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Old 14th March 2019, 02:27 AM
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Hey lads,

I've been off the bike for about 2 years now after selling my Street Triple R. To be honest, the reason why I sold the Triumph was I had a significant injury and between that and my lack of control over my right hand (throttle not wanking) I was worried I was going to make it worse! Loved it.

I want to get back on a bike for a 15k commute in and out of the city.

I'm a big fan of classic style/naked bikes. I have been considering things like the Scrambler/Bonneville after looking at the Royal Enfields and Heralds and coming to the conclusion that they were poor.

I'm close to pulling the trigger on the Cafe Racer Scrambler but wanted to know any experienced feedback. It has a good power to weight ratio, a driving position I like, seem's quite controllable for a busy commute and it looks cool imo.

Any thoughts?
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Old 14th March 2019, 08:02 AM
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Default Re: Opinions on the Ducati Scrambler

Get a test spin on one before you buy.
A lot of wedge to find out it doesn't suit.
Ducati dublin may not offer this but they should to sell units.
If not head up north to milsport Ducati where they will gladly look after you.
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Old 14th March 2019, 08:33 AM
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Cafe racer may put unneccessay weight on wrists and could exacerbate your previous injury...

Not sure of circumstance but something like a cbr1000 might be better (naked/modern retro)

Just my 2 cents
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Old 14th March 2019, 09:00 AM
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I have a Yamaha xsr700.

It has higher handlebars than my old Ducati monster and is significantly more comfortable to ride because of the more upright riding position.

It's not quite as stylish as the scrambler but it's pretty easy to customize and the engine is great.
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Old 14th March 2019, 09:44 AM
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Love the idea of the Duke Scrambler. Don't know anyone with one though. I see they have 9(!) different variants - probably best to get one with higher handlebars.
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Old 14th March 2019, 10:30 AM
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Know 2 guys with scramblers one urban enduro and the other the full throttle...they both love the bike great fun to ride although shock a bit basic, no reliability issues with them. Quite a small size bike. There is a 1100 version too but it's not that much more powerful and heavier. New triumph speed twin looks good too.
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Old 14th March 2019, 01:18 PM
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Test ride Ducati & Yamaha xsr700.
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Old 14th March 2019, 05:17 PM
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Rode one for a full day,really class little yoke. Ideal for what you want.
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Old 15th March 2019, 11:51 PM
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I’ve a Desert Sled for the past 2 years and I love it. I have a similar commute to you and use it every day. It’s perfect for what I want even though it only has 75 horses. Definitely try one if you can, I found the cafe racer too small for me but I love the extra height of the Sled. Rosso have a cafe racer at the moment that they may let you test ride?

I had the use of an 1100 a couple of times. It has nice touches like rider modes but not much extra power. I’ll be sticking with my Sled. Happy to try answer any questions you have.
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Old 20th March 2019, 03:38 PM
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THanks for all of the feedback guys.

I spent some time sitting on the Cafe Racer, the full throttle and the sled. To be honest, the seating position and potential to modify has me liking the full throttle. Im not sure on things like the high mirrors or the rear number plate holder as it takes away from the classic scrambler look but removing these is easy and can still retain that seating position.

I am going to take a test ride on Saturday but feeling positive about it.
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Old 21st March 2019, 09:04 AM
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Another vote for the XSR, you get the looks, mighty twin engine cheaper to buy and Yamaha reliability.

Scramblers are lovely looking yokes but too overpriced in my opinion.
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Old 21st March 2019, 10:38 AM
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My biggest problem at the moment is insurance. My last policy expired over 2 years ago so I have lost my NCB so the quotes I'm getting are all in excess of 2k.

Any ideas? Seems bizarre. Is it loaded because of the make/model?
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Old 21st March 2019, 01:30 PM
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No garage and shady are you live in? Might be the cause. Oh and of course if it's brand new. Try 2-3 years old and the insurance price will drop half way me thinks...

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Old 21st March 2019, 04:44 PM
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The triumph scrambler is a good looking yoke too. Seems to be getting good reviews. It can do off road well and consequently would be good for our shitty roads.
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Old 22nd March 2019, 12:17 AM
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Those Scrambler/Desert Shed things are cool looking alright - but good offroad ? I'd say they'd be the same as all those 'Adventure' yokes out there ffs - about on a par with your average Deauville :)
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Old 22nd March 2019, 08:50 PM
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Originally Posted by elmo
My biggest problem at the moment is insurance. My last policy expired over 2 years ago so I have lost my NCB so the quotes I'm getting are all in excess of 2k.

Any ideas? Seems bizarre. Is it loaded because of the make/model?
When I insured mine I was told that it had to be comprehensive cover by some ofthe insurers and others said it would only be covered if I fitted an alarm. I’ve over 15 years without a claim. If you reduce the replacement value it may be cheaper but not sure you want to do that with a new bike.
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Old 22nd March 2019, 08:55 PM
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Originally Posted by -alan-
Those Scrambler/Desert Shed things are cool looking alright - but good offroad ? I'd say they'd be the same as all those 'Adventure' yokes out there ffs - about on a par with your average Deauville :)
Ducati beefed up the frame and suspension to handle off road stuff. A few over on another forum take them off-road with no issues and I think there’s a guy from the UK trying to do a round the world on one. The reviews when they were launched seemed impressed by the off road ability. They’re good at getting over speed bumps st least
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Old 22nd March 2019, 10:11 PM
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Originally Posted by Mailiam
Ducati beefed up the frame and suspension to handle off road stuff. A few over on another forum take them off-road with no issues and I think there’s a guy from the UK trying to do a round the world on one. The reviews when they were launched seemed impressed by the off road ability. They’re good at getting over speed bumps st least
Two things:

(i) Google Nick Sanders / R1
(ii) Tesco car parks do not count as off-road - irrespective of how big yer empty aluminium panniers are
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Old 23rd March 2019, 01:28 PM
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Originally Posted by -alan-
Those Scrambler/Desert Shed things are cool looking alright - but good offroad ? I'd say they'd be the same as all those 'Adventure' yokes out there ffs - about on a par with your average Deauville :)
Not sure about that dude. Have a look at this:

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Old 23rd March 2019, 02:17 PM
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Originally Posted by Frankkilty
Not sure about that dude. Have a look at this:


Fuxache, I've been through worse on road bikes. That's like a decent road around here.
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