2019 Ducati Scrambler Icon
Words and Images by Sam Bendall
A retro-inspired refresh of the Scrambler Icon that was reintroduced in 2014. It is a beginner friendly, middleweight motorcycle that is great for everyday riding and short road trips. This model gets refinements to its suspension, power delivery, ride, and safety tech.
The cockpit of the Scrambler Icon is simple and elegant. The wide handlebars provide a great amount of control and confidence for whoever is piloting it. The instrument cluster remains retro in styling and now includes a gear shift indicator and fuel gauge.
The 803cc Desmodromic air-cooled L-twin; 73 horsepower, 49 pound-feet of torque. It's not a behemoth but it's a monumentally fun engine for city and highway use. It receives a blacked out paint scheme with brushed cooling fins.
The original Ducati Scrambler debuted in 1962 and the moniker on the fuel cap pays homage to the brand's heritage.
The aluminum tank panel ridges are more subtly accented and combined with a black inlay, they give the Icon a more refined look.
Up front there is a 330mm single disc brake with a radially-mounted four-piston Brembo caliper. Rear braking on the Scrambler Icon come courtesy of a 245mm single disc with a one piston floating caliper. Most importantly it is the first motorcycle to include the dual channel Bosch Cornering ABS, a safety system that helps to mitigate a loss of traction when over-applying the brakes in a lean.
The headlamp on the Scrambler Icon features a daytime running lamp (DRL) making it more visible in traffic. It's flanked by new LED turn signals.
The rear monoshock is adjustable for preload and has been recalibrated for better shock absorbtion during city and aggressive riding.
The 41mm Kayaba front forks are non-adjustable but provide adaquate damping for everyday riding.
The tail section remains similar to the older models with updates to the turn signals. They too are now LEDs.
The high pipe can get a little hot on warmer days. Be sure to wear your proper riding gear.
The Ducati Scrambler will hit showrooms at the beginning of 2019 and come in two colorways: ‘62 Yellow ($9,395) and Atomic Tangerine ($9,595).