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Ducati Scrambler Icon [2017-2018]

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Key specs
  • Displacement803 cc
  • Transmission6 Speed Manual
  • Kerb Weight186 kg

Last known Avg. Ex-showroom price

₹ 7,34,369

Ducati Scrambler Icon [2017-2018] is now discontinued in India.

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Ducati Scrambler Icon [2017-2018] Summary

Scrambler Icon [2017-2018] key highlights

Engine Capacity 803 cc
Transmission 6 Speed Manual
Kerb Weight 186 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 13.5 litres
Seat Height 790 mm
Max Power 73.9 bhp

About Scrambler Icon [2017-2018]

The Scrambler has been the most anticipated bike from Ducati. It has not just helped the company grow by leaps and bounds, but has also helped lot of enthusiasts come close to this Italian company.
The Scrambler is an entry-level Ducati which is a perfect blend of old-school motoring and modern technology. Ducati has smartly played with the design and will appeal a wider range of consumers. The upright comfortable seating position complements the nature of the bike.

Talking about its mechanicals, the Scrambler Icon is powered by an air-cooled twin-cylinder 696cc engine, which churns out 75bhp at 8250rpm and peak torque of 68Nm at 5759rpm. This engine is mated to a six-speed gearbox that transfers power to the rear wheel via a chain drive.

The Scrambler has a seat height of 790mm making it easily accessible for short riders. The Scrambler offers a steel tank with interchangeable aluminium side panels, which is pretty good for someone who wants to experiment with various colours. As a part of standard equipment, the bike gets under-seat storage with a USB socket, LED light-guide and tail light. Braking duties for the bike are taken care of by 330mm disc at the front and 245mm disc at the rear. Antilock-braking system (ABS) is standard.

The Ducati Scrambler Icon is sold in India as a completely-built-up (CBU) unit via Thailand. The bike is available at all Ducati showrooms and competes with the Triumph Bonneville.
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Ducati Scrambler Icon [2017-2018] Review

The folks over at Bologna have worked a fair bit on the Icon to improve it and still keep it, well, iconic. So have the updates made a noteworthy difference? I rode the 2019 Scrambler Icon around the beautifully winding roads of Thailand to find out.

Introduction

The Scrambler Icon is to Ducati what the Classic 350 is to Royal Enfield. It is a simple, no-nonsense, somewhat retro, cash cow for the Italian manufacturer. In India, it is also the most affordable Ducati. But despite its rather attractive pricing (for a Ducati), the bike found few takers, partly due to a few niggles in the current model like a stiff suspension and seat and false neutrals. It also got outranked by its competitors in terms of features.  

Now the folks over at Bologna have worked a fair bit on the Icon to improve it and still keep it, well, iconic. So have the updates made a noteworthy difference? I rode the 2019 Scrambler Icon around the beautifully winding roads of Thailand to find out.

The Visuals

In terms of looks and appeal, the 2019 Icon is favourably similar to the 2014-18 models, with a few minor tweaks. To begin with, the new LED DRLs are super neat to look at. Then there's the redesigned exhaust shield, canister covers and machined alloys borrowed from the Scrambler 1100’s parts bin.

The 2019 Scrambler Icon also comes with better quality handlebar switches which work in favour of the upgraded model. All the same, I will miss the basic ignition button which has now been replaced by a push-down switch.

The Package

What is truly life changing though is the new seat, the reworked suspension setup, hydraulic clutch assembly and the addition of a gear and fuel gauge indicator to the circular and retro-looking digital instrument cluster. Ducati has also equipped the 2019 Icon with a cornering ABS unit managed by a lean-sensing IMU. These updates considerably make up for all that the previous model needed.

The Ride

Ducati has refurbished the cushion density and contouring of the single piece seat, thus making it softer and friendlier to the rider. Complementing the seat is the new suspension setup of the 2019 Icon. It is pliant and yields to small bumps and ridges with ease. Furthermore, the bike’s wide handlebars and the Pirelli tyres offer the rider immense confidence around corners. 

Given that Thailand is a tropical country, we did experience the occasional light showers. And in those wet conditions, the Icon’s cornering ABS doubled up on confidence, being ever so slightly intrusive and making the Icon feel more fun to ride. What’s more, the hydraulic clutch on the 2019 Scrambler Icon is light, as are the gear shifts. However, the issue with the false-neutrals that the previous-gen carried remains unresolved. On the 200km route, it made its presence felt more than a couple of times. 

The Scrambler Icon's engine, on the other hand, has become more refined and so has the throttle response. While the 803cc motor continues to hold power in the low to mid-range, the throttle is now far more linear. Sure, one can feel the vibrations on the tank and foot pegs given the structure of the engine, but they are only occasional and not very bothersome. The brakes in the earlier model offered good bite and progression and Ducati has retained them in the 2019 Icon. 

However, like most air-cooled V-twin engines, this one too dissipates immense heat making the 2019 Scrambler Icon feel like a fire-breathing dragon at standstill. While the heat can hardly be felt on the move, being caught in traffic is sure to scorch the rider’s thighs, as I discovered, much to my discomfort. This situation would only be made worse by the traffic conditions in India. And getting the side stand down might require several attempts as the peg of the stand is not very wide and consequently, difficult for a booted foot to hook into. Alternatively, one might just lose all hope, disembark the bike and awkwardly push the stand down with one’s hand, which is what I ended up doing.

Conclusion

The 2019 Scrambler Icon has all the classic qualities of its previous counterparts. But it has also evolved a tad to compensate for things like refinement, comfort and features that the earlier Icons lacked. While the bike is yet to be launched in India, it will demand a substantial premium over the 2018 model which retails Rs 7.38 lakhs (ex-showroom). As for its competition, the 2019 Scrambler Icon will go head on against the 2019 Triumph Street Twin

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Specifications

  • Power & PerformancePower & Performance

    Fuel Type Petrol

    Max Power 73.9 bhp @ 8,250 rpm

    Max Torque 68 Nm @ 5,750 rpm

    Cooling System Air Cooled

    Transmission 6 Speed Manual

    Transmission Type Chain Drive

    Emission Standard --

    Displacement 803 cc

    Cylinders 2

    Bore 88 mm

    Stroke 66 mm

    Valves Per Cylinder 2

    Compression Ratio 11:1

    Ignition Electric Unit

    Spark Plugs 1 Per Cylinder

    Clutch Wet Multiplate

    Fuel Delivery System Electronic Fuel Injection

    Fuel Tank Capacity 13.5 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 --

    Front Brake Type Disc

    Front Brake Size 330 mm

    Rear Tyre Size 180/55 ZR17

    Tyre Type Tubeless

    Radial Tyres Yes

    Rear Brake Type Disc

    Rear Brake Size 245 mm

    Calliper Type Four-piston front, single-piston rear

    Wheel Type Alloy

    Front Wheel Size 18 inch

    Rear Wheel Size 17 inch

    Front Tyre Size 110/80 ZR18

    Front Tyre Pressure (Rider) --

    Rear Tyre Pressure (Rider) --

    Front Tyre Pressure (Rider & Pillion) --

    Rear Tyre Pressure (Rider & Pillion) --

    Front Suspension Upside down Kayaba 41 mm fork

    Rear Suspension Kayaba rear shock, pre-load adjustable

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  • Dimensions & ChassisDimensions & Chassis

    Kerb Weight 186 kg

    Overall Length 2,100 mm

    Overall Width 845 mm

    Wheelbase 1,445 mm

    Ground Clearance --

    Seat Height 790 mm

    Overall Height 1,150 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 System12V DC

BatteryMaintenance Free

Headlight TypeHalogen And Bulb Type

Headlight Bulb Type--

Brake/Tail LightLED Tail Lamp

Turn SignalYes

Pass LightYes

Additional features--

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  •  4Master stroke by ducati 3 years ago by Abhishek Mishra, Bangalore

    Never expected that ducati will offer a that great bike in this price range. On the very first ride you will be felling immense power and massive torque of 60nm. Appealing design of retro modern. But trust me its a complete modern machine. Excellent breaking as breaks a

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