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Ducati Launches New Scrambler 1100 Special

The new Ducati Scrambler gets more power and better standard equipment.

Published on 11.05.2017

The Ducati Scrambler 1100 Special aims to meet the needs of even the most experienced motorcyclists – but without compromising the fun, style and freedom that the Scrambler stands for. A beefier bike with a bigger engine and an even better set of standard equipment that lets riders upgrade without leaving the Scrambler family.

Key features include a new 1079 cm3 engine, which delivers generous torque right from the bottom of the rev range, and an agile Scrambler chassis set-up that has been developed in parallel with the engine to put higher performance within reach of all riders.

Ducati Scrambler 1100 Special


Ducati Scrambler 1100 Special

With excellent pulling power and outstanding chassis geometry, the Ducati Scrambler 1100 Special offers excellent safety that comes with Bosch Cornering ABS and Traction Control: two features that go hand-in-hand with the highly comfortable riding position specially developed for this model. On this Scrambler model the electronics package has evolved in line with Ducati tradition, maximizing active safety thanks to the Bosch inertial platform.

Just like every other Ducati Scrambler bike, the 1100 Special was designed with freedom of expression in mind. It draws its inspiration from the custom world and has a decidedly “modern classic” feel thanks to black-spoked wheels, chrome exhausts and aluminium front/rear mudguards. The “Custom Grey” color is unique to this version, as is the brushed-effect swingarm and the adjustable front fork with gold-colored anodized sleeves. Other distinctive Scrambler 1100 Special elements include low-slung tapered handlebars and a brown seat with dedicated lining.

Ducati Scrambler 1100 Special Seat
The Scrambler 1100 Special’s diamond-stitched seat is larger than its Scrambler 800 counterpart and has been designed to maximize comfort for both rider and passenger.

Larger than the other Ducati Scrambler models, the bike’s balanced proportions make it compact yet beefy and ensure outstanding rider comfort as well as unprecedented handling. The upgraded fork and rear shock absorber are, like the 320 mm dual front brake discs, indicative of a leap forwards in terms of both performance and mature styling. Attention to detail and the quest for simplicity have minimized the number of pieces used, leading to fewer covers and plastic components.

Just like in the ’60s when the Scrambler was available with three different engines (250, 350 and 450cc), today’s Scramblers offer three different displacements (400, 800 and 1100cc), resulting in a complete range with a flair for fun, iconic style, simplicity and self-expression.


Lighting: The front headlight on the Ducati Scrambler 1100 Special takes its cue from those on the other bikes in the range. The LED ring around the headlight rim that acts as a side light is now a DRL (Daytime Running Light), making the bike clearly visible in daylight too. Also in keeping with the Scrambler heritage is the grey metal “X” mounted inside the headlight (a feature inspired by the tape once applied on off-road bikes back in the ’70s to protect the headlight assembly). This also gives the bike a unique look with the lights off. The dipped headlight beam relies on a “Blue Vision” bulb, which emits a white light like the DRL.

Ducati Scrambler 1100 Special light

At the rear, instead, a fully LED tail light assembly emits a soft light, making use of a technology unique within the motorcycling world. This ‘softening’ effect is produced by combining a dulled diffuser cover and a 12-LED electrical card (18-LED for the brake light).

LED indicators, positioned to the sides of the headlight assembly and the rear mudguard, complement the Ducati Scrambler 1100 Special. LED lighting is also used to illuminate the number plate. To activate the hazard lights, all the rider needs to do is press the dedicated button on the right switchgear.

Instrumentation: The Ducati Scrambler 1100 instrument panel has two main elements. As on the other bikes in the range, the main one has a round design. Positioned above and to the right of the headlight, this unit is fully digital. The scale on the rpm indicator resembles the speedometer on the bikes of the ’70s (i.e. positioned low down in the instrument assembly). As engine revs increase the digits light up clockwise (right to left). The round section also shows the fuel level, selected riding mode and the selected Traction Control level. Further info includes Trip 1, Trip 2, miles remaining and air temperature, plus grip heater operation (available on the Scrambler 1100 as an accessory). The second, oval element, instead, has a speedo, a kickstand warning light and information from the Ducati Multimedia System, available as an accessory when the Bluetooth module is fitted.

Ducati Scrambler 1100 Special Instrumentation

Controls: The Ducati Scrambler 1100 features new multi-function switchgears that let riders select Riding Modes and modify them. A Ride By Wire throttle is accompanied by hydraulically operated brake pumps and clutch, making the controls modern yet faithful to the classic Scrambler style. Brake and clutch levers are adjustable. The black painted die cast aluminium footrest plates (grey on the Scrambler 1100 Special) support the gear shift and rear brake levers, both made of forged aluminium.

Standard Equipment

Advanced electronics: A bigger, higher-performing bike but with a full complement of easy-going Scrambler freedom. Thanks to the electronic Ride by Wire control system and the inertial platform, the Scrambler 1100 Special puts safety and performance at the forefront.

ABS braking system: Thanks to installation of the inertial platform, the Ducati Scrambler 1100 Special is equipped with a Brembo braking system with Bosch 9.1 MP Cornering ABS to ensure safety whatever the situation. To maximize stopping performance, the front wheel has a dual 330 mm disc with two 4-piston Brembo M 4.32B monobloc calipers with radial attachment whereas at the rear, a 245 mm disc is gripped by a caliper with a 34 mm piston. The single-setting ABS cannot be deactivated.

Traction Control: The Ducati Scrambler 1100 is the first bike in the family to feature Ducati Traction Control (DTC). This active safety system – specially designed for the Scrambler – can be adjusted to 4 different levels. This solution offers outstanding performance while making adjustment as easy as possible for the rider. Level 1 is the least intrusive while level 4 maximises intervention and, therefore, safety. Traction Control can also be deactivated.

Three Ride Modes: The Ducati Scrambler 1100 Special has three Riding Modes: Active, Journey and City. Active Riding Mode provides full engine power (86 hp), a direct throttle connection and a Traction Control level that’s compatible with sport riding. Journey Riding Mode is perfect for everyday use: full L-twin power (86 hp), a more fluid throttle connection than with Active mode and a Traction Control level developed for carefree riding. The third Riding Mode, City, lowers engine power to 75 hp (and 88 Nm of maximum torque), the same as on the Scrambler 800. Throttle control is extremely fluid and Traction Control ensures maximum safety.

New 1079cc L-Twin Engine

Ducati Scrambler 1100 Special engine

The Ducati Scrambler 1100 is powered by a Euro 4 compliant oil/air-cooled 1079cc L-twin two-valve engine. A development of the Monster 1100 engine, this power unit has, in perfect Scrambler style, a 98 mm bore and a 71.5 mm stroke. The engine has been redesigned to prioritize fluid acceleration across the rev range and great handling.

The twin cylinder Desmodue engine on the Ducati Scrambler 1100 has been equipped with a single 55 mm full Ride by Wire throttle body with two sub-butterfly injectors: this solution, together with a generously sized airbox, ensures fluid power delivery and accurate control of the fuel mix aspirated into the cylinders. For this same reason each cylinder is fitted with twin spark plugs and a secondary air system.

A 16° valve overlap angle is designed for pulling power. Thanks to these solutions the Ducati Scrambler L-twin puts out a maximum power of 86 hp at 7,500 rpm and a maximum torque of 88.4 Nm at 4,750 rpm, with smooth delivery across the rev range. The gearbox is a 6-speed unit while the clutch is the wet multiplate type with hydraulic control. The clutch also has a servo-assisted slipper function that limits rear wheel destabilization during down-shifting.

Ducati Scrambler 1100 Special

The exhaust pipes on the Ducati Scrambler 1100 have a larger diameter than those on the Scrambler 800. The exhaust has a low-slung catalytic converter and dual steel silencers with aluminium sleeves, die cast aluminium end caps and 4 aluminium covers (two per silencer).

Designed to be simple and accessible – just like the Scrambler itself – this twin-cylinder engine also features competitive 7,500-mile (12,000 km) maintenance intervals. And like all Ducati models, including their Superbikes and MotoGP bikes, the Scrambler 1100 Special uses Demodromic valves.

Dedicated Chassis Set-Up

Frame: The Ducati Scrambler 1100 Special features an all-new twin upper spar steel Trellis frame. As essential as the Ducati Scrambler itself, this engine-hugging frame is completed by a rear aluminium subframe. Thanks to a steering head angle of 24.5° and a 110 mm offset on the fork yokes, maneuverability is as good in city traffic as it is on Alpine hairpins. Compared to the Scrambler 800, the aluminium fork yokes boast wider inter-fork clearance. Thanks to the wide handlebars, weaving your way through an urban obstacle course on the Scrambler is child’s play, while the 1,514 mm wheelbase maximizes stability at high speeds. Up-sizing of the bike has given the Scrambler 1100 a new riding position: compared to the 800 version, the seat-footpeg gap is wider and the handlebars are further forwards and lower.

The steel fuel tank, with that unmistakable teardrop silhouette, can hold 4 gallons (15 liters). With an excellent frame and outstanding chassis geometry, the Ducati Scrambler 1100 Special makes for relaxed riding that is easy yet fun. Despite the beefed-up size and performance with respect to the 800cc versions, the Scrambler 1100 remains user-friendly and agile.

Ducati Scrambler 1100 Special

Suspension: The Ducati Scrambler 1100 Special mounts Kayaba suspension, with upside-down 45mm forks and a rear shock with adjustable spring preload and rebound damping. Both provide 5.9 inches (150mm) of wheel travel, ensuring the tires hug the ground on anything from city streets to easy-going off-road routes.

Ducati Scrambler 1100 Special Features

• 86 hp and 65 ft-lbs of torque
• Suspension Travel: 5.9 in. (150mm)
• Wet Weight: 465 lb (211 kg)
• Seat Height: 31.9 inches (810mm)
• Steel teardrop fuel tank with changeable aluminium side panels
• Wide handlebars for a more relaxed riding position
• Round headlight with glass lens and daytime running light
• Diffused LED tail light
• Dual-element LCD instrument panel
• 1,079cc air-cooled L-twin engine
• Machine-finished aluminium belt covers
• Twin spar steel Trellis frame and aluminium subframe
• Double sided swingarm
• Wire-spoke wheels, 18″ at the front and 17″ at the rear
• 320 mm front brake discs, Brembo Monobloc 4-piston radial calipers
• 245 mm rear brake discs, 1-piston floating calipers
• Enduro-derived Pirelli tires optimized for the Ducati Scrambler
• Bosch Cornering ABS
• Traction Control
• 3 Riding Modes (Active, Journey and City)
• Under-seat USB socket to recharge mobile devices
• Color: Custom Grey
• Warranty: 24 months unlimited mileage

Author: ADV Pulse Staff

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Vu Nguyen
Vu Nguyen
November 6, 2017 2:26 pm

I don’t see anything “ADV” about this bike.


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