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2018 Ducati Scrambler 1100 Sport: Ne plus ultra

It's not a race bike, it's not for blitzing canyons at breakneck pace, but it has charm for days and wants to make you happy.

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Kyle Hyatt
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2018 Ducati Scrambler 1100 Sport

The 2018 Ducati Scrambler 1100 Sport is a mishmash of old and new but represents the things that make people fall in love with Ducati.

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With a matte black-and-yellow paint scheme, the Scrambler 1100 isn't exactly subtle, but then again who would want it to be?

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Everything you want or need, nothing you don't.

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The fit and finish here is beautifully executed and materials are, almost without exception, fantastic.

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There's no fancy single-sided swingarm to be found here; the Scrambler is all about keeping it simple.

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Don't let the rugged-looking Pirelli tires fool you, this bike is not meant for blazing trails.

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The LED taillight is minimalist but still super bright and instantly noticeable.

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The familiar sweeping exhaust headers of a Ducati L-twin.

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Those things in the exhaust cans are silencers or dB killers and the bike is still gloriously loud with them in.

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The rear brake is a petite single-pot Brembo affair that works well and looks nice.

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The big radial-mounted Brembo brakes on the front of the Scrambler 1100 haul the bike down in a hurry while providing plenty of feel at the lever.

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The Scrambler 1100 is a modern machine with an old, character-filled engine and one helluva looker to boot.

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Despite being retro-round, the Scrambler's headlight features four LEDs around its perimeter and the Ducati shield in the middle.

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The earlier, smaller Scramblers had a simpler instrument setup but the 1100 has all the bells and whistles packed into a relatively small space.

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The switchgear on the Scrambler is one of the few weak points of the bike. Plastics could be nicer, but there is still a ton of function here.

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A hydraulic clutch is a nice touch and gives the lever a light pull with good modulation.

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