Ducati recently unveiled the Euro5-compliant Scrambler 800 range during one of its Global World Premiere episodes. Apart from the updated Desert Sled and Icon, the Italian bikemaker also added a new Nightshift variant in the Scrambler 800 range. The Scrambler 800 range currently serve as one of the most affordable Ducatis out there. The Scrambler 800s were quite popular here too and it is almost certain that Ducati will bring them here after some time. Although Ducati hasn’t made it official and hasn’t made the price announcement, prices of the Scrambler 800 Nightshift and the Desert Sled recently popped up on its website.
The prices are displayed on its official configurator website but it is worth noting that Ducati still hasn’t officially ‘launched’ the updated range here.
The prices are considerably higher than what we would have liked and we are hoping the Ducati might reduce the official prices when it decides to officially launch the Scrambler 800s. The Nightshift is priced at INR 10.7 Lakh and the Desert Sled’s price is listed at INR 11.8 Lakh. For instance, the BS4 Desert Sled used to retail at INR 9.93 Lakh. Paying almost around INR 2 Lakh more for a slightly updated engine and a new livery doesn’t seem justified now, does it?
Ducati Scrambler Nightshift
Talking about the new variant now, the Nightshift is built on the same platform as the other 800s but differs a lot in its styling and riding approach. As the name suggests, the Nightshift is shaded in all black and grey, giving it a stealthy look. This model, with classic lines and dark colours that evoke the atmosphere of the night, is characterized by a straight and narrow handlebar with café racer mirrors.
The number plates and the absence of a rear mudguard in full-throttle style, give the bike a more aggressive touch and make it visually compact. The bike is also equipped with a new flat two-seat saddle, comfortable for both rider and passenger. Complementing its rugged look is the set of dual-purpose Pirelli MT 60 RS tires. Although its riding dynamics won’t really encourage you to go off the road, the tires do provide some visual flair. The air- and oil-cooled 803cc desmodromic engine is black with brushed highlights, while the aluminium belt guards are machine-finished.
Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled
Apart from adding a new variant, Ducati has also updated the Desert Sled and the base Icon variant. The Dakar-inspired Desert Sled model gets a new blue livery in homage to the enduro bikes of the ‘80s with red and white touches on the tank and front mudguard. The look is finished off with gold spoked wheels, as it should be. When it comes to being a true-blue Scrambler with a go-anywhere attitude, there’s no matching the Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled. The new anti-slip lining for the seat, together with the 200mm fork travel and headlight mesh guard as standard underline its true off-road character.
Despite being Euro5 compliant, the Scrambler 800s continue to make 73 horsepower @ 8250 rpm and 49 ft/lbs @ 5750 rpm. The 803cc comes mated to a 6-speed gearbox with hydraulically actuated assist-and-slipper clutch.