Finally, Ducati is back in the Cafe Racer game with the 2017 Scrambler Cafe Racer. A far cry from the Sport 1000, but if it can convince Jay to like it, then I think we can too.
I’ve touched base on the Icon scrambler in the past with mixed reviews. While I think it’s an absolutely tremendous bike it leaves a little to be desired when you throw the name Scrambler into the mix. Realistically it’s just a good looking standard motorcycle, and there is nothing wrong with that. But now Ducati has gone full swing, giving it the proper cafe racer treatment. Shockingly it’s exactly what this bike needed! It was never good for anything except on pavement excursions, and now we have a model that exemplifies that fact.
The Cafe Racer version of the Scrambler gets the same successful guts from the standard Icon but receives new wheels, tires, clip-on handlebars, and a geometry change that transforms the motorcycle. Coming in at a piping $11,395, the Scrambler Cafe Racer is competing directly with its ‘Desert Sled’ sibling. Not bad when you consider the Cafe Racers 75hp and 414lbs wet weight, which happens to be almost 40lbs lighter than the Desert Sled.
The only real drawback to the Scrambler Cafe Racer is the fact that it bears two first names, and they are both terrible. Seriously! Scrambler was barely fitting for the Icon, for this it’s just heinous. You would think simply calling it a Scrambler wouldn’t lead to sales yet it happens to be Ducati’s best selling motorcycle at the moment. I think that’s a 50/50 shot of folks buying into a trend and others buying into a motorcycle that is surprisingly good. And yet it would be even better if it were called something entirely different. And now the added moniker of Cafe Racer has made the water even murkier. Give it a number, give it a name, but for god’s sake stop being so obvious with your branding appeal.
Other than that this new Scrambler Cafe Racer is a phenomenal little machine, and it looks absolutely fantastic. The only minor detail that I can see people complaining about is the inclusion of the number 54 on the side plates. Don’t get me wrong, I love the vintage racer feel of the side plates it’s just the simple fact that it takes away the option for those that would prefer their own racing number plastered on the side. You know, to really make it their own. Other than that the Scrambler Cafe Racer is an impressive machine built to really slay canyon roads and look good doing it.
Jay does a great job of describing the machine and the significance of the number that comes with it. Check it out, I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.