First Look: 2018 Ducati Scrambler 1100 Preview

Kevin Duke
by Kevin Duke

The Scrambler line gets a more powerful big brother

We here at MO often cite a “more is more” attitude, so perhaps we should’ve seen this coming: a new Ducati Scrambler fitted with a large 1079cc air-cooled Desmodue V-Twin that’s been retooled from the old Monster 1100. And not only is the engine bigger than the 803cc mill in the earlier Scramblers, but so is its new trellis frame, which opens up the riding position to better suit larger riders. And joining the standard version will be a Scrambler 1100 Special (“which draws its inspiration from the custom world”) and the Scrambler 1100 Sport, which is equipped with Öhlins suspension.

“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 Scrambler stands for,” boasts a Ducati media release. “A beefier bike with a bigger engine and an even better set of standard equipment that lets riders upgrade without leaving the Scrambler family.”

In addition to the larger 1079cc motor (with only a mild 86 claimed ponies) and new chassis, the Scrambler 1100s also receive higher-level brake and suspension components, plus new switchgear and Bosch 9.1 MP Cornering ABS. Four-level traction control is also standard equipment across the 1100 line. Its wet weight is claimed to be 454 pounds; 465 for the Special.

Up front is a fully adjustable 45mm inverted fork from Kayaba (Öhlins on the Sport version), with a pair of radial-mount 4-piston Brembo M4.32B monobloc calipers biting on 320mm discs. New wheels with machine-finished spokes carry enduro-type Pirelli MT60RS tires, with a 120/80-ZR18 on the front specially designed for use on the Scrambler.

In the middle, underneath the funky fuel tank with the removable aluminum side panels, is a clean-appearing air-cooled desmodue V-Twin featuring machined cooling-fins and cam-belt covers to provide visual highlights. Airbox covers are nice bits of aluminum. Power delivery is adjustable via three modes: Active, with all 86 of the horses, a direct throttle connection and a sporty traction-control level; Journey, also with full power but softer responses; and City, which drops horsepower to 75 and dials up TC intervention.

Much thought went into the design of the Scrambler 1100’s seating accommodations, with each version getting its own uniquely contoured saddle, but all of them feature an embroidered Ducati logo at the rear. Ducati says the seats are “more generously shaped than its Scrambler 800 counterpart.” Underneath is an aluminum subframe with machine-finished trim. Ducati says the seat-footpeg distance is increased over the 800 Scrambler, and the handlebar ends are further forwards and lower. A USB socket resides under the seat for recharging mobile devices.

At the rear is a direct-acting shock with spring preload and rebound damping adjustments. The 1100 Sport, again, features a fully adjustable Öhlins damper but also lacks compression-damping adjustability. A 180/55-ZR17 Pirelli gets the Scrambler’s power to the ground and nearly 6 inches of wheel travel is provided at each end.

The face of the Scrambler 1100 is graced by a new round headlight that would harken back to earlier times but for the distinctive X pattern over it and a bright LED ring around its rim that acts as a Daytime Running Light. Primary lighting comes from a “Blue Vision” bulb, which emits a white hue to match the LED DRL. The LED taillight makes use of a technology said to be unique in motorcycling, with a “softening” effect which is produced by using a dulled diffuser cover.

The Scrambler 1100’s instrument panel now includes a secondary element to the Scrambler 800’s round dial. The round section displays fuel level, riding mode and the TC level, along with dual tripmeters, miles of fuel remaining and air temperature. The new oval element has a speedo and can display information from the Ducati Multimedia System, available as an accessory when the Bluetooth module is fitted.

Further information about the new Scrambler 1100 series follows. Features listed for the base model are also equipped on the higher-end Special and Sport version. Pricing is not yet available.

Ducati Scrambler 1100

Colors: “’62 Yellow” or “Shining Black” with black frame and black seat
  • Steel teardrop fuel tank with interchangeable aluminum side panels
  • Low 31.9 inch seat height
  • Wide handlebars for light steering and a more relaxed riding position
  • Round headlight with glass lens and LED DRL ring
  • Diffused LED tail light
  • Dual-element LCD instrument panel
  • 1079cc air-cooled Desmodue V-twin engine
  • Machine-finished aluminum belt covers
  • Twin spar steel trellis frame with aluminum subframe
  • Double sided swingarm
  • 10-spoke wheels in light alloy, 18 inch at the front and 17 inch at the rear
  • Enduro-styled Pirelli tires optimised for the Ducati Scrambler
  • Bosch Cornering ABS
  • Traction Control
  • 3 Riding Modes (Active, Journey and City)

Ducati Scrambler 1100 Special

Colors: “Custom Grey” with black frame and black spoked wheels
  • Low, tapered handlebars
  • Adjustable fork and shock
  • Aluminum front/rear mudguard
  • Dedicated seat shape
  • Chrome exhaust pipes
  • Gold-anodized fork tubes

Ducati Scrambler 1100 Sport

Colors: “Viper Black” with yellow tank sides and dual yellow striping down the middle of the tank and mudguards, with black frame and wheels
  • Low, tapered aluminum handlebars
  • Dedicated seat shape
  • Adjustable Öhlins fork and Öhlins shock

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2018 Ducati Scrambler 1100 Specifications

Engine TypeL-Twin, Desmodromic distribution, 2 valves per cylinder, air cooled
Displacement1,079 cc
Bore x Stroke98 x 71 mm
Compression Ratio11:1
Power63 kW (86 hp) @ 7,500 rpm (claimed)
Torque65 lb-ft (88 Nm) @ 4,750 rpm (claimed)
Fuel InjectionElectronic fuel injection, Ø55 mm throttle body with full Ride by Wire (RbW)
Exhaust2-1-2 system with catalytic converter and 2 lambda probes, twin stainless steel muffler with aluminum covers and end caps
Emissions StandardEuro 4
Gearbox6 speed
Gear Ratios1=37/15 2=30/17 3=28/20 4=26/22 5=24/23 6=23/24
Primary DriveStraight cut gears; Ratio 1.85:1
Final DriveChain; Front sprocket 15; Rear sprocket 39
ClutchLight action, wet, multiplate clutch with hydraulic control. Self-servo action on drive, slipper action on over-run
FrameTubular steel Trellis frame
Front SuspensionMarzocchi fully adjustable Ø45 mm usd fork Marzocchi fully adjustable Ø45 mm usd fork (Special) Öhlins fully adjustable Ø48 mm usd fork (Sport)
Front Wheel Travel150 mm (5.9 in)
Front Wheel10-spoke in light alloy, 3.50″ x 18″ Spoked aluminum wheel, 3.50″ x 18″ (Special) 10-spoke in light alloy, 3.50″ x 18″ (Sport)
Front TirePirelli MT 60 RS 120/80 ZR18
Rear SuspensionKayaba monoshock, pre-load and rebound adjustable Kayaba monoshock, pre-load and rebound adjustable (Special) Öhlins monoshock, pre-load and rebound adjustable (Sport)
Rear Wheel Travel150 mm (5.9 in)
Rear Wheel10-spoke in light alloy, 5.50″ x 17″ Spoked aluminum wheel, 5.50″ x 17″ (Special) 10-spoke in light alloy, 5.50″ x 17″ (Sport)
Front TirePirelli MT 60 RS 180/55 ZR17
Front Brake2 x 320 mm semi-floating discs, radially mounted Brembo Monobloc M4.32 callipers, 4-piston, axial pump with Bosch Cornering ABS as standard equipment
Rear Brake245 mm disc, 1-piston floating calliper with Bosch Cornering ABS as standard equipment
Wheelbase1,514 mm (59.6 in)
Trail111 mm (4.4 in)
Total steering lock34° 34° (Special) 33° (Sport)
Fuel Tank Capacity3.96 US gal
Dry weight417 lb 428 lb (Special) 417 lb (Sport)
Wet weight454 lb 465 lb (Special) 454 lb (Sport)
Seat height810 mm (31.9 in)
Max height52.4 in 50.7 in (Special) 50.7 in (Sport)
Max Width35.2 in 36.2 in (Special) 36.2 in (Sport)
Max Length86.0 in
Number of seatsDual seat
Standard equipmentRiding Modes, Power Modes, Ducati Safety Pack (Cornering ABS + DTC), RbW, LED light-guide, LED rear light with diffusion-light, LCD instruments with gear and fuel level indications, Steel tank with interchangeable aluminum side panels, Machine-finished aluminum belt covers, Under-seat storage compartment with USB socket
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  • Spiff Spiff on Nov 11, 2017

    A Ducati cruiser. Bring on the Fat Bob, Bonneville, etc.

    Now that Harley has updated their Soft Tails it is an open game. The new Harleys look like a Japanese version of what the next Harley should look like. I can't see a new generation of riders having the same lust and commitment to the new Harleys. Now the competition is offering cool bikes that are not HD clones. Lots of cool options.

    • Born to Ride Born to Ride on Nov 16, 2017

      The funny thing is that I have always thought the Diavel would have been a much better bike all around with the 1100EVO engine and a 200mm rear tire, and now that Ducati has brought a bike that functionally takes up that mantle, I am not drawn to it.

  • DucatiDave DucatiDave on Nov 14, 2017

    WTF is up with that front brake line??? Horrible looking Ducati, never thought I would write that!

    • Born to Ride Born to Ride on Nov 28, 2017

      All the scramblers except the Cafe Racer have that stupid loop for the brake line. No idea why.