All hail the new 2023 Ducati Scrambler

After the Panigale, Streetfighter, and Diavel, Ducati has turned its sights on its venerable Scrambler. 

To kick off the International Motorcycle and Accessories Exhibition (EICMA) in Milan last night, Ducati has unveiled the latest updates to the Scrambler lineup for the 2023 model year, giving the brand-defining nameplate new tech, transmission, and revised chassis.

The entire second-generation Ducati Scrambler lineup – namely the Icon, Full Throttle, and Nightshift – receives a bevy of updates, with every model still powered by the 803cc, air- and oil-cooled Ducati Desmodromic L-twin engine. This motor makes 73hp at 8,250 rpm and 65.2Nm of torque at 7,000 rpm but gets a revised transmission now armed with a hydraulic slipper clutch.

Moreover, the new Ducati Scrambler is currently using a ride-by-wire throttle, which gives the bike two ride modes (Road and Wet) for the 2023 model year. Traction Control and Cornering ABS are now both standard features for the entire range. The Full Throttle variant, the sportiest of the three, comes with a standard quickshifter and Termignono exhaust. It’s also marked with the number 62 to commemorate 1962, the year the first Ducati Scrambler made its debut.

Completing the Scrambler’s tech is the new 4.3-inch TFT display that comes with Ducati’s smartphone-ready Multimedia system.

Design-wise, the Scrambler range receives a new steel tank that’s available in various colors, with overlays differing depending on the model. Accessories to match the colors and model will be available but of course, that depends on the market.

Meanwhile, the lighting has been updated to full LEDs, with the X-shaped DRL now standard on the lights and mirrored on different parts of the body as a major design element. My personal favorite, the Scrambler Nightshift, still gets the flat handlebar, along with the slew of classy and refined dark-colored details.

For Scrambler’s second iteration, Ducati revised the frame and swingarm. The rear suspension has also been changed to a monoshock. The whole rear subframe has also been converted into a bolt-on piece for flexibility in customization.

Of note, all three Scramblers come with an 18-inch wheel up front and 17 inchers at the back, both wrapped in Pirelli MT60 RS tires. Brembo disc brakes are standard, with the front disc measuring 330mm. The seat height is still a very approachable 795mm.

Ducati will be announcing its availability and pricing prior to the new Scrambler’s launch date in each country. Whether the Philippines will get the new version as early as the first half of 2023, that’s still unknown at this point but we sure do hope it does.

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