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Long time rider of vintage Honda's, present owner of a beauty '67 CL160 in great nick. Pre-ordered a Classic back in January and have been counting days til May. Purty stoked! It'll be my first new bike off the 'rack.' Curious about the break in schedule as such, have broken in outboard motors but never a bike. Any thoughts?

Also, my brother-in-law has been breathing in my ear never to buy a bike/vehicle in its first year of production, as all the bugs have not been hashed out. I don't think I can pull back at this point as thoughts of this bike have sustained me thru a really hard winter here. Nonetheless, is this a valid consideration in the minds of any of you out there?
 

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Welcome and congrats on the forthcoming Scrambler.

I think that any concern about buying a first year vehicle from a major manufacturer nowadays is unfounded. Modern development and manufacturing methods result in much lower incidence of issues, and those issues that do crop up tend to be component issues that happen any time throughout the run. Just look at all of the recalls in the last couple years, the majority of the recalled models are not first year cars.

In the Scambler's case specifically, the 796 motor has been around in one form or another for close to 30 years and this is its last hurrah. The rest of the bike is pretty straight forward, so there's not much to go wrong. You'll be good, with a couple years of enjoyment under your belt by the time the ninnies on the sidelines jump in.
 

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Great to have you on the forum! You must be super stoked to be getting your Scrambler classsic soon!

Your brother-in-law does have a point, however, that's what the forum is for! As time progresses and people all over start receiving their Scrambler a lot more info about the bikes will be available - which include positive and negative reviews. This leads to solutions to any situation which I think will minimal for the Ducati Scrambler.

When you receive your Scrambler classic it will be great to here a review of what you think of it!
 

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JWA is right-on. I think there is very little "first year" risk on this bike. Very few of the working components are new designs. Most are "off the shelf" tried and true components. In particular, the 803cc L-twin engine in the Scrambler is well-known as being quite bullet proof and reliable.
 

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thanks all, truth is I can't imagine not following thru and waiting another year, I'm borderline obsessively excited about this ride. Will post some shots when she comes thru,
again cheers all around,
David
 

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... in its first year of production, as all the bugs have not been hashed out....
I think netrunner's post succinctly explains why there should be little to worry about in that regard. I quite like the fact that we may be getting Ducati's last iteration of one of their air-cooled engines.

My only concern is what will I do if I find out later this year that one of the next models will indeed be the water-cooled 1200cc engine, which on paper at least has twice the peak torque and hp of the air-cooled 803? Will that big of a leap in power convince me to upgrade after only one year? I don't know but I'm not taking a chance by waiting, I'm getting the 803 this year!
 
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