• 2018 Ducati Scrambler Hashtag

    Ducati Scrambler Hashtag The only production model to be sold online
  • Styling cues borrowed from the Scrambler Sixty2
  • Teardrop fuel tank with dedicated graphics and logos
  • Glass parabola headlight assembly and LED DRLs
  • Cross-spoked aluminum alloy wheels wrapped with chunky tread Pirellis
  • Wide handlebars and a single pod LCD dash featuring the exclusive “trigger catch” switchgear
  • LED rear light sets
  • Desert Sled-style seat
  • 399 cc, air-cooled, L-twin engine cranks out 40 ponies and 25.5 pounds of grunt
  • ’Low-slung’ 2-in-1 exhaust with aluminum-covered silencer in matte black
  • Twin upper spar steel Trellis frame and swingarm
  • 24° of rake and 112 mm of trail
  • 41 mm, Showa right-side-up forks
  • Kayaba coil-over monoshock
  • 320 mm disc with a twin-pot caliper wtih Bosch 9.1 MP ABS
  • Price: $ 8,650 $ 800 dearer than the Sixty2
  • Available only in the Midnight Black paintjob
  • Starts with buying a $ 620 voucher and present it at the dealership

The only production model to be sold online

If you think that Ducati made the Scramblers for entertaining the youth, you are absolutely right. But if you believe the Italians cannot entice them more than this, oh boy you are so wrong. Ducati has finally bowed down to the millennials who love doing everything through a screen. Planned out by the millennial interns at the Ducati offices, the firm has launched the most affordable Scrambler model adding to the already strong line-up of six models.

And it’s aptly called the Scrambler Hashtag. Yes, the #. What is even more brain tickling is the fact that Ducati is going to sell these bikes exclusively through a screen rather than on a showroom floor. But it isn’t as straightforward as your Amazon deliveries are and is currently made available only to the European streets.

  • 2018 Ducati Scrambler Hashtag
  • Year:
    2018
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Transmission:
    6
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    40
  • Torque @ RPM:
    25
  • Displacement:
    399 cc
  • Price:
    8650 (Est.)
  • Price:
  • Overall:
    8.2/10
Planned out by the millennial interns at the Ducati offices, the firm has launched the most affordable Scrambler model adding to the already strong line-up of six models.

STYLING

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2016 Ducati Scrambler Sixty2 2018 Ducati Scrambler Hashtag 400

The Hashtag 400 takes all of its cues from the Scrambler Sixty2 that ran the streets of America right up until last year. The same bare-ass nakedness rolls on here with the minimal frame components and a light, clean look. Although this is the most affordable Ducati, the Italians haven’t made any compromises in giving it genuine, top-class materials such as the steel on the swingarm, the same material used to make the teardrop tank and the frame just like the Sixty2.

The only differences with the Sixty2 are the Midnight Black paintjob with the orange Scrambler logo, mudguard, handlebar, and a Desert Sled-style seat. With the Hashtag, the highly expressive Ducati Scrambler design takes on a fresh look, thanks to a slim steel tank with dedicated graphics and logos.

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Glass parabola headlight assembly
and LED DRLs
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Desert Sled-style seat
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LED rear light sets
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Teardrop fuel tank
with dedicated graphics and logos

The headlight assembly sees the same glass parabola and LED DRLs’ around the perimeter hitched to the wide handlebars featuring the round mirrors that brings a splash of history into this Scrambler. Under-seat molding provides another 70s’ design throwback just like the “born free - 1962” inscription you still get on the filler cap.

Borrowing cues from the world of Flat Track racing are the beautifully cross-spoked aluminum alloy wheels in black that accentuate simple design paths taken on the original Sixty2. Even the matte black silencer cover gives the bike that extra touch of originality with the pipes leading to it shows the beautiful Ducati twin in all its glory.

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Wide handlebars and a single pod LCD dash
featuring the exclusive “trigger catch” switchgear

The single, round digital instrumentation assembly is still cheekily found on the right of the handlebar with the scale on the rpm indicator resembling the speedometer on the bikes of the 70s’. Making the retro more evident is the minimalistic, classic throttle handle clubbed with the exclusive “trigger catch” switchgear, unique to all Scramblers.

The Desmodue engine on the Ducati Scrambler has light, machine-finished aluminum covers, including those on the clutch and alternator.

The Hashtag 400 takes all of its cues from the Scrambler Sixty2 that ran the streets of America right up until last year. The same bare-ass nakedness rolls on here with the minimal frame components and a light, clean look.

Overall Dimension

Make Model 2018 Ducati Scrambler Hashtag Benelli Leoncino
Length 84.6 in 80.2 in
Width 33.8 in 34.5 in
Height 45.8 in 44.1 in
Wheelbase 57.4 in 56.8 in
Seat height 31 in 30.9 in
Wet weight 403 lb 432 lb
Fuel Tank 3.6 gal 3.5 gal

POWERTRAIN

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399 cc, air-cooled, L-twin engine
cranks out 40 ponies and 25.5 pounds of grunt

It runs on the same powertrain made of the 399 cc, air-cooled, L-twin engine that cranks out 40 ponies at 8750 rpm and 25.5 pounds of grunt at 8000 rpm, sufficient power for fun while staying well within the manageable range. The same six-speed transmixxer is also employed here.

As seen on the larger Scrambler siblings, even this Desmodue engine gets equipped with a single 50 mm throttle body with two sub-butterfly injectors for accurate control of fuel giving a consistent power delivery and fluid acceleration throughout the rev range. As it comes on the Sixty2, the Hashtag is also Euro-IV type-approved.

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’Low-slung’ 2-in-1 exhaust
with aluminum-covered silencer in matte black

The twin-cylinder comes with cast pistons with machined valve pockets and a single-piece crankshafts. Offering a ’low-slung’ look, the 2-in-1 exhaust comes with an aluminum-covered silencer in matte black.

Ducati has kept the maintenance intervals every 7,500 miles making the machine-accessible and straightforward.

It runs on the same powertrain made of the 399 cc, air-cooled, L-twin engine that cranks out 41 ponies at 8750 rpm and 25.5 pounds of grunt at 7750 rpm .

Engine Specification

Make Model 2018 Ducati Scrambler Hashtag Benelli Leoncino
Capacity cc 399 499.6
Bore / Stroke mm 72 / 49 59 / 66.8
Output 40 hp @ 8750 rpm 48 hp @ 8500 rpm
Torque 25.5 lb-ft @ 8000 rpm 33 lb-ft @ 5000 rpm
Type L-Twin cylinder, Desmodromic distribution, 2 valves per cylinder, air-cooled In line 2 cylinders, 4-stroke, liquid cooled, double overhead camshaft, 4 valves for cylinder
Clutch type Wet multiplate clutch with mechanical control Wet- Multiplate
Transmission 6-speed 6-speed

RIDE AND HANDLING

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Twin upper spar steel Trellis frame and swingarm

The Hashtag also shares the chassis, wheels, suspension and braking units with the Sixty2. Featuring a twin upper spar steel Trellis frame and swingarm, the frame provides sufficient sturdiness for throwing around the machine on rocky uneven surfaces. Clubbed to the wide handlebars, the 24° of rake and 112 mm of trail allows the Hashtag to manoeuver the city streets filled with snarls of traffic with ease, an area where the Hashtag will majorly be running in.

With the 1460 mm wheelbase, riders are sure to feel sufficient stability on the Hashtag at all times. The chassis geometry gives the rider a relaxed riding that is easy yet fun. The entire architecture is ultimately designed to give the Hashtag a friendly and agile source of satisfaction on both urban locales and the winding mountains.

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320 mm disc with a twin-pot caliper
wtih Bosch 9.1 MP ABS
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Cross-spoked aluminum alloy wheels
wrapped with chunky tread Pirellis
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41 mm, Showa right-side-up forks
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Kayaba coil-over monoshock

41 mm, Showa right-side-up forks and Kayaba coil-over monoshock handle the suspension with the right mix of comfort and performance. Whereas braking is taken care of 320 mm disc with a twin-pot caliper up front and 245 mm disc with a single-pot caliper in the back are sufficient. Bosch 9.1 MP ABS system with an internal pressure sensor give maximum stopping performance.

Aluminum 10-spoke wheels have been designed to be light and mount the new enduro-type Pirelli tires featuring a chunky tread pattern that is exclusive for the Ducati Scrambler range giving out perfect grip on any riding surfaces.

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24° of rake and 112 mm of trail
The entire architecture is ultimately designed to give the Hashtag a friendly and agile source of satisfaction on both urban locales and the winding mountains.

Chassis Specifications

Make Model 2018 Ducati Scrambler Hashtag Benelli Leoncino
Frame Tubular steel Trellis frame Frame in steel tubes
Suspension / Front Traditional Showa 41 mm fork Upside-down forks 50mm
Suspension / Rear Kayaba rear shock with fully adjustable preload Rear swing arm with lateral shock absorber with spring preload adjustment and hydraulic rebound brake adjustable
Brakes / Front 320 mm disc, 2-piston floating caliper with ABS as standard Twin semi-floating disk 320 mm with radial 4 piston caliper and ABS
Brakes / Rear 245 mm disc, 1-piston floating caliper with ABS as standard Single disc 260 mm with single-piston floating caliper and ABS
Tires / Front Pirelli MT 60 RS 110/80 R18 120/70- R17
Tires / Rear Pirelli MT 60 RS 160/60 R17 160/60 - R17

PRICE

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Price: $ 8,650
$ 800 dearer than the Sixty2

The Hashtag 400 is priced at €6990 plus on-road costs which is about $8,650. This is around $800 more than what the Sixty2 was priced at while it was sold here. Nonetheless, the Hashtag is the most affordable Ducati on sale, currently available only in France, Italy, Germany, Spain, and Portugal.

You also get a 20% discount on Scrambler apparel, and official Sixty2 accessories fit in on this Hashtag.

Deliveries are expected to start in mid-March. Whether Ducati will bring the Hashtag on the other side of the pond is yet to be seen.

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Starts with buying a $ 620 voucher
and present it at the dealership

It all starts with buying a €500 (about $620) deposit voucher from the dedicated Scrambler Hashtag website. But that is the end of the having an online buying presence. Once you buy this voucher and nominate a Ducati dealer of your choice, you head to the dealership with the voucher, sign a contract, finalize payment of the rest and agree on a delivery date suitable for you.

Make Model 2018 Ducati Scrambler Hashtag Benelli Leoncino
MSRP $ 8,650 $ 7,000 (Est)

COMPETITION

Benelli Leoncino

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This street and scrambler motorcycles was first showcased at the 2015 EICMA as a concept and people had then put a lot of money on these bikes because of the potential shown. We saw the production versions at the ongoing EICMA 2016 as well, and we are glad to report that it has maintained the rugged and beautiful lines.

The retro – modern design language is literally in vogue now. And this Leoncino has got the same treatment by the fashion gurus at CentroStile Benelli. It is an intelligent fusion of an old-school cover over modern technology that is born to live in both the city and the wildlife. The curvy fuel tank, round headlight, stubby mudguard and floating tail section is an intelligent fusion of old-school design with modern touches that will appeal to every enthusiast. The LED package takes care of all illumination duties on the motorcycle, and the highlight has to be the Lion of Pesaro which sits atop the front mudguard.

A twin-cylinder, four-stroke engine, liquid-cooled, 500cc powers the Leoncino with a maximum power of 48 hp at 8500 rpm and maximum torque of 33 lb-ft that comes in at a low 5000rpm. This early surge of torque will enable the Leoncino to get off the block quicker and also give the scrambler a strong mid-range power band while on the move.

Given the genre of these motorcycles, the riding position is quite upright with the slightly raised handlebar and footrest position. Suspension duties are handled by upside down 45mm adjustable forks, and the rear swingarm’s movement is controlled by a laterally mounted shock absorber. Braking the speeds are with 4 piston brake calipers gripping 320mm disc at the front and a 260mm disc with a single piston caliper at the rear with ABS as standard.

VERDICT

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Available only in the Midnight Black paintjob

Ducati has been making Scramblers which could have been abused on roads that don’t exist, but it pleased the urban way and the masses rather and hence they became glorified street bikes. They became the street iterations of the South-West California and Mexico’s Baja scenes in the ’60s and ’70s.

Scramblers were those which were fitted with engines displacing upwards of 500cc and stripped off anything that is nonsensical to run on roads or no roads. A trademark indispensable in shielding the bike from rocks, stones, and the unforgiving desert terrain.

But I guess the millennials don’t give a damn about this whole entourage and emotions that come with buying a Scrambler today. It has become more of a tool to provide you with immense quotients of fun. Answering to such mindsets, the Scrambler Hashtag will be the most creative, youthful, inventive and free-spirited machine from the “Land of Joy”.

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