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Confession: I don't have a Scrambler and probably won't as I've only recently bought a Hypermotard SP.

HOWEVER......I'm looking at one for my wife who has been riding for coming up to 40 years but, at just 5'1" tall, has been ignored and poorly treated by motorcycle manufacturers until now.
NO! She does NOT want a 250! No! She does NOT want a bloody cruiser!
She wants a real bike that handles well and will keep up on the open road; one which allows her to feel safe and comfy putting both feet on the ground.
So here it is, finally a manufacturer has made a bike that fits the bill.

I expect to have it in the garage within weeks and will start off right away by accessorising it with heated grips, the mini fairing, waterproof saddle bags, lowered seat and belly pan. She isn't interested in maximum horsepower but might want a louder exhaust; that can wait.

Having test riden the Icon, I WILL need to put softer springs in both ends and tune the suspension for her. After that; we shall see.

BTW: She has a 1974 350 Desmo Disc in the yellow, solo seat livery.....that is semi retired now

See ya round: idleidolidyll
 

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Hello idleidolidyll and welcome to the forum!

Have you already identified which saddlebags you will fit on the Icon? That is one of my priorities for the bike. I have been unable to see in the flesh the OEM ones (Ducati Roma does not have them in stock, yet) but my preference would be to use my Wolfman saddlebags. So I am waiting for some third party to design some sort of side brackets for them (it should be fairly easy as the bike has two threaded holes on each side on the subframe that seem to be designed just for that!).

I also asked about the rear rack and the dealer told me that it shall come in the future, but nothing available yet.

thank you
Gianluca
 

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Confession: I don't have a Scrambler and probably won't as I've only recently bought a Hypermotard SP.

HOWEVER......I'm looking at one for my wife who has been riding for coming up to 40 years but, at just 5'1" tall, has been ignored and poorly treated by motorcycle manufacturers until now.
NO! She does NOT want a 250! No! She does NOT want a bloody cruiser!
She wants a real bike that handles well and will keep up on the open road; one which allows her to feel safe and comfy putting both feet on the ground.
So here it is, finally a manufacturer has made a bike that fits the bill.

I expect to have it in the garage within weeks and will start off right away by accessorising it with heated grips, the mini fairing, waterproof saddle bags, lowered seat and belly pan. She isn't interested in maximum horsepower but might want a louder exhaust; that can wait.

Having test riden the Icon, I WILL need to put softer springs in both ends and tune the suspension for her. After that; we shall see.

BTW: She has a 1974 350 Desmo Disc in the yellow, solo seat livery.....that is semi retired now

See ya round: idleidolidyll
I think she can touch the ground only with tip of her feet. Yes the bike is somewhat low but the seat is wider than many other naked bike. My wife is 5'2" and she is not comfortable at all.
 

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I think she can touch the ground only with tip of her feet. Yes the bike is somewhat low but the seat is wider than many other naked bike. My wife is 5'2" and she is not comfortable at all.
Mine must have slightly longer legs then. I did soften up the suspension preload for her and perhaps that helped. She was able to get one foot flat while the other was on tip toes.
That's all you need to stop really and the addition of the low seat will add to that.
I may lower the bike a bit which should be easy.
 

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Hello idleidolidyll and welcome to the forum!

Have you already identified which saddlebags you will fit on the Icon? That is one of my priorities for the bike. I have been unable to see in the flesh the OEM ones (Ducati Roma does not have them in stock, yet) but my preference would be to use my Wolfman saddlebags. So I am waiting for some third party to design some sort of side brackets for them (it should be fairly easy as the bike has two threaded holes on each side on the subframe that seem to be designed just for that!).

I also asked about the rear rack and the dealer told me that it shall come in the future, but nothing available yet.

thank you
Gianluca
Only from the internet. We like the waterproof Scrambler saddle bags. These are retro enough to suit the bike.
However, we would only use those on the odd long overnight ride. It's likely that 95% of the time, a rear seat bag will be enough.
 

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Hi from NZ as well.

I ordered my Scrambler last year, and am keenly awaiting delivery.

I was lucky to be able to get my hands on the demo bike for two hours a few weeks ago, it was my first time on a road bike for many years (last bike a TT500), so was a wee bit nervous. However after 20 minutes or so on quite roads I felt very comfortable. Enough so to brave the motorway to the other side of the city to show my Wife.
She is keen on riding again, so if it all works out the first bike may be Her's and I will get another one :).

 

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Hi from NZ as well.

I ordered my Scrambler last year, and am keenly awaiting delivery.

I was lucky to be able to get my hands on the demo bike for two hours a few weeks ago, it was my first time on a road bike for many years (last bike a TT500), so was a wee bit nervous. However after 20 minutes or so on quite roads I felt very comfortable. Enough so to brave the motorway to the other side of the city to show my Wife.
She is keen on riding again, so if it all works out the first bike may be Her's and I will get another one :).

I'm in South Auckland and close to the awesome roads of the Waikato, Coromandel and Bay of Plenty. Looking forward to borrowing wifeys new toy to explore some of the great gravel roads in the area two up. I have done so one up on my other bikes but they don't take two people (KTM690 and 300).

Wifey doesn't like the feel of gravel etc under my Hypermotard; too twitchy. However, I think the laid back nature of the Scrambler will sell her on it.
 

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Mine must have slightly longer legs then. I did soften up the suspension preload for her and perhaps that helped. She was able to get one foot flat while the other was on tip toes.
That's all you need to stop really and the addition of the low seat will add to that.
I may lower the bike a bit which should be easy.
My wife is 5 foor 7 inches ans is still uncomfortable with ground reach. She wears some doc martens with a 2 inch lift to help her out. I wonder if the low seat and some tall boots would help a little bit?
 

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Hello idleidolidyll and welcome to the forum!

Have you already identified which saddlebags you will fit on the Icon? That is one of my priorities for the bike. I have been unable to see in the flesh the OEM ones (Ducati Roma does not have them in stock, yet) but my preference would be to use my Wolfman saddlebags. So I am waiting for some third party to design some sort of side brackets for them (it should be fairly easy as the bike has two threaded holes on each side on the subframe that seem to be designed just for that!).

I also asked about the rear rack and the dealer told me that it shall come in the future, but nothing available yet.

thank you
Gianluca
Sorry about the delay: We saw the Icon but waited for the Full Throttle to arrive as my wife thought that looked better. Indeed it did and she's just bought it. Didn't go with saddlebags yet as that's less important than seat comfort and suspension. I expect to get the classic looking saddle bags in Summer )it's still Winter here in New Zealand).

I bought a spare seat for the FT with the yellow stitched panels so that it could be modified but still leave the bike looking as natural as possible. We also fitted a Givi A200 screen and have ordered the rear mudgurad from the Icon as the FT tail light is very exposed and the tyre throws crap up the back of any passenger.
 

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I think she can touch the ground only with tip of her feet. Yes the bike is somewhat low but the seat is wider than many other naked bike. My wife is 5'2" and she is not comfortable at all.
On her new Full Throttle I've dropped the forks through the yokes by 11mm and we are having the spare seat cut down and a gel pad put in this weekend. I'm looking at a set of softer springs front and rear too which will give some more static sag and allow her to get flat footed. I'll have to revalve the forks and shock but that's no big deal.
 

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Choice bro!

I'm 5'5"-ish and find the stock seat fine. But I do have a history of owning larger and heavier bikes, so the scrambler is sheer lugshury! Knock off a few inches of height and the shorter seat is sounding like a great idea.
 
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