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.

2020 Indian FTR Rally

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2020 INDIAN FTR RALLY

This FTR Rally is a grownup FTR that launched last year and is developed for both everyday ride comfort and to tear up the dirt any given time with “authentic retro styling.” The new additions include new aluminum spoke wheels with red pinstripe wearing blocky dirt-ready Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR tires, taller Rally handlebars, low windscreen, a wide brown aviator seat, USB fast-charge port, LED headlight, and a new Titanium Smoke paint job. It can still be uplifted with more than 40 accessories from Indian.

The same liquid-cooled, 60-degree 1,203 cc V-twin will also be putting out the 120 ponies and 89 lb-ft of torque on this FTR. Tethered to a similar trellis frame are the same USD forks, radially mounted dual Brembos, while the electronics now get cruise control as standard.

2020 Benelli Leoncino 800 Trail

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2020 BENELLI LEONCINO 800 TRAIL

After the success of their 500cc Leoncino Trail, Benelli has upped their antics with a bigger 754cc Leoncino, and it sports retro looks with semi-knobbly tires, 19”-17” spoked wheels, upswept high-mount exhaust, LED Lights and a TFT dashboard and minimal bodywork. This trail gets raised suspension and saddle and has matt green paintwork.

Running this is a liquid-cooled, parallel-twin 754cc engine, which Benelli claims produce 81.6hp and 49.4 lb-ft of torque. The same steel trellis frame design of the 500 does the job here. Upside-down 50mm Marzocchi USD forks handle suspension duties, and at the rear, swingarm’s movement is controlled by a laterally mounted shock absorber. Brembo brakes all around handle the braking with dual disc 320mm monoblock radial calipers. ABS comes as standard.

2020 CCM Stealth Foggy FT

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2020 CCM STEALTH FOGGY FT

Accentuating a stealth series outlook, CCM has unveiled a blacked-out version of their Spitfire range, including this Foggy. This is the mean-looking versions of the standard bikes with bronze frames, forks, and detail stripes to accent the gloss black paint jobs. It also comes with a black Alcantara leather saddle with yellow stitching. The 19” spoked wheels get replaced with black alloys, and they ditch the white-walled tires.

The powerplant on this scrambler makes use of the same Husqvarna TE630 fuel-injected, single-cylinder, four-stroke mill producing a healthy 55 hp and 43 lb-ft of max torque. Chassis updates see Bronze Marzocchi forks and Brembo four-pot brakes biting a 320 mm disc on the same artisan carbon-steel frame. If you’d like to individualize your handcrafted Spitfire, CCM has created a range of bespoke options and accessories.

2020 Norton Atlas Ranger

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2020 NORTON ATLAS RANGER

Calling it “Urban-Tracker,” this Atlas is reminiscent of the brand’s 1963 Atlas 750cc scrambler. It comes with wire wheels, dirtbike-style front fender, well-ventilated bash plate, wire cage over the headlight, flyscreen, kicked-up exhaust pipe, low-rise bar LED lights with DRL, and jockey mounted pegs. A 650cc parallel-twin with a 270-degree firing order makes 84 horses with 47 lb-ft of peak torque.

In-house built seamless steel tubing with aluminum swingarm mounts Roadholder gold USD forks and monoshocks, Dual 320 mm full floating Brembo with ABS and 19”-17” spoke wheels wrapped around aluminum rims and Avon Trekrider knobbed tires. MSRP: $15,000.

2020 Ducati Scrambler Icon Dark

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2020 DUCATI SCRAMBLER ICON DARK

As the name suggests, this is the dark-themed version of Ducati’s most successful Scrambler model that was launched last year – the Scrambler Icon. All the visible mechanical components on the bike have been blacked-out, with a brushed metal finished aluminum fuel tank panels and a short stubby exhaust. This gets LED lighting, LCD dash with multimedia system, and an under-seat storage compartment with a USB socket. The filler cap sports “born free- 1962” inscribed to showcase the ‘70s vogue.

Running this Icon is the same loveable oil-cooled 803cc L-twin motor that develops 73 hp and 50 lb-ft of peak torque. The exhaust unit, however, receives a new aluminum muffler cover. Bolted onto a twin upper steel Trellis frame are USD Kayaba 41mm forks, Kayaba shocks, 4-piston Brembo M4.32B monoblock with cornering ABS. MSRP: $9,800.

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2020 Moto Guzzi V7 III Rough

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2020 MOTO GUZZI V7 III ROUGH

The Rough edition seems to carry the most masculine silhouette with a traditional darker and sportier nemesis of the entire V7 range. The black theme is seen everywhere, including the flat handlebar mounted on a black bar, mirrors, springs, and the exhaust. The equipment is completed with the dedicated saddle with stitching, passenger grab strap, and the pair of aluminum side fairings.

The same 744cc longitudinally-mounted 90-degree twin mill churns out a healthy 52 hp, whereas maximum torque measures in at 44.25 lb-ft. The suspension setup on the bike is fundamental, and standard non-adjustable forks at the front and Ohlins piggyback shocks at the rear. A pair of Brembo 4-pot caliper clutches onto 320mm disc.

Sagar Patil
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