WORDS: Carl Stevens // IMAGES: Ducati Europe

With over 55,000 units flying out of Bologna and into the hands of riders around the World, Ducati really have nailed the whole Scrambler thing. So, with new Icon for 2019, we just had to and have a play…

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So, what’s new? Well for starters, aesthetically there are some incredibly subtle improvements such as a slightly different tank panel which is a little edgier, a bigger end can (although the exhaust is the same), machine finished alloy wheels and a DRL LED headlight – which although sounds minimal, adds up to modernise the strikingly retro look. Hell, it’s even got a USB port and is Ducati Multimedia ready if that’s your thing! Don’t fret though, as thankfully it’s not just fashion that Ducati have focused on, as they’ve also given the Icon a hydraulic clutch system for a lighter feeling, whilst keeping safety in mind by sticking on Dual-channel Bosch Cornering ABS which is controlled by an internal IMU, although the engine, chassis and basis of the bike remains largely unchanged.

 

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The LCD dash which finally gives the gear lever and fuel level is easy to read, and the new switchgear assembly is a delight to use from the very off which ultimately made the Icon a pleasant place to be. Ducati have focussed massively on simplicity throughout the Scrambler range and this Icon was no different, which meant within just a few minutes of jumping on it felt familiar and about as intimidating as a Chi