Ducati showcased concept and custom built Scramblers from Italy, California, and France at the Wheels and Waves Festival in Biarritz. Apart from these motorcycles, Ducati also had the Ducati Scrambler riding school.
The Desert Sled Concept is based on an 800cc Scrambler and is created by the Californian designer Alex Earle. This concept bike has got its inspiration from generations of Southern California desert riders. It features various styling cues from the scramblers and desert sleds of the 60’s and 70’s and has got electronics and engineering of today. The motorcycle was ranked among the top three places in the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2017 in the “Concept Bike” category.
Another motorcycle that was put up on the display was the Fuoriluogo. It is built by Unit Garage on the basis of an idea by journalist Roberto Ungaro. This one has been modified to be a proper off-roader, and therefore, has a stubbier tank and a Termignoni exhaust. The custom kit also includes a quick-release pannier and a toolbox positioned under the swingarm.
There were two more custom-built Ducati Scramblers directly from the Bad Winners workshop in Paris. These two motorcycles are based a Ducati Scrambler 800 and 1100 and are built by renowned French customizer Walid. The 1100 was being customized during the event itself, and even the attending public was invited to jump in and help with the build.
The Scrambler 800 will take part in the El Rollo Flat Track race. Here, the Parisian customizer offers us a motorcycle with taut lines, giving the project a striking silhouette and that typical Flat Track look. Putting the custom motorcycle through its paces on the El Rollo dirt track will be a specialized rider, Zoe David.
The Ducati Flat Track School gave enthusiasts an opportunity to get some Flat Track experience with two revered instructors – Frank Chatokhine and Zoe David. Riding Ducati Scrambler Sixty2 bikes, specially customized for the occasion, participants learned how to drift around oval dirt tracks safely.