The Scrambler name goes back to a series of Ducati models from the '60s and '70s, and the new interpretation aims to reinterpret that basic design for modern sensibilities in an accessible way. The company describes the bike as: "Two wheels, wide handlebars, a simple engine and a lot of fun."
Unfortunately, Ducati is keeping the lid pretty tight on the Scrambler project. It's not releasing any technical details, and there are only a few teaser images at the moment. The company debuted a prototype cycle to employees at its Bologna factory and plans to slowly leak details until the bike's fall 2014 debut on a dedicated website. Sales are scheduled to begin in early 2015.
However, a teaser video does give some hints at what to expect. True to Ducati's marketing, this appears to be a stripped down, back-to-basics motorcycle, and, if not fully off-road capable, it may even offer a modicum of at least rough-road readiness. Scroll down to watch the video and read the official press release about their latest model.
Ducati officially announces new Scrambler to be launched in 2015
Ducati employees in Bologna awarded special first prototype viewing
Dedicated website Scramblerducati.com to show project evolution online
Borgo Panigale, Bologna (Italy) 9 June, 2014 – Ducati gave its Bologna factory employees a surprise treat as they arrived for work on Monday, 9 June, with a private viewing of the prototype Scrambler intended for launch in 2015. Setting a characteristic ambience for the new model, workers arrived to discover music and a beach atmosphere with surfboards, street food and a big yellow container in which they were able view the new model undercover.
Following many years of rumour and speculation around the project, Ducati's creative internal stunt at the Italian manufacturer's headquarters stylishly confirms the existence of the Ducati Scrambler with the added promise that it will be available from early 2015 onwards.
Ducati's decision to announce the arrival of the new model to its employees first, underlines the appreciation it has of its workforce, regarding it as the beating heart of the company. With them, project personnel are creating an entire world around the Scrambler with, as their impromptu beach suggested, a lifestyle of fun, creativity and free expression.
While the new Scrambler is created from the same core values that contributed to an important period of the company's history during the 60s and 70s, it seems set to reinterpret the original model in an entirely up-to-date way. Confirmation of the Scrambler will undoubtedly delight the thousands of fans who have been dreaming of such a project for many years.
Non-conformist, accessible and essential, the new Ducati Scrambler is said to represent the perfect combination of the traditional and contemporary, while returning to the pure essence of motorcycling - two wheels, wide handlebars, a simple engine and a lot of fun.
As yet no official images have been released and none of the lucky Ducati employees were allowed to take photos inside the big yellow viewing container, but Ducati confirms the new Scrambler will finally break cover this autumn and become available from early 2015 in Ducati Stores worldwide.
Those hungry for more information and who wish to follow the fascinating journey through the development of the project can do so on the dedicated website http://www.scramblerducati.com or gather content via the #scramblerducati hashtag.