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Top Speed Top Six Scramblers to buy under $10,000

Top Speed Top Six Scramblers to buy under $10,000

Motorcycles that promise to churn out rugged, stripped down, vintage fun (2020 models)

With knobby tires, spoked wheels, and higher suspension travels, this segment is ready to take on tough terrains across the world. The retro-modern design language is literally in fashion now, and most of the Scramblers in the 2020 line-up flaunt them. It is an intelligent fusion of an old-school cover over modern technology that is born to live both the city and the wildlife.

Here is a list of our six favorite Scramblers who does all of that for just under $ 10,000. Aiding it will be a torquey motor with high mounted exhaust pipes and knobby tires to take it on terrains otherwise not possible.

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Top 5 new Scramblers coming in 2020

Top 5 new Scramblers coming in 2020

Motorcycles that promise to churn out rugged, stripped down, vintage fun

Reinforced for off-road duty, Scramblers of today hark back at South-West California and Mexico’s Baja scenes in the ’60s and ’70s. They were fitted with engines displacing upwards of 500cc and stripped off anything nonsensical to run on roads or no roads. Featured on these were off-road tires, wheels, and spokes and were given modified suspension systems and engine skid plates, a trademark indispensable in shielding the bike from rocks, stones, and the unforgiving desert terrain.

Here is our list of new Scrambleresque motorcycles coming in 2020 that promise to churn out rugged, stripped down, vintage fun resurrected from its heyday during the 1960s and earlier. Aiding it will be a torquey motor with high mounted exhaust pipes and knobby tires to take it on terrains otherwise not possible.

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1973 Ducati Condor 350 Militare

1973 Ducati Condor 350 Militare

Back in the early 70’s, Ducati built a number of 350-cc Mark 3s for the Swiss Army. But since the Swiss Army were limited to use only Swiss bikes, the Ducati 350 Mark 3s were rebadged as Condors.

To ensure that these bikes were up to the standard of the Swiss Army, the Italian automaker addressed a number of shortcomings in the original Ducati design, including the oil filter, which was modified to fit a standard Ducati. Other changes made to the bike include a bolt-up exhaust flange, an oil dipstick, and filler setup. Finally, the rear wheel was designed to be removed without having to deal with the chain, while the seat mount and electrical connectors were designed for ease of access.

All told, the bike at the 2012 RM Auctions in Monaco, which was powered by a 340cc SOHC single engine and mated to a five-speed transmission, was in good, original condition. It’s yet to be restored, which it may need in some respects, but it’s still good enough to fetch €3,000 - €4,000, which is about $3,800 - $5,200 based on current exchange rates. Actual selling price, however, was $2,273.

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