Two custom Ducati Scramblers are thrumming around Italy this week! The first is called the SC-Rumble and has been custom-commissioned by Ducati and Pirelli by a design boutique called Vibrazioni Art Design.
This Scrambler ditches its multi-spoke wheels and entire factory frame in favor of solid-centered wheels and a bespoke, single-piece chassis. This new framework makes the bike far more compact and wield-y and nimble than ever before.
From some angles, however, the chopped frame results in a fairly odd, mini-bike-like appearance.
Meanwhile, the SC-Rumble’s tank of the bike is wrapped in a rubber coating with tread patterns to match the factory Pirelli tires. Overall, it is the solid wheels that are one of the most memorable elements of the SC-Rumble — and one that normal owners can replicate.
The second custom Ducati Scrambler is from Radikal Chopper, and sticks more closely to customizing the aesthetics and appearance of the Scrambler. A racing faring for the seat-back evokes classic flame motifs, but in a 3D form that is very fresh. Meanwhile, polished alloy surfaces dress the front fork and fuel tank shroud. There is a really cool effect of the bright yellow custom paintwork atop a new exposed-metal look.
Eicma presents the Ducati Scrambler built by Radikal Chopper
- Presentation of the Ducati Scrambler built by customiser Andrea Radaelli, winner of the EICMA Custom International Bike Show 2014
- EICMA and Ducati continue their close partnership
- Radaelli’s creation will be among the star bikes at upcoming events, attended also by Ducati Scrambler
2015 Ducati Scrambler SC-Rumble by VIBRAZIONI
DUCATI SCRAMBLER AND PIRELLI TOGETHER FOR THE SPECIAL EDITION BY VIBRAZIONI® ART DESIGN
The special edition that will be introduced on 22 May at the London “Bike Shed” is called the “SC-Rumble”
In line with the versions of the Scrambler, the bike is fitted with Pirelli MT 60™ RS tyres with the tread replicated on the tank along with the Ducati Scrambler logo
“SC-Rumble” will begin a trip from the British capital that will take it to Biarritz, where it will participate in the “Wheels and Waves” event
Borgo Panigale (Bologna), 21 May 2015 – The technical collaboration between Ducati and Pirelli is an example of successful synergy between two Italian greats which has also involved the new brand from Borgo Panigale: Ducati Scrambler. In fact, all the versions of the Scrambler are fitted with Pirelli MT 60™ RS tyres, developed specifically for the iconic Italian bike.
Thanks to this strong bond, the two companies decided to collaborate on the artistic aspect as well, commissioning Vibrazioni® Art Design to create a work of art on the two-wheeler.
And so the “SC-Rumble” was born, a special edition manufactured as a single unit. Built on the base of a Ducati Scrambler, on the two sides of the tank it has a rubber sheet, laser inscribed with the tread design of the factory tyres and the Scrambler logo.
“SC-Rumble” by Vibrazioni® Art Design will be introduced to the press on 22 May for the London Bike Shed, an event dedicated to special bikes. The public will be able to admire the custom bike on Saturday 23 May and Sunday 24 May. Then, from the British capital, “SC-Rumble” will leave on a trip that will take it to the French town of Biarritz where it will participate in the “Wheels and Waves” show scheduled from 11 to 14 June. Anyone can come along on the trip, which will be documented daily on the Ducati Scrambler Facebook page www.facebook.com/scramblerducati and the Pirelli Moto Facebook page www.facebook.com/pirellimoto.
Vibrazioni® Art Design immediately embraced the project by Ducati and Pirelli that led to the creation of the “SC-Rumble”. The name of this special edition maintains the assonance with Scrambler , and it emphasises a warlike personality and a partiality for dirt roads.
The “SC-Rumble” keeps the factory equipment Pirelli MT 60™ RS tyres mounted on solid rims. The factory frame was shortened at the rear and all the original superstructures were removed in favour of a monocoque frame made from recycled metal sheet of industrial bins, hand hammered and shaped maintaining the original colours. The monocoque frame was then painted with a glossy finish polyurethane clearcoat in order to accentuate its shine and to have a surface smooth to the touch.
The top fairing is made from hand shaped aluminium like the side panels, and houses the headlight made from billet aluminium, with a smoked lens that has a circular LED light guide inspired by the factory Ducati Scrambler headlight. The high exhaust is based on the dedicated Termignoni aftermarket model with a hand-crafted silencer.
The bike’s set up and riding settings were modified thanks to the use of a tailor-made rear shock absorber with a longer wheelbase and the replacement of the factory handlebar with one from the Ducati Streetfighter, which gives the bike a tighter and more reactive ride. One side of the tank has the words Ducati Scrambler hand painted and the other side emphasises the texture of the Pirelli MT 60™ RS tyre tread pattern, laser inscribed on nitride rubber and applied within the body of the tank itself. Two videoclips of the special edition SC-Rumble bike are now online at https://vimeo.com/128457436 and https://vimeo.com/128463891
Scrambler is a brand that includes bikes, apparel and personalising accessories. The Ducati Scrambler is available in four versions, Icon, Urban Enduro, Full Throttle and Classic, which are just the tip of the iceberg to meet the needs and tastes of various types of bikers. Thanks to the wide range of accessories, anyone can create their own Scrambler. The Ducati Scrambler is not a vintage bike, but rather the ideal result of how the famous bike from Borgo Panigale would be today if Ducati had never stopped producing it.
MT 60™ RS is the tyre designed by Pirelli for the Ducati Scrambler, in all its versions. The 3.00’’ x 18’’ front wheels and the 5.50’’ x 17’’ rear wheels that the Ducati Scrambler mounts are, in fact, fitted with the new enduro-street Pirelli MT 60™ RS 110/80 R18 tyres on the front and 180/55 R17 on the rear, specifically created for the Scrambler with a unique knob design that provides excellent performance on any terrain.
MT 60™ RS has always been a reference product in the enduro street segment thanks to its ability to combine sport street performance with traction on unpaved roads. In developing the new sizes that Ducati requested for the four versions of the Scrambler, Pirelli completely redesigned the MT 60™ RS in terms of specifications and performance.
Vibrazioni® Art Design is a multifaceted company located in the countryside of the Italian Romagna region, and it operates in the design field, primarily in interior decoration. Strongly inspired by a passion for engines, it applies to the motorcycle sector the same philosophy that characterises all of its products. Vibrazioni® Art Design is specialised in working with metal sheet recycled from industrial bins of chemical, petrochemical and food companies, then hand worked and inspired by old school craftsmanship. This allows them to create highly expressive products with a balanced blend of past and present and a strong aesthetic impact that makes them iconic and particularly luxurious.
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