The Scrambler sub-brand has been super successful for Ducati. In fact over the last two years some 29 246 Scramblers have been sold worldwide. Yep, The Hipsters have been snapping them up by the truckload. Well just this evening Ducati announced that two new models will be joining the Scrambler range for 2017. First up is the Café Racer: a stripped-down, short-fairing road bike designed for blasting between tattoo parlors and artisanal coffee shops.
It’s powered by an 803cc L-Twin engine that pushes out 55kW and 68Nm. It looks hot but not as hot as the Desert Sled. A nostalgic salute to the Californian enduro bikes of the 1960s and 1970s, the Desert Sled is one of the sexiest pieces of retro eye candy we’ve seen in ages. From its ribbed saddle, gold spoked wheels and mesh headlamp guard, Ducati has managed to capture perfectly the design ethos of that fun-loving, On Any Sunday era of motorcycling misadventure.
Equipped with Pirelli ScorpionTM Rally STR tyres and slightly more fender clearance than its road-orientated sibling the Desert Sled is also more than game for a little soft off-roading – something that should broaden its appeal amongst beard-packing plaid-wearers who enjoy riding off the beaten-track. It too comes with the 803cc L-Twin motor. Pricing is yet to be announced but don’t expect either of these two bikes to be cheap. – Thomas Falkiner (Pics: Ducati)