The first spy photo of the upcoming 2014 Ducati Scrambler reveals classic proportions and strikingly contemporary details.
Its logical that this is a photo of the Scrambler simply because that's clearly an air-cooled Ducati V-twin. Probably the same used in the Ducati Monster 796. Also in keeping with standard Ducati practice, there appears to be a steel trellis frame. But, typical Ducati ends there.
A 1970s-style seat and tank hold true to the retro theme, but the rest is decidedly contemporary. USD forks hold radial Brembos and a spoked front wheel. At that back, there's an aluminum "banana" swingarm and a side-mounted shock that bolts directly to said swingarm, sans linkage. That arrangement is very reminiscent of the Aprilia Shiver. We'd hazard a guess that the aluminum rear wheel is just a stand in and the final production bike will be equipped with spokes and tubes.
Then there's that headlight. Looking like something pulled off Miguel Galluzzi's Cagiva V-Raptor, it could either be a piece of the bike's disguise or a daring design risk by Ducati. We'd hazard a guess at the former; following the firm's Terblanche days Ducati's styling hasn't taken risks.
Expect to see the Scrambler unveiled at the EICMA show next month. Stay tuned to RideApart for full coverage.
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