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So this is my first Ducati and I'm still trying to figure out how to work the slipper clutch for max efficiency. I'm having trouble trying to figure out when I'll have engine breaking and when I won't; sometimes I do and sometimes (usually rarer), I don't. Is there a special way to work it, or do I just ride it like normal?
 

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Just ride as usual, the slipper clutch works automatically when it needs to. It just stops the back wheel locking or hopping if you bang it down the gearbox too far so that the gear can't match the wheel speed.

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That's what slipper clutches do, take the work out of the equation. :D If you want engine braking, it's still there when you downshift; the slipper clutch just smooths out the transition.
 

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Does the Scrambler actually have a slipper clutch? Mine just hops and skids going into the corners downshifting. I've never had it "disengage" in these situations.
 

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Yes. It has a slipper. I've downshifted this thing very aggressively (as in "downshifting into redline") and am always surprised at how composed the back end stays.
 

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Ride a big V-twin that doesn't have one - then you will quickly realize that the Scrambler does.

My Buell will pitch you over the bars in a heartbeat if you drop the clutch in the wrong gear.
 

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Having had Ducatis for 20+ years, including track bikes with a slipper clutch, the only reason I know my Scrambler has one is because it says so in the specs! Mine hops and squeals on a hard downshift, I'm still convinced it's either a stock clutch or mine doesn't work!!
 

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I generally rev match on downchanges so I don't get anywhere near locking the rear wheel.

Spent far too long on bikes without slippers, so have learned to do it manually and not rely on the technology.
 

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Having had Ducatis for 20+ years, including track bikes with a slipper clutch, the only reason I know my Scrambler has one is because it says so in the specs! Mine hops and squeals on a hard downshift, I'm still convinced it's either a stock clutch or mine doesn't work!!
That is what I was going to say.
 

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Ride a big V-twin that doesn't have one - then you will quickly realize that the Scrambler does.

My Buell will pitch you over the bars in a heartbeat if you drop the clutch in the wrong gear.
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I have a 990 adv and know exactly what it can or can't do.

The Scrambler locks up and hops just like the adv- no difference.
 

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I have a 990 adv and know exactly what it can or can't do.

The Scrambler locks up and hops just like the adv- no difference.
Well I was wrong...........

I took the Scrambler out and downshifted more aggressively than necessary and lo and behold the clutch does "slip" without wheel hop and lock up.
 

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It has a mild slipper effect. Nothing even close to the smooth downshift of a STM or Yoyodyne slipper. I think the only negative is that the clutch is not supported by the manufacturer for optional springs and tuning.
 

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The scrambler is not a track bike, and if you need anything more than the stock slipper on the road, you're doing it wrong.

I rev match on downchanges, and have only had it actuate once deliberately just to test it out.
 

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Here's my experience. At first I downshifted matching the revs and got a few false neutrals.Then I decided to try this slipper clutch thing, just using the gearchange and no throttle input - no more false neutrals!
 

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The scrambler is not a track bike, and if you need anything more than the stock slipper on the road, you're doing it wrong.

I rev match on downchanges, and have only had it actuate once deliberately just to test it out.
I disagree completely. I've ridden many Ducati's with STM slippers. They are all are awesome to ride. We all have a right to enjoy our scramblers however we like. On the plus side. This bike appeals to all people from all walks of life and that is the beauty of the Scrambler. I actually love riding the Scrambler hard. I can have more fun on the street with it than I could a 1098 or 1299. It's always been true of small displacement Ducati's. Even though I had a 955 racebike, I always preferred a 748 on the street. The 696 monster is a blast to ride. It's all about how much fun a rider can have.
 

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My understanding is that the APTC wet multiplate clutch with mechanical control on the Scrambler isn't an outright slipper clutch but gives a type of slipper clutch response.
 
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