Ducati's immensely popular Scrambler range of motorcycles receives a much-needed refresher for 2019.
Ducati India has updated its Scrambler range of motorcycles in the country by launching the MY19 models. The updated MY19 range includes four models - the Scrambler Icon, Full Throttle, Cafe Racer and the Desert Sled. Starting with the Icon, it has been launched at ₹ 7.89 lakh, while the following three models carry a price tag of ₹ 8.92 lakh, ₹ 9.78 lakh and ₹ 9.93 lakh, respectively (All prices are Ex-showroom). While the bikes themselves do not appear to have changed much from their respective predecessors, the updates only reveal themselves on closer inspection.
While the list of updates on the 2019 Scrambler range is quite elaborate, the bikes remain mechanically identical to their outgoing versions, meaning that the range continues to be powered by Ducati's 803cc L-Twin Desmodromic air-cooled motor which pumps out 72.4bhp and 67Nm of torque.
The most striking visual changes on the Scrambler Icon come in the form of new, beefier aluminium side panels, a black-painted crankcase and exhaust pipes, brushed cylinder head fins and a new headlight with LED DRLs and LED auto-off indicators. Further, the 2019 Scrambler Icon will also be available in a new 'Atomic Tangerine' colour scheme (apart from the standard '62 Yellow' paint option) with a black-painted frame, black seat and grey-painted wheels.
The ergonomics too have been refined, courtesy of a new fuel level indicator in the digital instrument cluster and more easier-to-use switchgear. While the comfort quotient has been upped via a new flat track seat and revised suspension setup, the safety quotient too has been enhanced with the introduction of the Bosch Cornering ABS. As part of the update, riding comfort has also been taken care of with a new softer-feel adjustable hydraulic clutch lever, which can be set at a desired gap from the handlebar by the rider.
The Scrambler Full Throttle gets a unique two-tone hooligan livery and comes shod with Pirelli MT 60 RS tyres and a road-legal Termignoni dual-tailpipe exhaust setup. Meanwhile, the updates on the 2019 Scrambler Cafe Racer include a renewed livery (Silver Ice Matte with a blue-painted frame), new 17-inch spoked wheels shod with Pirelli Diablo Rosso III tyres and aluminium bar-end mirrors. Out of the four models, the remaining Scrambler Desert Sled has been built to an off-road specification, which now offers a red-painted frame with colour-coordinated stitching on the new flat-track seat, 19-inch spoked wheels shod with Pirelli Scorpion rally tyres and an additional Off-Road Riding Mode which disengages the ABS. Further off-road credentials are added via the engine skid pan, high-set mudguards, headlight mesh protector and fully-adjustable 46mm Kayaba USD forks.
Ducati has also introduced the Ducati Multimedia System (DMS) as an optional extra on all four bikes, which provides Bluetooth connectivity for the rider's smartphone.