Ducati and Pirelli Team Up To Introduce The SC-Rumble
’Ducatiand Pirelli have had a long standing relationship that has yielded fruitful results for both sides. To commemorate this bond forged out of steel and rubber, the two sides decided to commission a special edition Scrambler with the help of Vibrazioni Art Design. The result, as we see here, is the SC-Rumble.
The Ducati Scrambler was chosen as the bike for this unique project. Hardly a surprise since the bike has seemingly been the apple of Ducati’s eyes since it made its debut in early 2015. In keeping with the spirit of the Scrambler, Vibrazioni Art Design opted to keep the bike’s original essence as clean as possible. But that doesn’t mean work wasn’t done to accomplish the design studio’s goal of giving the bike a more “war-like personality.”
As you can see, there’s a hint of a Mad Max-style customization here, which seems appropriate considering all everyone’s talking about these days is the Mad Max movie that just came out.
One of the most important changes to the bike was a subtle one. You might not even notice it, but actually, Vibrazioni Art Design cut the factory frame of the Scrambler at the rear and all the original components were taken out in favor of recycled industrial sheet metal bins. It’s hard to realize it unless you’re keenly aware of the Scrambler’s parts catalog, but from the onset, there’s already a distinct change to the bike’s structure.
The same thing can be said on the top side of the bike where you’ll see a new, hand-shaped aluminum top fairing that carries with an eye-catching billet aluminum headlight, which itself received a smoked lens with a circular LED light inside that appears to have been inspired by the standard Scrambler set-up. It doesn’t do much to completely change the appearance of the S-C Rumble from the source material, but subtle changes like the finish of the component does the trick to a slight degree.
As far as aesthetic modifications go, one side of the gas tank prominently displays a rubber sheet that was laser inscribed on nitride rubber with the treat pattern of Pirelli’s MT-60 RS tires. The clearly identifiable nod to Ducati’s tire partner is complemented on the other side of the tank with a hand-painted Ducati Scrambler logo that.
Other relevant modifications by Vibrazioni Art Design include the new handlebars, which were apparently swiped off of the Ducati Streetfighter, and a new high exhaust and a hand-crafted silencer that’s based on the Termignoni aftermarket model.
The SC-Rumble made its public debut at the London Bike Shed last May 22, 2015 and is now scheduled to go to Biarritz, France where it will be participate at the “Wheels and Waves” show from June 11 to 14, 2015.
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Why it matters
There’s something to be said for a company who values its partnership with a supplier. That’s what Ducati is doing by tying up with tire manufacturer Pirelli and Italian design house Vibrazioni Art Design.
The impressive SC-Rumble is a fine piece of work coming from a company that apparently works on household furniture, too. It’s an imaginative take on the Scrambler, embodying the same amount of panache that Ducati bikes are known for.
It also has a nice hat tip to Pirelli, proving that the partnership between the two Italian companies runs deeper than most people give it credit for.
I’d be remiss if I also didn’t give credit to Vibrazioni Art Design for putting forth a really remarkable build that really brings a lot of character into the SC-Rumble without losing the touch that made the Scrambler such a unique and popular bike so short into its life.
I don’t know what Ducati and Pirelli have in store for the SC-Rumble. Are they going to release a limited edition version of the bike or are they perfectly happy with this one-off showpiece that embodies the decades-long partnership between the two brands?
I’d like to see the bike sold in a limited capacity but I also wouldn’t mind if Ducati and Pirelli opt to keep the SC-Rumble as it is: a true one of a kind.