Scrambler Sixty2 - More Affordable Riding and More Fun

NOV 17, 2015 - Since its introduction, Italian motorcycle manufacturer Ducati has enjoyed as much attention for its Scrambler from the press as it has from riders.

It’s a popular belief that much of Ducati’s sales success came from this lively model with many of the motorcycle press speculating the Scrambler line would be expanded with the new 2016 model.

These media questions were answered when the Ducati World Première 2016 was streamed live all around the globe on Monday. It’s fair to say it was a solid, confident Ducati which appeared at the event in Milan, buoyed by the just-achieved target of 50,000 bike sales and brimming with new products, innovative technology and plans for the future.

Titled ‘More than Red: Black, Wild and Pop’ the Ducati World Première 2016 streamed live around the world and was reportedly viewed by followed by thousands of people. In a way, it was the event that kicked off the 73rd edition of the International Motorcycle Show to be held at the Milan-Rho trade fair from November 19th to 22nd.

The Ducati World Première 2016 showcased several new bikes: two new Ducati Scramblers, the Flat Track Pro version and the all-new Sixty2; the new Hypermotard 939, Hypermotard 939 SP and Hyperstrada 939 family; the new Panigale 959; the Multistrada 1200 Pikes Peak; the new Multistrada 1200 Enduro and the eagerly awaited XDiavel.

“In total we have 7 new bikes at EICMA 2015. These, together with the Monster 1200 R, already presented at Frankfurt, and a new Ducati Scrambler version developed jointly with Italian Independent to be presented at the end of the year, bring the number of new Ducati bikes for 2016 to nine,” Claudio Domenicali, CEO of Ducati Motor Holding said during the presentation press conference.

This article focuses on the latest version of the Scrambler, called the Sixty2.

Ducati's 2016 Scrambler Sixty2 - Source Ducati Motor Holdings

The presentation’s title, ‘More than Red: Black, Wild and Pop’ referred to different models being released for the 2016 line-up. The ‘Pop’ segment is the third of the ‘new worlds’ Ducati is riding into with its new 2016 bikes.

Ducati is positioning the Scrambler Sixty2 as an inexpensive entry into the riding world offering an affordable bike that's easy to handle and has low running costs. The Sixty2 is a Ducati Scrambler that draws its inspiration from youth street culture, skateboards, street food, pop music and, above all, the pop art that, back in 1962. For those with an attention to details, the clever naming will be noticed and it gives a nod to the year the very first Ducati Scrambler was launched.

The Ducati Scrambler mix of tradition and modernity, gets closer to times of past with a smaller and simpler 399 cc engine that Ducati guarantees is tons of fun. Wide handlebars and a long seat ensure a comfortable, relaxed riding position while the new 160/60 x 17" rear tire which features a slightly chunky surface pattern ensure great handling.

The powerhouse is an L-Twin cylinder, Desmodromic distribution, 2 valves per cylinder, air-cooled engine with the other notable visual differences between the Sixty2 would be the exhaust system with single stainless steel muffler and black aluminum tail pipe cover.

With Ducati mastering its marketing skills, they are comparing the Sixty2 as a true ‘people's’ Ducati Scrambler, which they consider already as a ‘pop icon’. With the Sixty2, the highly expressive Ducati Scrambler design takes on a fresh look thanks to a slimline steel tank with dedicated graphics and logos. If this isn’t enough to make the new model distinctive, the three exclusive colors certainly will.

Ducati's 2016 Scrambler Sixty2 - Source Ducati Motor Holdings

The three new colors of Atomic Tangerine, Ocean Grey and Shining Black are already making their way into the marketing pictures as well as onto accessories such as helmets.

Other features found in the Scrambler Sixty2 LED technology in the front and rear lights as well as simple but effective LCD instrumentation with interchangeable surround for customization.

Along with the Flat Track Pro model, the Scrambler line-up totals six models with the Sixty2 being regarding engine size when compared to the others.

It will be interesting to follow the success of Ducati’s Scrambler line in 2016 and see if it enjoys the impressive sales it did in 2015.

Ducati's 2016 Scrambler Sixty2 - Source Ducati Motor Holdings

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