We were writing about this bike somewhere mid 2014’s, and today, the (still) new Ducati Scrambler has my full blown attention every time I come across one. Their popularity has been nothing short of explosive. The production of each Scrambler begins in the main factory in Borgo Panigale, Italy. Once the engine and trellis frame are complete the parts are sent to a second facility in Thailand for final completion. This allows Ducati to keep costs down, and offer the Scramblers at a price point below what you’d usually see on a tag in a Ducati showroom.
XTR Pepo is a garage that has specialised in Ducati work in the past, and his creations based on production motorcycles from the iconic Italian marque are always something a little bit special. This build started life as a new Ducati Scrambler Icon – but a significant amount has been done to it since Pepo got his tools out and set to work.
The most notable change over the stock Scrambler is the removal of the stock swingarm and its replacement with a swingarm from a Ducati Sport Classic with a cantilever shock conversion. Above the swingarm the rear subframe was removed and replaced entirely, a new shorter seat from a 1970 Ossa Enduro 250 was used, and paired with a fuel tank from an original Ducati De Luxe 250 from 1962.
A new Super Mario exhaust system was fitted and paired with a silencer by Termignoni. A set of modified aluminium fenders were fitted front and back – a little smaller than stock, and a new lightweight lithium ion battery was used to reduce weight slightly.