Last week, we took a look at Ducati and BMW’s sales for the year, and tucked away in Ducati’s sales report was a little news: “The Ducati Scrambler range — which saw the new 800 Dark presented at EICMA — will see the introduction of a new model in the coming months.”
Since they’re circulating press releases for the new Scrambler 1100 PRO and Scrambler 1100 Sport PRO just a week later, I’m still holding out hope for a production version of that ADV concept they showed. Until then, let’s take a look at the new top-of-the-range Scramblers.
The PRO model picks up some changes and upgrades over the previous Scrambler 1100 models.The exhaust moves to a traditional Ducati arrangement, stacked on the right side. The new "Ocean Drive" paint is probably my favorite of the Scrambler line. You just don’t see pinstripes outside of the cruiser world much.
While looking over the spec sheets, I noticed that the PRO models are about 10 pounds lighter than the 1100 Special. The PROs weigh in at 454 pounds wet. Other than the paint and new exhaust position on the side, the plain PRO seems to be the same as the other 1100s. So does the acronym stand for Paint & Relocation Only? Not quite. The fenders have been trimmed, the seat is unique to the PRO line, and the license plate mounts low. These changes, combined with the new exhaust, probably account for that weight loss.
The Sport PRO, which will presumably be the most expensive Scrambler you can buy, gets some bigger changes. First is the fork, a 48 mm Öhlins unit in place of the standard 45 mm Marzocchi. That’s backed up by a matching Öhlins monoshock where a Kayaba usually sits. A lower, sportier handlebar wears round mirrors at its ends. Like the PRO, the Sport PRO gets a shotgun exhaust and exclusive paint.
These are the biggest, most advanced Scramblers ever built by Ducati. The Sport PRO in particular is a long way from the budget-minded Scramblers that kicked off Ducati’s subbrand, and it’s probably a good sign to see them continue to expand it. I know some folks expected to see the PRO follow Triumph’s lead into more aggressive Scramblers, and they might still do that with an ADV offering. (Don't give them any ideas about a V4 Scrambler!)
As U.S. pricing has not yet been announced for either new model, I took a look at Ducati Italy's site and found that the PRO models cost about $500 more than the standard variants. Both PRO bikes will hit dealerships this spring.