The Ducati Scrambler brand, which is basically a sub-brand of the high-performance motorcycle manufacturer, launched in 2015, and has grown in popularity since it was released. Entering its fourth year of production, Ducati has updated the 2019 Scrambler Icon.
Here’s 8 things you need to know:
– The Icon’s styling has been refreshed, with beefier aluminum side panels attached to steel, teardrop-shaped fuel tank, a blacked-out L-twin engine, brushed cylinder head fins, a new muffler cover and machine-finished, 10-spoke cast wheels derived from the Scrambler 1100.
– The riding triangle also updated. Now features high, wide handlebars, a new flat seat and renewed suspension set-up, which promise refined ergonomics. As with other Scramblers a low weight (expected to be around the current Icon’s 170kg dry), low centre of gravity and slightly chunky tyre treads make it an accessible and stylish option.
– The 2019 Scrambler Icon gets a new headlight, with LED DRL (Daytime Running Light) for more visibility in traffic, and the LED turn signals are now self-cancelling.
– The LCD instrument menu was also updated, which now includes a fuel gauge and a gear indicator.
– The latest Icon to join the crew promises to be more comfortable and safer, thanks to new electronics such as the new Bosch Cornering ABS – which can be turned off.
– The 2019 Scrambler Icon is now compatible with the optional Ducati Multimedia System, a Bluetooth system that allows riders to listen to music, answer calls or chat with the passenger.
– Returning unchanged is the Scrambler Icon engine and chassis. The current Icon is powered by Ducati’s 803cc, L-twin, 4-stroke, air-cooled unit, making 75bhp and 68Nm of torque, sitting inside the tubular-steel trellis frame. However, the six-speed gearbox now features a new ‘softer-feel’ hydraulic clutch control.
– The new model will go on sale from November, and will be available in Atomic Tangerine or in the classic ’62 Yellow, both with a black frame and black seat with grey trim.
And it’s doesn’t look like the only bike to churn out this Autumn. With the Intermot and EICMA shows fast approaching, we’re expecting exciting things from the coolest brand in motorcycling.
2019 Scrambler Icon Specs:
Type: L-Twin, Desmodromic distribution, 2 valves per cylinder, air cooled
Displacement: 803 cc
Bore x Stroke: 88 x 66 mm
Compression Ratio: 11:1
Power: 73 hp (54 kW) 8250 rpm
Torque: 49 lb-ft (67 Nm) @ 5750 rpm
Fuel Injection: Electronic fuel injection, 50 mm throttle body
Exhaust: Exhaust system with single stainless steel muffler with aluminum exterior cover, catalytic converter and 2 lambda probes
Emmissions: Euro 4
Transmission: 6 speed
Final Drive: Chain, front sprocket 15, rear sprocket 46
Clutch: Hydraulically controlled slipper and self-servo wet multiplate clutch
Frame: Tubular steel Trellis frame
Wheelbase: 1445 mm (56.9 in)
Trail: 112 mm (4.4 in)
Total Steering Lock: 35°
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 Tire: 110/80 R18 Pirelli MT 60 RS
Rear Suspension: Kayaba rear shock, pre-load adjustable
Rear Wheel Travel: 150 mm (5.9 in)
Rear Wheel: 10-spoke light alloy 5.50″ x 17″
Rear Tire: 180/55 R17 Pirelli MT 60 RS
Front Brake: Single 330 mm disc, radial 4-piston caliper with Bosch Cornering ABS as standard equipment
Rear Brake: 245 mm disc, 1-piston floating caliper with ABS as standard equipment
Fuel Tank Capacity: 13.5 l – 3.57 gallon (US)
Dry Weight: 173 kg (381 lbs)
Wet Weight: 189 kg (417 lb)
Seat Height: 798 mm (31.4 in) – low seat 778 mm (30.6 in) available as accessory
Max Height: 1150 mm (45.3 in) (brake reservoir)
Max Width: 855 mm (33.7 in) (mirrors)
Max Length: 2100 – 2165 mm (82.7 – 85.2 in)