Ducati Scrambler

The Scrambler was primarily intended for the American market. It underwent continual modification until 1968, when the true Scramblers with "wide-casing" engines were brought out, first in the 250 and 350 versions and then, in 1969, the 450.

The Scrambler series included a few bikes with Desmo cylinder heads and was subjected to continual technical adjustment right up until 1974, when production was halted.

The reasons for the Scrambler's commercial success were manifold. It had an excellent frame (it was even used for track racing, which is probably unprecedented in motorbike history) and an engine perfectly suited for its function. It was not the fastest bike of its day, but its general performance and absolutely centered riding position, made it one of the most delightful machines of the era. It was, moreover, extremely stylish: rounded lines, simultaneously classical and modern, and bright colors contrasting with the black running gear and chrome gas tank.

By and large, the Scrambler was considered a balance between American and European schools of motorcycling. It was an extremely fashionable bike, and remains popular today.

Technical specification of Duacati Scrambler


Type Type 4-stroke single-cylinder, with 10° forward configuration

Light alloy cylinder head and block (with cast-iron liner)

Bore and Stroke 87mm x 75 mm

Total displacement 436 cc

Compression ratio 9.3:1

Tyming system
Single overhead camshaft, twin valves with gear-shaft/helical valve gear
Lubrication Wet sump forced lubrication with gear pump, 2.2 liters oil
Carburetor Dellorto VHB 29AB carburetor with 29 mm choke

Ignition Coil ignition
Electrical equipment 6 V-70 W alternator and 6 volt 13.5 Ah battery

Power-27 HP at 6500 rpm

Top speed-130 kmph
Torque N.A.


Transmission Five-speed gearbox
Wet, multi-plate clutch


Simplex open cradle tubular frame

Front suspension
Front hydraulic telescopic forks

Rear suspension
Swinging arm rear suspension with adjustable shocks

Full width drum brakes

Front tyre
3,50 x 19''

Rear tyre
4,00 x 18'

Fuel tank capacity
11 liters

2.120 mm

Handlebar Width
940 mm

Seat height
770 mm

1.380 mm

Weight (dry)
145 kg
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