2015 Ducati Scrambler Icon
The Ducati Scrambler Icon delivers a tasty mix, of comfort, agility and old school style. It was built with practicality in mind and features a wide handlebar, a round headlight with glass lens and LED guide-light, and Dual Sport wheels.
The motorcycle is propelled by an L-twin, Desmodromic, 2 valves per cylinder, air cooled engine with a displacement of 803 cc which delivers a maximum power of 55 KW (75 Hp) at 8,250 Rpm and 68 Nm (50 Lb-Ft) of torque at 5,750 Rpm. The engine is housed by a tubular steel trellis frame and is mated on a six speed transmission with APTC wet multiplate clutch.
The ride quality is assured by a Kayaba suspension system which features a 41 mm upside down stanchion fork and a monoshock with adjustable spring preload.
Hit the jump for more information on the Ducati Scrambler Icon.
2015 Ducati Scrambler Icon
Engine:L-Twin, Desmodromic distribution, 2 valves per cylinder, air cooled
Horsepower @ RPM:75
Torque @ RPM:50
Energy:Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI)
Top Speed:106 mph (Est.)
The Icon is the starting point from which to express yourself. It is characterised by its comfortable riding position and steel teardrop tank with interchangeable aluminium side panels. The 790 mm seat height ensures comfort for both the rider and passenger. Stand-out features include the wide handlebar, the headlight with glass lens and LED guide-light, and the Dual Sport wheels. An aluminium finish for the belt covers, the heat guard and the interchangeable surround of the characteristic LCD instrument panel all enrich the style of the bike. Available in two colours: ’62 Yellow and Ducati Red.
2015 Ducati Scrambler Icon Key Features:
• 10-Spoke light alloy 18" front, 17" rear
• Tear drop steel fuel tank 13.5 lt
• Aluminum fuel tank covers
• Aluminum belt covers
• Aluminum heat cover
• 803cc L-atwin cylinder 75HP, desmodromic air cooled
• Available in two colors: Yellow and Red
• Pirelli dual sport tires
• Round headlight with LED ring
• High and wide handlebar
• Semi-floating mono disc radially mounted Monobloc Brembo caliper 4-piston, ABS Standard
• Aluminum stripe under seat
• Single Kayaba shock absorber with preload regulation
• Passenger grab rail
• LCD dashboard with interchangeable aluminum cover
• Low seat 790 mm
• Under seat USB
• New tech LED tail light
2015 Ducati Scrambler Icon Features and Benefits:
Innovative front headlamp
Together with the fuel tank, the front headlamp is one of the most characteristic features of the Ducati Scrambler. Round, classically designed yet contemporary - that is, post-heritage - it has a glass front with a modern, LED-powered light guide around the rim (this acts as a side light). When on, it recalls the popular ’70s stratagem of applying protective adhesive tape to off-road bike headlights.
The high-beam function isperformed by a single bulb hidden behind a Ducati-logoed screen. Moreover, the contrast between the cold white side light and warm yellow headlamp gives the Ducati Scrambler yet another personality boost.
At the rear, instead, lies a full-LED unit. This gives off a suffused light and features a technology unprecedented on motorcycles; this ’soft’ effect is, in fact, achieved by combining an opaque light-diffusing lens with a 12-LED electrical card (18 LEDs when the brake is applied).
The bulb-powered indicators - positioned to the sides of the headlamp and on the rear mudguard - match the Scrambler style to perfection. Ducati Scrambler riders are also provided with a hazard light function, activated simply by holding down the left indicator button for three seconds.
The Scrambler instrument panel consists of a single, round unit positioned above and slightly to the right of the headlamp. Fully digital, it has an engine rpm scale resonant of those seen on ’70s motorcycle speedometers (i.e. in the lower part of the instrument body). As engine revs increase the digits light up clockwise (right to left). Ducati Scrambler instrumentation also features two trip odometers and one totalmileage odometer, a trip fuel indicator, an air temperature display, maintenance reminders, a clock, and fuel reserve and ABS warning lights. Riders can also count on an engine oil pressure warning light, high beam indicator, neutral indicator, turn signal indicators, immobilizer and over-rev warning light.
Post-heritage styling is also evident on Ducati Scrambler controls. The wide handlebars house a classic wire-connected twist-grip throttle together with an axial-pump front brake lever with 4 different position settings. Minimalist Scrambler design continues with the cable-actuating clutch lever. The switchgear is characterised by the now-standard yet exclusive "trigger catch" that slides down to cover the starter button when the kill switch is activated. It’s the same one used on all Ducati bikes, its high tech design underscoring the post-heritage style of the Scrambler.
The black painted die cast aluminium footrest plates support the gear change lever and the off-road type rear brake lever.
An oil cooled L-twin two-valve 803 cc engine powers the Ducati Scrambler. Derived from the Monster 796 engine, it has an 88 mm bore, a 66 mm stroke and has been redesigned to give smooth acceleration throughout the rev range. The Desmodue engine on the Scrambler has light machine-finished aluminium covers, including those on the clutch and alternator. The two belt covers are also made of aluminium and have, likewise, been machine-finished to enhance aesthetics.
To ensure smooth integration with the compact steel teardrop tank, the Desmodue engine on the Scrambler features a single Ø 50 mm throttle body with two sub-butterfly injectors: this solution ensures fluid power delivery and accurate control of the fuel being aspirated into the cylinders.
Pistons and crankshaft are the same as those on the Monster 796 and Hypermotard 796 power units, while the camshafts have been designed to ensure linear power delivery thanks to the adoption of an 11° valve overlap angle. The 2-in-1 exhaust with aluminium silencer has been specially designed for the Scrambler. It features an aluminium heat plate for improved rider protection and is EURO 3 compliant.
The gearbox is a 6-speed unit while the multiplate APTC oil bath clutch with cable actuation, while emphasising the minimalist nature of the Scrambler, provides a light-touch brake lever with outstanding ’feel’, a real plus point when it comes to the continuous stop-and-go of inner city traffic. Moreover, it features a torque-linked anti-hopping system that prevents rear wheel chatter when downshifting.
The twin-cylinder Desmodue engine on the Scrambler has been designed to favour smooth running and fluid acceleration throughout the rev range, putting out 75 hp (55.2 kW) @ 8,250 rpm and 50.2 lb-ft (6.9 kgm) of torque @ 5,750 rpm. Just like the Scrambler itself, it is designed to be simple and accessible and also features generous 12,000 kilometres maintenance intervals.
The Scrambler is iconic, as is the celebrated Ducati Desmo, the engine valve closure system that has made Ducati famous all over the world. This system opens and closes the intake and exhaust valves positively and precisely, using a system of cams and levers. The term desmodromic stems from the Greek words desmos (link) and dromos (stroke); mechanically speaking, the term refers to mechanisms with a control to operate them in one direction (e.g. opening) and another which acts in the opposite direction (closure or return).
However, the desmodromic concept is not a recent one and has been used in the motorcycle and car industries for some time. It first appeared, in a variety of forms, way back at the start of the twentieth century. In 1956 renowned engineer Fabio Taglioni set Ducati off along the desmodromic path: the first bike to feature the solution was the Grand Prix 125, which had three overhead camshafts, driven by a vertical shaft and a bevel gear.
From that point on desmodromic history became a Ducati exclusive and in 1968 the company started producing this timing system as standard with the Mark 3 Desmo 350. This milestone of a motorcycle essentially had the same timing system as current 2-valve twin cylinder engines like the one on the Scrambler, clear evidence of the concept’s soundness. Used on all Ducati models, the system is also employed on Ducati Corse’s Superbikes and Desmosedici MotoGP bikes.
The Ducati Scrambler features a twin upper spar steel Trellis frame. Essential and elegant, the Scrambler frame embraces the engine and extends beneath the seat, providing the stiffness one expects from a real Ducati. Thanks to a steering head angle of 24° and a 112 mm offset on the fork yokes, manoeuvrability is outstanding both in city traffic and on Alpine hairpins. Thanks to the wide handlebars, weaving your way through the urban obstacle course on a Scrambler is child’s play, while the 1445 mm wheelbase maximises stability at high speeds. The steel fuel tank, with that unmistakeable teardrop contour, has a capacity of 13.5 l (3.6 US gal). With an excellent frame and outstanding chassis geometry, the Scrambler makes for relaxed riding that is easy yet fun. User-friendly and agile, the Ducati Scrambler is a source of endless satisfaction on both city streets and the open road.
The Kayaba suspension system on the Ducati Scrambler makes use of a 41 mm upside down stanchion fork and a monoshock with adjustable spring preload. Both provide 150 mm of wheel travel, ensuring the tyres hug the ground whatever the terrain, from city streets to undemanding off-road routes. It is this mix of comfort and performance that makes the Ducati Scrambler unique, letting riders express themselves to the maximum everywhere and anywhere.
Wheels and tyres
All new aluminium 10-spoke wheels - of evident flat-track origin - come as standard on the Ducati Scrambler. The design is a throwback to the days of thin, criss-crossed spokes inserted in the hub. The 3’’ x 18’’ front rim and the rear 5.5 x 17 one have been designed to be light and mount the new enduro-type Pirelli MT60 RS 110/80 ZR18 tyre at the front and the 180/55 ZR17 at the rear; featuring a chunky tread pattern, these tyres are produced exclusively for the Scrambler. The result is outstanding performance on surfaces of any kind.
Brembo braking system with 2-channel ABS
The Ducati Scrambler features Brembo braking using the Bosch 9.1 MP AMS system with an internal pressure sensor. To combine maximum stopping performance with minimalist styling the front wheel has a single Ø 330 mm disc, no less than 5 mm thick, with a 4-piston Brembo M 4.32B monobloc radial-mount caliper. This heavy duty single-disc front brake solution was chosen to leave a clear view of the wheel design on the right. At the back, instead, a Ø 245 mm disc is gripped by a caliper with a Ø 32 mm piston.
|Engine Type||L-Twin, Desmodromic distribution, 2 valves per cylinder, air cooled|
|Bore x stroke||88 x 66 mm|
|Power||55 kW (75 hp) @ 8,250 rpm|
|Torque||68 Nm (50 lb-ft) @ 5,750 rpm|
|Fuel injection||Electronic fuel injection, 50 mm throttle body|
|Exhaust||Exhaust system with single stainless steel muffler, aluminium silencer cover, catalytic converter and 2 lambda probes|
|Ratio||1=32/13 2=30/18 3=28/21 4=26/23 5=22/22 6=24/26|
|Primary drive||Straight cut gears; Ratio 1.85:1|
|Final drive||Chain; Front sprocket 15; Rear sprocket 46|
|Clutch||APTC wet multiplate with mechanical control|
|Frame||Tubular steel Trellis frame|
|Front suspension||Upside down Kayaba 41 mm fork|
|Front wheel travel||150 mm (5.9 in)|
|Front wheel||10-spoke in light alloy, 3.00" x 18"|
|Front tyre||Pirelli MT 60 RS 110/80 ZR18|
|Rear suspension||Kayaba rear shock, pre-load adjustable|
|Rear wheel travel||150 mm (5.9 in)|
|Rear wheel||10-spoke in light alloy, 5.50" x 17"|
|Rear tyre||Pirelli MT 60 RS 180/55 ZR17|
|Front brake||330 mm disc, radial 4-piston calliper with ABS as standard equipment|
|Rear brake||245 mm disc, 1-piston floating calliper with ABS as standard equipment|
|Wheelbase||1,445 mm (56.9 in)|
|Trail||112 mm (4.4 in)|
|Total steering lock||35°|
|Fuel tank capacity||13.5 l - 3.57 gallons (US)|
|Dry weight||170 kg (375 lb)|
|Wet weight||186 kg (410 lb)|
|Seat height||790 mm (31.1 in) - low seat 770 mm (30.3 in) available as accessory|
|Max height||1,150 mm (45.3 in) / brake reservoir|
|Max width||845 mm (33.3 in) / mirrors|
|Max length||2,100 - 2,165 mm (82.7 - 85.2 in)|
|Number of seats||Dual seat|
|Standard Equipment||Steel tank with interchangeable aluminium side panels, headlight with glass lens, LED light-guide and interchangeable aluminium cover, LED rear light with diffusion-light, LCD instruments with interchangeable aluminium cover, machine-finished aluminium belt covers, 18’’ front, 17’’ rear wheels, under-seat storage compartment with USB socket|
"The wait is over at last. The Ducati Scrambler is finally out of the yellow container that has so jealously guarded it over the last few months and is now – after the previews granted to employees and Ducatisti at World Ducati Week 2014 - officially ready to be revealed to all enthusiasts. This is more than just a new bike: it’s a whole new world, one that expresses itself via a range of versions that provide a starting point for satisfying the different needs and wants of individual motorcyclists."
"The Icon version, in yellow and red, is joined by three others - Urban Enduro, Full Throttle and Classic - each offering its own style and performance-related interpretation of the Scrambler spirit. The Urban Enduro, with its “Wild Green” paintjob, is for enduro style enthusiasts and ready to switch from city streets to country backroads in an instant. The Full Throttle is for riders enthralled by the flat-track racing world who have a penchant for pushing things to the limit. And the Classic is for devotees to details and a 1970s look who want the uncompromising riding pleasure and comfort of a modern-day bike." — Total Motorcycle
"With a selling price of $8,495 for the Icon, the Scrambler is not cheap, but it is certainly cheaper than other retro-style motorbikes in the market. The rNineT series by BMW starts at $15,000. The Classic, Urban Enduro and Full Throttle will be sold for $9,995 when Ducati makes them available next year." — Tech Times