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Scrambler First Ride Impression

Two of our very own forum members got a chance to test ride the new Ducati Scrambler. They both shared a lengthy write up, from talks about the handling to comfortability. I'm sure we all can get ideas from the feedback Hedonism and JET has shared.

Here is what they had to say about the new 2015 Ducati Scrambler!

@Hedonism

from Ravenna - Italy

ok, first of all, forgive my english.... this is my very first review in english

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the general quality is higher than it looks on pictures, parts are large scale ones but look nice as well the general assembly, electric wire or components are not clearly visible and this is generally not easy on a full naked bike.

the “cockipt” is nice even if it is very “compressed” in a single instrument; both handlebar and pedals’ controls are well placed, the sidestand is easy to open and close; the “rapid” throttle is cool! Not the same is the headlight switch…. it looks poor and breakable (the only black spot)

once on board, position is upright and the wide handlebar is comfortably held. the footrest are close to the saddle, so tall riders must fold their legs; furthermore, even if the position si comfortable, the foam inside the saddle looks to be too soft for a long ride.


Riding it:

turned the key, just a touch to the e/s button and the engine (well fitted inside the nice tube frame) starts with a cool and really Ducati sound, the voice is soft, but not too much as pres.....
For More: My First Test Ride


@JET



I finally got the test ride on the Scrambler today - about 18 miles on roads that got progressively wetter ... and smaller. I did briefly own a V-twin (a Cagiva Raptor) about a dozen years ago, but this was my first ride on a Ducati. It took a bit of getting used to as it has a VERY quick action throttle whereas it is quite a slow action on my FZ1, but I loved it. It should also be added that it only had a little over 30 miles on it when I took it out, so it will still have a lot of settling to do. It feels very grunty low down the rev range, its handling is light and surefooted, even on soaking lanes, the brakes are we....
For More: Ducati Scrambler Demo Ride


Also, keep an eye on this new section for new Ducati Scrambler test ride reports from our fellow members.
 

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I really like what i'm reading so far from reading through JET's first ride review!

It feels very grunty low down the rev range, its handling is light and surefooted, even on soaking lanes, the brakes are well up to the job, the mirrors are excellent and stay perfectly clear, and the gearbox and clutch are both pretty good.

 

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First ride and hopefully not my last!

Tried it for a couple of hours last Sunday courtesy of Laguna Motorcycles , Ashford. Road conditions were damp to wet and rode on a variety of roads from muddy back lane 'b' roads to motorway around Kent.
Initial impressions are of a very small, light and manoeuvrable machine which is exactly what I am looking for, reminded me of my Honda CB250G5 from back in 1978 in terms of size but that's about where the similarities start and end! Having owned a variety of machines during the last 35 years of biking, I grew out of heavy adventure bikes a couple of years ago and bought my first retro styled bike, Moto Guzzi V7 in 2012. The Guzzi is a great bike but can't compete with the Ducati in terms of performance or handling.
The Scrambler is very easy to ride from the off, must say I didn't notice any issues with the throttle whatsoever. It's certainly quick off the mark and felt sure footed in variety of conditions experienced, which were probably as bad as it is ever likely to get in my hands. Muddy and slippery back roads were dealt with without any problems with the suspension coping admirably, given my 85 kilo weight and shock on the standard setting. I know some commentators have mentioned the suspension as not being up to scratch, but at the end of the day they have been built to a price to accommodate the price point of the bike, and for me performed perfectly adequately. Brakes were also good and the leverage from the high wide bars gives a lot of confidence when flicking around the country lanes. I also took it out on the motorway to get a feel for when it would run out of puff and have to say that it has more than enough power for me. It pulls strongly up to and past legal limits and the real limiting factor is the riding position, once you get up to around 85 it (would be) quite a challenge to hang on to those high bars, I think I would seriously consider the lower bars on the Full throttle. Obviously I couldn't possibly say how fast it would go, but on a private road I managed to get it up to 110 and it was still pulling, the only problem being I thought my head was going to get ripped off! All in all a great package and highly recommended, I hope to be ordering mine soon!
 

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I imagine the way the cables stick out may be an issue with fitting a bigger screen


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Tried it for a couple of hours last Sunday courtesy of Laguna Motorcycles , Ashford. Road conditions were damp to wet and rode on a variety of roads from muddy back lane 'b' roads to motorway around Kent.
Initial impressions are of a very small, light and manoeuvrable machine which is exactly what I am looking for, reminded me of my Honda CB250G5 from back in 1978 in terms of size but that's about where the similarities start and end! Having owned a variety of machines during the last 35 years of biking, I grew out of heavy adventure bikes a couple of years ago and bought my first retro styled bike, Moto Guzzi V7 in 2012. The Guzzi is a great bike but can't compete with the Ducati in terms of performance or handling.
The Scrambler is very easy to ride from the off, must say I didn't notice any issues with the throttle whatsoever. It's certainly quick off the mark and felt sure footed in variety of conditions experienced, which were probably as bad as it is ever likely to get in my hands. Muddy and slippery back roads were dealt with without any problems with the suspension coping admirably, given my 85 kilo weight and shock on the standard setting. I know some commentators have mentioned the suspension as not being up to scratch, but at the end of the day they have been built to a price to accommodate the price point of the bike, and for me performed perfectly adequately. Brakes were also good and the leverage from the high wide bars gives a lot of confidence when flicking around the country lanes. I also took it out on the motorway to get a feel for when it would run out of puff and have to say that it has more than enough power for me. It pulls strongly up to and past legal limits and the real limiting factor is the riding position, once you get up to around 85 it (would be) quite a challenge to hang on to those high bars, I think I would seriously consider the lower bars on the Full throttle. Obviously I couldn't possibly say how fast it would go, but on a private road I managed to get it up to 110 and it was still pulling, the only problem being I thought my head was going to get ripped off! All in all a great package and highly recommended, I hope to be ordering mine soon!
Welcome Peds,

See if they will offer you cheap the nicely run in demonstrator!! ;)
 
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