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Old 09-03-2015, 06:01 PM   #1
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Any of you own a Ducati Scrambler? If so, please provide some feedback on them. Kind of wanting something cheap and easy to goof around on.

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Don't own one, but used to sell them. They are not cheap. You can get an fz-09 for less...or an fz-07 for much less and still have an amazing, fun, cheap bike.
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Cool looking concept, but it comes with all of the typical Ducati baggage.
You'd do better with an FZ09 or a Speed Triple.
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As others have mentioned above. I traded in my 636 and could not be happier. Check the scramble forums for some feed back. It does get pretty toasty, not comfortable for some tall people, a few but rare QA issues and so on. I lucked out and got mine without having to order it.
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Old 09-05-2015, 03:58 PM   #5
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Scrambler is great. The 796 has tons of torque, no dry clutch and ultra reliable. No water cooling to get int he way of the sound. Looks are outstanding for the price. Pretty sure they are made in thailand now though

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but it comes with all of the typical Ducati baggage.
Doesn't come with any bags from ducati. The "FULL THROTTLE SIDE BAGS" are small and not lockable. If you need bags I would highly suggest GIVI.
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Scrambler is great. The 796 has tons of torque, no dry clutch and ultra reliable. No water cooling to get int he way of the sound. Looks are outstanding for the price. Pretty sure they are made in thailand now though



Doesn't come with any bags from ducati. The "FULL THROTTLE SIDE BAGS" are small and not lockable. If you need bags I would highly suggest GIVI.

You misunderstood, by "baggage" I meant higher maintenance costs, spotty parts availability, and imprecise fueling low rpm/partial throttle settings.

Don't get me wrong, I've owned multiple Ducatis, and had a love/hate relationship with most of the ones I've owned. That said, I doubt I'll own another one. Note, I didn't say "never".
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You misunderstood, by "baggage" I meant higher maintenance costs, spotty parts availability, and imprecise fueling low rpm/partial throttle settings.

Don't get me wrong, I've owned multiple Ducatis, and had a love/hate relationship with most of the ones I've owned. That said, I doubt I'll own another one. Note, I didn't say "never".
You misunderstood my passive aggressive response to your suggestion to get a pos FZ-09 and shot against Ducati.
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You misunderstood my passive aggressive response to your suggestion to get a pos FZ-09 and shot against Ducati.
The Yamaha is $500.00 less, has 40 hp more, has a common sized front tire, better brakes; dual disc as opposed to single, and at least in my opinion has better fit and finish.
Plus, if it's August and you need a part you won't be S.O.L. because Yamaha shut down for the month. The same cannot be said of Ducati.....
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It's apples to oranges really. If you're looking at the scrambler you aren't really looking at the FZ series. I considered it but I wanted something more retro so i cross shopped it with the motoguzzi, triumph bonni, and the duc. Op hasn't even chimed in on what they were in the market for. "Cheap and cheerful" can be as easy as a suzuki DRZ. So many good options for under 10k it's really whatever floats your boat.
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I liked the retro look of the scrambler. Kind of has that "I'm a dirt bike but not" look to it. Also, for under 10k you can get one pretty dressed up.

For the moment, I'm just starting to put an idea of what I want together. , I'm even looking at an HD option... Never thought I'd say that!

Thanks for he info so far guys.

Patrick, stop mentioning the speed triple. You know that's one of the few I wan to have bikes that I have not owned yet...

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We got a Scrambler Urban Enduro for my wife but I've ridden more than she has. It's a lot of fun. I'm 6'3" so it's a bit small ergonomically but not cramped. We can ride two up on it but that's not comfortable for long distances. But it's for my wife who's 5'3" and with the low seat option she's able to get most of both feet on the floor.

In regards to the engine, it's got plenty of torque and more than enough HP for riding around town. It won't hang with superbikes, but it's not supposed to. The engine is very reliable, since all the bugs have been worked out on the Monster 796 over the last few years. It's a great city and commuter bike.

Could it go on dirt, maybe. I'd take it down dirt trails without hesitation. Not going to go supercross on it, but at least you have more options than your regular street bike.

As far as Ducati maintenance, yeah it's more expensive when you go in. But if you can do your own oil changes once a year (and you should be able to on a naked bike without any issue), then the main services don't happen until 15k-18k mile intervals depending on bike. Those are pricier than most other brands, but they happen less often. Balances out a little.

The Scrambler also gets more attention and comments. My normal ride is a Triumph Daytona which beats the Scrambler in every performance category, but I get way more comments and conversations started by strangers eyeing the Scrambler. I'm also pretty sure no one would ask about your FZ-09 if you got one either.
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The Yamaha is $500.00 less, has 40 hp more, has a common sized front tire, better brakes; dual disc as opposed to single, and at least in my opinion has better fit and finish.
Plus, if it's August and you need a part you won't be S.O.L. because Yamaha shut down for the month. The same cannot be said of Ducati.....
Yeah parts from Ducati Omaha for one of the most popular engines Ducati makes over the last 5 years are IMPOSSIBLE to find. I know I need a constant influx of new OEM parts to keep my brand new bikes in working order. And all of them come directly from Italy on a boat.

BigBomfy. If you plan on dumping miles on a 2 valve, install MBP valve retainers from EMS Ducati and your service intervals just tripled. metric motorcycles is a very good shop for working on it.
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I'd rather go with a v7, still italian, cheaper, still looks good and different. you probably wont be going off road much, if at all

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I'd rather go with a v7, still italian, cheaper, still looks good and different. you probably wont be going off road much, if at all
You would be much better off with a CB500F. Same horsepower, $3,200 cheaper, liquid cooled and MOST importantly it has a common sized front tire.
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If we continue to drift from what the OP wants... Just get the CB500x. Dirt appeal with everything great about the CB500. And honda reliability and 70 MPG.
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