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My inbox was filled with news snippets about the possibility that we will see a new Scrambler 400 at EICMA next month. We all know that something is on the way because of the enigmatic trailers that we have seen, but those seem to be in line with the "Ducati" marketing, and not the fun and carefree Scrambler marketing materials.

Supposedly it is going to be the same frame, but with the smaller motor hanging in there.

Could we see a few models from Ducati? I have heard that they will be unveiling 3-4 bikes. What do you guys think?
 

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Hmm... looking how the Grom is making huge waves, it might be worthwhile getting a slightly bigger and more powerful alternative out there. Never mind one that is more visually appealing and strikes a better tone with the upcoming new trend of hooligan-hipsters...
But of course - only if the price is right.
 

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I can confirm the small 400 cc Scrambler and the Multistrada Adventure (19" front wheel, 30 ltrs fuel tank and alu side cases and engine protection, most probably by Touratech) also the Diavel dvt X (see the teaser)
 

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Have to say for me I don't give a sh1t most of Ducatis range is overpowered and irrelevant to real world bikers, the engines are getting way too complicated and fuel consumption is rubbish. Legislation and enforcement are going to steam roller all over us in the next couple of years, so real world bikes with a small premium end to the range is what's need IMHO. My message to Ducati, start building bikes we can use effectively not those where only 20% of handling and power can be exploited.
 

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God, how much fun!

I can't wait.

The "Haters" won't like it, because they've never been off - road and probably never will.

MSF, in line with your "government", should require a one-day class in the dirt before anyone gets a street license.

Take the hurt out in the dirt.

Cliff

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It's still gonna hurt, but hopefully only to you.
 

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Nothing against the idea of a 400cc scrambler... but .. that's certainly not the most handsome muffler I've ever seen.
 

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I'd like to see it go the opposite way and see an increase in displacement.
Dammit, Dave.

Most can't handle what we already have.

For thirty years, I was with the Snowshoe Mountain Patrol in West Virginia.

It took almost twenty years to convince management let us use dirt bikes in the "off" season . Prior to that, we had to respond to an incident in the summer months via Mt. Bike, Quad or a hike to the injury.

Obviously, all three of those forms had limitations with regards to speed in the woods.

Once we had the ability to respond quickly via small bore, four stroke dual sports, our out-comes were much improved.

I still say everyone would benefit with a little "dirt" under their wheels.

Cliff
 

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In line with the lastest rumor from Japan that it's going to be a twin with identical look.

Who doesn't want a smaller scrambler doesn't matter. But I do. It would be a joy to ride a 400 for a tropical city use. 800 in the heavy traffic of SE asia burns like hell!

I am sure it will sell so well in these regions. SE Asia, India, Brazil, China, etc...
 

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Dammit, Dave.

Most can't handle what we already have.

For thirty years, I was with the Snowshoe Mountain Patrol in West Virginia.

It took almost twenty years to convince management let us use dirt bikes in the "off" season . Prior to that, we had to respond to an incident in the summer months via Mt. Bike, Quad or a hike to the injury.

Obviously, all three of those forms had limitations with regards to speed in the woods.

Once we had the ability to respond quickly via small bore, four stroke dual sports, our out-comes were much improved.

I still say everyone would benefit with a little "dirt" under their wheels.

Cliff
Sorry, didn't mean to hit a sore spot.
 

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Have to say for me I don't give a sh1t most of Ducatis range is overpowered and irrelevant to real world bikers, the engines are getting way too complicated and fuel consumption is rubbish. Legislation and enforcement are going to steam roller all over us in the next couple of years, so real world bikes with a small premium end to the range is what's need IMHO. My message to Ducati, start building bikes we can use effectively not those where only 20% of handling and power can be exploited.
That's like telling Ferrari to build different cars, because you have a hard time going grocery shopping with yours. Ducati has traditionally big and very sporty motorbikes. I have the opinion, that a small Scrambler doesn't really fit in there. There are enough Japanese bikes in the 400cc segment, so no need for Ducati to get involved there.
 

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Ducati has traditionally big and very sporty motorbikes.
"Tradition" and theme are weak points in this topic, as the bike we're discussing is the successor to the Ducati Scrambler that originally came in 250cc, went as low as 125cc, and never exceeded 436cc.

If you're going to harp on "tradition," then this is exactly what Ducati should be doing. Or perhaps one of their half-dozen models of mopeds?

Not that tradition is a good reason to do anything, IMO.
 
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