In today’s day and segment of affordable middleweight motorcycles, the Ducati Scrambler needs no introduction. There are very few motorcycles which have witnessed the procedure of evolution for decades, among which one is Ducati Scrambler. In the beginning of 2015, Ducati resurrected the Scrambler brand from ashes with four different variants of the motorcycle, which used to be a fashion statement in the ‘60s. According to Ducati, if the erstwhile Scrambler wouldn’t have been discontinued back then, it would have evolved in the same form as the latest avatars of the Scrambler have emerged.
Now after having a tremendous year with the sales of Scramblers, because of which Duacti has been able to surpass the mark of 50,000 sales units globally, Ducati is all set to shake the middleweight segment once again with the smallest version of the Scrambler series, the Scrambler Sixty2. The Scrambler Sixty2 is not only the smallest motorcycle in the Scrambler series, but also the most affordable motorcycle in its entire portfolio of motorcycles. The Scrambler Sixty2, we feel, has arrived at the right time, when Ducati is marching ahead strongly in emerging markets, including India, and this particular model, will help them to double up their profits. Here’s our comprehensive review of the all new Scrambler Sixty2.
All the pre-existing versions of the Ducati Scrambler are perfect symbolization of retro as well as contemporary design cues, and so is the Scrambler Sixty2. Unlike the four different variants of the 803 Scrambler - Icon, Urban Enduro, Classic and Full Throttle, the Scrambler Sixty2 is available in only version, though it shares its design philosophy much with the 803cc Scrambler Icon. The overall silhouette of the new Scrambler stays close to the original model from the sixties - a lean, fuss-free motorcycle, and hence the name ‘Sixty2’.
Sharing the components and design of some of the body panels with the bigger Scramblers, the Scrambler Sixty2 comes with a round headlamp surrounded by a daytime running LED ring at the front, atop of which sits the petite instrument console set in an offset direction towards the left when viewed head on. The front fender, like all the other Scramblers, is very small, and gives the entire design a purposeful feel.
The side view of the Scrambler Sixty2 again mimics that of the Scrambler Icon, but you easily feel the size difference between both the motorcycles, with the Scrambler Sixty2 being the smaller one of the two, off course. The fuel tank design has been shared too, but here, it is a smaller unit, 14 liters to be precise. The side profile comes with almost negligible body panels, with the exposed tubular frame and boisterous engine being the major highlights.
The bike continues to have the minimalist rear design like the other versions of the Scrambler, but here, it comes with a proper rear fender unlike the tyre hugger on the Scrambler Icon. The LED tail lamp design, though, is the same as that of the other Scramblers.
And so is the instrument console – the unit from the 803cc Scramblers has been lifted off onto the Sixty2 as well. The small fully digital instrument console keeps you updated of all the information – speedometer, tachometer, fuel gauge, odometer, trip meters, et al. The overall design of the Sixty2 may look like a slightly scaled down version of the 803cc Scramblers, which is definitely a good thing to start with.
The design of the Scrambler Sixty2 is evocative of the original Scrambler of ‘60s, but under the skin, it is a twenty-first century Ducati by every bit. The Scrambler Sixty2 draws its power from a L-twin Desmodromic fuel-injected 2-valve 399cc engine, which pumps out 41bhp of power and 34.6Nm of torque.
This engine is the smallest engine in the entire portfolio for Ducati – the only engine from the manufacturer in the sub-500cc segment. But by no means, it is a weak engine, as the linear power delivery, complemented with the super light-weighted nature of the motorcycle, manages to give you a thrilling performance. Like on the other Scramblers, the engine here on the Sixty2 too is mated to a 6-speed gearbox.
Like all other Ducatis, the Scrambler Sixty2 too sits atop a tubular Trellis frame. The high-raised handlebar and rear set foot-pegs may not make up a comfortable riding posture together, but they definitely manage to raise the fun factor with the sporty super-moto like seating posture. Being a slim motorcycle and weighing at 167 kgs only, the Scrambler Sixty2 is one nimble motorcycle which manages to bring a smile on your face every time you wring its throttle.
Ducati has provided the Scrambler with 41mm upside down Showa forks at front and pre-load adjustable side mounted monoshock sourced from Kayaba. A 320mm single disc brake at front and a 245mm disc brake at rear, coupled with ABS, are employed to bring the Scrambler to rest from motion. Except the ABS, there is no other electrical wizardry, which makes the Scrambler an unadulterated motorcycle to ride.
Ducati has already been selling the 803cc versions of the Scrambler in India (barring the Urban Enduro one). The current prices for those Scramblers start at Rs. 6.99 lakh, which is definitely a crowd puller for all those enthusiasts who had been dreaming of owning a Ducati for a long time. With the Scrambler Sixty2, Ducati might just be able to double up its strong sales in the Indian market, as this motorcycle will definitely be the lowest priced motorcycle of Ducati if launched in India. And if that good time comes, the Scrambler Sixty2 will hopefully be priced in the range of Rs. 3.5-4 lakh.
Currently, the Scrambler Sixty2 is available in three different colors – Atomic Tangerine, Ocean Grey and Shining Black.
Being an entry-level as well as retro offering from Ducati, the closest and most obvious rival of the Scrambler Sixty2 will be the Royal Enfield Classic 500. Having the same classic and old-world charm with a glorious history beneath its name, the Classic 500 is positioned much lower than the Ducati Scrambler Sixty2 in terms of price, but going by the specifications, it seems that the Scrambler Sixty2 is directly aimed at the likes of the Royal Enfield flagship.
The Royal Enfield Classic 500 is powered by an 499cc air-cooled, single cylinder engine which produces 29PS of power and 41Nm of torque. Unlike the contemporary suspension, tyres and braking units on the Ducati Scrambler Sixty2, the Classic 500 comes equipped with the old school suspension, tyres and brakes, and thus is the much lower price tag in comparison. And yes, the Scrambler Sixty2 also has an upper edge in terms of standard ABS, which the Classic 500 doesn’t come with.
Like all the other Scramblers, the Scrambler Sixty2 may seem to be a completely different Ducati when viewed with other motorcycles of Ducati’s stable. It certainly does not has that edgy and outrageous feel one expects from a Ducati, but a deeper introspection reveals that it stays true to the core of specific DNAs of all Ducatis - it is beautiful, it is powerful and it is soulful. And with the more pocket friendly packaging and usable performance given the riding conditions in the country, the Scrambler Sixty2 seems to be the fnext major shot by Ducati for the emerging markets like that of ours, and emerges as an equally enticing machine for both amateurs as well as seasoned riders, and being the most affordable Ducati if it goes on sale right in India, the desirability of it as well as the popularity of the brand Ducati in India will increase even more.