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I know it's an odd question to ask on a ducati forum but I've had a icon and sold it due to issues, so I know what they are like but I'd like to know how you'd compare a bonneville against the scrambler? I.e power, handling, reliability, cost of ownership etc.
All advice would be appreciated good or bad. Plus I still like the scrambler.

Thanks in advance
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I had a previous generation Triumph Scrambler which felt like a battleship compared to the Duc. The new gen ones are a little lighter by the specifications but still way bigger. If you are 6'6 and 120kg then thats probably ok but I like little bikes...like the old Triumphs.
 

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I had a previous generation Triumph Scrambler which felt like a battleship compared to the Duc. The new gen ones are a little lighter by the specifications but still way bigger. If you are 6'6 and 120kg then thats probably ok but I like little bikes...like the old Triumphs.
5ft8 and 85kg, would I be disappointed with the performance? I keep looking at all the options and keep coming back to the scrambler but that's where I'm undecided due to the issues I had, I was going to wait until next year when my work load should ease but I need a bike now (even though I cant ride it) .
 

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I had looked at three different bikes before I bought the Ducati Scrambler... the Bike I ALMOST went with and preferred over the Triumph Bonneville was the Moto Guzzi V7 Stone... I liked that more that the Bonneville. I just happened to live much closer to a Ducati Dealer and a Guzzi so . .Scrambler it was.
 

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When I had my first service done the dealer lent me a T100. I rode it for a few hours so had a reasonable comparison. My overriding impression was that it looked pretty cool but a bit dull to ride. I was really disappointed, I was expecting there would be a bit more grunt and torque from the twin . Suspension however was a noticeably better behaved which convinced me to upgrade the scrambler shocks and fork spring.
 

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+1 on the dull ride part.

I did a test ride on the scrambler900 prior to getting the scrambler. If that's anything like the T100, anyway.
Also - The exhaust on that model is HOT. Way hotter than the scrambler.
 

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5ft8 and 85kg, would I be disappointed with the performance? I keep looking at all the options and keep coming back to the scrambler but that's where I'm undecided due to the issues I had, I was going to wait until next year when my work load should ease but I need a bike now (even though I cant ride it) .
More the weight and slower handling than performance. I always struggled with it and am about your size. (Probably a few kg heavier if I am honest)
The power was fine but just felt doughy...bit like an old Gpz1100 where the Duc is more like an SR500 with power and working suspension.
I am one of the minority that finds the Duc suspension acceptable. ..and thats probably from wrestling the Hinkley Triumph for 9 years.
...and my extra kg's probably. ...
 

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I had looked at three different bikes before I bought the Ducati Scrambler... the Bike I ALMOST went with and preferred over the Triumph Bonneville was the Moto Guzzi V7 Stone... I liked that more that the Bonneville. I just happened to live much closer to a Ducati Dealer and a Guzzi so . .Scrambler it was.
I almost pulled the trigger on the Guzzi too. I thought it looked better then the icon. Much more stylish / retro. However, I could not get past the performance metrics advantage the icon offered. I am a fuction over form type guy. I am plenty happy with the icon.

I am helping my buddy shop for a bike now and I hope he goes to the guzzi so I can look at it. Although he is leaning towards the Bonneville. The Truxton 900 is nice too.
 

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Own a modified 2001 T-100 and 2016 Icon. Like them both, but for different reasons. The Triumph is heavier and needs suspension work and tires to bring out the fun. The Triumph has lots of aftermarket support and is easy to work on. The Ducati is lighter and feels more sporty. But, at least for me, it also needs suspension work (I think the stock tires are really good).
 
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