Ducati Scrambler Icon is an entry-level adventure motorcycle, which solves all purposes and is useful for both pro riders as well as newbies. It is a famous superbike in India and not just because it is the most affordable motorcycle in Ducati’s portfolio but also because it’s just too much fun and not intimidating at all because when you think of an 800cc Super-bike, riders may get intimidated, but if they will be able to handle it, if they have enough experience and skills, its weight, its handling, safety, etc.
The bike looks super cool especially in the classic bright yellow colour scheme, it is also available in Rosso Red.
It’s got LED DRL in the headlamp and the cross in the light looks pretty neat, the size and shape of the steel tank is the same as the earlier model but this one gets an upgrade of interchangeable aluminium side panels.
The instrument cluster displays the fuel level and gear position in addition to ambient temperature, tachometer, odometer and trip meter. It’s pretty basic I see, as compared to what the competition has to offer but I can let it slide because we don’t really use all of that information in reality. Although you do get a Hydraulic clutch and Adjustable levers.
There’s USB port under the seat, so you don’t make an excuse of the phone battery dying on you.
The riding position is easy and rider-friendly, the handlebars are wide and upright, which is good for your city rides, weekend getaways but on long rides and at high speeds the wind will blow in your face.
The icon gets a new seat shape, it’s much flatter and the foam density has been worked on because the earlier one was very soft.
The gear shifts are smooth and positive, there’s ample torque, right from the bottom end of the rev range and that translates to quick acceleration, the strong mid-range allows you to ride at low speeds in higher gears, which instils confidence especially for the newbies.
The design and quality of the bike are obviously top-notch, it’s a Ducati, so no compromise there. Everything is well built and attention to detail is fantastic! The trellis frame, revised suspension setup and Pirelli tyres continue to boost your confidence more so at the corners, which is surprising being a scrambler.
For safety, the bike gets Brembo monoblock callipers cornering ABS system, which is obviously great for our India roads and riders. The bike is best to wiggle through traffic and is extremely light! it doesn’t feel like its 173kg at all, very easy to manoeuvre
Now what is uncomfortable in the icon is, the lower part of the bike is too tight, I do feel cramped up sitting on it for long. It’s too compact for my comfort but it should be okay for people whose height is less than 5 feet 7 inches.
And the Suspension feels too firm when you are at low speeds in the city, talking about the city ride, there’s enough power and torque in the bike, so be very careful of the heat from the rear cylinder, there are high chances of you getting roasted I felt the heat even few minutes after I switched off the engine.
Scrambler’s engine is all black engine with brushed fins and is powered by 803 cc, L-Twin Air-cooled cylinder which produces 73hp @ 8,250rpm and (66,2 Nm torque @ 5750 rpm
The exhaust gets a new cylindrical shape, and the sound is ok, I’m not disappointed but I know some of you might. I understand it’s the emission norms, and this is BS6 compliant
The scrambler gets the block pattern tyres which does not let you stop even when the tarmac does, and the off-road fun begins. They do grip the bike tight
Fuel Tank is 13.5 L, and it could easily give you 20km/l of mileage! I mean that’s really generous for an 800cc and for us Indian because today’s Petrol price in Delhi is Rs 101.84 per litre.
So, to sum up my review, the bike does have limitations, it’s not as fast and as sharp as other competitors in the market but it sure is super fun to ride!
And this iconic bike is priced at 8,49,000/-.