The Wild West on a Ducati Scrambler

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by AntiHero, Mar 24, 2015.

  1. DustyRags

    DustyRags Idiot

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    Props, yo. I think the feeling of being alive is exactly why we all ride.
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  2. madeouttaglass

    madeouttaglass Awful Kanauphyl

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    Another AH RR? In!
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  3. hunter_greyghost

    hunter_greyghost XS650 Allroads Traveller

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    I'm in, been looking for a modern bike that fits the bill for me, :clap
    Cheers
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  4. AdrenalineGirl

    AdrenalineGirl Adventure Junky

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    Just when I convinced myself I don't want a Scrambler, you had to go and start this thread.
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  5. scfrank

    scfrank Old farts riding club.

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    Outstanding. :D
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  6. Tim_Tom

    Tim_Tom Long timer

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    Ordered my Scrambler today :evil. My first brand new bike abs first Ducati. I'm pumped!

    Keep riding and posting your thoughts! You have a way with words.
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  7. Dashbaw

    Dashbaw Fat Old Guy

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    Some nice photos. Bike looks good. Scramblers seem to be a topic of conversation more recently at bike meetings.
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  8. Need For Speed

    Need For Speed Ridin' foolishly and frequently

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    ANOTHER ride report?!?!

    :lurk

    Fantastic pictures and narrative, as I have come to expect from you.

    Never stop riding and telling us all about it :evil
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  9. AntiHero

    AntiHero Long timer

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    Sorry--been off the grid for the past 36 hours. Glad to come back and see so many people loving the ride so far. And great to see the feedback on the Scrambler, too. It's about as far from a Panigale as you can get, but still has that certain essence that makes it unmistakably a Ducati when I'm on it. Really, really wanted to unbolt the slip on just to hear it roar, fueling be damned!

    Other than the very first section of Titus Canyon Road that was all washed out with soft patches of gravel, there were no real issues, despite the road looking precarious. At no point did the Scrambler get out of control or threaten to send me down the mountain. Suspension isn't meant to take on boulders at 50mph, but for exploring off-the-beaten path roads, it functions exactly as it should.

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    Made it to Leadfield, a mining 'town' that had a population of up to 300 people in 1925-26.

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    After none of the people looking to get rich got rich, the town closed down and now it's just a few rusty tin buildings and a couple of boarded up mines.

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    Strange geological features abound, like this rock with dual sedimentary layers making it look as if it was painted.

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    And one of the rarest sights of all in DV: Water:

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    Klare Springs, I believe is what it's called. 32 million years ago a rhino like creature roamed in this part of the world, when DV was not a desert. Almost a form of insanity trying to imagine life existing and thriving that far back. 2000 years ago seems like forever. Then multiply that times 500. Then 32. Nuts.

    But can't stand doing calculations forever.

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  10. AutoRoc

    AutoRoc Adventurer

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    Jeep trail, you are seriously offroading and we are so proud!! Is that a shed snake skin above?! :freaky sssssleeeep tight.
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  11. AntiHero

    AntiHero Long timer

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    Only wish I've run into snakes in DV. Haven't seen one in all the times I've visited. Tons of bats, though!

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    Oh and btw, I absolutely hate this Bell Star helmet. Loud, cheap, rattley and uncomfortable. My Shoei is in Ireland still, and this is all I had.
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  12. AntiHero

    AntiHero Long timer

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  13. Horizons

    Horizons Been here awhile

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    DV is a hell of a contrast to the Emerald Isle...
    Loving this RR though. Be criminal to load the Scrambler for any long distance touring. I guess maybe a 30 litre Kriega maximum???
    You mentioned the Road of Bones previously. Do you see Northern Asia as the next great RR on your agenda?
    Anyway in the short term, look forward to seeing you resume your travels through Europe. A completely different set of survival skills required here compared with DV.
    Ride safe.
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  14. Clodhopper55

    Clodhopper55 Can you say ALFALFA?

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    What camera and lenses are you using? Pics are stunning! Do you use manual controls or just go auto?
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  15. Horizons

    Horizons Been here awhile

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    looks like they're originally from an iPhone 6.
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  16. Corky1

    Corky1 Been here awhile

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    Don't know if this was called a scrambler or not ??

    Great bike to ride. Handled just about every thing.

    Corky

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  17. bk brkr baker

    bk brkr baker Long timer

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    That's a R/T. The production version was a 450. The 350 and 250 motors mounted up the same ,so making a 350 version was easy enough.
    Is that you on the bike ?
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  18. Corky1

    Corky1 Been here awhile

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    Yes that is me!!!
    If you were around in them days the pavement ended at Camalu.
    Gas was included in the entry fee. You just pulled into a Pemex station and filled up. Further down you got gas out of a barrel at check points.

    Notice the riding gear.

    Open face Electro helmet
    Goggles with plastic lenses
    Army fatiuge jacket with lots of pockets
    Army web belt with metal canteens
    Leather gloves with black rubber strips across the fingers
    Tank bag with tools, food ( toostie rolls, spam) and a band for first aid kit
    Bill Walter leather riding pants
    Sears lace up line mens boots

    Ahhha the good old days!!!!!:lol3:lol3

    Corky
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  19. AntiHero

    AntiHero Long timer

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    Horizons is right: Most pics are with my iPhone.
    Originally the plan was to ride my 1199 across the Trans Siberian highway, but I think that would be a waste. I'd much rather take something like the Scrambler across Mongolia to Asia. But what I want is looking like it'll be very different than what I can afford. So we shall see.

    Corky: Looks like a hardcore Ducati Scrambler! Great clearance, super light, knobbies. Would love to see a couple more pics if you have 'em (and get more info on the background of the bike).
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  20. AntiHero

    AntiHero Long timer

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    After Titus Canyon, I cruised over to Furnace Creek to soak up some water and attach myself to a cell signal, then headed out to 20 Mule Team Canyon.

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    20 Mule Team Canyon gets its name from the 20 Mule-Team (which were actually 18 Mules and 2 Horses) wagons that hauled Borax out of mines.

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    The wheels of the wagons were made of Iron and measured 6-7 feet tall. Wagons themselves were made of oak and weighed 7800 lbs empty. Total weight of the entire mule train (full): 73,200 lbs. Insane. Only thing worse than being a 20-Mule team operator in the 1880s? Being one of the Mules, of course.

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