Ducati hit the jackpot last year with the Scrambler when they sold 16,000 units globally, enough to push the 800cc Scrambler into the top ten list for the most 500cc+ bikes sold in 2015. Well now Ducati may be aiming for the sub 500cc sales list with the Scrambler Sixty2 and a Gary Inman from CycleWorld had a chance to test out the Scrambler in Barcelona.
While he’s not a fan of how the Scrambler Sixty2 is marketed he does think it’s an “excellent city bike”. At $7,995, it’s just $1,000 less than the Scrambler Icon and more than most other sub 500cc motorcycles. Maybe people are moving away from the expectations of a higher price point equating to more performance and this market shift could be what the head of Ducati Scrambler, Claudio De Angeli, is counting on when it comes to the Sixty2. Maybe he’s aiming the new Scrambler at the Asian, Japanese and Australian markets that has tax breaks for bikes under 500cc. We won’t know if this new sub 500cc bike will be just as popular as its higher cc brethren until it goes on sale.
What we do know is that the Sixty2 is very similar to the 800cc Scramblers because it shares around 60% of its components with the rest of its family; the same platform, switchgear, steel tank (same as the Scrambler Flat Track Pro), steel trellis frame, headlight, and digital dash. But Ducati had to change some things to reduce the cost besides losing half the engine capacity.
The upside down forks have been switched out and replaced with a non-inverted set that is a lot less firm, the rear tire has been replaced by a thinner one, single disc front brake system, new swingarm, and a new exhaust system. Those 320mm disc brakes may not have the same bite as the ones in the 800cc models but it’s enough to smoothly stop a 368 pound dry weight bike with 40hp. What makes the Sixty2 a street bike is the rear shock that has been deliberately calibrated by the factory to be soft so riders will be able to cruise around town without worrying about speed humps.
Other than the price, Inman’s only gripe was that the some of the plastic parts felt cheap and the exhaust looks tarnished when wet. Overall a positive review for the Ducati Scrambler Sixty2. Are you interested?