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Picked up my red Icon with the Termi from Moto Rapido this afternoon and clicked up 90 miles on a very roundabout ride home. My first impressions are as follows:


Looks: Having stuck a deposit down without seeing the bike, and today being the first time I'd actually clapped eyes on one, I was amazed how tiny this thing is. It looks like a toy parked in my garage between my GS and the wife's Tiger! I love the look of it though, even better in the flesh.


Finish: Very good, everything looks quality, even against my GS and the switches that some have reckoned look a bit flimsy look fine to me. I love the little retro touches like the Ducati printed across the back of the seat.


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Termi: Forget the video's, nothing does justice to how good it sounds with the Termi. Nothing! Go and listen to one and I kid you not you'll be reaching for your credit card.


Tank Pad: I reckon it looks great, better than I expected which is a bonus. I've shown pics in the owners check in thread.


Scottoiler: If you haven't had one before I can't recommend them highly enough. Mine has been hidden beautifully by Moto Rapido which, while being great, will mean a bit of messing about to refill the reservoir but that's not going to happen often so not too much of a hassle.


Heated Grips: Not yet arrived, expected April / May.


Turn on the ignition and the clock does its little thing checking everything out that for no other reason than I'm a bit of a geek, I love :) Not bothered about the rev counter seemingly going backwards either, it took about a minute to get used to it.


The ride:


Handling


I rode a number of different types of roads from a little bit of motorway through single track country roads and everything in between.


Motorways - Bloody hard work without any screen, not really surprising from a naked bike but with the wide bars you're really hanging out there. Anything above about 70 is a pain in the backside.


Fast A Roads - As above but the bike tracks well through bends at pace, (upto about 80mph in top at 6k rpm), on good smooth tarmac. The rear end feels planted but for me the front end is wayyyy too harsh and I've already emailed my dealer about fitting a set of Ohlins internals and different weight fork oil at the first service.


Twisty country B roads - Where this is really at home, very flickable and the gearbox is really tractable but if you want to keep it spinning and bang up and down the box I found it spot on. On smooth tarmac again it's great and I've had it over far enough to get rid of any chicken strips, but when things get bumpy it can get jarring and out of shape on the front end.


Urban - Beautifully balanced and a doddle to ride, even at walking pace. Get's plenty of looks and when I stopped for 5 minutes the bike had three people come and have look around it, (Yes, I really am that shallow!).


Mirrors - Probably the best mirrors I've seen on a bike. Absolutely no vibration at all and superb visibility, NOT of my elbows for a change!


Seat - As others have mentioned, it's a bit hard but I'm not going to be doing huge distances as I have the GS for that.


Fuelling - People have said that there's a problem with the fuelling. Not on my bike there isn't. The fuelling is creamy smooth but it does have a quick throttle and if you aren't smooth with it, it bites. The answer is in smoothing out your right hand, not in changing anything mechanical or electronic!


Clutch and Gearbox - A world away from heavy old Ducati clutches this is nice and light and the gearbox on mine is a joy. Snicks in nicely every time, no false neutrals. Really good.


Niggles - Aside from the aforementioned front end, I find the sidestand a bit tricky to get out and I found myself fumbling around like a fool at the garage the first time I stopped. Ducati say that this bike has been geared for low down stomp but I didn't find it that quick off the mark, that may be because it's the lowest powered bike I've owned in a long time, but I feel it could be zippier away from the lights.


Overall I think Ducati has done a really good job with the Scrambler bearing in mind it's built to budget. I'm happy despite the little niggles, it makes me smile every time I look at it.


Jerry
 

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Picked up my red Icon with the Termi from Moto Rapido this afternoon and clicked up 90 miles on a very roundabout ride home. My first impressions are as follows:


Looks: Having stuck a deposit down without seeing the bike, and today being the first time I'd actually clapped eyes on one, I was amazed how tiny this thing is. It looks like a toy parked in my garage between my GS and the wife's Tiger! I love the look of it though, even better in the flesh.


Finish: Very good, everything looks quality, even against my GS and the switches that some have reckoned look a bit flimsy look fine to me. I love the little retro touches like the Ducati printed across the back of the seat.


Extras


Termi: Forget the video's, nothing does justice to how good it sounds with the Termi. Nothing! Go and listen to one and I kid you not you'll be reaching for your credit card.


Tank Pad: I reckon it looks great, better than I expected which is a bonus. I've shown pics in the owners check in thread.


Scottoiler: If you haven't had one before I can't recommend them highly enough. Mine has been hidden beautifully by Moto Rapido which, while being great, will mean a bit of messing about to refill the reservoir but that's not going to happen often so not too much of a hassle.


Heated Grips: Not yet arrived, expected April / May.


Turn on the ignition and the clock does its little thing checking everything out that for no other reason than I'm a bit of a geek, I love :) Not bothered about the rev counter seemingly going backwards either, it took about a minute to get used to it.


The ride:


Handling


I rode a number of different types of roads from a little bit of motorway through single track country roads and everything in between.


Motorways - Bloody hard work without any screen, not really surprising from a naked bike but with the wide bars you're really hanging out there. Anything above about 70 is a pain in the backside.


Fast A Roads - As above but the bike tracks well through bends at pace, (upto about 80mph in top at 6k rpm), on good smooth tarmac. The rear end feels planted but for me the front end is wayyyy too harsh and I've already emailed my dealer about fitting a set of Ohlins internals and different weight fork oil at the first service.


Twisty country B roads - Where this is really at home, very flickable and the gearbox is really tractable but if you want to keep it spinning and bang up and down the box I found it spot on. On smooth tarmac again it's great and I've had it over far enough to get rid of any chicken strips, but when things get bumpy it can get jarring and out of shape on the front end.


Urban - Beautifully balanced and a doddle to ride, even at walking pace. Get's plenty of looks and when I stopped for 5 minutes the bike had three people come and have look around it, (Yes, I really am that shallow!).


Mirrors - Probably the best mirrors I've seen on a bike. Absolutely no vibration at all and superb visibility, NOT of my elbows for a change!


Seat - As others have mentioned, it's a bit hard but I'm not going to be doing huge distances as I have the GS for that.


Fuelling - People have said that there's a problem with the fuelling. Not on my bike there isn't. The fuelling is creamy smooth but it does have a quick throttle and if you aren't smooth with it, it bites. The answer is in smoothing out your right hand, not in changing anything mechanical or electronic!


Clutch and Gearbox - A world away from heavy old Ducati clutches this is nice and light and the gearbox on mine is a joy. Snicks in nicely every time, no false neutrals. Really good.


Niggles - Aside from the aforementioned front end, I find the sidestand a bit tricky to get out and I found myself fumbling around like a fool at the garage the first time I stopped. Ducati say that this bike has been geared for low down stomp but I didn't find it that quick off the mark, that may be because it's the lowest powered bike I've owned in a long time, but I feel it could be zippier away from the lights.


Overall I think Ducati has done a really good job with the Scrambler bearing in mind it's built to budget. I'm happy despite the little niggles, it makes me smile every time I look at it.


Jerry
Yep all what you said. I thought it was very nice away from the lights. ;)
 

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Fuelling - People have said that there's a problem with the fuelling. Not on my bike there isn't. The fuelling is creamy smooth but it does have a quick throttle and if you aren't smooth with it, it bites. The answer is in smoothing out your right hand, not in changing anything mechanical or electronic!
I wonder if that's because you have the Termi with the remap?
 

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thanks jerry, so you are goibg to change inner spring with hardest ones?
I have found the rear shock has high rebound, what you think? and I have appreciated breaking, is power and well balanced


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thanks jerry, so you are goibg to change inner spring with hardest ones?
I have found the rear shock has high rebound, what you think? and I have appreciated breaking, is power and well balanced


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I thought the rear shock was fine for anything but really spirited riding but the front end is way too hard. It's ok on good tarmac but on our potholed roads it gets out of shape. Moto Rapido run a BSB team so they have suspension experts on hand to advise the best way to go so when I've talked with them I'll post what they reckon is the best approach.


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Hi Jerry,

Great write up thanks for the very honest opinions, like others interested in what Julian says tomorrow with regards to the front end as its kind of been on my radar since the original reviews.

Pleased your happy overall.

Have fun.

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thanks Jerry, since I think to use my Urban Enduro mainly on unpaved roads, I'll need to soft them, may be just replacing the oil. First I need to try the bike in "springer/summer" temperatures, since my test ride was in January at 6 / 9° C.
 

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thanks Jerry, since I think to use my Urban Enduro mainly on unpaved roads, I'll need to soft them, may be just replacing the oil. First I need to try the bike in "springer/summer" temperatures, since my test ride was in January at 6 / 9° C.
Yesterday I rode with temp around 18º here in Portugal... and front suspension after 150km is... a bit better.
My only problem is that my comparison is my Multistrada 1200S (2010 Ohlins+semiactive unit) so... it's like comparing the the best of the best.

for off road incursion we need to change the suspensions that's for sure.
but I believe Ducati went the same route as it did on the Multistrada.. It looks it can go off road... it can but you should not :D
 

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uhm... wish to spent two words abt the saddle...

generally the long-run saddles, expeciallly aftermarket like kahedo, are harder than the OEM, often the oem saddle results unconfortable due to the "too soft" inner foam that does not split body weight in a large zone but only where it "collapse".

so.. hard seat are, in my opinion bettere to have long stay on it.
 
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