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Ducati Scrambler 1100 [2018-2019]

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Key specs
  • Displacement1,079 cc
  • Transmission6 Speed Manual
  • Kerb Weight206 kg

Last known Avg. Ex-showroom price

₹ 10,91,000

Ducati Scrambler 1100 [2018-2019] is now discontinued in India.

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Ducati Scrambler 1100 [2018-2019] Summary

Scrambler 1100 [2018-2019] key highlights

Engine Capacity 1,079 cc
Transmission 6 Speed Manual
Kerb Weight 206 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 15 litres

About Scrambler 1100 [2018-2019]

Just like the other model ranges in the Ducati lineup, the Scrambler now gets a second option with a bigger engine. Suggesting its displacement, it is called the Scrambler 1100. It was unveiled in three variants, the standard, the Special and the Sport.

All three are powered by a 1079cc L-twin engine that generates 86bhp and 88Nm, and the six speed gearbox has a slipper clutch. Unlike the smaller Scrambler, the 1100 has electronics to keep it on a leash. There is a five-level traction control system and three riding modes – Active, Touring and City. The last mode limits power to 75bhp. An IMU is also part of the package, meaning cornering ABS is included. ABS is switchable, although hooliganism should be easy with the top-spec braking system that is fitted – the front gets radial monobloc callipers from Brembo.

The Scrambler won’t be priced as aggressively as its smaller sibling, since there’s a whole host of electronics on it. Still, the Ducati Scrambler 1100 is priced 50 per cent less than the BMW R Nine T Scrambler which it competes with. The upcoming bigger-engined Triumph Scrambler is also worth considering here.
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Ducati Scrambler 1100 [2018-2019] Expert Opinion

  • Good Things

    • Has an excellent road presence
    • It is loaded with electronic like other Ducatis
    • Has a good bragging rights
  • Could be Better

    • Engine tends to heat up quite a bit
    • Pricing is slightly higher
    • Lacks service reach

BikeWale's Take

The Scrambler 1100 from Ducati is one stunning looking motorcycle. It has some great road presence, and with the Ducati bragging rights, the Scrambler 1100 makes a really good choice for a first big bike. But the engine tends to get hot, especially in traffic conditions. And the cost too, is slightly on the higher side. 

Ducati Scrambler 1100 [2018-2019] Review

Sometimes small just isn't enough. Not that it doesn't work. According to Ducati, both the Scrambler 800 and the Scrambler Sixty2 have sold well globally

Introduction

Sometimes small just isn't enough. Not that it doesn't work. According to Ducati, both the Scrambler 800 and the Scrambler Sixty2 have sold well globally. Given that the idea behind the Scrambler brand was to have more accessible motorcycles courtesy a lower price tag - and, with it, rake in higher sales numbers, Ducati seems to have got it right.

But, in India, the 800 just didn't fly. And, the Sixty2 never even went on sale.  Unofficially, most prospective buyers found the Scrambler 800 to be a bit too puny. And, now that I see it standing next to the new 1100, I'd have to agree. 

You see, the new Scrambler 1100, is taller, wider, chunkier, and more visually dramatic than the 800. It also sits on a longer wheelbase, has a larger fuel tank, and gets fatter front forks and beefier front tyre. But, it's still not puffed-up muscle; it's more like a marathon runner with 10 per cent body fat. And so, it still retains its minimailist appeal. 

The Purpose

Now, we know, why Ducati wants the 1100 in India. But, it's not a bike that's been developed and designed for India. So, it has global aspirations. Ducati says that, the Scrambler 1100 is a 'content-rich' motorcycle at an accessible price with accessible performance; internationally, mind.

And Ducati believes it is ideal for those upgrading from the 800. However, it says, it's also for those who are tired of flogging their classic motorcycles, and want something with modern tech and better reliability. With classic overtones, nevertheless. 

Then there is the 'racer-type' clientele. Having had their fill and falls with fast machines, these are aging motorcyclists looking to slow-down. But, of course, they still can't do without capacity bragging rights, and the electronic safety net. 

The Tech

That electronic safety net comes in the form of traction control, and - thanks to an IMU - cornering ABS. The IMU also helps out with self- cancelling indicators. The front suspension is completely adjustable for compression, rebound and preload, while the rear can be setup for preload and rebound response.

The bike you see here also runs a Termignoni full exhaust system. This isn't standard fitment and costs Rs 1.74 lakhs. Now, though the Italian aftermarket pipes look rich and technical, these don't sound as good as the standard pipes. The latter do the whole pop and bang overun routine much better.

Furthermore, the 1100 gets ride-by-wire. That means, the biggest Scrambler now gets riding modes, which not only alter the power output, but also the throttle response. 

In City mode, the power is restricted to 75bhp. The throttle response is lazy and gentle. And the traction control is at its strictest. The Journey mode is more for highway riding, says Ducati. So, you get all 86 horses, but the throttle response is still mellow. And the TC allows you a hint of slip before cutting drive. 

Finally, there's Active. Full power, crisp and alert throttle response, and traction control that allows some amount of tail wagging under power. 

The Ride

But, that tail wagging under power only happens in slippery conditions like on wet roads or over gravel. It is only 86bhp, after all. Our recommendation then is to stick to Active because in every other mode, the 1100 feels dull.

Now, there are three versions of the Scrambler 1100 on sale in India - 1100, Special, and Sport. In the draw of chits, we got the Sport. 

Compared to the other two, the Sport gets a blacked-out theme. So, both the swingarm and engine are finished in black; the panels all sport a matt black paint scheme with yellow highlights, and the seat isn't just higher and flatter; it has a darker brown tinge to it as well.

But, more importantly, the Sport gets fancier Ohlins suspension front and back. The front forks are still completely adjustable, but these are of a greater diameter compared to the stock suspension. And to go with this sportier setup, Ducati has also given the Sport a different handlebar. It is lower and a bit further away from the rider resulting in a slightly crouched seating posture compared to the other two versions.

Now, even though the suspension is completely adjustable, we didn't touch it. We went with whatever Ducati thought would work. And work it did! The Scrambler 800 was many things, but it wasn't comfortable. The Sport 1100, however, is! 

It rounds off the small bumps and potholes well. It doesn't crash into the deeper ones or skip about over broken roads. There's no jiggle or jitter, and it refuses to wallow uncomfortably. But, yes, as the bumps get bigger, it does tend to ride with them instead of levelling them. And on a series of bad bumps, it shakes its head as if it were unhappy with its own performance.

But when it gets to a winding road, the meatier front fork and the sportier handlebar make the Scrambler Sport naturally disposed to corners. It doesn't need to be worked hard at all. Push the handlebar, and it drops into corners with agility and poise. The front-end feels alive. And, even though the tyres have a knobbie-like design, these grip surprisingly well. 

I am also quite impressed with the brakes. The twin rotor Brembo setup with radial callipers have great bite and feel. These help shed speed quite effectively, then be it entering corners, avoiding dogs, or slowing down on gravel to let a carefree tractor cross. 

The engine, meanwhile, is your typical Ducati L-twin unit and is borrowed from the older Monster 1100. It displaces 1079cc, employs two valves per cylinder, and is air-cooled. Not surprisingly, it not very powerful. As we  mentioned earlier it produces 86bhp of max power, while the peak torque is rated at 88Nm. All of this torque though is available from as early as 4,500rpm.

But because it's a Ducati, it's also clattery and vibey. It heats up in stop and go traffic. And aggressive throttle openings are almost always accompanied by some amount of judder. But, compared to the 803cc from the smaller Scrambler, this one is a powerhouse. 

Plus, the flat and fat torque curve not only makes overtaking less tiring, it also helps you get back to three digit cruising speeds in a jiffy. What's more, it barely turns over at 4,000rpm at 100kmph when in 6th gear. And that means if you do decide to tour on it, the Scrambler 1100 would make for an unconventional but formidable touring partner.

Our take

The Scrambler has never been as accessible in India as the world makes it out to be. The 1100 is no different. Sure, it rides and handles well, and I love the brakes. I also think it looks fantastic in the flesh. And, you get decent bragging rights with the gold Ohlins. But this, the Scrambler 1100 Sport, retails for Rs 11.4 lakhs ex-showroom. 

This sort of money can get you the Harley-Davidson Roadster if clubbing is your thing. It can also get you the Kawasaki Ninja 1000 and many touring accessories if you love disappearing from home for no good reason. And not to mention, the Triumph Tiger 800 costs similar monies if you like riding bikes in tall boots. 

So, should you buy the 1100 Sport then? Well, it's not a no-brainer purchase, for sure. But it is definitely worth considering. It is a fun motorcycle to ride, after all.

Photography by Kapil Angane

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Specifications

  • Power & PerformancePower & Performance

    Fuel Type Petrol

    Max Power 83.2 bhp @ 7,500 rpm

    Max Torque 88 Nm @ 4,750 rpm

    Cooling System Air Cooled

    Transmission 6 Speed Manual

    Transmission Type Chain Drive

    Emission Standard BS-IV

    Displacement 1,079 cc

    Cylinders 2

    Bore 98 mm

    Stroke 71 mm

    Valves Per Cylinder 2

    Compression Ratio 11:1

    Ignition --

    Spark Plugs --

    Clutch Wet Multiplate

    Fuel Delivery System Fuel Injection

    Fuel Tank Capacity 15 litres

    Reserve Fuel Capacity --

    Riding Range Maximum distance a petrol bike can travel on a full fuel tank and an electric bike can travel on a full charge --

    Mileage - ARAI --

    Mileage - Owner Reported BikeWale collects mileage information from bike owners to provide you with the actual mileage that you might get. --

    Top Speed --

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  • Brakes, Wheels & SuspensionBrakes, Wheels & Suspension

    Braking System CBS, IBS, SBT, UBS, HBS - Combined braking of both front and rear wheel | ABS - Anti-lock braking system which can be just for front wheel (single channel) or both wheels (dual channel) or can be switched off (switchable) | E-ABS - Electronic assisted braking system | Standard - Cable operated Dual Channel ABS

    Front Brake Type Disc

    Front Brake Size 320 mm

    Front Tyre Size Pirelli MT 60 RS 120/70 ZR18

    Rear Tyre Size Pirelli MT 60 RS 180/55 ZR17

    Tyre Type Tubeless

    Rear Brake Type Disc

    Rear Brake Size 245 mm

    Calliper Type Front-4 piston, Rear-1 piston callipers

    Front Wheel Size 18 inch

    Rear Wheel Size 17 inch

    Radial Tyres Yes

    Wheel Type Alloy

    Front Suspension Marzocchi fully adjustable Ø45 mm usd fork

    Rear Suspension Kayaba monoshock, pre-load and rebound adjustable

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  • Dimensions & ChassisDimensions & Chassis

    Kerb Weight 206 kg

    Overall Length 2,190 mm

    Overall Width 895 mm

    Wheelbase 1,514 mm

    Ground Clearance --

    Seat Height 810 mm

    Overall Height 1,330 mm

    Chassis Type Tubular steel Trellis frame

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Features

Odometer Digital

DRLs (Daytime running lights) --

Mobile App Connectivity --

Pillion BackrestNo

Pillion GrabrailYes

Pillion SeatYes

GPS & Navigation --

USB charging port --

Front storage box --

Under seat storage --

AHO (Automatic Headlight On) --

Speedometer Digital

Fuel Guage Yes

Tachometer Digital

Stand Alarm Yes

Stepped Seat No

No. of Tripmeters 2

Tripmeter Type Digital

Low Fuel Indicator Yes

Low Oil Indicator Yes

Low Battery Indicator Yes

Pillion FootrestYes

Digital Fuel GuageYes

Start TypeElectric Start

Shift LightYes

KillswitchYes

ClockYes

Electric System--

Battery--

Headlight TypeLED Headlamp

Headlight Bulb Type--

Brake/Tail LightLED Taillamp

Turn SignalYes

Pass LightYes

Additional features--

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Ducati Scrambler 1100 [2018-2019] User Reviews

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  •  5The bigger scrambler 1 year ago by Pk, Hyderabad

    Rode about 4000kms on highways and in hyderabad city traffic. The bike is heavy and needs sometime to get used to. Overall great bike. No regrets. The scrambler 1100 is not for offroading. The smaller scrambler 800 seems light and agile Pros: Handling, breaking etc. It

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    • Used it for

      Everything

    • Owned for

      6 months-1 yr

    • Ridden for

      5000-10000 kms

  •  5Amazing 2 years ago by Vishwa, Mancheral

    It’s a very good bike but it’s little bit costlier to buy but it’s worth of your money It’s an awesome experience riding in this bike and you can also take this bike to long drives This bikes look is amazing and it has a 83 horsepower bike and awesome experience with th

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    • Used it for

      Everything

    • Owned for

      3-6 months

    • Ridden for

      < 5000 kms

    • Got mileage of

      20 kmpl

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