ClevelandMoto 153 Again with the Scramblers?!? Motorcycle chat and other distractions.
By Phil Waters
Dustin Johnny Chrome Chris Smith Steve Hoffert Johnny Mac Hoffert gets a new Helix (and rides it to the podcast) and he admits that he might be ok with Ducati's afterall. Now he's gotta have a Ducati 950 MultiStrada Ok, so after about 22 minutes of "Squirrel!~?" we finally get to our topic....SCRAMBLERS! Everybody's got a damned scrambler...it's gotten out of control and apparently I've been exposed to it long enough that I'm starting to want one... The Guzzi Stornello - Normal Msrp $11,190 but you're getting $2000 off if you can find one still in stock, only 500 were released into America. You're gonna spend $9190 - But, It's an $8990 Stone with over $3500 worth of goodies on it, 2 year warranty and it's under 400 lbs wet, and it comes with Brembo's, Italian top-quality dual sport tires, arrow stainless pipe and legit ground clearance. 47 HP/ 45 Torques and a 6 gallon gas tank. Runs happily on 89 octane. 6 speed transmission and shaft drive. Triumph Street Scrambler $10,700 54hp 59 torques, 517 lbs. wet, And who can argue with the Triumph Marketing Program? 3.2 Gallon fuel tank, 5 speed Chain Drive transmission, 91 octane, $8699 For a 950cc woot! - 3.4 Gallon tank, 550 lbs wet, 5.5" ground clearance (unoaded!) 48 hp 54 torques, 5 speed belt drive transmission. Ducati Desert Sled $11,395 (for the red, white is $200 more)803cc - 55hp 50 Torques, 6 speed Chain, 456 lbs. (why so heavy?) 3.57 Gallons of 91 octane. Honda CL450 Price $7371 ($1035 in 1968) the grand-daddy of Scramblers430 lbs wet. 43 Hp 41 Torques, 2.4 Gal Tank, 5 speed Chain drive. 1972 Triumph T100c Scrambler - 2017 Price $8549 (1972 price $1199) HP38 Torque 28, 4 speed Chain, 371 Wet Weight, 2.75 Gallons of 91 octane. Our point is today's Scramblers aren't that different from the bikes of 40 years ago! Sure, they might have a few more HP, but they're also heavier and hopefully their reliability makes up for their added complications. The original Black Bomber Honda CB450 After sales weren't what they were hoping for they converted it into the CB450D So, 50 years ago Manufacturers were doing the exact same thing they're doing today...sales are slow? Make it a scrambler.