Ducati Scrambler

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1973 250 cc Ducati Scrambler

The Ducati Scrambler was the brand name for a series of single cylinder scrambler motorcycles made by Ducati for the American market from 1962 until 1974, and with the production of the new Ducati Scrambler in 2015.[1] Its creation is attributed to the American Berliner Motor Corporation.[2][3] Models were produced in 250 cc through 450 cc displacements. The 450 variant was sold as the "Jupiter" in the United States.[4]

A new Ducati Scrambler was introduced at the 2014 Intermot motorcycle show, with plans for sales to begin in early 2015.

Production history[edit]

Production history: Grizzi and Perelli[5]

The first Scramblers (1962~1967) were derived from road going models, and featured "narrow case" engines with lightly altered frames. It originally derived from a Ducati Diana road bike converted by Michael Berliner for dirt-track racing in America.[6] These Scrambler models all had a maximum engine capacity of 250cc, and are generally referred to as "narrow case Scrambler(s)"

  • Scrambler OHC 250 (196engine2-1963)
  • Scrambler 250 (1964-1968)
  • Scrambler 350 (1967-1968)

Second series[edit]

Ducati 450 Scrambler
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Manufacturer Ducati
Production 1969-1976
Class Scrambler
Engine 2-valve, 4-stroke, air-cooled, 340.2 cc single cylinder
Bevel gear driven SOHC
Alloy cylinder head and cast iron cylinder liner
Bore / stroke 76 mm×75 mm
Compression ratio 9.3:1
Top speed 130 km/h (81 mph)
Power 27 hp at 8,500 rpm
Ignition type Bosch electronic
Transmission 5-speed, wet clutch
Frame type Single-beam steel cradle
Suspension Front : Marzocchi telescopic 35 mm hydraulic fork
Rear : Swingarm with Marzocchi shock, 3-position adjustable
Brakes Front: 180 mm drum with two shoes
Rear: 160 mm drum with one shoe
Tires Front 3.50 x 18 in.
Rear 4.00 x 18 in., Borrani spoked wheels
Seat height 770 mm
Fuel capacity 12.6 l (3.3 US gal) of which 1.6 l reserve
Fuel consumption 20 km/l (47 mpg-US)

The second series used a wide engine case. Frames were modified with experience derived from Bruno Spaggiari's Ducati factory racing motorcycles.[7]

  • Scrambler 125 (1970-1971)
  • Scrambler 250 (1968-1975)
  • Scrambler 350 (1968-1975)
  • Scrambler 450 (1969-1976)
  • Desmo R/T 450 (1970-1971) (desmodromic valve)


  1. ^ Ducati Scrambler, corporate history (Ducati) 
  2. ^ Giulio, Decio; Carugati, Decio G. R.; Sadleir, Richard (2001), Ducati: Design and Emotion, MotorBooks/MBI Publishing Company, p. 64, ISBN 0-7603-1199-4, "In 1961 the 250cc version of the Scrambler fulfilled the dream of Ducati lovers across the Atlantic, thanks to its importer Joe Berliner; this was even before it was marketed in Europe, where it arrived later among the symbols of the American dream. "In the 1965s-'60s Joe Berliner was far and away the best of Ducati's customers," states Livio Lodi, "and so he had the power to influence the firms policies. He encouraged the project of an all-purpose bike that would appeal to young people but also revive the youth of the not-so-young. Remember that in those years in Europe and above all in Italy, the utilitarie like the new Fiat 500 penalized sales of motorbikes with medium-large engines. Berliner knew that in the states cars would never affect motorcycles sales, the two market segments were nurtured by completely different dreams..." Page 102: "But while Ducati owed the Scrambler to the insistence of Joe Berliner, the firm's American importer, the Monster was the fruit of the intuition of Miguel ..."" 
  3. ^ Ducati 350 Scrambler, Motociclismo, June 24, 2002 
  4. ^ Mick Walker (2003), Ducati Singles Restoration, MotorBooks International, p. 228 
  5. ^ Otto Grizzi; Carlo Perelli (June 1999), Ducati Scrambler 250-350-450, Motociclismo d'Epoca 
  6. ^ Bruno dePrato (May 14, 2013), BORILE B450 SCRAMBLER – FIRST LOOK: Ducati may not build a 450 Scrambler anymore. But Umberto Borile does., Cycle World 
  7. ^ Frank Melling (April 16, 2012), Memorable Motorcycle: Ducati 450 Scrambler, Motorcycle USA, retrieved 2013-06-06 

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