Just as Ducati’s original single-cylinder Scrambler series (1962–’74) evolved in size and performance, so too has the current range, which for 2019 comprises 10 models of varying engine sizes, styling treatments, and performance goals. Ducati has reportedly sold more than 55,000 Scramblers worldwide, significantly boosting the Italian manufacturer’s bottom line while also exposing the iconic brand to many new riders. In the case of the first-generation Scrambler Icon, powerful heritage couldn’t overcome a hard seat, down-market headlight, and rough edges. Ducati took these concerns to heart, fitting a flatter and slightly lower seat with better foam for a comfier place to spend several hours at a stretch.
The two-valve-per-cylinder V-twin is now home to a dual-injector 50mm throttle body, revised-grind camshaft with 11 degrees of overlap, and a Termignoni 2-into-1 exhaust. Result is enhanced throttle response and improved low-end torque so the Scrambler Icon moves with purpose when nudged. An LED headlight, taillight, and turn signals, plus a hydraulic clutch, new handlebar switch gear, and many subtle styling updates—black engine paint and polished cylinder finning complement black 10-spoke cast wheels with machined accents—more than justify the $400 bump in MSRP.
Likes: Reshaped saddle noticeably more comfortable; eye-catching colors
Dislikes: Longer engine service intervals and more suspension adjustments, please
Verdict: A sporty-handling, classically styled Ducati that stickers for less than $10K
2019 Ducati Scrambler Icon Reviews And Comparisons
“Ducati refers to ownership of a Scrambler as the ‘Land of Joy’ and the 2019 Icon is touted as a ‘joyvolution,’” Senior Editor Justin Dawes wrote. “Okay, Ducati marketeers, take it easy. Let’s not jump the shark with catchphrases and brand promises. Let the motorcycle do the talking. Because it does.”
2019 Ducati Scrambler Icon Competition
The “scrambler” segment is rooted in the fundamental motorcycle experience: two wheels and an engine, anywhere, anytime, on any road—paved or otherwise. While Ducati has a variety of current models with engine displacements ranging from 399cc to 1,079cc, other manufacturers, especially fellow European brands, are likewise committed to back-to-basics riding.
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2019 Ducati Scrambler Icon Specifications And Pricing
For 2019, the Scrambler Icon is available in ’62 Yellow or, for a $200 premium, Atomic Tangerine. Accessories include a shorter saddle, which reduces seat height from the standard 31.4 inches to 30.6 inches to better suit inseam-challenged riders. Bonus: Dual-channel Bosch cornering antilock braking is now standard.
Manufacturer Claimed Specifications
|Engine||Air-cooled, SOHC, V-twin|
|Bore x Stroke||88.0mm x 66.0mm|
|Horsepower||73.0 hp @ 8,250 rpm|
|Torque||49.0 lb.-ft. @ 5,750 rpm|
|Seat Height||31.4 in.|
|Front Suspension||41mm; 5.9-in. travel|
|Rear Suspension||Preload adjustable; 5.9-in. travel|
|Fuel Capacity||3.5 gal.|
|Claimed Wet Weight||417 lb.|
Cycle World Tested Specifications
|Braking 30–0 mph||N/A|
|Braking 60–0 mph||N/A|