2018 Ducati Scrambler 1100

First Look

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.


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. A 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.

Ducati Scrambler 1100 Special

Taking its cue from customisation, the Scrambler 1100 Special has a decidedly “modern classic” feel thanks to blackspoked 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.




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