Every little boy fantasises about riding a motorcycle one day. The freedom of the road, the incredible speeds, and the x-factor of riding a bike—it all plays into the dream. And of course, something along the lines of a Ducati bike is what most of these dreams are made of. They are expensive, however—so why not have a look at the comparatively affordable Ducati e-Scrambler?
PS: It’s not a motorcycle.
Ducati’s latest “bike” is an electric-powered trekking bike that’s designed for urban areas, and the company says that components are both high-end and inspired by the “Ducati Scrambler world”. At the heart of the e-Scrambler sits the Shimano Steps E7000 motor, which has an output of 250W and 60Nm of torque.
Shimano also provides a 504Wh battery which is mounted under the downtube of the bike, and all of that electric goodness is paired to a Sram NX – 11 speed transmission. There’s also a Lever Dropper Seatpost—a feature that’s usually reserved for mountain bikes—so that riders can adjust the height of their seats on the go (or rather, at traffic lights).
The Ducati influence goes beyond simply stickers, however—but only just. You get Ducati’s ergonomic grips, and a “Ducati Comfort Plus” saddle. At 22.5kg (without pedals), it’s certainly hefty; that’s to be expected, given the electric components mounted onto the bike frame.
There’s also a Suntour XCR fork to provide front-wheel suspension, along with Sram Guide caliper brakes to provide stopping power (courtesy of 203mm rotor disks). 27.5″ wheels are provided by e-bike specialists Thor, with Pirelli tyres to boot. In line with the “urban” branding of the e-Scrambler, you’ll also be able to load up the rear rack with up to 25kg of baggage.
We haven’t had a go on the e-Scrambler yet, although Overdrive says that the low centre of gravity and the design of the alloy frame helps to replicate the feeling of riding a traditional bicycle. Ducati doesn’t officially state the range of a single charge, but the folks over at Electrek predict that a “medium amount” of pedalling should be able to get you around 120km—which is pretty impressive.
The Ducati e-Scrambler won’t come cheap, unless you’re comparing it to Ducati’s actual scrambler motorcycles. In European markets, the e-Scrambler is priced at EUR3,699 (~RM18.4K), while the Ducati Store UK lists the e-bike at GBP3,835 (~RM20.9K). Orders are now open in select markets.
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