If you know anything about motorcycles, you’re probably aware of Ducati’s original, iconic Scrambler.
In the 1960s and 1970s, it was the ultimate bike: lightweight, beginner-friendly, great looking, and both smooth enough for a commute on paved roads and tough enough to take down trails or onto the beach. But the industry shifted, and minivan-size half-ton touring behemoths and window-rattling choppers squeezed the stripped-down, go-anywhere bike out of the market. That changes this spring, when Ducati brings back the Scrambler.
There are four iterations of the reissue: Classic, Full Throttle, Urban Enduro, and Icon. All nod to the original’s classic motocross styling—big round headlights, long seats, bright paint jobs—but the Icon most closely resembles the beloved original. It has wide, off-road-ready handlebars, a trail-friendly suspension system, and dual-sport wheels made to go on- or off-pavement. Yet it’s light and nimble enough to make quick trips to the grocery store or across town.
The Icon has a few modern touches—there’s a USB charger in the under-seat storage compartment and an LED headlamp on the front—but the reason we love this bike is that Ducati stayed true to the original. No flash, no touchscreens, just a machine that can handle any job it’s given. The biggest change is the 803cc L-Twin engine, with 75 horsepower at 8,250 rpm and 50 foot-pounds of torque at 5,750 rpm. Translation: it goes faster than ever. And, unlike a Harley, you won’t have to take out a mortgage to get one. From $8,495.