Italian motorcycle manufacturer Ducati has unveiled two new variants of its popular Scrambler motorcycle range, dubbed the Scrambler Cafe Racer and Scrambler Desert Sled at the EIMCA show in Milan.
Ducati Scrambler Cafe Racer is a throwback to the original cafe racer bikes of the 1960s, optimised for speed and handling rather than comfort, and for quick rides over short distances. Draped in the Black Coffee colour scheme the Scrambler Café Racer comes fitted with 17-inch wheels and the bike has also been given a complete rear-end redesign in pure Cafe Racer style.
True for the Cafe Racer bikes, the Scrambler Cafe Racer features clip-on bars, number boards, a nose fairing, stubby mudguard and single seat with pillion cover. The golden stripe on the fuel tank and the wheels give a classic touch to the motorcycle. The motorcycle also comes with Termignoni exhaust.
On the other hand, the Scrambler Desert Sled is off-road version of the Scrambler. According to Ducati, the bike evokes the spirit of the off-road American bikes of the '70s and '80s. Scrambler Desert Sled gets modified frame and suspension and 19-inch spoke wheels, both optimised for off-road riding.
The off-road capability of the Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled is further evident in the headlight mesh guard, off-road style foot pegs with removable rubber pads, high mudguards and engine skid plate.
Both the variants are powered by an 803cc L-Twin, Desmodromic distribution, 2 valves per cylinder, air-cooled petrol engine that also does duty in other 800cc Scrambler models. The mill develops 75bhp and 68Nm of torque mated to a six-speed gearbox.
With the arrival of Desert Sled and Cafe Racer, the Ducati Scrambler family will expand to eight models — five other 803cc versions (Icon, Urban Enduro, Full Throttle, Classic, Flat Track Pro) and the 399cc Scrambler Sixty2.
Ducati is expected to bring both these bikes to India as completely built-up (CBU) units from their Thailand factory in mid-2017.