Big changes, but big enough?

Ducati announced several updates to its 2016 lineup for the EICMA show. One of the all-new additions for 2016 is also Ducati’s smallest model as the Italian marque debuts the 399cc Scrambler Sixty2. Based off last year’s popular Scrambler design, the Sixty2 targets entry-level riders and further expands the list of small-displacement offerings (much like the recently announced BMW G 310 R).

The 399cc Sixty2 halves the regular Scrambler’s 803cc displacement via a 72mm bore and 49mm stroke (compared to the 88 x 66mm architecture of the larger bike). The air-cooled Sixty2 retains Ducati’s signature L-Twin configuration. A wet, cable-actuated clutch, six-speed gearbox and chain final drive feed power to the rear wheel.

As for those power claims, Ducati promises 41 horsepower and 25 lb-ft of torque. These totals follow the same formula as the displacement, more or less, as it halves the standard Scrambler’s claims of 75 horsepower and 50 lb-ft of torque.

The Sixty2 sources a familiar-looking steel trellis frame, but its 41mm Showa fork is not inverted (the standard Scrambler utilizes an inverted Kayaba fork). A Kayaba rear shock is adjustable for preload, with both suspension components offering 5.9 inches (150mm) of wheel travel – the same offered by the standard Scrambler. The 24° rake and 4.4 inches (112mm) of trail also mirror the larger bike, though the wheelbase stretches 0.6 inches to 57.5 inches total.

Braking duties up front are handled by two-piston floating calipers pinching a single 320mm rotor (standard model features radial-mount four-piston calipers clamping 330mm disc, which were highly praised in MotoUSA’s Scrambler Shootout). The Sixty2 carries over the standard Scrambler’s single-piston and 245mm rotor rear brake setup. A two-channel Bosch ABS system comes as a standard feature.

The Sixty2’s lighter front brakes still have to stop a bike that’s not significantly lighter than its bigger siblings. The claimed 368-pound dry weight shaves only seven pounds from the 803 version (with the 403-pound claimed wet weight registering the same seven-pound difference as tested in the aforementioned Scrambler Shootout).

Stay tuned for updates to follow, including confirmation of the Scrambler Sixty2’s expected arrival date and MSRP.

2016 Ducati Scrambler Sixty2 Specifications:

  • Engine: 399cc air-cooled L-Twin
  • Bore x Stroke: 72 x 49mm
  • Compression Ratio: 10.7:1
  • Claimed Power: 41 hp @ 8,750 rpm/25.3 lb-ft @ 7,750 rpm
  • Fueling: Electronic fuel injection
  • Gearbox: Six-speed
  • Clutch: Wet multiplate, cable-actuated
  • Final Drive: Chain (15/48)
  • Frame: Tubular steel trellis
  • Front Suspension: 41mm Showa fork, 5.9 inches of travel
  • Rear Suspension: Kayaba rear shock, preload adjustable, 5.9 inches of travel
  • Front/Rear Tires: Pirelli MT 60 RS 110/80 R18; 160/60 R17
  • Front Brake: 320mm disc, two-piston floating caliper
  • Rear Brake: 245mm disc, single-piston floating caliper
  • ABS: Bosch 9.1 MP as standard equipment
  • Wheelbase: 57.5 inch
  • Rake/Trail: 24°/4.4 inch
  • Seat Height: 31.1 inch standard, with 30.3- and 31.9-inch accessory options
  • Fueltank Capacity: 3.7 gallon
  • Dry/Wet Weight (claimed): 368/403 pounds
  • Warranty: 2 years, unlimited mileage