In anticipation of the opening of EICMA, where Ducati is exhibiting the entire range after its absence from this show last year, the manufacturer from Borgo Panigale unveils its latest novelty in its World Premiere 2023 web series. The seventh episode is indeed dedicated to the new generation Scrambler, a chapter entitled Next-Gen Freedom, and already unveiled to fans of the brand during World Ducati Week. The aesthetics are modified, the engine is updated with a new electronic management and the chassis is reviewed. Three versions with the air-cooled V2 of 803 cc and 73 hp: Icon, Full Throttle and Nightshift.
Coming on sale in 2015, updated in 2017 and then in 2020, Ducati’s new Scrambler family has expanded to include 800 and 1100 displacements. A series that has already exceeded 100,000 units sold worldwide.
Now comes the new generation of the 800 range, which is the protagonist of the seventh episode of the Ducati World Premiere, the web series dedicated to the presentation of the 2023 novelties of the Bolognese brand.
This is an important change that has involved the style, the implementation of electronic controls, mechanics and part of the chassis, under the sign of the Next-Gen Freedom slogan chosen for the launch of these machines with sauce Bolognese.
Without prejudice to the stylistic approach, the aesthetics of the Scrambler 800 have been completely revised. The sheet steel tank has been redesigned and equipped with an interchangeable cover: together with the mudguards and the details on the headlight, it gives color to the bike and allows quick customization. The anodized aluminum covers placed at the base of the tank complete the renewed design.
On the Scrambler Icon, the new tank is a personalization element because the colored part is a cover that can be replaced, just like the mudguards, the beacons on the rims and the small front headlight covers. The three standard colours, ’62 Yellow, Thrilling Black and Ducati Red, are complemented by six others, available as options. Among the colors available are Rio Celeste, one of the lighter options, Jade Green (which is inspired by jade) and Velvet Red.
The Scrambler Icon has handlebars that have become lower and closer to the rider. The saddle (795 mm from the ground) has been redesigned, with a more tapered and streamlined tendency. The design is completed with black underseat side panels with Scrambler graphics.
Regarding the Full Throttle version, it is the sportiest version of the 2023 range and is inspired by American Flat Track competitions. The side plates display the number 62 – the year of the debut of the first Ducati Scrambler – and, together with the protective cover, they define a grittier aesthetic. The sporty character is underlined by the saddle with special upholstery, the dedicated livery in GP19 Red / Dark Stealth and the black finish of the exhaust heat shields and front side covers.
The equipment is completed with the shorter front fender, the rear part without the fender, the red labels on the alloy rims, the homologated Termignoni silencer, the Ducati Performance LED indicators and the standard bidirectional Quick Shift.
The Rosso GP19 saddle cover is also available as an accessory for a single-seater look. Finally, the driving position has become sportier, thanks to the lower handlebars and variable section compared to that of the Icon.
As for the NightShift version, it is the most elegant proposal of the 2023 range and is characterized by more classic details, such as the saddle in Café Racer style with stitching and in dark leather shade, or the alternation of glossy and matte surfaces. The Nightshift, like the Full Throttle, has side plates, a minimal front fender, the absence of the rear fender, black finishes for the aesthetic aluminum details, as well as compact LED indicators.
The Nebula Blue coloring and the now black wire wheels make the Nightshift more sophisticated in terms of aesthetics. As on the previous generation version, we find the flat handlebars with variable section and the cafe-racer style bar end mirrors.
In the headlight, the DRL light – recognizable by its signature with four circular sectors – is thinner as it is modernized. The headlamp, now full LED, retains the “X”, redesigned and applied in front of the headlamp. The design of the full LED rear light is also evolving while maintaining the semi-circular shape. The indicators are also LED.
The Desmodue twin-cylinder engine has new clutch and alternator covers characterized by the style of the letter X, while the belt covers are shaped more in line with the new style of the bike. The exhaust, also new, has more essential lines and a manifold design that leaves the engine in better view.
The trellis frame has been updated and lightened. The new aluminum alloy swingarm is now paired with a repositioned center shock. The rear buckle is now bolted to the main frame for easy customization.
On the new Scrambler, the Ride by Wire throttle was introduced, which allowed the adoption of traction control and to have two riding modes: Road and Wet. The presence of ABS cornering is finally present on this machine. Thanks to the arrival of Ride by Wire, it is now possible to mount the Quick Shift up/down, supplied as standard on the Full Throttle and available as an option on the rest of the range.
The Ducati multimedia system is available as an accessory to manage music and calls by connecting your smartphone to the motorcycle.
The Scrambler 800 is presented for 2023 in three versions: Icon, at a price of €10,690 – a thousand more than the 2022 model – Full Throttle and Nightshift, both on promotion from €12,390. Versions reduced to 35 kW are also available for holders of the A2 driving license and sales will begin next March.
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