Entering its fourth year of production, Ducati’s Scrambler lineup has expanded over time, with models in multiple displacements and different styles. For 2019 Ducati has updated the Scrambler Icon, the bike that launched the new family in 2015.
The Icon’s styling has been refreshed, with beefier aluminum side panels attached to steel, teardrop-shaped fuel tank, a blacked-out L-twin engine, brushed cylinder head fins, a new muffler cover and machine-finished, 10-spoke cast wheels derived from the Scrambler 1100. A new headlight has an LED daytime running light (DRL) for more visibility in traffic, and the LED turn signals are now self-cancelling. More ergonomic switchgear make it easier for the rider to scroll through the LCD instrument menu, which now includes a fuel gauge and a gear indicator.
High, wide handlebars, a new flat seat and updated suspension are said to improve comfort. New cornering ABS provides a wider safety margin in all riding conditions, and the hydraulic clutch has a softer feel and an adjustable lever. The Scrambler Icon is now compatible with the optional Ducati Multimedia System, a Bluetooth system that allows riders to listen to music, answer calls or chat with the passenger.
Returning unchanged is the Scrambler Icon’s air-cooled, 803cc L-twin engine with a 6-speed transmission and chain final drive, its tubular-steel trellis frame and cast aluminum swingarm and its Brembo brakes, with a single 330mm front disc squeezed by a radial monoblock 4-piston caliper and a single 245mm rear disc squeezed by a 1-piston caliper. The Scrambler Icon rolls on 18-inch front and 17-inch rear wheels shod with Pirelli MT60 semi-knobby tires. Fuel capacity is 3.6 gallons and claimed wet weight is 417 pounds.
The 2019 Ducati Scrambler Icon is available in new Atomic Tangerine or in classic ’62 Yellow, both with a black frame, a black seat and gray trim. Pricing starts at $9,395 and bikes will be available in the first quarter of 2019.