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Old 11-16-2015, 09:40 PM   #1
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2016 Ducati Scrambler Sixty2 First Look

Ducati refers to the new Scrambler Sixty2 as the "new pop icon."

There's no doubt that Ducati had its eyes set on a slightly different customer when it went into production with the all-new Scrambler early last year. That customer wanted a motorcycle that was stylish and cost-effective, but still performance-minded and fun, and with the Scrambler (in either of its four original variants), that's what they got.

But what if 803cc's was still just a bit more than you needed, and what you really wanted was all of those same attributes only in a lighter, even more affordable package? Well, for you, Ducati has just introduced the Scrambler Sixty2, a 399cc-version of its already popular Scrambler that the manufacturer describes with words like "easy," "light," and "accessible."

Ducati says that the Sixty2's 399cc L-twin engine with 72mm bore and 49mm stroke, is derived directly from the engine out of the original Scrambler, but with 41 hp at 8,750 rpm and 25.3 ft-lb. of torque at 7,750 rpm (compared to the 803's 75 hp at 8250 rpm and 50 lb.-ft. of torque at 5750 rpm). As with the larger Scrambler engine, the Sixty2's air-cooled mill will utilize a 50mm throttle body and single injector per cylinder, while offering user-friendly 7,500 mile service intervals.

On the chassis side, Ducati has gone ahead and swapped the Kayaba front suspension for a standard Showa fork, plus designed an all-new steel-trellis swingarm that lengthens the wheelbase by roughly 15mm; rake and trail remain at 24° and 112mm, respectively. Ducati has jettisoned the 330mm brake rotor on the original Scrambler for a 320mm unit that's clamped by a 2-piston floating caliper (less power necessitates less stopping power), though ABS continues to come standard. Seat height remains at 31.1 inches, while claimed wet weight (all fluids plus 90% fuel) drops six pounds, from 410 pounds on the Scrambler Icon, to 404 pounds on the Sixty2.

To differentiate the Scrambler from its bigger brother, Ducati has updated the paint scheme and introduced the bike in three Sixty2-specific colors: “Atomic Tangerine,” “Ocean Grey,” and "Shining Black.” MSRP for the Sixty2 is $7,995.

Check out more photos of the Scrambler Sixty2 below.

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