In the first half of March 2022, Ducati launched the special edition version of the range-topping variant of the Scrambler series, the Scrambler 1100 Tribute Pro. Priced at a hefty premium over the standard Scrambler 1100 Pro, the Ducati Scrambler 1100 Tribute Pro was launched to commemorate the 50th-anniversary edition of the air-cooled twin-cylinder engine configuration introduced by Ducati. This motorcycle gets a few cosmetic differences over the standard Scrambler 1100 Pro and moves closer to the direct rival, the BMW R nineT Scrambler, in terms of price.
Here, we are comparing these two motorcycles, the Ducati Scrambler 1100 Tribute Pro and BMW R nineT Scrambler, to find out which one of the two comes out as the best and most desirable scrambler motorcycle in the country:
The standard version of the Ducati Scrambler 1100 Pro is priced at Rs 10.99 lakh. The Scrambler 1100 Tribute Pro limited-edition motorcycle carries a hefty premium and carries a price tag of Rs 12.89 lakh. However, it is still considerably cheaper than the BMW R nineT Scrambler, which is priced much higher at Rs 16.75 lakh, thus making it almost Rs 4 lakh more expensive than the Scrambler 1100 Tribute Pro.
|Variants||Ducati Scrambler 1100 Tribute Pro||BMW R nineT Scrambler|
|Price||Rs 12.89 lakh||Rs 16.75 lakh|
(Both prices mentioned above are ex-showroom, pan India)
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Engine and Chassis
Both the Ducati Scrambler 1100 Tribute Pro and BMW R nineT Scrambler are two of the most powerful scrambler motorcycles money can buy, with bot getting twin-cylinder, air-cooled engines displacing more than 1,000cc in capacity. However, the marginally bigger engine of the R nineT Scrambler makes the most of its displacement advantage and produces much higher power and torque outputs when compared to the Scrambler 1100 Tribute Pro – almost 23 bhp of more power and 28 Nm of more torque.
When it comes to suspension, while the front suspension of the Scrambler 1100 Tribute Pro feels better with the wider upside-down forks, the single-sided setup at the rear of the R nineT Scrambler feels more sophisticated. Also, while the R nineT Scrambler has a bigger front wheel, the Scrambler 1100 Tribute Pro has a wider rear tyre.
|Specifications||Ducati Scrambler 1100 Tribute Pro||BMW R nineT Scrambler|
|Engine||Four-stroke, air cooled, L-twin, Desmodromic 1079cc||Four-stroke, air/oil cooled, twin-cylinder, Boxer 1170cc|
|Power||86 bhp @ 7,500 rpm||109 bhp @ 7,250 rpm|
|Torque||88 Nm @ 4,750 rpm||116 Nm @ 6,000 rpm|
|Front suspension||45mm upside-down Marzocchi hydraulic telescopic forks||43mm hydraulic telescopic forks|
|Rear suspension||Progressive linkage with adjustable Kayaba mono-shock with aluminium double-sided swing-arm||Cast-aluminium single-sided swing-arm with BMW Motorrad Paralever mono-shock with rebound-stage adjustable damping|
|Front tyre||120/70 ZR18 tubeless||120/70 R19 tubeless|
|Rear tyre||180/55 ZR17 tubeless||170/60 R17 tubeless|
|Front brake||Dual 320 mm discs||Dual 320 mm discs|
|Rear brake||Single 245 mm disc||Single 265 mm disc|
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Retaining the traditional stance of a proper old-school scrambler motorcycle, the Ducati Scrambler 1100 Tribute Pro and BMW R nineT Scrambler have got a nice and tall road presence. While the Scrambler 1100 Tribute Pro is marginally longer and wider, the R nineT is slightly taller, has more wheelbase and weighs more in comparison. Both the motorcycles have a seat height of more than 800 mm, with that of the R nineT Scrambler more by 10 mm.
|Dimensions||Ducati Scrambler 1100 Tribute Pro||BMW R nineT Scrambler|
|Length||2190 mm||2175 mm|
|Width||920 mm||865 mm|
|Height||1290 mm||1330 mm|
|Wheelbase||1514 mm||1527 mm|
|Kerb weight||211 kg||223 kg|
|Seat height||810 mm||820 mm|
Design and Features
With the Scrambler 1100 Tribute Pro, Ducati has just managed to make the Scrambler 1100 look more delicious in its appearance. The motorcycle is exclusively available in the shade of Giallo Ocra (yellow). Apart from this exclusive colour, the features which set it apart from the standard Scrambler 1100 Pro are painted stripes and retro Ducati logo on the fuel tank, a brown-coloured padded seat and black-coloured wired spoke wheels.
In addition to these, the Ducati Scrambler 1100 Tribute Pro retains the other design bits and features of the standard Scrambler 1100 Pro, like rounded halogen headlamp, LED turn indicators and tail lamps, chopped front and rear fenders, rear tyre hugger, high-mounted vertically-stacked dual exhausts and a cool-looking offset fully digital instrument console with asymmetric housings for various data.
In comparison, the BMW R nineT Scrambler tries to justify its premium over the Scrambler 1100 Tribute Pro with its more premium rounded LED headlamp, LED tail lamp and turn indicators, leather seat, high-mounted vertically-stacked dual exhausts on the opposite side. The classic-looking part-digital instrument console of the R nineT looks a bit dated in front of the fully-digital unit of the Scrambler 1100 Tribute Pro.
When it comes to electronics, the BMW R nineT Scrambler comes equipped with automatic stability control, two riding modes (rain and road) and a USB charging socket, with an optional package including two additional riding modes (Pro and Dirt), heated grips, adaptive cruise control and spoke wheels with off-road spec tyres offered at a premium. The Ducati Scrambler 1100 Tribute Pro feels equally specced with features like riding modes, power modes, cornering ABS and traction control on offer.
With the Scrambler 1100 Tribute Pro, Ducati has just managed to make the Scrambler 1100 Pro a bit more lucrative to look at. However, the limited additional aesthetic bits it comes over the standard Scrambler 1100 Pro just don’t justify the additional premium of almost Rs 2 lakh.
However, even at the price of Rs 12.89 lakh, the Scrambler 1100 Tribute Pro is much more affordable to buy than the almost equally-equipped BMW R nineT Scrambler. For the additional premium of almost Rs 4 lakh, the BMW R nineT Scrambler offers you more power and torque from the slightly bigger engine and a couple of premium features. If you value the added performance the R nineT Scrambler offers, it is worth the stretch to make.