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I test drove a yellow Icon Scrambler yesterday. The Austin dealership just received their demo the day before. The Scrambler had 21 miles on the odometer.


I own a 2013 Monster 796 and a 2004 Multistrada. Both bikes will shake and shudder below 3,000 RPM. You really need to keep revs up to enjoy my current Ducatis.


The Scrambler has much better fueling. I only drove the bike about 10 miles and did not exceed 6,000 RPM. It was much smoother than my Monster and older Multistrada. The bike is much happier at low RPMs and seemed very linear in acceleration.


I was not heavy on the throttle, but the bike seemed plenty peppy. The exhaust is quieter than my two Ducati bikes. And, some good news.... The rear view mirrors do not vibrate and you can see behind you. The stock mirrors on my two Ducati's were terrible. I upgraded to Diavel mirrors on my Monster and after market mirrors on the Multistrada.


The Scrambler is very easy to ride. The handle bars are almost too high. It is a very relaxed riding position. The bars are higher than my Multistrada. I may upgrade and install the lower FT bars later.


I hit a false neutral when shifting. So, make sure you switch gears abruptly when shifting. My other Ducatis will do the same thing. So don't be shy when upshifting. I also like the low seat and low weight. I have a short inseam, and it can be a challenge to mount the Multistrada especially on a driveway or non flat surface. I only rode on streets so can't comment much on handling. I am sure the bike will be plenty nimble.


I am looking very forward to getting my Scrambler. I have a dozen or so buyers in front of me. So, it will probably be summer before mine comes in. Now I have to decide whether to keep the two Ducati's or sell one. Decisions, decisions.
 

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I test drove a yellow Icon Scrambler yesterday. The Austin dealership just received their demo the day before. The Scrambler had 21 miles on the odometer.


I own a 2013 Monster 796 and a 2004 Multistrada. Both bikes will shake and shudder below 3,000 RPM. You really need to keep revs up to enjoy my current Ducatis.


The Scrambler has much better fueling. I only drove the bike about 10 miles and did not exceed 6,000 RPM. It was much smoother than my Monster and older Multistrada. The bike is much happier at low RPMs and seemed very linear in acceleration.


I was not heavy on the throttle, but the bike seemed plenty peppy. The exhaust is quieter than my two Ducati bikes. And, some good news.... The rear view mirrors do not vibrate and you can see behind you. The stock mirrors on my two Ducati's were terrible. I upgraded to Diavel mirrors on my Monster and after market mirrors on the Multistrada.


The Scrambler is very easy to ride. The handle bars are almost too high. It is a very relaxed riding position. The bars are higher than my Multistrada. I may upgrade and install the lower FT bars later.


I hit a false neutral when shifting. So, make sure you switch gears abruptly when shifting. My other Ducatis will do the same thing. So don't be shy when upshifting. I also like the low seat and low weight. I have a short inseam, and it can be a challenge to mount the Multistrada especially on a driveway or non flat surface. I only rode on streets so can't comment much on handling. I am sure the bike will be plenty nimble.


I am looking very forward to getting my Scrambler. I have a dozen or so buyers in front of me. So, it will probably be summer before mine comes in. Now I have to decide whether to keep the two Ducati's or sell one. Decisions, decisions.
Thanks for your view on the scrambler, it seems positive like other reviews and picks out the known issues hopefully Ducati will iron them out along the way. well when you receive yours it will be summer.

Don't forget all bikes are a compromise you will need at least 2 keep the Multistrada.

Will
 

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I'm only 5'3" and was considering changing the bars. But I have angled them back slightly so they are not so far away and I'm getting used to them. I sat on a Full Throttle last week but the bars made me stretch forwards a bit, think I will stick with the stock bars a while longer and see how I go.

Thanks for the review!
 

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I'm only 5'3" and was considering changing the bars. But I have angled them back slightly so they are not so far away and I'm getting used to them. I sat on a Full Throttle last week but the bars made me stretch forwards a bit, think I will stick with the stock bars a while longer and see how I go.

Thanks for the review!
Looking forward to hearing how that goes for you.
If you're going to be using it for commuting, how long are your commutes?

Hopefully it's something you can get used to without feeling uncomfortable soon after getting a real feel for it.
 
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