2020 has been a rollercoaster ride that some of us would rather forget. So we here at AMERiders are looking forward to 2021 with the New Ducati Scrambler which looks awesome as well as the Distinguished Gentleman’s ride has set a new date for 2021.
To make up for the fact that large gatherings are, shall we say, ill-advised for the moment, Ducati turned to the Internet to showcase its annual World Première event. Instead of the usual, hour-long event during which the firm introduces all the new and returning models to its lineup, it split the event up into five online episodes streamed weekly.
During the first episode that aired on November 4, 2020, we met the all-new Ducati Multistrada V4. The House of Borgo Panigale followed up with the updated new 2021 XDiavel, unveiled during the second episode. Alongside the boosted muscle cruiser, Ducati also introduced a fresh lineup of Scramblers, now compliant with Euro 5 regulations. What’s new for 2021? Colors.
In real Ducati fashion, the Italian maker kept updates to its Scramblers to a minimum and banked on new colorways and versions instead. Something changing a winning formula, I suppose.
The Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled we met back in 2018 gets a Sparking Blue livery for 2021, complete with contrasting red accents and gold wheels. The Scrambler Icon, previously available in bright orange, is now going to come in Ducati Red and 62 Yellow as well.
The most “exciting” change to the lineup is the addition of the Scrambler Nightshift. The new model uses the same underpinnings as the other Scramblers 800 but gets a silver-blue matt colorway with blacked-out features, a straight handlebar with bar-end mirrors, a flat, two-person saddle with tuck and roll pattern, wire-spoke wheels, and number plates on the sides.
The refreshed 2021 Ducati Scrambler Icon starts at $9,695, the Desert Sled starts at $11,995, while the new Scrambler Nightshift starting price is set at $10,995. In the U.S., the 2021 model-years will be available in January while in Canada, they’ll land in the showrooms the following March.
DGR Moves To May 2021
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Due to complications from the coronavirus, 2020’s Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride was a bit different than previous iterations. The ride still went off as scheduled on September 27, 2020—but riders either went out solo or in small “bubble groups” to keep the risk of infection low. It’s easy to see how it may have been bittersweet.
DGR organizers just announced their official date for the 2021 global event—and this time, you don’t have to wait until September. The next DGR will be held on Sunday, May 23, 2021 and organizers are hoping it’ll be bigger than ever.
The explanation for this change, the organizers say, is simple. 2020 caused the team to re-evaluate a lot of things, and rider feedback from all over the globe pointed them toward this move. DGR says it’ll be a permanent shift, and didn’t just happen because 2020 was so weird and they want to get back to normal ASAP—although we’re pretty sure that had something to do with it.
Since it’s a global event that takes place rain or shine, figuring out the best time to schedule so that more people are likely to have decent-ish weather is a definite challenge. Scheduling it for the last Sunday in September every year meant that some northern hemisphere riders had more difficulties than the rest of the group. Organizers are hopeful that this new date will mean more riders everywhere can comfortably participate.
The 2021 event marks the 10-year anniversary of DGR, as well. While the organizers haven’t made any additional announcements about celebratory activities just yet, you can register your interest for the 2021 event here.
So, if you need to get your best dapper gear in good nick for May, you have a few months to do it. Polish your best boots, sew up that one elbow patch that’s starting to come undone from your favorite tweed jacket and get ready to roll Distinguished.
~And as always…
~Live Free Ride Hard~
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