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New Ducati Scrambler 1100 Models Offer Big Jump in Performance

Ducati Scrambler 1100 Special


The original Ducati Scrambler was a big hit, and we certainly enjoyed testing the Scrambler Icon powered by the 803cc, air-cooled v-twin. Ducati has now revealed the higher performance Scrambler 1100 family, including the Standard model, the 1100 Special and the 1100 Sport.

Each of these new Scramblers is powered by a 1079cc v-twin that should offer very generous performance in the new light-weight chassis. Here are all the details from Ducati:

The Scrambler has come of age and the Land of Joy is now bigger and better.

The Ducati Scrambler 1100 aims to meet the needs of even the most demanding, expert motorcyclists – but without compromising the fun, style and freedom that the Scrambler stands for. A beefier bike with a bigger engine and an even better set of standard equipmentthat lets riders upgrade without leaving the Scrambler family.

Just like in the ’60s when the Scrambler was available with three different engines (250, 350 and 450 cm3), today’s Land of Joy bikes offer three different displacements (400, 800 and 1100 cm3), resulting in a complete range with a flair for fun, iconic style, simplicity and self-expression.

Key features include a new 1079 cm3 engine, which delivers generous torque right from the bottom of the rev range, and an agile Scrambler chassis set-up that has been developed in parallel with the engine to put higher performance within reach of all riders.

With excellent pulling power and outstanding chassis geometry, the Ducati Scrambler 1100 maximises freedom and combines it with the excellent safety that comes with Bosch Cornering ABS and Traction Control: two features that go hand-in-hand with the superbly comfortable riding position specially developed for this model. On this Scrambler model the electronics package has evolved in line with Ducati tradition, maximising active safety thanks to the Bosch inertial platform.

Just like every other Ducati Scrambler bike, the 1100 is designed for boundless freedom of expression. The bike  has  been developed so it can be modified with ease and comes in three different versions: in addition to the Scrambler 1100, in fact, there’s the Scrambler 1100 Special, which draws its inspiration from the custom world, and the Scrambler 1100 Sport equipped with Öhlins  suspension for the sportiest Scrambler  riders.

With the 1100, the Ducati  Scrambler sees the introduction of new, specially designed  accessories and a dedicated  apparel line that includes a leather  jacket, a fabric jacket and an open-face helmet co-produced with Roland Sands.

Ducati Scrambler 1100 Special

Taking its cue from customisation, the Scrambler 1100 Special has a decidedly “modern classic” feel thanks to black- spoked wheels, chrome exhausts and aluminium front/rear mudguards. The “Custom Grey” colour is unique to this version, as is the brushed-effect swingarm and the adjustable front fork with gold-coloured anodized sleeves. Other distinctive Scrambler 1100 Special elements include low-slung tapered handlebars and a brown seat with dedicated lining.

Ducati Scrambler 1100 Sport

As the name implies, the Scrambler 1100 Sport takes a sportier angle. Inspired by the numerous “racer” bikes put together by Scrambler owners, this model is easily recognised by its forks and adjustable Öhlins shock.  The Scrambler 1100 Sport comes in “Viper Black” with yellow tank sides and dual yellow striping down the middle of the tank and mudguards. It also features aluminium wheels with machine-finished spokes, tapered handlebars and a seat with a dedicated lining.

Ducati Scrambler 1100 Special

Main as-standard features

Ducati Scrambler 1100

  • Colours
    • “’62 Yellow”, with black frame and black seat
    • “Shining Black”, with black frame and black seat
  • Equipment
    • Steel teardrop fuel tank with interchangeable aluminium side panels
    • Low seat (810 mm) for perfect at-standstill manoeuvrability
    • Wide handlebars for a more relaxed riding position
    • Round headlight with glass lens and DRL
    • Diffused LED tail light
    • Dual-element LCD instrument panel
    • 1,079 cm³ air-cooled L-twin engine
    • Machine-finished aluminium belt covers
    • Twin spar steel Trellis frame and aluminium subframe
    • Double sided swingarm
    • 10-spoke wheels in light alloy, 18″ at the front and 17″ at the rear
    • Enduro-derived Pirelli tyres optimised for the Ducati Scrambler
    • Bosch Cornering ABS
    • Traction Control
    • 3 Riding Modes (Active, Journey and City)
    • Under-seat USB socket to recharge mobile devices

Ducati Scrambler Special

    • Colours
      • “Custom Grey” with black frame and black spoked
      • Equipment
        • Steel teardrop fuel tank with interchangeable aluminium side panels
        • Low, tapered handlebars
        • Round headlight with glass lens and DRL
        • Diffused LED tail light
        • Dual-element LCD instrument panel
        • 1,079 cm³ air-cooled L-twin engine
        • Machine-finished aluminium belt covers
        • Twin spar steel Trellis frame and aluminium subframe
        • Double-sided swingarm with brushed surface finishing
        • Adjustable fork and shock
        • Spoked wheels, 18″ at the front and 17″ at the rear
        • Enduro-derived Pirelli tyres optimised for the Ducati Scrambler
        • Bosch Cornering ABS
        • Traction Control
        • 3 Riding Modes (Active, Journey and City)
        • Under-seat USB socket to recharge mobile devices
        • Aluminium front/rear mudguard
        • Dedicated seat lining
        • Chrome exhaust pipes

Ducati Scrambler Sport

      • Colours
        • “Viper Black” with yellow tank sides and dual yellow striping down the middle of the tank and mudguards, with black frame and wheels
        • Equipment
          • Steel teardrop fuel tank with interchangeable aluminium side panels
          • Low seat (810 mm) for perfect at-standstill manoeuvrability
          • Low, tapered aluminium handlebars
          • Round headlight with glass lens and DRL
          • Diffused LED tail light
          • Dual-element LCD instrument panel
          • 1,079 cm³ air-cooled L-twin engine
          • Machine-finished aluminium belt covers
          • Twin spar steel Trellis frame and aluminium subframe
          • Double sided swingarm
          • 10-spoke wheels in light alloy, 18″ at the front and 17″ at the rear
          • Enduro-derived Pirelli tyres optimised for the Ducati Scrambler
          • Bosch Cornering ABS
          • Traction Control
          • 3 Riding Modes (Active, Journey and City)
          • Under-seat USB socket to recharge mobile devices
          • Dedicated seat lining
          • Adjustable Öhlins forks
          • Adjustable Öhlins shock

Ducati Scrambler 1100 Sport


The Scrambler 1100 is essential, mature and carefully thought out, taking inspiration from the iconic ’70s model while remaining faithful to the “Land of Joy” spirit. Larger than the other Ducati Scrambler brand models, the bike’s balanced proportions make it compact yet beefy and ensure outstanding rider comfort as well as unprecedented handling.

The upgraded fork and rear shock absorber are, like the 320 mm dual front brake discs, indicative of a leap forwards in terms of both performance and mature styling.

An high-performance swingarm merges smoothly with the lines of the footrest plates, enhancing the essential styling of the Scrambler 1100. Moreover, quality-conscious finishing reaches new heights thanks to the use of authentic materials such as steel and aluminium.

Attention to detail and the quest for simplicity have minimised the number of pieces used, leading to fewer covers and plastic components.

A focus on styling has allowed up-sizing without compromising on iconic brand features: a more rugged, beefier teardrop tank and interchangeable aluminium side panels, that are classic yet have a new line, make this Scrambler model immediately recognisable.

The seat – different on each version – is more generously shaped than its Scrambler  800 counterpart and has been designed to provide the utmost comfort for rider and passenger alike. A beautifully stitched cover and an embroidered Ducati logo at the rear make this seat particularly eye-catching.

The two silencers merge smoothly with the rear of the bike and the high plate holder while the dual tail pipes give the Scrambler 1100 a more muscular, instantly recognisable look.

In keeping with the self-expression that is the raison d’etȓe of the Scrambler brand, the rear subframe is separate from the chassis to make personalisation easier. Made of aluminium, the subframe also features a gleaming, machine-finished aluminium trim. The front mudguard is held in place by two die cast aluminium supports while the rear one incorporates LED indicators.

Another 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 rear brake lever – made, like the clutch lever, of aluminium – has specifically been designed for easy replacement or personalisation. Aluminium is also used for the airbox covers while machine-finished wheel spokes add a further distinctive touch to the Scrambler 1100.


Evocative headlight assembly

The front headlight on the Ducati Scrambler 1100 takes its cue from those on the other bikes in the range. The LED ring around the headlight rim that acts as a side light is now a DRL (Daytime Running Light), making the Scrambler 1100 clearly visible in daylight too. Also in keeping with the Scrambler heritage is the grey metal “X” mounted inside the headlight (a feature inspired by the tape once applied on offroad bikes back in the ’70s to protect the headlight assembly). This also gives the bike a unique look with the lights off. The dipped headlight beam relies on a “Blue Vision” bulb, which emits a white light like the DRL.

At the rear, instead, a fully LED tail light assembly emits a soft light, making use of a technology unique within the motorcycling world. This ‘softening’ effect is produced by combining a dulled diffuser cover and a 12-LED electrical card (18-LED for the brake light).

LED indicators, positioned to the sides of the headlight assembly and the  rear mudguard, complement  the Ducati Scrambler 1100 style to perfection. LED lighting is also used to illuminate the number plate. To activate the hazard lights on the Ducati Scrambler 1100 all the rider needs to do is press the dedicated button on the right switchgear.


The Ducati Scrambler 1100 instrument panel has two main elements. As on the other bikes in the range, the main one has a round design. Positioned above and to the right of the headlight, this unit is fully digital. The scale on the rpm indicator resembles the speedometer on the bikes of the ’70s (i.e. positioned low down in the instrument assembly).  As engine revs increase  the digits light up clockwise (right to left). The round section also shows the fuel level,  selected  riding mode

and the selected Traction Control level. Further info includes Trip 1, Trip 2, miles remaining and air temperature, plus grip heater operation (available on the Scrambler 1100 as an accessory). The second, oval element, instead, has a speedo, a kickstand warning light and information from the Ducati Multimedia System, available as an accessory when the Bluetooth module is fitted.

Ducati Scrambler 1100 Sport


The Ducati Scrambler 1100 features new multi-function switchgears that let riders select Riding Modes and modify them. A Ride By Wire throttle is accompanied by

hydraulically operated brake pumps and clutch, making the controls modern yet faithful to the classic Scrambler style. Brake and clutch levers are adjustable. The black painted die cast aluminium footrest plates (grey on the Scrambler 1100 Special) support the gear shift and rear brake levers, both made of forged aluminium.


Standard equipment


Advanced electronics to maximise safety and riding pleasure.

A bigger, higher-performing bike but with a full complement of easy-going Scrambler freedom. Thanks to the electronic Ride by Wire control system and the inertial platform, the Scrambler 1100 puts outstanding safety and performance in the grasp of all riders and, thanks to the three Riding Modes, does so whatever the riding conditions.

Brembo braking system with Bosch 9.1 MP Cornering ABS

Thanks to installation of the inertial platform, the Ducati Scrambler 1100 is equipped with a Brembo braking system with Bosch 9.1 MP Cornering ABS to ensure safety whatever the situation. To maximise stopping performance, the front wheel has a dual 330 mm disc with two 4-piston Brembo M 4.32B monobloc calipers with radial attachment whereas at the rear, a 245 mm disc is gripped by a caliper with a 34 mm piston. The single-setting ABS cannot be deactivated.

Traction Control

The Ducati Scrambler 1100 is the first bike in the family to feature Ducati Traction Control (DTC). This active safety system – specially designed for the Scrambler – can be adjusted to 4 different levels. This solution offers outstanding performance while making adjustment as easy as possible for the rider. Level 1 is the least intrusive while level 4 maximises intervention and, therefore, safety. On the Scrambler 1100, Traction Control can be deactivated.

Three Riding Modes

The Ducati Scrambler 1100 has three Riding Modes: Active, Journey and City. Active Riding Mode provides full engine power (86 hp), a direct throttle connection and a Traction Control level that’s compatible with sport riding. Journey Riding Mode is perfect for everyday use: full L-twin power (86 hp), a more fluid throttle connection than with Active mode and a Traction Control level developed for carefree riding. The third Riding Mode, City, lowers engine power to 75 hp (and 88 Nm of maximum torque), the same as on the Scrambler 800. Throttle control is extremely fluid and Traction Control ensures maximum safety.

A new L-twin


The Ducati Scrambler 1100 is powered by a Euro 4 compliant oil/air-cooled 1079 cm³ L- twin two-valve engine. A development of the Monster 1100 engine, this power unit has, in perfect Scrambler style, a 98 mm bore and a 71.5 mm stroke. The engine has been redesigned to prioritise fluid acceleration across the rev range and great handling. The Desmodue engine on the Ducati Scrambler 1100 has light machine-finished aluminium covers, including those on the clutch and alternator. Other aluminium items include the two   belt   covers, machine-finished to provide a further touch of flair.

The twin cylinder Desmodue engine on the  Ducati Scrambler 1100 has been equipped with a single 55 mm full Ride by Wire throttle body with two sub-butterfly injectors: this solution, together with a generously sized airbox, ensures fluid power delivery and accurate control of the fuel mix aspirated into the cylinders. For this same reason each cylinder is fitted with twin spark plugs and a secondary air system.

Excellent pulling power is also put within everyone’s reach by the 16° valve overlap angle. Thanks to these solutions the Ducati Scrambler L-twin puts out a maximum power of 86 hp at 7,500 rpm and a maximum torque of 88.4 Nm at 4,750 rpm, with smooth delivery across the rev range. 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.

The exhaust pipes on the Ducati Scrambler 1100 have a larger diameter than those on the Scrambler 800. The exhaust has a low-slung catalytic converter and dual steel silencers with aluminium sleeves, die cast aluminium end caps and 4 aluminium covers (two per silencer).

Designed to be simple and accessible – just like the Scrambler itself – this twin- cylinder engine also features competitive 12,000 km maintenance intervals (every 7,500 miles).

Desmo delight

The Ducati Scrambler is iconic, as is the celebrated Ducati Desmo, the engine valve closure system that has made Ducati famous all over the world. Thanks to this system , the intake and exhaust valves are closed positively and precisely using a technique analogous to that employed to open the valves. The term desmodromic stems from the Greek words desmos (link) and dromos (stroke); mechanically speaking, the term refers to control mechanisms enabling operation in both one direction (e.g. opening) and another acting in the opposite direction (closure or return).

However, the desmodromic concept is not a recent one and has been used in the motorcycle and car industries for some time. It first appeared, in a variety of forms, way back at the start of the twentieth century. In 1956 renowned engineer Fabio Taglioni set Ducati off along the desmodromic path: the first bike to feature the solution was the Grand Prix 125, which had three overhead camshafts, driven by a vertical shaft and a bevel gear. From that point on desmodromic history became a Ducati exclusive and in 1968 the company started producing this timing system as standard with the Mark 3 Desmo 350. This milestone of a motorcycle essentially had the same timing system as current 2-valve twin cylinder engines like the one on the Ducati Scrambler, clear evidence of the concept’s soundness. Used on all Ducati models, the system is also employed on Ducati Corse’s Superbikes and Desmosedici MotoGP bikes.

Dedicated chassis set-up


The Ducati Scrambler 1100 features an all-new twin upper spar steel Trellis frame. As essential as the Ducati Scrambler itself, this engine-hugging frame is completed by a rear aluminium subframe. Thanks to a steering head angle of 24.5° and a 110 mm offset on the fork yokes, manoeuvrability is as outstanding in city traffic as it is on Alpine hairpins. Compared to the Scrambler 800, the aluminium fork yokes boast wider inter- fork clearance. Thanks to the wide handlebars, weaving your way through an urban obstacle course on the Scrambler is child’s play, while the 1,514 mm wheelbase  maximises stability at high speeds. Up-sizing of the bike has given the Scrambler 1100 a new riding position: compared to the 800 version, the seat-footpeg gap is wider and the handlebars are further forwards and lower.

The steel fuel tank, with that unmistakeable teardrop silhouette, can hold 15 litres. With an excellent frame and outstanding chassis geometry, the Ducati Scrambler 1100 makes for relaxed riding that is easy yet fun. Despite the beefed-up size and performance with respect to the 800 cm3  versions, the Scrambler 1100 remains user-friendly  and agile, a source of endless satisfaction on both city streets and the open road.


The Sport version of the Ducati Scrambler 1100 mounts Öhlins suspension (Kayaba on the Scrambler 1100 and Scrambler 1100 Special), with upside-down 45 mm forks and a rear  shock with adjustable spring preload and rebound damping. 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.

Wheels and tyres

The Scrambler 1100 comes with all-new aluminium machine-finished 10-spoke wheels – of evident flat-track origin – as standard. The design is a throwback to the days of thin, criss-crossed spokes inserted in the hub. The 3.5″ x 18″ front wheel and the rear 5.5″ x 17″” one have been designed to be light. They mount an enduro-type Pirelli  MT60 RS 120/80 ZR18 tyre at the front and  the 180/55 ZR17 at the rear. Pirelli has designed the front tyre specially for the Ducati Scrambler

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  1. JPJ says:

    New 1100 Scrambler w/86 HP ? 2011-2013 Monster 1100EVO 100 HP. Where’s the improvement? I’ll agree with other comments, 2 valve desmo, air cooled, makes a great motor. Valve adjustment is not a big deal. Gaining access is most of the work. If your dealer is not willing to give a quote for a belt replacement, valve adjustment. Seek another dealer for maintenance. MotoOhio in Columbus, Ohio is very reasonable for this service. I have done the valves myself but not the belt change.

  2. Grover says:

    Test rode the 800 Scrambler and never thought it needed more power. Snatchy throttle response was the fly in the ointment. Off-road it would be a pain to ride smoothly and I do take DP bikes and Scramblers off road. Also, that speedometer is way overstyled. Stupid looking at best.

  3. Lenz says:

    An air cooled 2 valve motor and 150mm of suspension travel – wow what a “small s scrambler” this really is.

  4. Jeremy in TX says:

    Something about the design/proportions seems to be a little off compared to the 800cc variant. This bike just doesn’t seem to be as visually appealing as its smaller sibling. I dunno.

    This engine isn’t offering a huge bump in power, at least on paper. I almost have to wonder what the point of this exercise was.

    • Provologna says:

      Something about this bike struck me, though I did not know what. You nailed it above, both items.

  5. Hot Dog says:

    Sensory overload. I have information constipation. I just want to ride a bike, not hump Hal.

  6. Frank says:

    Great looking bikes! Thanks Ducati. These should make great street rides.

    • Joe from Canada says:

      I look Ducati, even owned one, but the beauty is definitely in the eyes of the beholder. To my eyes, they look ugly. The tank shape, oil cables in the front of engine? The only decent view is the last picture taken from the rear and left side.

      I’m going to have nightmares..

  7. skortch says:

    The Pantah engine lives on! At least I think it does…

    Cool bike. I was just wistfully messaging with my friend online this morning about the simplicity of the 2-valve Ducks in this age of v-4s and testastrettas. Then this bike showed up.

    I’d be very tempted to pick one up but might just wait until the desert sled version with extra suspension travel (useful in the mountain West). Too bad it wasn’t released at the same time.

    A small aftermarket fairing in front and a small rack in the back would make for a pretty ideal bike. Gas tank is fairly small but these engines tend to get very good mpg.

  8. Neal says:

    Why does the brake line stick out like that? They include it in the press photos like its a design element.

  9. randy says:

    Now we’re getting somewhere! Can the riding modes and I can see myself in the showroom! As usual, I’ll complain about the small tank. I put a 6 gal tank on my 1100 Hyper. It’s my go to bike, LOVE IT! What’s with the 18″ front wheel? It’s kinda nice to have the same size tires on all the bikes in the garage. I wonder how often those will go on sale?

  10. Rokster says:

    The naked choices are getting harder and harder. RNineT, XSR, Bonnie, Z900RS and now this beauty.. what to do, what to do!

  11. thrus says:

    Are we sure those are exhaust? The layout would be perfect for rocket boosters, or jet turbines.

    • Brian says:

      I don’t mind ’em that much (looks-wise, anyway), but I thought that trend died out around 2008 or so.

  12. Neil says:

    Rode the Supersport recently and that had PLENTY of power for the street. I was on 45 mph roads and never needed more than 3rd gear. There is a fair amount of vibration mid throttle which reminds me of Harleys. Big twin pistons. But the ride is great on these Ducs. I also have ridden the Scrambler and it was a hoot. My brother adjusts his own valves and belts on his 07 1100 air cooled. But the new motors can go 18,000 miles so that’s very good news.

  13. Endurorider says:

    Bellissimo ! Good job Ducati!

    WSHart, I never worked on a Duc, but on most other brands checking valve clearances isn’t very difficult. Agree with you on the tube issue though.

  14. Max says:

    That Sport is a looker. Needs a front brake line that fits it, but besides that it tickles me in all the right places.

  15. VaFish says:

    “Big Jump In Performance”????

    Really, the 800 Scrambler weighs 375 lbs makes 75 HP and 50 LB/Ft of torque. From what I can find (notice the article and very few press releases mention the weight) the new 1100 Scramber weights 465 lbs in the Special variation, makes only 86 HP and 65 LB/Ft of Torque. That extra weight wipes out the power gain and performance between the two should be about the same.

    Now the new 1260 Multistrada weighs about 30 lbs more than the 1100 Scrambler Special but it makes 158 HP and 95 LB/Ft of torque. That is a performance increase.

    • Mick says:

      Ducati claims a wet weight of 410 pounds for the 800. The claimed dry (lie) weight is 375.

      I find it amazing that Ducati somehow made the same bike weigh 55 pounds more by putting an air cooled engine in it. That just doesn’t make any sense.

      The big jump in performance would be when you gas it at about 4000 RPM. The 800 makes about 40 LB/FT @ 4000 RPM while the 1100 makes about 60 LB/FT at 4000 RPM. Performance isn’t all about what you CAN get out of the bike. But what you WILL get out of the bike on a day in and day out basis.

      • todd says:

        It’s not that simple. I doubt the bikes have the same gearing so, if you are gassing it at 4000 rpm on the 1100, you’d be at 5000 or so rpm on the 800 at the same speed. That 25% added torque leverage almost entirely negates the 30% torque deficit at the crank.

    • Selecter says:

      Interesting you choose to quote the dry (no fuel or oil) weight of the very base 800 Scrambler, but the fully-fueled curb weight of the 1100 with additional accessories over the base model. As for power-to-weight, one would have to wait and see what the 1100 turns a dyno at. We do know that the Scrambler Icon will do 66-70HP at the wheel, depending on how ‘happy’ the dyno is. Ducati’s power ratings have always been all over the damn board – some are grossly overrated, and some are way underrated. It’s like there’s no consistency to their testing regimen. So, before one makes the power-to-weight judgment, independent testers will need to have the bikes in-hand.

      The base 1100 Scrambler is supposed to weigh 454 lbs. wet… 1.1 times the wet weight of the 410-lb. Scrambler Icon. In order to make the bike itself have an even power-to-weight ratio as the Icon, it will need 77WHP. However, if you add a rider that’s 175 lbs. in gear, every HP the bigger engine maintains will manifest itself in a more positive light. And I’d guess that the peak HP numbers aren’t what Ducati was chasing here, but a whole lot more between 3000 and 6000rpm than the 800 could ever muster. Toss a passenger on both, and the difference would be stark…

  16. Kagato says:

    Beautiful bikes! : – )~

  17. SmokinRZ says:

    I had a 96 900SP and adjusting the valves was no more difficult than shim under bucket. Maybe even easier.

    • Dave says:

      The number of riders who perform this kind of maintenance themselves is extremely tiny. For the vast majority, it’s a question of how often is the interval, and how much does it cost. I think this is part of the reason why there are usually a number of used Ducatis on the market, near their 1st valve inspection/adjustment interval, at any given time.

    • skortch says:

      I would agree with you. The 2-valve Ducati’s are very good in this regard.

      I recently checked the valves (and replaced 2 shims) on my SV1000S. Had to remove the front fairing, drain and remove the radiator, and remove the gas tank. The shims themselves were relatively easy to replace due to the hybrid gear-driven cams – no chain to worry about.

      I watched my friend check the valves in his ’97 900SS, with a 2-valve engine very similar to this new Scrambler 1100. No radiator to drain and a relatively straightforward process. I’d say much less work than on my bike, though the valve intervals on his Duck are a bit shorter (but tend to not go out of spec).

  18. Mick says:

    Ducati two valvers are not that difficult to adjust. Complaining will always be easier. But they are not that bad. The cam belts are more expensive than they really should be.

    I will always consider the injected Ducati two valve to be one of motorcycling’s great engines. If I ever have a mid life crisis. I’ll be the old guy on an air cooled NCR. I already have the required kitchen pass.

  19. arbuz says:

    you seem to offer essentially the same negative comment, on both of the Ducati announcements, in 2 separate threads.

    Your dislike for Ducati valve maintenance costs, could be expressed in one sentence, without mastication, and without poisoning the announcement for other readers, who cannot have you blocked.

    • WSHart says:

      If you no longer have to remove the rear wheel and swingarm to get at the top cylinder’s valves (and this one looks like you’d have to remove the exhaust too), then perhaps you are correct.

      Your love for paying through the nose is indicative of a fool. Breeding shows, but inbreeding screams. Ducatis are nice but expensive to maintain. Only an inbred would not know this. “witout mastication”? Talk about failure. The truth is that Ducatis are ridiculously expensive to maintain. The truth isn’t “poison” to any save craven fools that spew canards against it.

      Ducatis are great, if you can afford to own one. Better to know ahead of time or are you a Duc salesman?

  20. WSHart says:

    Desmo must be Greek for expensive because the maintenance costs on any Desmo motor are ridiculous. Adding insult to injury, one of these scoots has tubes in the wheels and you have a recipe for flatting in the middle of nowhere.

    WTF is so difficult about fitting tubeless on a bike? WTF is so dam hard about making a Desmo system that doesn’t brake the owner’s bank every time a stinking valve check (God forbid an adjust) is required?

    And WTF is with putting such a freakin’ small gas tank on an 1100 class bike? Maybe it’s cuz you don’t want to ride it too far too soon because you don’t want to pay the “Desmo Penalty”?

    Nice bikes with one of them being behind the times with tubes and both of ’em behind the 8-ball with service requirements.


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