Test Ride: Ducati Scrambler Icon 800 2015 Image
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Test Ride: Ducati Scrambler Icon 800 2015

Ducati’s Scrambler has been a massive success, more so than anyone really expected. Ducati has said the bike is not ‘retro’ just their take on a scrambler, however, if you take a look at the marketing it does seem to be positioned with that vibe. It’s best not to put the Scrambler into a particular category, it kind of creates its own. We Buy Any Bike takes to the roads!...
untitled Engine
So the Scrambler has an engine of 803cc, air-cooled motor derived from the Monster 796cc unit. Although some basics have been taken from the Monster, the changes to the camshaft and exhaust system make the Scrambler completely different to ride, reducing the hp from 87 to 75. Despite this, the bike feels sporty and quick around town. There were notable vibrations when reaching 6000rpm, but nothing that wasn't expected.
untitled Handling
Handling was really nice and easy, the bike feels />compact to ride. The Scrambler has a very upright riding position suiting the wide, upswept handlebar. The throttle is extremely responsive and crisp, perhaps a little snappy in the lower gears but nothing you wouldn’t get used to. It offers a slight off-road look with Pirelli tyres and wheel sizes of 18” front and 17” rear. It's been said the bike has some off-road capabilities but I wouldn't want to put that to the test, after feeling every bump in the road. Untitled-17
untitled Seat height
At 5.4 the seat height was perfect for me, I could have both feet flat on the floor easily. The seat is 31.1in; it’s extremely comfortable and padded. Seat and tank are formed perfectly to create an eye-pleasing and clean finish.
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Dry weight sits at 170kg, wet at 186kg. Manoeuvring the bike was effortless, it felt light and due to its height, I was able to lean right over the bike while steering it.
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The quality of the Scrambler is without a doubt, very high. Ducati Scramblers are keenly priced and marketed, its proving to be one of their best sellers ever and I can see why.   We Buy Any Bike Rating : 1111


20 Sept 2016

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