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I was wondering what modifications people feel are necessary on the scrambler? I love the look of the bike, and although i may look to personalise it at some stage, what mods would owners deem as necessary?
 

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Hello Vincent, welcome to the forum! I didn't like the hard, uncomfortable hand grips, so changed them right away. And I felt the foot pegs were slippery, so changed those. My FT seat was comfortable enough, but the suede type cover didn't let me move around the way I wanted to, so I bought a spare pan and went with a Seat Concepts kit. There have been other things, but those were first on the list, I think.

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I was thinking of getting a rear hugger. Every time I go out I come back with mud splattered up the back of my coat! Unavoidable in the U.K. but was wondering if a hugger would help.
 

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Maxton modifications to the forks, and their rear shock are very helpful, particularly off Tarmac. A replacement silencer, such as a Scorpion, will save weight, as well as sound better.
 

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From my own experience - I added Evotech crash bungs (which have saved the bike on two dropped occasions! :rolleyes: ), a Dart screen as wind buffeting is awful at high speeds, replaced the original handgrips (too hard and narrow) with more comfortable ones, had the seat resculpted and made more comfy, the original suspension replaced with a Nitron shock and the forks replaced with Andreani. Also done other stuff but those were pretty vital to me :)
 

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I was wondering what modifications people feel are necessary on the scrambler? I love the look of the bike, and although i may look to personalise it at some stage, what mods would owners deem as necessary?
The seat, suspension, fueling, gas tank capacity & vibration at higher rpm's should be the first mods. After that it is all in the eye of the beholder.
 

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The seat, suspension, fueling, gas tank capacity & vibration at higher rpm's should be the first mods. After that it is all in the eye of the beholder.
I think you bought wrong bike takeiteasy :p

I was wondering what modifications people feel are necessary on the scrambler? I love the look of the bike, and although i may look to personalise it at some stage, what mods would owners deem as necessary?
IMO the only must have is BoosterPlug, as unfortunately fuel mixture by default is way too lean. And this is something you can really feel while driving (you can find few topics on the forum regarding to this problem) - air box backfire happens to me quite often, and it has to be healed. Of course optionally you can go for remapping.

Other than that I would say it depends only on you - if you don't like the seat, exhaust, grips etc. you can change them, but as Deano968 said, live with it for a while.
 

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In short: Ducati has acknowledged the throttle response of the Scrambler can be a bit jerky. On the press introduction of the Desert Sled they told the attendees one of the changes they made to make the Scrambler less snatchy is a change in throttle tube (progressive instead of linear). Basically the same as installing a G2 throttle tube. But then OEM.

Apparently the Desert Sled's throttle response at low openings is much smoother than it is on existing Scramberls, and this tube will be installed on all 2017 Scrambler models, not just the Sled.
 

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I bought a UE, mostly so I could get the bike ASAP. I probably should have saved the money and gotten an Icon, because... you'll see. Things added/changed:
  1. Termi slip on and Ducati ECU remap, because that Ducati sound and the smoother throttle response. I'll still get the progressive throttle tube from the Desert Sled though, when they are available (I'm told in about a month).
  2. UE panniers and tank bag, because I don't like to wear a heavy backpack when riding. And they're waterproof. There might be better options, but I'm happy with these.
  3. OE heated grips, because I ride in the rain sometimes, and the Pacific NW can get cold.
  4. Dart flyscreen, because I do get on the interstate sometimes and the wind blast is too high. I'm not sure it does enough though, and I'm not crazy about the look.
  5. Motovation bar-ends and CRG mirrors. Also frame sliders.
  6. People who should know will tell you that you cannot tell the difference between the wire-spoke wheels and the alloy wheels. To me, the bike felt lighter and more responsive with the alloy wheels. So I switched mine, because I'm not hard core about offroad stuff anyway, just some minor capability is plenty for me. And tubeless is nice. So why the UE? Ah well. I do like the wild green though! :)
  7. The bike is in the shop right now, getting the Ohlins rear shock and the Andreani cartridge for the front fork. My seat is at Seat Concepts, getting rebuilt. The original seat DOES suck.
I love this bike. After over a year, I'm still not tempted to switch to any other although the Supersport makes me drool.

I agree with everyone who says to ride it first, for a while. I'm only changing the suspension after a year. Partly because it is expensive, and partly because the original shocks are not so horrible. I guess all of this depends on how you ride. You will want to change that seat though!
 

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We've had ours (mine but son rides it daily) a couple of months now, a used classic
Tyres OE worn out when we bought it 7K Km , fitted PR4 back PR3 front, will get double mileage heaps more grip, no probs on dirt
Have G2 tamer on way, std is liveable with but as cheap fix is hard to beat
Suspension is basic, will buy a shock sooner or later, forks I had a go at last week, only one leg has damping, bit awkward cos you can't measure air gap in normal way, Ducati specify 427cc oil in this leg, ours had 360 odd.
I put 427cc of 10w in , not maxton or adriani std I'm sure but not bottoming forks at every bump now, will prob buy springs next.
Seat was falling apart, got new one under warranty, is much better foam so that was a win
I made a leather bash/skid plate, oil filter is really exposed, didn't want alloy one mounted to engine (doesn't make sense to me) but skid plate is essential on dirt roads we have here (Vic Australia)
I also made leather saddlebags/ tankbag , cos I can, but is perfect for bags with a deflector on pipe (or aftermarket muffler that doesn't point up
Fitted no key fuel cap cos the locker a pain especially with my leather tank bag (flips back and needs key in it to shut)

Handlebars & grips next with the tamer
Gearing change would make sense, even more so in Europe or US where speeds are not so restricted
But the biggest thing is fuel capacity, light on at 200Km (124miles), I've got 240Km but don't think much more possible
Travelling in Australia not a goer with that range so I will make or buy a bigger tank, the bike deserves it, this is single biggest fault of bike IMHO, even if there are fuel stations, who enjoys constantly stopping for fuel ? Just the time it takes is time better spent riding or stopping somewhere nice.

ABS is bollox, disabled is perfect, brakes not easily locked, actually back could be more fierce for dirt. Procedure for switching on/off too tricky to remember for us.
Will get rid of pump, useful storage space there, maybe a scottoiler in it's place. Run brake lines in normal fashion.
I know ABS is mandated in Europe but complete nonsense for us to get it

Other than that is a fantastic bike, nothing comes perfect but is as close to concept of engine frame & wheels as they come, sad they put little plastic covers over ugly bits but that one we'll live with.
Famous quote from 70's about Ducatis
"There are no plastic covers over ugly bits because there are no ugly bits"
That mantra gone now, shame
 

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Just back from my first ride after fork oil change above, son said better but............
Huge difference, to the point where snatchy throttle is barely noticeable, before corrugations on dirt were a kind of jump/back off repeat scenario, now I can hold the throttle steady. Will still fit G2 when it arrives but today I'm saying forks were the main issue, basically undamped cos not enough oil.
Well worth the hour it took, we fitted tyre at same time.
For anyone hesitant on exy cartridges, try this first
 

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I bought a UE, mostly so I could get the bike ASAP. I probably should have saved the money and gotten an Icon, because... you'll see. Things added/changed:
  1. Termi slip on and Ducati ECU remap, because that Ducati sound and the smoother throttle response. I'll still get the progressive throttle tube from the Desert Sled though, when they are available (I'm told in about a month).
  2. UE panniers and tank bag, because I don't like to wear a heavy backpack when riding. And they're waterproof. There might be better options, but I'm happy with these.
  3. OE heated grips, because I ride in the rain sometimes, and the Pacific NW can get cold.
  4. Dart flyscreen, because I do get on the interstate sometimes and the wind blast is too high. I'm not sure it does enough though, and I'm not crazy about the look.
  5. Motovation bar-ends and CRG mirrors. Also frame sliders.
  6. People who should know will tell you that you cannot tell the difference between the wire-spoke wheels and the alloy wheels. To me, the bike felt lighter and more responsive with the alloy wheels. So I switched mine, because I'm not hard core about offroad stuff anyway, just some minor capability is plenty for me. And tubeless is nice. So why the UE? Ah well. I do like the wild green though! :)
  7. The bike is in the shop right now, getting the Ohlins rear shock and the Andreani cartridge for the front fork. My seat is at Seat Concepts, getting rebuilt. The original seat DOES suck.
I love this bike. After over a year, I'm still not tempted to switch to any other although the Supersport makes me drool.

I agree with everyone who says to ride it first, for a while. I'm only changing the suspension after a year. Partly because it is expensive, and partly because the original shocks are not so horrible. I guess all of this depends on how you ride. You will want to change that seat though!
Is the Desert Sled throttle tube compatible with the OE heated grips?
 
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