Right, words first, hopefully photos to follow.
Just back from NEC show - disappointingly although they had each 'Scrambler' model on show you could only sit on the one 'Icon' they had - there was a sign on each of the others saying they were 'pre-production and not indicative of the final build quality'. So what are they like? Of course I'm biased, but I thought they each looked great - at least as good as the photos, with a typically Italian mix of neat touches and some rather 'clunky' detail too - so everyone should be happy - easy to ride straight away, yet also allowing scope for personalisation - exactly as we're led to believe Ducati intended.
The stand was VERY yellow, (in marked contrast to the main Ducati red stand) and although the staff seemed knowledgeable there was a distinct lack of ANY give aways, literature or the like - I gave my details and they're promising to send material out - not exactly impressive..
Specific questions I asked confirmed that there are tubes in the tubeless tyres on the spoked wheel bikes, they had no knowledge of seat adjustment arrangements (couldn't unlock seats apparently no keys), nor confirm if any space exists besides the fabled USB point. So they couldn't show the instrument display or lights either.
So, riding position felt fine, (I'm 6', 34" inside leg) not too small at all, big, wide handlebars with external wiring so changing them would be easy if you wanted to. One slight concern was the seat felt as if tilted forward onto the rear of the tank - I'll be watching for this on a test ride - but on the plus side, my wife found the pillion very comfortable, and flat - she felt secure, (She's 5'4" and slim)
I'm left with feeling that the bike looks great, but that the marketing effort has not been tied to the manufacturing schedule - so I'm left feeling a bit let down - the slick video and teaser shots of the accessories and so on, and then at the biggest UK bike show some weeks later all they can manage is a single bike to sit on! (and three others with signs to say they're not representative of the finished article!)
But am I asking for my deposit back?
Of course not - I'm even more keen to ride it now!