired by the past with the character of desert racers with wide knobbly tires – filling the void that the Husqvarna Moab concept left – and much like the Diavel redefining cruisers with a more hot-rod mentality, expect the same from their Scrambler offering with an entertaining street-tracker.
The Ducati Scrambler will no doubt make some appearances in the coming months before a complete unveiling at EICMA at the end of the year.