Ducati Scrambler

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Ducati 450 Scrambler
Ducati 450cc.JPG
Manufacturer Ducati
Production 1962-1976
Class Scrambler
Engine 2-valve, 4-stroke, air-cooled, 340.2 cc single cylinder
Bevel gear driven SOHC
Alloy cylinder head
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 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.[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]

The first Scramblers (1962-1967) were derived from street-legal 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.[5] These Scrambler models all had a maximum engine capacity of 250cc, and are generally referred to as "narrow case Scrambler(s)"

  • Scrambler OHC 250 (1962-1963)
  • Scrambler 250 (1964-1968)
  • Scrambler 350 (1967-1968)

The second series used a wider engine case. Frames were modified with experience derived from Bruno Spaggiari's Ducati factory racing motorcycles.[6]

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


The Scrambler name is revived in 2015 as Ducati's modern-classic styled motorcycle.

Further reading[edit]

  • Otto Grizzi; Carlo Perelli (June 1999), "Ducati Scrambler 250-350-450", Motociclismo d'Epoca 


  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 
  3. ^ "Ducati 350 Scrambler", Motociclismo, 24 June 2002 
  4. ^ Mick Walker (2003), Ducati Singles Restoration, MotorBooks International, p. 228 
  5. ^ Bruno dePrato (14 May 2013), "BORILE B450 SCRAMBLER – FIRST LOOK: Ducati may not build a 450 Scrambler anymore. But Umberto Borile does.", Cycle World 
  6. ^ Frank Melling (16 April 2012), Memorable Motorcycle: Ducati 450 Scrambler, Motorcycle USA, retrieved 6 June 2013 

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