In the last couple of years, the Indian market has witnessed the arrival and introduction of many new motorcycles and concepts which have broken the conventional norms of motorcycling in India, and one of them is the Café-Racer. This in-house breeder is pure café style straight from the factory floor, and it hits the high note for being considerably the favourite one of the Scramblers.
After bringing in the Desert Sled into the country, Ducati has now also introduced its newest member of the Scrambler family, the Scrambler Cafe-Racer. Although it might sound very odd with having two different setups in one single bike, Ducati has managed to pull off an absolute beauty. And for ₹ 9.32 lakhs, it is on par with the Desert Sled.
It gets the authenticating Cafe-Racer bar end round rear view mirrors, clip-on handlebars, headlamp cowl and the classic cafe racer-style humped seat with a glossy black cowl. The surface has been treated with a glossy black coat which Ducati calls ‘Black Coffee’. Gold coach lines, logo and alloy wheels accentuate the black paint scheme highlighting the bike’s grown up design. It’s a colour combo that just works. Also, paying homage to legendary Ducati racer Bruno Spaggiari, there is a number board on each side of the bike with ’54’ written on it.
The design of the Scrambler Café Racer may evoke the senses and feels of an old school café racer of the past decades, but under the skin, it is a twenty-first century Ducati powerhouse by every bit. It is powered by an L-twin Desmodromic fuel-injected 803cc engine.
It is a commendable job done by Ducati to have managed to spin the same engine and create that many Scramblers each having their character. The loveable air-cooled 803cc motor is bolted to the steel trellis frame, and the Euro 4 compliant engine develops 75bhp at 8,250 rpm and 68Nm of peak torque at 5,750 rpm. Although it is the same motor, riders can now expect quite a treatment to their ears due to the Termignoni silencer.
Like all the other Ducatis, the Scrambler Café Racer too sits atop a tubular Trellis frame, albeit in a reinforced state. This street orient takes from Ducati has a more aggressive riding position like a vintage, which features running clip-on handlebars meaning you can take the twisty asphalt with panache.
Acting behind the scene are Bosch 9.1 ABS equipped dual 330mm semi-floating rotors up front, with radial Brembo M4-32 callipers and a 245 mm single calliper at the rear with a radial front brake pump equipment that is typically reserved for sport-inclined machines; a Scrambler first. Debuting in this scrambler are also the fully adjustable Kayaba 41mm forks featuring 5.9 inches of travel, along with a pre-load adjustable rear shock. The Pirelli Diablo Rossi II’s keep you planted no matter who you are.
With its old school looks complemented with modern touches like golden alloy wheels, fully digital meters and meatier Pirelli rubbers, the Scrambler Café Racer takes itself to the chart of the most beautiful looking middleweight motorcycles of today’s age. Adding to it, the typical Ducati traits of being focused on adrenaline-rushing performance and sharp riding dynamics have been retained in the Scrambler Café Racer as well. If anything is off here, it would be the price and the limited service network.