Road|Test : Ducati Scrambler Sixty2
The entry-level Ducati Scrambler Sixty2, 400cc V-Twin aimed for the younger riders and for those who set out for a Born Free lifestyle. The Sixty2 portrays the character that will hit the congested city street or the twisty hilly corners with ease with its flat, but inspiring confidence torque. The solid feel the moment you lift the handle bar of the Sixty2, makes you wonder if you are riding the 800 sibling.
The 399cc V-Twin, air-cooled engine, It’s for people who want to buy into the Scrambler brand, rather than price, with the horsepower, slowly gain confidence and experience before moving up. The premium Sixty2 retains 60% of the component and looks from its 800 sibling, you could hardly tell them apart unless someone notice there are no upside-down front forks, smaller tyre and apart from the throttle that you will notice it’s not the Icon, but the Sixty2. Rev the Sixty2 past 6,000rpm and it bursts into life with its 41hp, is good and easy ride for the new rider and power enough for experience rider to have fun on the right roads.
Handling & Suspension
The suspension, is a lot less firm. The rear shock has been set deliberately soft by the factory. This is no bad thing around town and I was able to cruise over speed humps with easy.
Brakes & Equipment
The 320mm front disc never bites with a snap but is applied smoothly and predictably. Rainy evenings during the RoadTest good test for the ABS.
I felt comfortable on board the Sixty2. Any old veterans will like the Sixty2 and its design will prove that the Scrambler is not a fad and that will look as good in ten year’ time. Sixty2 is a bike that invites customisation. I’m giving the Scrambler Sixty2 the thumbs up, it’s a premium product at a premium price but with the performance and styling to justify it. For many this will be their first taste of biking. A well balance and a proper solid bike. Expect to cruise in the Land of Joy with good grippy standard Pirelli tyres.
The standard high handlebar, heat from the engine, so make sure to wear jeans all the time. Losing half the engine capacity does not halve the price of the Scrambler Sixty2. At RM 45,900 it just a few thousand ringgit cheaper than the 800cc Scrambler Icon. It seems a bit steep for a 400cc bike, but it’s a Ducati!!! Having a bike lifestyle doesn’t come cheap! Welcome to the club!
Tested: Ducati Scrambler Sixty2
Engine: Air-cooled 399cc L-twin
Power: 41hp at 8,750rpm
Torque: 34.3Nm at 7,7000rpm
Wet weight (inc fuel and oil): 183kg
Frame: Tubular steel trellis
Brakes: Radial mounted, 320mm at the front and 245mm single-disc rear
Seat height: 790mm
Fuel capacity: 14 litres
Colours: Orange/ocean grey/black