Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Somebody step on a Duc?: 1969 Ducati Scrambler

In 2015, Ducati reached back to its past and revived the Scrambler name for a retro bike they call an "Urban Enduro", or something you might be able to ride on an unpaved forest road, but not much farther off the pavement.  The original 1960s Ducati Scrambler was a bike in a similar purpose.  The more things change, the more they stay the same.  Find this 1969 Ducati Scrambler for sale in Portland, OR for $8,000 via craigslist.

The Scrambler was developed at the behest of Berliner Motor Corporation of New York, when Michael Berliner began converting Ducati Dianas for dirt track racing. This 1969 is a second series Scrambler with what is known as the "wide case" engine and wider frame. The engine is a 450cc bevel-driven overhead cammer, putting out about 30 hp. It isn't a desmo however; those were a limited run from 1970 to 1971.  The plain vanilla 450 soldiered on until 1976. This bike has an upgraded ignition system from the stock Bosch system.

Lots of new parts according to the ad were used to put the bike back to stock. Original Scramblers came with a speedo and tach. This one only has a non-original speedometer, so that will give you something to track down this winter while the snow flies.

In addition to a nicely done bike, there are numerous spares that come with including a spare rebuildable carb, rear wheel and sprocket, muffler and more. Additionally, I see a current Oregon license plate, so you should have no issues registering the bike so you can ride it to hipster coffee joints.

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Gianni is Daily Turismo's Pacific Northwest correspondent.  His vintage urban enduro comes from the land of the rising sun.


  1. Such a great motor.
    I built a 250 with intention of AHRMA racing it but having kids put an end to that dream for now.
    I actually had the balls to pull apart the motor and rebuild it. So many shims and strange gear drives. I was so lucky to get it back together
    The 450 has to be a blast.
    [image src="http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a106/sscott55/DSC00486%202_zpsitxfmdvm.jpg" width="400px"/]

    1. Thanks Gianni,
      My father brought me up on BMWs and Ducatis. I miss riding so much but I am scared now and it probably isn't good to ride totally scared. Just saw a rider under a car on Sunday. Old lady turning and a young pack of riders, bad mix.
      However, I may need a 916 someday just to put in the living room.

    2. I hear you. In my post-50 age, cagers scare the heck out of me.

      I have a 100cc Kawasaki Enduro that I only ride around the area I live in on nice Sunday mornings before everyone wakes up. Maybe I need to rethink that given your story about old ladies and Sundays...


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