Ducati’s most accessible range of bikes, the Scrambler line-up, has been updated for 2023, with major electronic and mechanical changes. Currently, the 2023 Ducati Scrambler can be had in three variants – Icon, Full Throttle and Nightshift. All of them are powered by the same 803cc, two-valve, air- and oil-cooled Desmoduo engine that makes 73hp at 8,250rpm and 65Nm of torque at 7,000rpm.
New Scrambler has electronic throttle, two riding modes
4.3-inch TFT dash standard, shows navigation and other features
Lighter by 4kg compared to previous model
New Ducati Scrambler range: details
The all-new Ducati Scrambler range is offered in three variants – Icon, Full Throttle and Nightshift. Although Ducati has currently unveiled only three variants, it is quite likely that there will be more of them down the line. While each variant is mechanically the same, they differ in styling and some tweaks.
The engine and the main chassis remain largely the same, but there are a few tweaks to further make the Scrambler more accessible. The earlier model's offset monoshock has now been moved to a more conventional centrally mounted unit. Ducati claims that through a lighter bolt-on subframe and due to new engine internals, it has been able to shave off 4kg from the kerb weight of the earlier bike; this even after ensuring the bike is compliant with the more stringent Euro-5 emission standards. The clutch has been updated too with a lighter pull and it is a smaller unit than on the outgoing model, thereby offering the rider's foot more space.
All bikes here get the same electronic suite, comprising two riding modes (enabled by the electronic throttle) – Road and Wet – Cornering ABS and traction control. These rider aids are controlled through a brand-new offset 4.3-inch TFT dash that replaces the old circular digital display. With Ducati's optional Bluetooth module fitted, this TFT dash can also show you navigation and other notifications. All models now get full LED lighting as standard.
The Icon serves as the gateway into the Scrambler line of motorcycles, and is offered in three colours – yellow, red and black. Further, Ducati also offers more accessory colour options, taking the total available colours up to nine. The coloured tank panels, front and rear mudguards and small headlight cowl are all that need to be swapped to change the colour of the bike.
The Full Throttle is the sportiest of this trio and has a lower handlebar and comes adorned with a bespoke red, grey and black paint scheme. To further differentiate it visually, it gets shorter fenders and comes equipped with small, circular LED indicators. It is also the only model equipped with a bi-directional quickshifter as standard, while the other models can get it as an optional extra. Another optional extra that this variant gets as standard is a homologated Termignoni slip-on.
The Nightshift is meant to be the more polished cafe racer and comes in a single colourway – Nebula Blue. This variant is the only one to come equipped with wire-spoke wheels as standard. In keeping with the cafe racer aesthetic, Ducati has equipped the Nightshift with a straight handlebar and bar-end mirrors to further bolster its kerb appeal. The Nightshift also gets the same circular LED indicators seen on the Full Throttle.
Following suit to the earlier model, a myriad of accessories are on offer including mirrors, anodized parts, luggage, seat cowl and a street-legal exhaust.
As of now, Ducati hasn’t revealed when the new Scrambler line-up will be making its way here, but considering that the Scrambler range of motorcycles is all about accessibility, we expect it to make its way here sooner rather than later.
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