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.