Top 10 New Motorcycles To Watch For At EICMA

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Ducati Scrambler

Photo from Insella.it

Photo from Insella.it

A cast aluminum rear wheel and a front spoke wheel, beefy, inverted fork tubes, a steel trellis frame, an aluminum swingarm and an under-engine exhaust; this spy photo of Ducati’s forthcoming Scrambler model leaves a lot of questions unanswered. Is it an underperforming throwback to Ducati’s Scrambler models from the ’60s or will it be a modern-day iteration with contemporary performance?

The engine is certainly of the air-cooled variety, but whether its displacement is 803cc or 1078cc remains to be revealed. The first half of the exhaust plumbing certainly resembles that of the 1100EVO Monster. Then there’s that modern, sharp, Streetfighter-ish headlight and not a more traditionally round light. The fuel tank appears appropriately narrow, joining to a one-piece rider/passenger seat. Chromed handlebars seem to have a steep rise, reminiscent of the original model.

But what we’ll see at EICMA is anybody’s guess because, unlike a lot of spy photos of unconfirmed, camouflaged models, Ducati went to lengths to keep us guessing until the company’s ready for the Scrambler to break cover. We can only hope that Ducati is able to equally blend is heritage into a modern Scrambler model while keeping the price reasonable to compete with the likes of Triumph’s Scrambler and Thruxton models that both retail for $9099 in 2014.

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23 Comments

  1. ZackeryWilliamsPoptart
    Posted October 29, 2013 at 6:19 am | Permalink

    That Bike is Ugly as Hell!

  2. ZackeryWilliamsPoptart
    Posted October 29, 2013 at 6:21 am | Permalink

    Not Bad Honda But The Handlebars NG!

  3. Keith Lamb
    Posted October 29, 2013 at 8:07 am | Permalink

    Meh, it’s no surprise that Honda is coming out with a handful of bikes, but the CTX1300 is probably the least interesting of them to me.

    • Adam
      Posted October 31, 2013 at 3:20 pm | Permalink

      I find it interesting because I vomit a little bit every time I see it.

  4. selarsson
    Posted October 29, 2013 at 8:18 am | Permalink

    The turismo veloce is the only one worth mentioning.

    • ripdaddy KC
      Posted November 2, 2013 at 11:51 pm | Permalink

      I agree. The others put me to sleep.

  5. allworld
    Posted October 29, 2013 at 2:24 pm | Permalink

    I look forward to 11-6.

  6. Kevin
    Posted October 29, 2013 at 4:19 pm | Permalink

    The only one I’m looking forward to is the R 1200 RT, which isn’t even mentioned here

    • Kevin Duke
      Posted October 31, 2013 at 12:53 pm | Permalink

      That bike’s been known about for so long that it slipped our minds! Here’s details from back in April: http://blog.motorcycle.com/2013/04/17/videos/spy-video-provides-up-close-look-at-2014-bmw-r1200rtr1200gt/

      • Kevin
        Posted October 31, 2013 at 3:21 pm | Permalink

        Much of what I saw in the inner faring particularly the instrument cluster was too unfinished for production, which suggests to me that it may have been part of the camouflage. Additionally, the switch gear looks like a carryover from the current bike where I had heard that the new one would have multiple traction control and riding modes that would be controlled by the multi-controller as on the K16. So I’m still very excited to see what the production model will be like. As you point out we have been waiting of this bike for a long time and I personally have put off replacing my current bike waiting for it, in another week I may have a much better idea of what I’m going to do.

        • Kevin Duke
          Posted November 1, 2013 at 11:53 am | Permalink

          Yep, you can bet on K16-style switchgear and multi-controller, plus ride modes and TC. If its $18k-or-so price doesn’t frighten you, I’m quite sure it will be worth your wait!

          • Kevin
            Posted November 1, 2013 at 6:38 pm | Permalink

            In todays market $18K to 20K for a comfortable long distance touring bike with serious technology in place sounds like a bargain.

  7. DeadArmadillo
    Posted October 29, 2013 at 7:40 pm | Permalink

    The Honda is at least interesting. The others? Same ol’ Same ol’. Ducati and Veloce? Someone actually gives a rat’s rectum?

  8. Craig Hoffman
    Posted October 31, 2013 at 6:23 pm | Permalink

    The big CTX looks like a Motus beat to death with an ugly stick, and the Motus, while it is a very interesting bike, was never a good looking to begin with.
    That new KTM 390 looks like a barrel of laughs, a perfect tight canyon weapon and Streets of Willow track day toy. I would like it better if it was a 450 though.

  9. james lagnese
    Posted November 1, 2013 at 9:59 am | Permalink

    The water cooled RT should be there as well, but no mention here. As usual, stunad editors. The same ones that gave us bikes for tall people…cruisers. WTF?

  10. michaelfalke
    Posted November 1, 2013 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

    I was a teenager in the late 60′s early 70′s and those are the motorcycles that made my blood run hot, (still does). The motorcycles produced today are hideous. The sportbikes just look uncomfortable, I don’t have to ride them to know. The Cruisers look nice but I can take them or leave them. They don’t entice me into a show room. In 1969 you could buy a beautiful Honda CB350 for $750. It would take you across country if you wanted to go. It was easy to work on, and sexy to ride. And believe it or not was considered a BIG motorcycle. Today a 750 isn’t even taken seriously as a real bike. Times have truly changed and not for the better.

    • Kevin Duke
      Posted November 1, 2013 at 4:49 pm | Permalink

      I suggest not caring what others consider a “real bike.” A Ninja 300 would blow away the performance of a CB350.

      • michaelfalke
        Posted November 4, 2013 at 10:11 am | Permalink

        Speed is not what I was talking about. If that were the only criteria for purchasing a modern motorcycle then almost anything sold today above 250cc would quality. I am also talking about comfort, esthetics, all around practicality. Not to mention that in my opinion bikes of the 60′s and early 70′s just looked nicer. I’ve always loved the use of chrome on fenders, wide comfortable seats that included the passenger. Tail lights that looked like they belonged on the bike and not a space ship. Though impractical spoked wheels were elegant and there was nothing wrong with a simple analog gauge cluster to keep you informed.

    • selarsson
      Posted November 3, 2013 at 6:43 am | Permalink

      Nowadays you need 750 just to keep up with traffic. Cars are faster than they used to be and soccer moms have mad cow disease, drive minibus sized vans and kep cellphones stuck in their ears.

      • Keith Lamb
        Posted November 4, 2013 at 8:13 am | Permalink

        I just rode a 30 year old 450 on the freeway to work this morning and had no trouble passing everything else out there. If you need a 750 just to keep up with minivans, don’t blame the soccer moms.

        • michaelfalke
          Posted November 4, 2013 at 10:19 am | Permalink

          One of my most joyful experiences was as a young man having ridden only small motorcycles to that point, getting a chance to ride a friend’s Honda CL450 scrambler for a couple days while my Yamaha 180cc was in the shop. It was a gloriously powerful and fast machine had no problem keeping up with traffic. My 180 at the time would haul my 165 lb frame up to 90 without a problem but the CL450 could easily top a hundred. And who seriously needs to go that fast?

        • selarsson
          Posted November 4, 2013 at 2:47 pm | Permalink

          The top speed hasn’t changed, nor have the speed limits, so that isn’t the issue, but acceleration has. I’ve been riding the same bike for the past twelve years and I noticed that it’s a little harder now to pull away from the pack at the red light than it was twelve years ago. And yes, the bike pulls just as hard as it used to and I weight just the same. A 600 sport bike has no problem keeping up, but hop on top a 600 or 800 cruiser and will feel inadequate.

      • michaelfalke
        Posted November 4, 2013 at 10:15 am | Permalink

        I don’t find cars any faster today than I did when I was a kid. I do however find the enormity of pick up trucks to be most intimidating. Especially when driven by small women texting while they drive.

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