Ducati Updates Scrambler Lineup for 2019

2019 Ducati Scrambler lineup
Ducati’s 2019 Scrambler lineup (left to right): Desert Sled, Cafe Racer, Full Throttle and Icon.

Last month Ducati unveiled an updated version of its Scrambler Icon for 2019, which includes a styling refresh, cornering ABS, updated switchgear and instrumentation, a new seat and revised suspension.

At this week’s Intermot motorcycle expo in Cologne, Germany, Ducati pulled the covers off new 2019 versions of several Scrambler spin-off models, including the Cafe Racer, Desert Sled and Full Throttle, which share some updates with the Icon.

Read our 2018 Ducati Scrambler 1100 first ride review

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2019 Ducati Scrambler Icon
2019 Ducati Scrambler Icon

Across the Scrambler lineup, the steel teardrop gas tank gets new aluminum side panels that are more robust and more closely match the lines of the tank. The crankcase of the air-cooled 803cc L-twin is now painted black and the cylinder head fins have a brushed finish. Bosch cornering ABS is now standard and the hydraulic clutch has a lighter feel and an adjustable lever.

All four models get a new LED headlight with a daytime running light and self-cancelling LED turn signals. They feature more ergonomic switchgear, and the single LCD gauge now includes fuel level and gear position. Together, the Scrambler’s wide handlebar, new flatter seat and recalibrated suspension are said to provide a more relaxed, comfortable riding position. And all Scrambler models are now compatible with the optional Ducati Multimedia System.

2019 Ducati Scrambler Cafe Racer

2019 Ducati Scrambler Cafe Racer
2019 Ducati Scrambler Cafe Racer

For 2019, the Scrambler Cafe Racer trades its black-and-gold livery for a fantastic Silver Ice Matt paint scheme with a blue frame and seat. Replacing the gold-colored cast wheels are spoked wheels with black rims shod with Pirelli Rosso Diablo III tires. A tiny bikini fairing wrapped tightly around the headlight, clip-on handlebars with bar-end mirrors and side-mounted plates with the number 54, in honor of Bruno Spiaggiari, an Italian GP racer who competed from 1958-1972, complete the go-fast look. Pricing starts at $11,995 and bikes will be available in the first quarter of 2019.

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Read our 2017 Ducati Scrambler Cafe Racer first ride review

2019 Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled

2019 Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled
2019 Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled

Named after the desert racers campaigned in the deserts of California and Mexico in the 1960s, the Desert Sled has longer-travel suspension than its Scrambler counterparts. It also has an Off-road mode that allows ABS is be disengaged at the rear wheel, a 19-inch front wheel, a new seat, off-road style footpegs, a rock-deflecting headlight guard, high fenders and a skid plate. Spoked wheels are shod with Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR dual-sport tires, and the Desert Sled has a Mirage White tank and fenders and a red frame. Pricing starts at $11,995 and bikes will be available in the first quarter of 2019.

Read our 2018 Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled road test review

2019 Ducati Scrambler Full Throttle

2019 Ducati Scrambler Full Throttle
2019 Ducati Scrambler Full Throttle

Inspired by the Scrambler campaigned in Super Hooligan flat track races, the Full Throttle variant gets a two-tone black and yellow fuel tank with a white stripe and a dedicated logo. It has a race-replica rear end, a passenger seat cover that matches the paint on the tank and side-mounted yellow number plates. Further setting the Full Throttle apart from its Scrambler siblings is a Termignoni dual exhaust, a flatter tapered handlebar and a chopped front fender. Pricing starts at $10,995 and bikes will be available in the first quarter of 2019.

 

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