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FIRST LOOK Ducati Scrambler 1100 Tribute PRO – retro looks and bang-up-to-date technology

Italian masters pay homage to 50-year anniversary of their first air-cooled twin

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Ducati Scrambler 1100 Tribute Pro - Ducati's nod to 50 years of air-cooled twin heritage

Ducati Scrambler 1100 Tribute Pro - Ducati's nod to 50 years of air-cooled twin heritage

Ducati Scrambler 1100 Tribute Pro

Ducati Scrambler 1100 Tribute Pro

Ducati Scrambler 1100 Tribute Pro

Ducati Scrambler 1100 Tribute Pro

Ducati Scrambler 1100 Tribute Pro

Ducati Scrambler 1100 Tribute Pro

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Ducati Scrambler 1100 Tribute Pro - Ducati's nod to 50 years of air-cooled twin heritage

The team from Ducati have been busy with the Scrambler range and have now revealed a choice of new models for the coming 2022 season. These new machines from the Italian company’s ‘Land of Joy’ include the Ducati Scrambler 1100 Tribute PRO.

This bike was created to pay homage to the 50-year anniversary of the first air-cooled twin in their range. While this one comes with a host of new technology and real-world usable power, it still manages to carry off that 1970s cool look and feel.

It does this so very well because it has been created by the Scrambler department in the Ducati factory. These people have designed and built their new bike with both those of us who like our modern-classic bikes as well as those motorcycle history enthusiasts in mind. The Centro Stile Ducati was inspired by iconic Ducati design elements of the 1970s. These include that special ‘Giallo Ocra' livery, as well as including the Ducati logo of the time which was designed by the legendary Giorgetto Giugiaro.

Sitting on a set of those spoked wheels, which are black and blend perfectly with the tones of the celebratory livery, the deal is sealed. Distinctive stylistic bits and pieces are represented by the simple yet very cool round mirrors as well as the now-almost-compulsory brown seat with its dedicated stitching.

It’s not just a pretty face, as it’s quite usable too. The design is original, with a new chassis and a decent engine of 1,079cc that produces 85bhp. While it’s not exactly in Panigale territory, it’s not gutless either and as a real-world bike it has all the power that’s needed to make it a machine that could be lived with every day. This is in no small part due to the generous torque curve to be found at around the 4,750rpm mark.

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Ducati Scrambler 1100 Tribute Pro

Ducati Scrambler 1100 Tribute Pro

Ducati Scrambler 1100 Tribute Pro

The ‘Tribute’ has three riding modes, as well as a choice of traction control settings. There’s an LED headlight. It looks the part and  it rides as it should. It’s as simple as that.

These days everything made by the company comes with Cornering ABS, be it Ducati or Scrambler Ducati. This system has been around for a few years now and is proven to offer a safer ride. This is thanks to the fact that it guarantees higher levels of safety even when braking with the bike at an angle when compared to standard systems. The people at Ducati are to be commended for using this system on their machinery.

Speaking of smart tech, the bike is also designed to accept the Ducati Multimedia System. This piece of cleverness allows a smartphone to be connected to the bike via Bluetooth, thereby allowing you to know who you’re blanking on the phone while picking your favourite songs and playing them through your comms system in your helmet. A USB charging socket is positioned under the rider’s end of the seat and is standard.

This new model will be available at the Rosso Ducati dealership here in Dublin from November 2021. Additional good news for novice riders is that all of the Ducati Scrambler models will also available in a 35-kW version for those of you on A2 license holders.

You can visit the ‘Land of Joy’ at Rosso Ducati in Dublin, where you’ll find Declan is only too happy to help. Contact him on 01-4642211 to book a test ride, subject to the usual Ts and Cs.

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