Yay! The Scramblers are making a comeback…
I remember these machines being a ton of fun in their heydays of the 1960s and 70s. Now, it looks like they have found a new audience of riders and are coming back with some big and fast engine power.
My first ride on a Scrambler was on an ugly lime green and white Yamaha 80cc purchased used, really used, for $250 from a local garage/motorcycle dealer in the “planer” area of Chapleau, Ontario. It was 1973.
This little bike was my pride and joy at the age of 13 and it’s on this bike that I really cut my teeth into motorcycle mechanics as the darn thing kept on breaking down for one reason or another. I could not afford to bring it back to the dealer for repairs so I learned to fix it myself. I have been a happy gearhead ever since.
The new Scramblers…big time power from Ducati.
Forward 42 years: It’s 2015 and Ducati is making a big splash with their new “throwback” looking Scrambler. The Ducati Scrambler heritage is a storied one dating back to the original bikes of the 1960s. Their new Scrambler does an amazing job capturing the nostalgic look and feel of the originals but is all modern, state-of-the-art engineering. Click on photo below to get more information from Ducati’s Scrambler website.
The Ducati Urban-Enduro – here’s a good looker.
The 2015 Ducati Scrambler looks good and feels like the originals of the 1960s but the bike is all modern. Riders tell me that it’s not too tall or too heavy and that it’s easy to handle even with all that power.
Ducati is offering four different models all under $10,000. The Urban Enduro shown above, the Scrambler Icon, the Scrambler Classic and the Scrambler Full Throttle. Better get to your local Ducati dealer fast if you want to be riding this iconic Scrambler this spring…they’re so hot that dealers are already “scrambling” to fill orders.
The 2015 Triumph Scrambler
While there’s a lot of media hoopla these days about the new 2015 Ducati Scramblers, my personal favorite remains the iconic Triumph Scrambler. The 1960s were glory years for the Triumph Scrambler bikes and the company did a lot to lead the way in both styling and handling during that decade. Recall the TR6C Trophy Special, there was a bikers bike. Today, the 2015 Triumph Scrambler is a real modern looker and cool retro-styled tourer.
The new Triumph Scrambler…a true, go-anywhere adventurer.
As you can see in the above images, the new Triumph Scrambler pretty much looks like the classic models of the 1960s. The bike has maintained its retro-look and that’s just great. But that’s where old school ends…The mechanical detail on the new Triumph is pure modern and ready to ride any road you put it on. It’s powered by the Bonneville 865cc engine hooked up to a five speed transmission. The bike has plenty of get-up-and-go. Zero to 60 mph in 6.2 seconds and a top speed of 125 mph according to the manufacturer.
Scrambler & Enduro Styling is just plain cool.
I, for one, am real happy to see these old-style bikes coming back on the roadways and byways of this great land. They are easy to ride, comfortable and not too hard on the pocket book. Most new scramblers today can be had for around $10,000 give or take the deal you can get from your local motorcycle dealer. USA CANADA
Speaking of cool Scrambler riders…
Ride Safe Out There.
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