The replication rate is breathtaking: in just three years, Ducati has introduced more than a dozen scramblers. But one of them must be the boss – we drove the current top model 1100 Sport.
After various versions with 400 and 800 cubic centimeters, the Italians have now extended the family to the 1100 series, which will be available in three versions from the start: 1100, 1100 Special and 1100 Sport. The latter is now in the Viper Black livery with yellow rally stripes on fender and tank in front of us. Looks classy.
Ducati Scrambler 1100 Sport: A bike from the middle of life
The key data does not just make the knees shaky, but it’s not about a super athlete for record laps in race track use, but a bike from the middle of life for the beautiful moments of pleasure . This is the 86 hp, which makes the two-cylinder engine with 1,079 cubic centimeters, and the maximum torque of 88 Nm pretty good to face. Because it is necessary to move just 206 kilograms of motorcycle.
The equipment of the Ducati Scrambler 1100 Sport
To make this easy, a nice wide handlebar is mounted, with which one immediately takes control of the scrambler. You sit upright and have everything under control, also switches, levers and buttons are where they should be. The cockpit looks a bit futuristic with the flanged speed indicator , to the system of the tachometer, whose indicator bar from top right to bottom left wandering you have to get used. And good eyes are needed to read on top of that.
Then it can go. The Scrambler sets off gently, it almost seems as if the two-cylinder is still a bit sluggish and unwilling at first. But as soon as the throttle is turned on and the tachometer bar passes the 3,000 mark, there is a lot of steam . Then the Ducati goes quite neat and pulls through until at around 9,000 rpm the end in the form of the optical signal is in sight. But that’s enough, because the otherwise fat and well-sounding sound does not get any better
Driving impressions: This is how the Ducati Scrambler 1100 Sport drives
With the curve dance, the six gears can be changed after a short warm-up phase pleasingly clean and soft. In general, the 1100 Scrambler is very comfortable to drive, willingly follows the instructions of the driver, does not moan and is not bitchy . So you can concentrate fully on the essentials: driving. The 86 hp bring the 206 kilograms heavy motorcycle pretty well on tram and ensure on federal and country roads always for sovereignty, on the highway hitching storm-ridden because of lack of wind direction top speed. This is stated with 204 kilometers per hour – which can be experienced with plenty of effort, but is basically without practical use. Much more important is that the Ducati fully convinced in everyday life.
Thanks to its wide handlebar, it is extremely handy in the city, easily swallowing manhole covers, tram tracks, asphalt patchwork and longitudinal or transverse grooves. The only drawback are the two Auspuffendtöpfe , which are so hot after a short period of operation that both thighs of the driver are well-fried. Improvement brings only cooling airstream beyond the town sign. Then the Scrambler provides at best for hot rides, because the overall package is absolutely consistent: performance, weight, suspension and brakes give the driver untroubled fun in comfortable or ambitious gait, in which the Öhlinskomponenten (fork and strut) to full advantage.
As the hipster disheveled the facial wool quite neatly and shaven-shaven it conjures a grin under the helmet, because thanks to the exhaust system with flap control you are on the road with almost musical sound. For safety’s sake, the sports version is also equipped with corner ABS as standard . Is it surprising that we were traveling almost exclusively in the driving mode Active and tried Touring and City just for a short test?
Consumption of the Ducati Scrambler 1100 Sport
For consumption, we determined 5.5 liters per 100 kilometers – without big outliers upwards (maximum 5.9 liters) and below (minimum 5.0 liters). One tank full enough for about 270 kilometers . Nevertheless, the reserve light already warned nearly 100 kilometers too early to refill. What you like to follow despite better knowledge, because the fuel cap is just too nice to look at it only when closed.
That’s how much the Ducati Scrambler 1100 Sport costs
For the Scrambler 1100 Sport you have to dig deep into your pocket. 14,990 euros Ducati has written on the price list. But there is a fine motorcycle , which is good for much more than just to pose in front of the ice cream parlor. In addition to the aforementioned Öhlins components and cornering ABS, the equipment also includes traction control, LED daytime running lights and aluminum wheels.
Conclusion for the Ducati Scrambler 1100 Sport
The Scrambler 1100 Sport is rightly the current top model of the entire series. It does not only convince by its appearance, but can also boast with driving brilliance . It is not a show bike for the boulevard, but a motorcycle that has enough power at a low weight and thanks to this combination can lay a very fast sole on the asphalt. And looks damn good.
Specifications of the Ducati Scrambler 1100 Sport
engine Air-cooled two-cylinder engine
with 1,079 cc displacement
power 86 hp (63 kW) at 7,500 rpm
torque 88 Nm (at 4,750 rpm)
top speed 204 km / h
wheelbase 1,514 mm
seat height 810 mm
Weight (full tank) 206 kilograms
tank capacity 15 liters
test consumption 5.5 liters
price 14,990 euros