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Ducati Sixty2 Scrambler

22nd November 2015

 

400cc | 90-degree twin | 42bhp | ABS  | A2

 

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Ducati Sixty2 Scrambler

The first Ducati Scrambler was launched in 1962. That's what Ducati reckons. So the firm decided to call this new (nominally) 400cc model the "Sixty2".

 

What makes this mo'sickle very interesting is (a) the cubic capacity at just 400cc, and (b), the daring colours which we think are knockout (but perhaps less so for the lemon curd version). This Duke is yet another bike that's just been revealed at the EICMA Show.

 

The 399cc, 72mm x 49mm, OHV 90-degree air-cooled twin has just two valves per cylinder and is said to be good for 42bhp. So by modern standards, the basic engine architecture is pretty low-tech.

 

Power is a claimed 41hp at 8,750rpm with 25.3lb-ft (34.3 Nm) at 7,750 rpm. Those are respectable enough numbers, but check again the bore and stroke. A 72mm bore on a lowly 49mm stroke makes for a very short stroke leading perhaps to a very peppy engine.

 

The front fork is a 41mm Showa set-up. The rear shock is from Kayaba and is adjustable only for pre-load.

 

Ducati Scramblerfor 2016The weight is a claimed 403 lbs (183kgs), which (again by modern standards) isn't exactly disgraceful; but for a 400cc motorcycles, it's nothing to brag about down at the pub.

 

The Sixty2 is equipped with a single 320mm front disc (two piston caliper).

There's a single 245mm rear disc (single piston caliper). And stopping is underpinned by a dual-channel Bosch 9 MP ABS system. Wheels are 10-spoke cast aluminium.

 

The Sixty2 complies with the (clunky) European A2-class driving license rules which restricts a bike to 35kW/47hp. It's a first for Ducati.
 

Clearly, the biggest sales factor for the Sixty2 is its looks, which we like. And we're won't be alone. Prices are not confirmed, but the figure 6,500 has been mooted.

 

 

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