Two new Ducati Scrambler based customs made their debut at the Motor Bike Expo 2017 in Verona, showcasing the seemingly endless possibilities for customisation available to owners of Ducati’s best-selling range of bikes.

The Ducati Scrambler R/T and Essenza were both unveiled at the show, both showcasing opposite ends of the modern custom scene.

The Scrambler R/T, built by Anil Motociclette in Parma, Italy, takes the Scrambler the closest to its off-road roots that we’ve yet seen. Stripping it down to the bare essentials with high and wide handlebars offering plenty of steering input.

“By giving it a modern twist as if today’s motocross world had lurched sideways and by bringing some of the styling traits of the seventies into the present day”, the two builders said.

The fuel tank has been shaped to reflect that of the 70s model, but has been modified to match the modern frame perfectly, while the handlebars mirror the classic design seen in Californian desert competitions. Likewise, the seat also stemmed from a re-think of the original model: it’s in cow hide to give the bike that inimitable 1970s American stuntman look. “The Scrambler Special R/T carries the number 53 because”, explains Anvil Motociclette, “that’s the number of days it took us to customise it!”.

The Essenza on the other hand, has gone for a more road-biased build, building their Scrambler into a beautiful café racer.

Built by South Garage in Milan, the Essenza won the award Best in Show at the Concours d’Elegance organised by Italian magazine Motociclismo.

Aesthetically it resembles the original Ducati Scrambler without intrusive work on frame or suspension. “The style of the Scrambler Essenza stems from a modern, refined ‘Steam Punk’ reading in which superb craftsmanship, the quest for superlative materials, tone and finish are all combined with technical solutions of no small significance”, stated the South Garage customisers.
The Scrambler family is one of Ducati’s most successful, blending classic air-cooled technology with modern style. Last year Ducati sold over 15,500 of the bikes, a result in part thanks to the introduction of the smaller capacity Scrambler Sixty2.