2018 DUCATI SCRAMBLER 1100 SPECIAL
The Land of Joy is now bigger and better! Having ridden the Sixty Two, Icon, Full-Throttle, Café Racer, Desert Sled and now the Special, the Scrambler Ducati Special takes the series to a new level with a beefier 1,079 capacity L-Twin engine, and electronics is one of the three Scrambler 1100 variants that was recently launched at Art of Speed 2018.
So what makes the Special so special? Inspired by its classic roots, the Retrostatic Special now comes with the modern-day character of black spoke rims, aluminium mudguard, aluminium tank side panel, two silencers merge smoothly with the rear that gives the Special a more muscular, chrome exhausts, 3 Riding Modes; Active (Sports), Journey (Standard) and City (Rain), Bosch 9.1 MP Cornering ABS to ensure safety whatever the situation. Ducati Traction Control (DTC) completes the electronic package, even can set the engine braking level. All these electronics derive from the sports model siblings!
The first impression of the Special looks bulky and heavy, but after riding her for a few hours, the weight of the Special no longer felt. The Special is heavier by 5kgs compare to the other variant, Sports and Standard, because of the spoke rims.
After a few days with the Ducati Scrambler 1100, I got more and more feel for her, the more I ride the more I feel the freedom and the lifestyle the Scrambler stands for. Im sure the Scrambler will meet the need even for the most experienced riders and newbie alike.
Excellent power in the mid-range coupled with great handling even with the knobby fitted Pirelli MT 60 RS tyres gives pretty confident cornering. Adding the Bosch Cornering ABS and Traction Control these two features go hand-in-hand to ensure riding through the twisty hills is as comfortable and while safety is maximised.
The test bike that we had was the “Custom Grey” colour which is unique to this version and a brown seat with Ducati an embroidered Ducati logo at the rear make this seat particularly eye-catching and matches the bike’s colour.
Ducati Scrambler 1100 Special is equipment with
o Steel teardrop fuel tank with interchangeable aluminium side panels
o Low seat (810 mm) for perfect at-standstill manoeuvrability
o Wide handlebars for a more relaxed riding position
o Round headlight with glass lens and DRL
o Diffused LED tail light
o Dual-element LCD instrument panel
o 1,079 cm³ air-cooled L-twin engine
o Machine-finished aluminium belt covers
o Twin spar steel Trellis frame and aluminium subframe
o Double sided swingarm
o Aluminium Black Spoke rims, 18″ at the front and 17″ at the rear
o Enduro-derived Pirelli MT 60 RS tyres optimised for the Ducati Scrambler
o Bosch Cornering ABS
o Traction Control
o 3 Riding Modes (Active, Journey and City)
o Under-seat USB socket to recharge mobile devices
o “Custom Grey” with black frame and black spoked wheels.
o Machine-finished aluminium belt covers
o Adjustable fork and shock
o Dedicated seat lining
o Chrome exhaust pipes
All this makes the Scrambler model immediately recognisable. The distinctive Scrambler 1100 feature is the round headlight. This retains the glass parabola shared by all Ducati Scrambler models and is now enhanced by a new aluminium rim. Its interior mounts an aluminium X-grille with a clearly visible Ducati logo. The grille divides up the DRL (Daytime Running Light) system on the Scrambler 1100 to create the four trademark Land of Joy light segments.
Careful design has produced a two-element instrument panel: a classic round section, as seen on all the Scrambler bikes, and an additional oval element to display a broader info range.
Every single part of the Ducati Scrambler 1100 has been meticulously designed down to the very last detail. A painted aluminium logo adds a stylish finishing touch. Machine-finished aluminium bar plugs match the headlight assembly, as does the logo on the spark plug caps.
The gearbox is a 6-speed unit while the clutch is the wet multiplate type with hydraulic control. The clutch also has a servo-assisted slipper function that limits rear wheel destabilisation during down-shifting including engine braking control which is able to set High, Mid and Low. I use the Low setting and at slower corners I could drop to 1st gear and don’t even feel that I’m actually on 1st gear while churning out the ride-by-wire throttle without any drama.
The Ducati Scrambler 1100 is made for relaxed easy riding and yet fun while remains user-friendly and agile, a source of endless satisfaction on both city streets and the open road, even with a little off road excursion.
In the suspension department the Kayaba’s does pretty well to provide rebound and damping in the rear and works pretty well pairing with the Marzocchi 45 mm upside-down front forks both provide 150 mm of wheel travel, ensuring the tyres hug the ground on any terrain, from city streets to easy-going off-road routes. It is this mix of comfort and performance that makes the Ducati Scrambler 1100 unique, letting riders express themselves to the max everywhere and anywhere.
The Bologna factory didn’t hold back one little bit with the brakes. Dual, 320 mm front discs and radial-mount, Brembo Monobloc M4.32 calipers slow the front wheel with a 245 mm disc and single-pot anchor to slow the rear. A Bosch 9.1 MP Cornering ABS stands ready to intervene to prevent lockups due to overbraking, even when the available traction is being shared by both steering- and braking-forces; just what the doctor ordered for safety in aggressive corners or decreasing-radius turns.
Ducati Malaysia only brings in the Special and Sports variant at RM 83,000 and RM85,000 respectively excluding Road Tax and Insurance. The above prices are also excluding SST which will be implemented on 1st September 2018.