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803 cc. The Ducati Scrambler Café Racer, Scrambler’s interpretation of the legendary bikes that created a revolution in the motorcycle world, is an expression of free spirit and an emblem of style. Its “Black Coffee” colour brings back the 60s to today’s Land of Joy.
Just two years ago, when the new Ducati Scrambler brand was launched, nobody would have believed that today we would be here talking about a Scrambler Café Racer.
The Ducati Scrambler Café Racer is the Scrambler interpretation of the legendary ’60s bikes that triggered a motorcycling evolution.
Free spirit and style: with its “Black Coffee” colour scheme, the Ducati Scrambler Café Racer takes us from the 1960s all the way to today’s Land of Joy.
Back in the day, in London, a bold, forward-thinking group of young motorcyclists, the “Ton–Up Boys” of the Rocker movement, began setting up their bikes to win the sprint from one café to the next (each race was supposed to last as long as a Juke Box single).
Since then, the Café Racer culture has gone on to become a global phenomenon.
The Ducati Scrambler world and Café Racer culture share a style that extends beyond the bike to encompass apparel and accessories.
The Ducati Scrambler Café Racer thus broadens the scope of the Scrambler brand which, now, for the first time, offers a fresh take on what was one of motorcycling’s most influential movements.
This version has 17” wheels with Pirelli DIABLO™ ROSSO II tyres (120/70 ZR 17 at the front and 180/55 ZR17 at the rear), a pivotal feature on this more-Scrambler-than-ever version that provides plenty of scope for personalisation.
The Ducati Scrambler Café Racer is powered by the air and oil-cooled twin-cylinder Desmodue engine taken from the Icon, EURO 4-compliant and with black-trimmed covers and machined cooling fins.
The characteristic teardrop tank with interchangeable aluminium side panels is combined with a dedicated seat featuring a cover for the passenger section.
Rear-view mirrors mounted on the aluminium handlebar ends draw their inspiration from the ’60s “race” look, while the radial front brake pump is a typically modern component able to ensure true sport bike braking performance. And that’s not all: the Termignoni exhaust with dual tailpipes and black anodized aluminium cover, the nose fairing, lateral number holders and stubby mudguard are all clear references to the bikes that roared down British streets back in the ’60s.Checkmate CheckmateCheckmate Checkmate
The chequerboard pattern is a recurring symbol in Café Racer culture. As in official competitions, the off-the-record races held by Rockers between one café and another would often end under a chequered flag. At the time, the distinctive black and white pattern became an icon for motorcyclists and others. The Ducati Scrambler Café Racer has, then, drawn on that powerful symbol and put the chequerboard pattern right underneath the Scrambler name.
Bruno Spa ggiari’s number 54
The novel lateral number holders on the Ducati Scrambler Café Racer carry the number 54 that once belonged to Bruno Spaggiari.
A highly successful Ducati rider, in 1968 Spaggiari raced in the Mototemporada Romagnola, a classic road event of the time, on a Ducati with an engine derived from the Scrambler’s single-cylinder 350 cc power unit. The photo of his jump at the Cesenatico GP is iconic. Rippled by the roots of the pine trees, the uneven city centre asphalt created true “jumps” that tested the riders’ skills to the limit and ultimately determined who would win one crossroads after the other. The free spirit of those days – the same evoked by the Land of Joy – inspired the Ducati Scrambler Café Racer designers, who wanted to pay homage to the legendary rider from Reggio Emilia.
Safe, high-performance braking
The Ducati Scrambler Café Racer mounts a Brembo braking system featuring a Bosch 9.1 MP ABS system with a pressure sensor. To combine maximum stopping performance with minimalist styling the front wheel has a single 330 mm disc (a good 5 mm thick) with a 4-piston Brembo M 4.32B monobloc caliper with radial attachment. The Ducati Scrambler Café Racer also features a radial-type front brake pump. This decision to mount a powerful single-disc front braking system was taken to leave a clear view on the right side of the wheel. At the rear, instead, a 245 mm disc is gripped by a caliper with a 32 mm piston.
The Ducati Scrambler Café Racer mounts the EURO 4-compliant, twin-cylinder 803 cc air and oil-cooled engine taken from the Icon. Together with the new homologation comes a new throttle control and an up-to-the-minute engine calibration that has made power delivery even smoother, especially at the bottom end of the rev range. Another distinguishing Ducati Scrambler Café Racer feature is the black engine, which contrasts strikingly with the brushed finish on the cylinder head cooling fins.
Equipped with a 6-speed gearbox, the twin-cylinder Desmodue engine on the Scrambler has been designed to favour smooth running and fluid acceleration throughout the rev range, delivering 75 hp at 8,250 rpm and a torque of 68 Nm at 5,750 rpm.
Designed to be simple and accessible, just like the Scrambler itself, it features 12,000 km (7,500 mile) maintenance intervals.
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In perfect Scrambler style, the Café Racer has a dedicated line of accessories and apparel. For example, there’s the X-shaped headlight mesh guard, which evokes the tape that was once put in place to stop the glass breaking in the event of a fall; that same tape inspired the Scrambler designers when they were designing the headlight. Then there’s the distinctive long, flat seat, a small leather tank bag, the spoked wheels, rear view mirrors and the exhaust cover.
And when it comes to apparel for the Ducati Scrambler Café Racer, the Land of Joy offers an all-new black leather jacket, a full-face Bell helmet by Roland Sands Design, plus sweatshirt and T-shirts with real café racer flair.
The typical Scrambler teardrop tank with interchangeable panels is combined with a new seat, specially designed and equipped with a seat cover for the passenger. The handlebars with mirrors attached to the ends are typical of 60s racing; the same goes for the Termignoni exhaust with double silencer, the headlight fairing, the side number holders and the new Pirelli Diablo? Rosso II with 17” aluminium wheels. The styling is a clear reference to the style of the Rockers that in those days sped through the streets of the English capital.
The Ducati Scrambler Café Racer reinterprets what was one of the most influential movements in the history of motorcycling, recreating a legend with a contemporary character reflecting the essence of the Scrambler.
Ducati Scrambler is not just a new motorcycle but rather a new brand, a new approach to the motorcycling world that offers not only performance and technology but also freedom of expression, fun and sharing of positive emotion. Ducati Scrambler is a new brand, offering a whole new world made up of bikes, accessories and apparel that provide the last word in self-expression. Anti-conformist, accessible and essential, the Ducati Scrambler is a perfect mix of tradition and modernity, a step towards the pure essence of motorcycling: two wheels, wide handlebars, a straightforward engine and endless fun. The Scrambler world – the latest addition to the Ducati universe – is one of authentic creativity and free expression; the lead-up to its official arrival has generated an unprecedented buzz, as has a captivating launch campaign of outstanding originality.
This is more than just a new bike: it’s a whole new world, one that expresses itself via a range of versions that provide a starting point for satisfying the different needs and wants of individual motorcyclists. “Post-heritage” design gives a contemporary take on the iconic bike built by Ducati back in the 70s. This Ducati Scrambler, though, is not a retro bike: it is, rather, intended to be just how the legendary motorcycle would be today if Ducati had never stopped building it.
In 2016 the Ducati Scrambler family is set to grow. The Icon, Urban Enduro, Full Throttle and Classic versions will soon be joined by the Flat Track Pro, inspired by the world of oval track racing, and the new Sixty2 which opens the way for a new two-wheel segment that meets the requirements of those seeking a smaller-engined bike that is easy to handle and has low running costs but not wanting to miss out on the unique Scrambler spirit.
Moreover, thanks to a vast range of apparel and bike accessories, called “ingredients”, the Ducati Scrambler offers a virtually unlimited range of exclusive personalisation and lifestyle options.
Named after the English word “to scramble” (mixing up, blending), the Ducati Scrambler is a form of expression of the rider’s identity and lifestyle. The four motorcycle versions (Icon, Full Throttle, Classic and Urban Enduro) are just a starting point to create an absolutely unique, personalised model. Thanks to a wide range of ingredients, each Ducati Scrambler can be customised to suit any owner tastes.
A vast array of Ducati Performance ‘ingredients’ can be used to personalise the Ducati Scrambler. For example, chrome, matt black, or even carbon fibre tank side panels are available. Then there are a variety of solutions regarding the front mudguard, high plate holder, tank bag, canvas and leather panniers, high and low Termignoni slip-on exhaust, headlamp rim and grille, instrument panel rim, vintage grips, rear-view mirrors plus spoked wheels, four different seat versions and the low-slung tapered handlebars.
2017 Ducati Scrambler Cafe Racer – www.Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
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Type L-Twin, Desmodromic distribution, 2 valves per cylinder, air cooled
Displacement 803 cc
Bore x stroke 88 x 66 mm
Compression ratio 11:1
Power 75 hp (55 kW) @ 8250 rpm
Torque 50 lb-ft (68 Nm) @ 7750 rpm
Fuel injection Electronic fuel injection, 50 mm throttle body
Exhaust Exhaust system with single stainless steel muffler, Termignoni silencer with alluminium covers, catalytic converter and 2 lambda probes
Standard Euro 4
Consumption and emissions 5.0 l/100 km – CO2 117 g/km
Gearbox 6 speed
Ratio 1=32/13 2=30/18 3=28/21 4=26/23 5=22/22 6=24/26
Primary drive Straight cut gears; Ratio 1.85:1
Final drive Chain; front sprocket 15; rear sprocket 46
Clutch APTC wet multiplate with mechanical control
Frame Tubular steel Trellis frame
Front suspension Upside down Kayaba 41 mm fork
Front wheel travel 150 mm (5.9 in)
Front wheel 10-spoke in light alloy 3.50″ x 17″
Front tyre Pirelli Diablo Rosso II 120/70 ZR17
Rear suspension Progressive linkage with pre-load adjustable monoshock. Aluminium double-sided swingarm.
Rear wheel travel 150 mm (5.9 in)
Rear wheel 10-spoke in light alloy, 5.50″ x 17″
Front tyre Pirelli Diablo Rosso II 180/55 ZR17
Front brake 330 mm semi-floating discs, radially mounted Monobloc Brembo M4-32 calliper, 4-pistons, radial pump with adjustable lever, with Bosch ABS as standard
Rear brake 245 mm disc, 1-piston floating calliper with Bosch ABS as standard equipment
Wheelbase 1,436 mm (56.5 in)
Trail 93.9 mm (3.7 in)
Total steering lock 35°
Fuel tank capacity 13.5 l – 3.57 gallons (US)
Dry weight 172 kg (379 lb)
Wet weight* 188 kg (414 lb)
Seat height 805 mm (31.7 in)
Max height 1,090 mm (42.9 in)
Max width 810 mm (31.9 in)
Max length 2,107 mm (83.0 in)
Number of seats Dual seat
Standard equipment Steel tank with interchangeable aluminum side panels, headlight with glass lens, LED light-guide and painted fairing, LED rear light with diffusion-light, LCD instruments with interchangeable aluminum cover, machine-finished aluminum belt covers, clip on handlebars, sports style front mudguard, dedicated side number plate, “café racer” seat with passenger seat cover, under-seat storage compartment with USB socket
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