A man can get lost in the EICMA show, literally and figuratively. It’s one of the giant motorcycle
shows that take place near the end of each year. You
can wander through the aisles and reach motorcycle
overload before you see a fraction of the new bikes,
new products, concept machines and prototypes. You
could also go to the AIMExpo in Orlando, the IMS show
in Long Beach or Intermot in Germany and be swept
away in the same tidal wave of all things moto.
We live motorcycles every day and are still stunned by
the depth of new offerings each year. Different segments
of the motorcycle world are on different schedules. Pure
dirt bikes always arrive first; it’s not unusual for us to see
new motocrossers as early as June. Street bikes come
later, and that’s why we see many new adventure bikes
unveiled for the first time during these shows, typically in
October and November. Here are some of the sights of
The Ducati Urban Enduro Scrambler shows that Ducati is
sniffing around in the dirt market.
GIANTS OF FALL
Ducati is cautiously dipping its toe into the dirt world, and
we’re all for it. The Ducati Scrambler doesn’t look like an
adventure bike in ways that we generally expect, but the
genre is still defining itself, and this is the most dirt-oriented
Ducati since the ’60s. The Scrambler has an 803cc twin-cylinder motor with the iconic 90-degree V configuration.
It’s very old-school in styling, and the motor is air-cooled.
Its dry weight is under 400 pounds, and the only thing that
might keep it from tagging along on a ride with a BMW
GS is the fuel-tank capacity, which is 3. 57 gallons. Ducati
purposely designed this bike with customization in mind,
and doubtlessly there will be a zillion accessories. There are
four different versions to get the buyer started in whichever
direction he wants to go. The Urban Enduro has high
fenders and spoke wheels. The Full Throttle has more of a
canyon-racer identity, and then there are the Classic and
Icon models, which are more retro. Pricing starts around
$8500—less than a 450 motocrosser.