Ducati’s new Scrambler Icon boasts cornering ABS, gear and fuel level indicators, and an aesthetic overhaul
Ducati enhances its line-up with a new Scrambler Icon, a bike that adds even more to both fun factor and safety. The Scrambler Icon is equipped with a host of electronic features that make it safer while enhancing the joy of riding.
Part of Ducati’s Joyvolution concept, the new Scrambler Icon is a true all-rounder that feels equally at home slicing the urban clutter or blasting down fire roads and beaches. Probably the most interesting electronic upgrade is the dual-channel Bosch Cornering ABS, a truly welcome addition to any modern bike, even one that pays homage to the ‘60s scramblers.
The heart of the Icon is an air-cooled desmodromic L-twin with a displacement of 803 cc, producing a no-nonsense 73 HP at 8,250 rpm and a peak torque of 67 Nm at 5,750 revs. The mill is Euro 4-compliant and comes with electronic fuel injection. Ducati also updated the looks of the power plant and painted the engine black, with contrast accents, such as the brushed cooling fins.
Icon comes with a 6-speed transmission with a chain final drive and a hydraulically controlled slipper and self-servo wet multiplate clutch. The chassis is the same steel tubular trellis design, with a 41mm USD Kayaba fork and Kayaba rear shock with adjustable preload. Scrambler Icon tips the scales at 173 kg (381 lb) dry and 189 kg (wet), with a decent 13.5-liter (3.6 gal) tank.
On the features side, Borgo Panigale have done a really nice job, adding a glass lens for the classic round headlight and LED lighting for DRL and the self-canceling turn signals. Icon is now ready for the Ducati Multimedia System and has more ergonomic handlebar controls. The hydraulic clutch lever is adjustable for more comfort, while the gear and fuel level indicators are valuable additions to the dash instrumentation.
The aluminium side panels are replaceable and are now following the tank’s lines more closely. The cast rims come with contrast cut accents matching the engine details and are inspired from the 1100 model. The seat has also been revamped, flatter and comfier. Finally, the Atomic Tangerine color scheme joined the roster, alongside 62 Yellow. No prices known at the time of writing, but we reckon it should arrive with a marginal premium, given the electronic bells and whistles.
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