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Ducati Scrambler Concepts: Inspired by Mad Max?

At the 2024 Bike Shed Moto Show in London, Ducati unveiled two concepts, which are claimed to be inspired by post-apocalyptic cinema and TV shows. Both the concepts showcased have all the electronics along with creature comforts and appear to be ready to take on a post-apocalyptic world.

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Ducati CR24I

If you feel that you have seen this before, then it is not a Deja Vu. Ducati showcased a similar motorcycle with the exact same name back in 2017. However, the brand wants to take you even further back in time. The Centro Stile Ducati workshop designed the bikes to evoke the British cafe racer trend of the '60s.

The motorcycle has a narrow retro-inspired bikini fairing mounted to the tanks and wrapping the circular headlight. A similar design cues of previous icons like Pantah and the 750 SS, with a modern twist. Complementing the contemporary looks, the bike carries bar-end mirrors, clip-on handlebars and a single seat. However, a pillion saddle can be attained by detaching the rear cowl. Ducati has also replaced the 18-inch wheels from Scrambler with 17-inch black alloy wheels. To announce its arrival, the Italian motorcycle manufacturer fitted a Termignoni exhaust. Needless to say, the Ducati CR24I justifies each and everything required for a cafe racer when it comes to the looks at least.

Ducati RR241

The Ducati RR241 looks like your normal Ducati Scrambler, with minimal body panels but with striking colours that are in no way subtle. If the post-apocalyptic world is anything like the one seen in Mad Max, then you would definitely be happy to have luggage racks on the tank and at the rear for the long rides. The Termignoni exhaust is set higher on RR241, creating a distinctive appeal while sounding quintessentially Italian. Unlike the CR24I, the Ducati RR241 wears Pirelli Scorpion Rally tyres on 18-inch and 17-inch spoke rims, at the front and the rear, respectively. The motorcycle also has a shortened beak at the front, clip-on handlebars, and just a single seat that completes the look. However, a removable pillion seat is also present.

Both the concept bikes have the same heart – an 803cc, air-cooled L-twin Ducati Desmodue engine. The potent motor churns out 72hp and 65Nm. There is no information on the launch of these concepts. Hopefully, Ducati is not waiting for an apocalypse.

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TopGear Magazine June 2024