Article posted: Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Scrambler 62 Review
At over six foot one and around two hundred fifty pounds I am not exactly in the Ducati Scrambler Sixty2 target demographic. My arms are too long, my legs are too long, I’m too fat, I have a funny shaped head, the list goes on, but the grin on my face while tackling Hamilton County’s many many many round-a-bouts is exactly what I think they were going for when they built it. This thing is a blast to drive on city streets and curvy country roads and is perfect for a first time rider who needs smooth power delivery and agile and predictable handling. It’s not all rainbows and unicorns though, read on to see the good, the bad, and the ugly.
Even with my long arms and legs I didn’t feel compressed on the bike. The seat let me sit a little farther away and the upright riding position allowed me to move my feet forward when stopped. Even while moving I was able to ride on the balls of my feet without any undue stress on my knees. The throttle response and power delivery are very smooth. There isn’t any jerking as you get into the lower RPM ranges. The clutch is light, but has plenty of feedback which should give a new rider a lot of confidence. The digital dash is easy to ready and doesn’t contain extra items that might confuse a new rider. The handling is agile and blasts through round-a-bouts with ease. And just in case you overdo it a bit the ABS will help make sure you bring it to a stop safely.
Even the bad isn’t really bad, more annoying than anything. The single caliper up front is a little weak for the weight of the bike, and in this case its giant rider. It didn’t have any problems stopping the bike, but I did have to pull the lever nearly to the grip when stopping from higher speeds. Top speed, 93 MPH 6th gear @ 8k RPM, downhill with a tail wind, and 2 miles of open road. The power comes high in the RPM range, around 8k, so you are hitting the 10k redline pretty quickly after it starts pulling. The gears are longer than I care for. I will be looking into a 14T front sprocket shorten them up a bit. For newer riders a gear indicator would have been nice. The display controls are on the left grip as usual, but with fewer menus the top button is only used to reset the trip. For a new rider this probably isn’t a big deal, but for someone familiar with the standard Ducati button setup it was annoying and confusing. Which leaves my only true complaint about the bike, the lack of an engine temperature indicator. Sure it has a dummy light, but why would you leave the temp indicator of an air-cooled engine?
The sight of gigantor(me) riding this beautiful retro motorcycle.