Just announced at EICMA 2016 is the 2017 Ducati Scrambler Cafe Racer, Bologna’s interpretation of the genre created by the British. Unlike the original Scrambler, the Cafe Racer is all about pavement pounding and racing from one coffee shop to the next, just as the Ton Up Boys would have done 50 years ago. With that in mind, the Cafe Racer ditches the 18-inch front wheel of its other Scrambler cousins and replaces it with a 17-inch hoop to match the rear. The Pirelli Scorpion tires are also tossed in favor of the road-oriented Diablo Rosso II – a 120/70-17 sits up front, and a 180/55-17 in the rear – for proper corner-carving abilities.

When you need to get to the coffee shop in a hurry, the Ducati Scrambler Cafe Racer is your steed.

When you need to get to the coffee shop in a hurry, the Ducati Scrambler Cafe Racer is your steed.

Power is sourced from the air/oil-cooled 803cc V-Twin of the standard Scrambler Icon (not the Sixty2), and to complement the “Black Coffee” color scheme of the bike, engine covers are blacked out and the cylinder cooling fins are polished. Termignoni supplies the dual-outlet exhaust with black anodized cover, again to support the dark theme. Ducati tweaked the engine some to meet Euro 4 requirements, and revised the EFI settings to help smooth the on/off power delivery issues at the bottom of the rev range many, including us, had complained about.

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As the sportiest iteration of the Scrambler family, the Cafe Racer needs to stop as well as it goes. The 330mm single disc remains, but is now mated to a Brembo M4-32 caliper with a radial master cylinder feeding the fluid. Bosch ABS comes standard. Suspension components are borrowed from the standard Scrambler Icon, meaning a non-adjustable 41mm Kayaba fork, though the Cafe Racer gets black anodized stanchions. The Kayaba shock comes with just preload adjustability. Ducati lists rake and trail at 21.8º and 3.7 inches, respectively, compared to 24º and 4.4 inches for the standard Icon model. This should make the Cafe Racer a much more adept canyon carver.

The 803cc air/oil-cooled V-Twin is now Euro 4 compliant and is said to have better fueling. Special to the Cafe Racer is the blacked out treatment with polished cooling fins.

The 803cc air/oil-cooled V-Twin is now Euro 4 compliant and is said to have better fueling. Special to the Cafe Racer is the blacked out treatment with polished cooling fins.

Other changes include a stylized seat specifically for the Cafe Racer with a cowl to cover up the passenger section for a solo-seat appearance. Aluminum clip-on bars replace the tapered handlebars on the other Scrambler models, putting the rider in a sportier position. Bar-end mirrors help complete the cafe racer look, as does a tiny stylized fairing around the headlight and number plates on both sides with the number 54 – a tribute to Bruno Spaggiari, who in 1968 raced in the Mototemporada Romagnola aboard a Ducati whose engine was based on the 350cc Single in the original Ducati Scrambler.

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Pricing for the Ducati Scrambler Cafe Racer is set at $11,395.

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  • Old MOron

    Hmm, I’ve been eagerly anticipating the 701 Vitpilen, but this thing looks similarly cool.

  • Jeff Keene

    This is the model in the Scrambler line up for which I have been waiting. I could see this being a really fun second bike for mountain road faffery.

  • Ian Parkes

    A cafe racer/scrambler?? Sounds all wrong but it is pretty.

  • Jens Vik

    Scrambler Cafe racer? What a stupid name. With this Ducati has failed to make both scrambler and cafe racer. Next one is Ducati Scrambler Bobber?
    I wish they would come with a proper scrambler with high mounted exhaust as a start!

    That rear license plate holder hurts my eyes.

    • Born to Ride

      Sorry dude, the original Ducati Scramblers did not come with high pipes. As a matter of fact, I think that most of the old scramblers were often converted to high pipes aftermarket. I know Triumph has been making their Scrambler with high pipes since the advent of the neo-retro fad, but you can’t just say that a bike can’t be a “proper scrambler” without a factory high pipe. It is a pet peeve of mine.

      However, the nomenclature is indeed retarded. But Ducati is trying to set these bikes apart from their normal line-up and “Scrambler” was the branding that they decided on. I hate it too, but I will just treat it like I do their advertising for the bikes. With complete neglect.


      • Jens Vik

        Well, of course most of the scrambler was converted to high pipes aftermarket. There were no dirt bikes available when this started. All scramblers were custom made, until the factories saw the interest.

        Honda, Triumph and BSA all made factory scramblers with high pipes.
        I WILL still say that it is not a proper scrambler without high pipes 🙂

        I also think it should be a law against factory fitted numbers on bikes!

  • Andrew Capone

    For Ducati, ‘Scrambler’ is the brand name for the entire line, rather than a model. The ‘Full Throttle,’ ‘Classic’ and other iterations are the models. I think it’s a mis-step…people will say they ride a Ducati Scrambler, not a Scrambler Cafe Racer by Ducati. Semantics and branding and merchandise, oh my.

    • Frank Lord

      Yah, almost 30,000 Scrambler units sold in the past two years, that’s a real misstep alright. :eyeroll:

      • Andrew Capone

        The bike is doing well in the market, rightly so. But ask an owner what they ride, and they will likely say ‘Ducati’ or ‘A Ducati Scrambler, not a ‘Scrambler.’ Which can be a ’70’s Honda CL. And then there is the Scrambler Cafe Racer.

    • Born to Ride

      Yeah the nomenclature is just silly. The bikes however, are not. I wish this bike got adjustable suspension like the desert sled though. The price point should’ve allowed for an upgrade on that front.