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Why should one go for the Scrambler over the Monster for instance?

Consider that the basic scrambler will start at $8595, while the pre customs will clock in at $9995. The monster 696 with its sportier pretensions comes in at $9295...
 

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Interesting thought indeed, the monster is certainly well known as a capable corner carver, the Scrambler does seem a bit softer, just judging by the suspension components...
 

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Completely different bikes, if you don't know why you would want a scrambler, then I suggest you buy a Monster.
 

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ok hows this for a question then, why do YOU want a Scrambler?
Because I've been waiting for a bike with this combination of attributes for many years now.

Light weight, decent power, good ground clearance. I ride a lot, from back-road asphalt to fire roads and light dirt.

This bike has the perfect combination of power to weight ratio, along with light off road capability. It will handle all the riding I do, and it looks great too.

I'm not a bike snob, almost wish this wasn't a Ducati, but they were the first to get it right, IMO.
 

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Because I've been waiting for a bike with this combination of attributes for many years now.

Light weight, decent power, good ground clearance. I ride a lot, from back-road asphalt to fire roads and light dirt.

This bike has the perfect combination of power to weight ratio, along with light off road capability. It will handle all the riding I do, and it looks great too.

I'm not a bike snob, almost wish this wasn't a Ducati, but they were the first to get it right, IMO.
+1. Me exactly!
 

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I own a Monster 696 and 796, and a couple dirtbikes as well (CRF150R Expert, CRF250X). I LOVE the Monsters, but I'm very attracted to the Scrambler due to ergonomics and general usability the bike will likely have. The seating position looks very comfortable, the power is all you need, the styling is impeccable, and you can use it in a myriad of settings. I live in Colorado where every now and then the gorgeous winding mountain road I'm carving ends up turning into a dirt road! On my Monsters I (usually) turn around, but I imagine on the Scrambler I'll just slow my speed a little and ride on! It's also going to be better for pulling over and snapping pics like this in the gravel ;)


 

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Hi project, if you don't mind me saying..I want the scrambler because I like the way it looks. I had a triumph bonnevile t100 and I thought it had enough speed for whatever. By comparison it sounds as though the scrambler will be a better ride? Who knows... I wasn't looking for more than to have fun with a good looking bike when I bought the triumph 4 years ago. So I'd say I buy a bike based on how it looks first. I am sure there are others out there with a similar viewpoint. In any case, Both bikes are pretty, I hope you get the one that best suits you!
 

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The Scrambler (over any other bike that I know of right now) just hits more check marks on the mental list I keep.

Mostly for three reasons:

-low seat height
-wide handlebars
-75 horsepower

I haven't ever seen one in person, but I have to think it'll be the closest thing to a mid 70s Enduro in the ergonomics department. You know, like a Yamaha DT400, but one that actually gets out of its own way.



I just like riding in that position and having my feet flat on the ground with my knees bent. Like stealing a kid's bicycle.
 

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I just like riding in that position and having my feet flat on the ground with my knees bent. Like stealing a kid's bicycle.
Great analogy. After riding mine home for the first time I told my wife it was like riding a BMX bike with an 800cc engine :D

Jerry
 

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Both of these bikes are great but for different style of riders and terrains. I prefer the Scrambler for the many reasons already stated on the the thread, but simply for the ergonomics, look and feel of the Scrambler. I find it closer to a dual sport bike in a sense. After adding an aftermarket ride plate this thing will be able to go off road no problem. Don't think I can say the same for the Monster.
 

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It's the first dual sport I've seen made since about 1983 that has both power and a low seat height. I love wandering around, but I don't like falling off of something with a 37" seat height. And the stuff with high seats (KLR, XR650, take-yur-pick) blow around something awful on windy days out on the highway. If I was a bigger cheapskate, I'd have already thrown knobby tires on a used SV650 and have called it a day, but the Scrambler just looks like it's right up my alley in terms of personal taste.
 

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In reply to the OP's question, I think the largest difference between one of the smaller Monsters (696 or 796) and the Scrambler is the type of riding they are BEST suited for.

On a 696/796, you are reaching further forward in a more aggressive position with the pegs farther back. Nowhere near a sportbike but very different than the Scrambler where the pegs are right under your feet and the bars sweep back to meet you (a little less so on Full throttle or if you change the bars...but you get the basic idea).

If you're a more aggressive rider, you can push a bike like a Monster harder (also comes with 100% street tires vs the Scrambler's 70/30 dual-sport tires). Guys frequently take them to the track and they are surprisingly quick in the right hands.

If you are looking for more of a "do-everything" bike more so than a sporty ride (or have any type of gravel/off road in your future), then the Scrambler is likely a better choice.

Still, with all that logic and rationale in front of you, the only thing that really matters is which bike speaks to you.

"Buying a bike is a decision that should be fueled by passion and influenced by logic" -Me
 
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I wanted the Scrambler because I love the look of it, it is small and light enough for me to handle (I'm a 5'3" arthritic female!), the riding countryside around me is a mix of all types of roads, I don't ride like a maniac but want something with a bit of 'go' when needed! I also love v twins.

I originally wanted a Monster but the riding position was enough to strike it off my list. I've been looking since for the right bike, I got a a Guzzi V7 which has fab looks and ticked a lot of boxes but does lack some power on occasion, plus is higher and wider than the Scrambler. The bike I had in mind I didn't even know existed till a friend pointed out the Scrambler to me!

It's horses for courses, it won't suit everyone but it's pretty near perfect for me!
 

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Well different strokes for different folks, i own a 1100 Evo Monster and though its a great bike on road i would not dare take it on fire roads with its rough suspension. It also has a smaller tank than the scrambler and the seating position is very different, more uncomfortable on longer rides. If you want speed and cornering get the monster, if you want a usable bike for city and urban exploring get the scrambler.
 
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Having owned my Monster 796 20 anniversary, and loving everything about it from power to riding position, handling, weight and most important, looks. I was open for another bike, looked into the new Monsters, I was turned off by all the gizmos, water cool, and lack of simplicity. Well, the Scrambler is exactly that simple, with that raw factor I dig about Ducati. And looks the part.
My wife owns the Sixty2, and I just picked up the Icon, as we ride and tour together, these two are more compatible then me riding the Monster. Monster is a hooligan bike, canyon carver. The Scrambler is a bit of all around bike. We are planning a few long touring trips on the Scrambler. Keep you posted.
 
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