Ducati launches 2023 Scrambler range with Icon, Full Throttle and Nightshift

Ducati has announced three Scrambler models for 2023, with a lighter engine and chassis compared to previous generations.

2023 Ducati Scrambler range. - Ducati

Ducati has announced its new 2023 Scrambler range, with small technical updates and stylistic changes across three models.

It will not be a surprise to learn that the 2023 Scrambler will still feature the two-cylinder Desmodue engine, but it features new covers for the (now smaller) clutch and alternator that feature an “X” logo. The clutch itself now features eight discs, and a lighter feeling, therefore requiring a softer pull of the lever. 

Additionally, the engine is 2.5kg lighter than the Desmodue of the previous generation Scrambler, and contributes to a total weight loss for the motorcycle of 4kg. 

Other weight savings have been made in the chassis, which features a new swingarm which is now combined with a rear shock which is positioned more centrally than before.

Ducati also claims a “sportier feel” for the 2023 Scrambler has been achieved thanks to a separation of the rear subframe from the main frame, and a new bearing-mounted shift drum allows for smoother shifts.

Electronically, ride by wire is introduced, as is Ducati Traction Control and two selectable riding modes: Road, and Wet. Additionally, cornering ABS comes as standard, and there is quickshifter capability, although this is only standard on one of the three models. 

Ducati Scrambler Icon

The first of the models is the Icon, which features a new tank for 2023. Ducati says this “new tank is the element that shapes the customization concept,” of the Icon, and part of this is the coloured parts, which are replaceable covers. Similarly, the headlight covers, wheel tags and mudguards are replaceable. A similar concept was introduced for the interior of the Peugeot 1007 when it was introduced in 2004.

There are also six new colours for the 2023 Icon, which are interchangeable in different cosmetic components and allow for nine different liveries to be applied to the bike. 

Ergonomically, the Icon in particular features a lower handlebar position which is also closer to the rider; and the seat is now tapered in a more streamlined look.

Ducati Scrambler Nightshift

Secondly, we have the Nightshift, which is the “most elegant among the proposals in the Ducati Scrambler 2023 range,” Ducati says. 

The Nightshift features a “refined,” according to Ducati, saddle, designed to point towards a cafe racer style with stitched dark leather. 

Nightshift also features side number plates, a minimal front mudguard, no rear mudguard, and small LED indicators. 

The wheels for 2023 are now totally blacked out, while the body is coloured in “Nebula Blue”; and the Nightshift features similar ergonomic features to before, with variable-section handlebars which are flat-set, and bar-end mirrors. 

Ducati Scrambler Full Throttle

Finally, we have the Full Throttle, which is the only model which comes with the aforementioned quickshifter as standard. It also features number plates with the #62 placed upon them (as a nod to the origins of the Scrambler in 1962) and a flat-track-style skid plate. 

There is also a “sporty style,” Ducati says, seat, with a race-inspired “GP19 Red/Dark Stealth” livery, a shortened front mudguard, no rear mudguard, and red wheel tags.

The racing theme continues with the Full Throttle thanks to a Termignoni silencer, LED indicators from Ducati Performance, and a sportier riding position.

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