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Scrambler Ducati....yep...its back!

Discussion in 'Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports' started by Jbone11 11, Jun 9, 2014.

  1. RealOldDualSportGuy

    RealOldDualSportGuy If we can't laugh, we will all go insame Supporter

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    Anyone?
  2. 309

    309 Special Purpose

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    Now that I’ve been riding the Scrambler a good bit, it’s time for...

    Gripes:

    The bike is too damn small. I knew it was small. I generally like small bikes though I haven’t owned one in a long time. I like how easy they are to throw around. As it turns out, my age and knee problems mean I can’t adapt to them the way I used to. Spending much time on the Scrambler makes my knees hurt. I’m thinking I’ll have a custom seat made. By my measurements taking the dip out of the seat and making it essentially flat will give me a couple of more inches of leg room. A significant difference that I think will help.

    What it won’t help with is:

    WTF were they thinking with those passenger peg mounts? Once the road gets twisty and fun I need to put my toes up on the pegs to keep from dragging them on the ground. Doing so means my heels are splayed way the hell out by the passenger peg mounts. This ruins the narrow feel of the bike and adds to the discomfort. I may just have to live with this one as doing anything about it appears to be a major undertaking.

    I still dig the Scrambler. It’s beautiful. The motor is sweet. Power to weight ratio makes for a fun ride. Handling is really nice despite the budget suspension. I plan to keep it for a long time and will do what I can to rectify the comfort issues. Just sharing the gripes that were on my mind during my morning ride today.
  3. LuciferMutt

    LuciferMutt Rides slow bike slow

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    I agree, the ergonomics of the bottom half of the bike are not good. The placement of the stock exhaust and passenger peg brackets are terrible for riders who put their toes on the pegs. Above the seat things are OK, IMO, depending on your handlebar. I found the Icon bar way too high and far back (I'm tall) but the FT bar is much better. I'd probably be even happier with the Cafe clip ons.
  4. 309

    309 Special Purpose

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    FT bar was stock on my bike and is perfect for me. I agree that he cockpit ergonomics are great.
  5. JohninVT

    JohninVT Long timer

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    74C70DE8-FA9D-4A2C-B53E-EEB2C9E1A44A.jpeg 244B9770-E755-4E99-A923-D0058B951CCB.jpeg I loved the drivetrain, luggage and looks of my Guzzi 1400 Touring but couldn’t come to terms with the cruiser ergonomics and pushing 700+ pounds around in the driveway got old. I sold it and bought a leftover 2018 Classic Street this week for $3000 off MSRP. I already know I’ll be springing for the comfort seat. Here’s the last Ducati I owned:
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  6. YamaGeek

    YamaGeek Skeletor sparklemuffin.

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    Pretenders. DUC_7_21_2.JPG
  7. JohninVT

    JohninVT Long timer

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    Picked up my Street Classic last weekend. I rode it a couple hundred miles and then put it up for the Winter....in the living room. E72FAC15-E103-404E-A150-9D35632B4280.jpeg

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  8. 309

    309 Special Purpose

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    Picked up a new Renazco seat from @motogon. I'm not completely sold on the looks because it's sort of huge, but I think the color and the suede match the retro theme of the bike well.

    I can say from just sitting on it in the driveway that it's way more comfortable. Gives me some of the leg room I needed. Can't wait to give it a test tomorrow.

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  9. DesertPilot

    DesertPilot Been here awhile

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    I'd been wondering about those Renazco seats. Thansk for the photos, and keep us posted!
  10. 309

    309 Special Purpose

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    I put in a good day on it yesterday and found the seat to be a big improvement over stock. It's taller, which helps with leg room. It also allows me to change position much easier. On the straights I could scoot back for a wide seat and less bend to the knees then scoot forward for control in the fun parts. I've decided I like the looks too. Recommended.
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  11. DesertPilot

    DesertPilot Been here awhile

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    The fuel guageon my 2019 Icon stopped workinmg. Then, two days later, for no apparent reason, it started working again. Was the float stuck or was this an example of the remarkable character ('carattere') that makes Italian machinery so treasured and distinctive?

    Life is full of mysteries... :D
  12. 309

    309 Special Purpose

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    I’m a sucker for heated grips but I wasn’t willing to shell out the big $$ Ducati wants for theirs. I still wanted a clean install though so I did a little research...

    Looking at this pic of the wiring for the factory heated grip connections I saw that the plugs used to blank off the connectors had wires attached.

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    I removed those and spliced them to the wiring for some $45 Symtec stick on heated grips. Had my local shop activate the controls and presto, warm hands.

    Just putting it out there that you can have heated grips using the factory controls without shelling out the big bucks.
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  13. LuciferMutt

    LuciferMutt Rides slow bike slow

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    Unlikely that the fuel gauge uses a float, but a bimetallic sensor strip of some kind. Any number of foreign substances on the strip could make it not work right.
  14. DesertPilot

    DesertPilot Been here awhile

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    You could well be right. Now I've grown curious. I'll have to look it up.. someday... when it's raining too hard to go riding...
  15. JohninVT

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    I had an interesting experience on the Scrambler forum. I posted a WTB for a Comfort Seat a couple weeks ago. Last week I received message from a forum member saying I should contact his friend who had one for sale and he provided an email. I emailed the guy and got a response a day later saying he had a seat and to pay by Paypal. I asked for pictures. He sent pics of a different seat. I responded that I wanted the Scrambler seat. He apologized, sent pictures of a Scrambler seat and asked if we had a deal. Alarms went off so I went back and looked at the forum member's profile that referred the seller and found that the guy had created a profile, sent me a message the same day and hadn't been on the board since. Sooooo...I emailed the seller, told him I didn't think he was legit and I was no longer interested. He didn't bother responding.

    Anyway, I'm looking for a comfort seat if anyone has one.
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  16. DesertPilot

    DesertPilot Been here awhile

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    I have now determined, beyond any shadow of a doubt, that I cannot ride the Scrambler to New Idria -- unless I could somehow add 2 more gallons of gas and considerably more skill and stamina that I actually possess. But I had a terrific amount of fun trying :D

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  17. LuciferMutt

    LuciferMutt Rides slow bike slow

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    So I'm starting to think my FT is not running quite right.

    I had the 15K service done right on time back in June -- belts, valves, plugs, oil, etc. They had to change shims on both exhaust closers. It's got 17K on it now.

    Lately though, I'm noticing a hesitation/surging/bucking feel at constant throttle around 4k RPM -- like I'm steadily cruising at 4K RPM and the bike hesitates and feels like it's missing. This problem seems to be getting worse. Yesterday, I started the bike when it was warm after running an errand and the idle dropped suddenly and it almost stalled. That has never happened before. Then the bike "coughed" and backfired/cut out when I tried to rev-match a downshift a block later.

    Also, cold idle seems higher than usual, and when you blip the throttle when it's cold, the revs hang a bit and don't drop down as fast as they used to. This problem seems to go away when the bike is warm.

    I feel like the bike runs worse now after the 15k service than it did before, but it's all subtle stuff. :baldy Are there sensors or servos that go out of adjustment that might need attention?
  18. marc2

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    Maybe an 02 sensor is playing up but I would have thought that it would trigger the engine warning light.

    My Icon at 19000 miles started playing up with odd hesitations eventually turning into running on one cylinder when hot. New plugs didn't sort the problem so I changed the front cylinder coil and ht lead - problem solved.

    It was probably the ht lead as it sits out in all the mud and rain but I just swapped the coil as well as I picked them up cheap second-hand on fleabay.

    Is your battery okay? A dodgy battery can sometimes upset the ecu.

    Hope you get it sorted.
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  19. RealOldDualSportGuy

    RealOldDualSportGuy If we can't laugh, we will all go insame Supporter

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    Check the negative battery connection at the battery.

    Corrosion is not your friend.

    YRMV
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  20. LuciferMutt

    LuciferMutt Rides slow bike slow

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    Battery is original from 2016 but the connections are tight, corrosion free, and the bike cranks over just like it always has. I don't ride in the rain or mud so the coils and HT leads have never gotten covered in muck. Is there a way to test the coils?