News: 2015 Ducati Scrambler Confirmed

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2015 Ducati Scrambler

Ducati Factory workers in Bologna, Italy arrived to a bit of a surprise this past Monday. It certainly wasn’t business as usual. Instead of punching in and planting their feet at their designated stations they were instead treated to a private showing of the 2015 Ducati Scrambler.

While putting a bike into a crate to shield the bike from public view is acceptable, Ducati took it a step further for their beloved workers and set the stage providing a real beach like environment to put the “riders” in the right frame of mind when viewing the prototype.

2015 Ducati Scrambler

Speculations of the Scrambler have been buzzing about the industry for some time now and with Ducati making such a private showing so public it’s certainly grabbed our attention. A video was also created by Ducati to subliminally infest your brain with desires of beach cruising, dirt romping and hot chick passengers ready to throw their scarfs to the wind.

2015 Ducati Scrambler

From what we gather the “simple motor” will possibly over sub 600 cc and a more aggressive, almost dirt bike like upright riding position. What we can gather from the silhouette pulled from the 1/2 second video flash is an almost dirt bike inspired tank, compact wheelbase and very low ride height. Not to mention a front fender fairing for good measure.

All we can do is wait and see what the Ducati Scrambler is and has in store for us.

  • Jesse

    I can see a Scrambler’d Monster. That’d be fun.

  • Armando Domingos

    Any ideas what tires they have on there? 0:32. I can see it, but can’t place it.

    • Brett Lewis

      Kinda like an Avon Distanzia.

    • Justin McClintock

      I’m thinking maybe Continental Conti Escape.

  • Brett Lewis

    “To scramble means many things.” That may mean it doesn’t exactly fit the classic Scrambler definition. It doesn’t seem to have high pipes for one thing. It also has supermoto looking wheels and tires and sits pretty low. I’m not complaining, it’s an interesting hybrid.

  • MichaelEhrgott

    Not diggin it. 17″ cast wheels on a Scrambler? Meh. Needs more dirt worthiness. Wire wheels and a 19″ front would help. The tank looks weird IMO too. I think the Triumph looks much much better and more functional.

    • Dan

      I think in modern usage “scrambler” is an aesthetic connotation, not a performance one. Even the Multi is a road bike without much in the way of dirt pretentions. I agree the Triumph Scrambler is a pretty bike. But once you know that literally not a single one of the likely buyers will ever go off-road, would it really make sense to compromise the road manners with a 19″ front?

      • MichaelEhrgott

        Definitely a good point about the current aesthetic meaning of “scrambler.” However, most of the Triumph Scrambler owners I know definitely take them off-road. Just check out the ADVrider Scrambler thread. That being said, most of them don’t do more than gravel roads or fire trials which any enterprising individual on a street bike can do. Also a 19″ front definitely does not compromise road manners. See V-stroms and KTMs for examples. My 950 Adventure has a 21″/18″ setup and I can lean that beast over till the hard cases almost touch. ;)

        • Dan

          For the record, I’m calling it now: this thing will ship with wire wheels rather than the cast items. Early spy shots showed this thing with a wire front and a generic rear wheel. Putting aside the dirt limitations, a cast wheel wouldn’t fit what they’re gonig for here.

    • Flying Couch

      In addition to what Dan said – I imagine the only real reason they’re calling it the “Scrambler” is to play the heritage card. The original Ducati Scrambler from the Sixties and Seventies was popular and one of the company’s more important models.

  • hunkyleepickle

    likely to have that new 821cc engine of their’s, yes?

    • Flying Couch

      No. It’s the same air-cooled Desmodue engine from the older Monsters. Almost definitely the 696 or 796. Could be the 1100 or a new size entirely but I doubt it. That’s part of the point of this bike – to keep their air-cooled engines alive.

  • Alex

    Make it inexpensive :)

  • Bowds

    Good to see a modern bike with a round headlight :)

  • JT

    That is so cool, it’s like a giant diorama. I was really good at those back in the day, I bet theirs rocks too.

  • Lourens Smak

    Found this:

    Later in the clip you can see the engine.

    I’m guessing this will be the cheaper/entry-level Ducati, probably with Europe A2-license specs (<48hp) It looks small and light, 600cc maybe…

  • Andrew Leung

    Looks like duc is targeting the fickle hipster market.