The Scrambler is firmly established in the Ducati purse, rich in multiple variations; and recently available in two displacements. The time of evolution does not spare this “neo-classic” category. Also the 800 Icon takes the party to proceed with some evolution after four years of joyousness and freshness motorcyclist. No risk, blunder at the pace, for the peace of the Ducatists, the brand preserves the sinecure.
Looks like the Scrambler has reached the stage of its moniker, Icon. Ducat ‘did not dare to retouch the design, and almost seems to have been afraid to change anything. OK, we preserve the line and the lightness that make the success of this bike but …. But a little risk-taking, like a windsurfer who goes kitesurfing, would certainly not have displeased. Let’s cross our eyes and the generations to flush out the traits of differences.
It will go quickly: a new trim for the silencer, beefier tank sides, milled rim sticks, a blackout on the engine, a dose of brush on the cooling fins, and a good refresh for the headlight – all equipped with LEDs, it has a stronger visual identity with a cross within it crowned by the four light arcs.
Let’s move on to what is seen less and what feels more. Comfort has been incorporated into the debate, culminating in a thicker saddle. Suddenly, the seat is a bit higher, at 798 mm instead of 790 mm. Which remains very reasonable. The suspension settings are adjusted towards the same mission: amenity. Ergonomics exert its influence up to the controls: the clutch (now hydraulic) is softer and its lever adjustable in spacing. The commodos are redesigned for better navigation of the dashboard, a fuel gauge as well as a gear indicator appear, the indicators are automatically stopped, and … Hey, there is nothing that changes on the equipment side. braking and yet it will be more efficient. The trick? The addition of a more elaborate Bosch control unit allows the ABS to modulate its action in bends.
Representative of a pop culture, of an incorrigible desire to take life and the roads under the ode of trifle, the Scrambler must also take into account the addictions of its customers. A dose of Bluetooth and Ducati Multimedia System will allow you to gorge yourself on playlists at your leisure.
Impeccable. With the USB socket already present since the appearance of the Scrambler, you can be connected from end to end with this machine.
Ducati could not avoid a slight weight gain for this new version of the Scrambler. A ladle weighing 3 kilos will only be seen on the technical sheet. We will trust the twin, unchanged, to make us think of a lot of other things, going out with friends by the river or around a barbec ‘on the outskirts of an improvised evening. Yes, the evo is minimal; because on the substance as on the form, it looks like he did not need more.
And before these alterations, the Ducati 800 Scrambler Icon combined how. Let’s re-see this in detail or in flexibility..
The company’s first Scramblers date back to the 1960s, when it manufactured single-cylinder engines. They existed in 250, 350 and even 450 from 1969. They smelled of music, recklessness, pleasure, the Beatles, jeans, the dreadful orange color of the time….
We take the same sauce and start again to acidify the second chapter of the 21st century. Except that we fired the emetic orange, that Coldplay and Daft Punk fill the charts; but the 21st century Scrambler always smacks of fun, pleasure, and above all, near and far, it looks super nice and you immediately want to become a friend. A motorcycle as a girlfriend, the Scrambler?!? A motorcycle with a vacation look, not too powerful and accessible, it really feels good.
Isn’t this Ducati 800 Scrambler cute?!? Almost looks like a TW, but a little bigger. It’s not stretched out like a Streetfighter, rather compact in its proportions, not in pursuit of a pure, high fashion style like MV-Agusta. No, he’s just cute. And yet, the stroke of the pencil has not been idle to make it endearing. Yes, it’s vintage, and that’s part of why we notice it. He wants to be the offspring and evolution of the Scrambler of the hippie years. Technically, we oscillate between the proven and the modern. One brake disc? Yes, it’s lighter visually, but it’s more than enough to calm this 173-kilo beast: a 330 mm slab pinched by a monobloc 4-piston caliper, it’s already causing. Another 254mm disc with a single-piston caliper is present at the rear.
How about a Scrambler? It’s not really made for … No, it’s made for fun. So Ducati put in a few horses, but not too much. First, recover the 803 cm3 twin of fire the 796 Monster and Hypermotard, we keep the 2 valves per cylinder, the desmo system, we change the camshafts, and we distribute 73 horsepower at 8250 rpm. Torque, we will do with 6.9 mkg, at 5750 rpm. Not huge, almost correct for the displacement, and in the end, we won’t need more. To avoid spoiling anything, we appreciate the attention to detail, such as the designs machined in the aluminum of the casings and belt covers..
The trellis frame is de rigueur as usual. Discreet, minimalist, it supports the saddle at a very accessible 798 mm high, holds a 41 mm inverted fork, a banana-type swingarm, and 10-spoke rims on each side.
This is not what will appeal the most. Quidams, curious and charmed will especially see this tank, taking again feature for feature the shape of that of the Scrambler of yesteryear. The brushed aluminum covers are interchangeable, in order to multiply the customizations and to keep the marketing machine running at full speed. Ducat ‘has planned a whole universe around his toy, to the free appreciation of each.
The 800 Scrambler also plays with a certain impertinence and remarkable specificities. These include the enduro-type large cobblestone tires made exclusively for him, an 18-inch rim at the rear, a thin 110 gommard at the bow while the stern reveals a large 180, suspensions with 150 mm travel allowing s ” venture into the paths leading to the beach.
Only one desire comes at the end of the handlebars: fun. Far from the glitter, the bleeding trajectories, the frightening powers and the "always more", the Ducati Scrambler brings a real breath of fresh air and that simple little taste that it is more and more difficult to find. Except that when your name is Ducati, the simple mixes with the premium, and this affects the price. Before, we camped for the holidays; now, we take a mobile home. But the desire for the sun has not changed.
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SCRAMBLER 800 Icon 2018
Model marketed in
medium: 5.10 l
about 180 km / h
The technical aspect
Ducati SCRAMBLER 800 Icon 2019
- Tank: 13.5 liters
- Width: 855 mm
- Height: 1150 mm
- Wheelbase: 1,445 mm
- Dry weight: 173 kg
- Operating weight: 189 kg
- Train before
- secondary by chain
- Rear axle
(88 x 66 mm)
at 8,250 rpm
at 5,750 rpm