1965 Ducati 250 Scrambler - March 2019 Window Bike
For March our window bike is this 1965 Ducati 250 Scrambler owned by our friend Nicholas. It's been beautifully restored and has gotten a ton of attention since landing in our front window.
The Ducati 250 Scrambler was steeped full of design cues that became standard elements of off-road machines – tiny gas tank, abbreviated fenders and solo saddle – sort of a cross between a bobber and a scrambler. Ducati’s U.S. importer Joseph Berliner liked the looks of his brother Michael’s converted Ducati 250 flat-tracker, and convinced the factory to build something similar but with lights, so that Ducati would have something for the street-scrambler trend just getting started in America in the early 1960s.
In 365 Motorcycles You Must Ride the authors rightly call those first Ducati Scramblers, “The key to solidifying Ducati’s place in the American market,” going on to explain, “Sometimes you don’t want to be crouched behind a fairing on a long, lefthand sweeper at speed. Sometimes you just want to sit up and cruise to the beach and wave at girls. But you still want to be on a Ducati. Thanks to importer Joe Berliner, you can. He convinced Ducati to build the Scrambler.”
If you'd like to see if in person it will be in the window until the end of the month!