There has been an awful lot of hype lately in the motorcycle magazines about Ducati`s latest offering; The Ducati Scrambler. Apparently it`s not being marketed as part of the normal Ducati range, but enjoying its own publicity and that its carving out `a way of life` for the hipsters of Europe.
Well, being a lady motorcyclist of a certain age, I`m not taken in by the marketing. The publicity blurb doesn’t show women riders; it just shows gorgeous 20 year old babes sitting on the back of random Italian Stallion machines! As I am not wanting to create the image of taking my daughter to the beach (although I am told Hornsea is very nice when the sun shines) to meet a bunch of workshy fops playing Frisbee, I was not swayed. However, I was swayed by the written reviews of the bikes performance. As a result I thought I’d better book myself a ride and see what the hype was all about.
One thing I did notice was that the pipes got hot, resulting in nice warm legs. I was slightly nervous that my pants would catch fire but didn’t dwell on that for too long.
Once I had settled into riding a different kind of bike it turned out to be quite a bit of fun, very nimble. I could quote all the spec now, but hey, look it up! It had quite a smooth gear change but on a number of occasions. It seemed to kangaroo jump a little when changing down. I have ridden quite a few different bikes of late and always pride myself on my smooth gear change. Perhaps it`s just something to get used to, or actually just heavy-handed operator error. To settle my nerves after it shot through the gears to a steady national speed limit (!). I called into Waitrose for a cup of tea and crossword on my way back to the Dealership. A more mature, but rather dapper gentleman sporting a handlebar moustache approached me. To inquire if that was my bike outside and what my views on it were. He told me his friend had just ordered one (trading in his Triumph Street Triple). And was looking forward to taking receipt of it (His chum was 73 and was getting excited over the retro styling). A nice little talking point.
I thought the Icon looked alright but actually fell in love with the Classic.
(even though I had reservations thinking. I would have to spend my spare time cleaning the wheel spokes rather than riding it!). I also thought the Street Enduro looked fantastic what with its the sexy twin exhaust. Ahh, too much choice. One thing which is imprinted on my brain is the sound it made when the engine was turned off……… A true Ducati sound there.
Overall a very lively bike and I would say a bit of a girl’s bike. But tremendous fun to ride, and quick off the mark. A very nice build with quality kit.
Anyway, guess what? I have put a deposit down for the Classic! Roll on my Ducati summer!
Van Van Hayes