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2021 Ducati Scrambler Nightshift First Ride Review Gallery

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We swing a leg over the 2021 Ducati Nightshift in this motorcycle review.

We swing a leg over the 2021 Ducati Nightshift in this motorcycle review. (Tim Keeton/Impact Images/)
Loosely based on the old Ducati Monster 796 (803cc) engine, in 2021 the motor remains unchanged, with quoted power output of 73 hp at 8,250 rpm and 48.8 pound-feet at 5,750 rpm.

Loosely based on the old Ducati Monster 796 (803cc) engine, in 2021 the motor remains unchanged, with quoted power output of 73 hp at 8,250 rpm and 48.8 pound-feet at 5,750 rpm. (Tim Keeton/Impact Images/)
There are now essentially three 803cc models to choose from, the standard Icon, the off-road-biased Desert Sled, and the Nightshift, which we have on test. The Café Racer and Full Throttle have been removed from the lineup for 2021.

There are now essentially three 803cc models to choose from, the standard Icon, the off-road-biased Desert Sled, and the Nightshift, which we have on test. The Café Racer and Full Throttle have been removed from the lineup for 2021. (Tim Keeton/Impact Images/)
On the road, away from the track, you don’t really need much more for a relaxed and sometimes spirited ride.

On the road, away from the track, you don’t really need much more for a relaxed and sometimes spirited ride. (Tim Keeton/Impact Images/)
As expected, tubular steel trellis frame and supported by nonadjustable Kayaba fork and Kayaba single shock on the rear, with preload adjustment only.

As expected, tubular steel trellis frame and supported by nonadjustable Kayaba fork and Kayaba single shock on the rear, with preload adjustment only. (Tim Keeton/Impact Images/)
Two-channel cornering ABS, which was introduced in 2019, but still no traction control or rider modes.

Two-channel cornering ABS, which was introduced in 2019, but still no traction control or rider modes. (Tim Keeton/Impact Images/)
With reasonably welcoming ergonomics and a new and comfortable flat seat, embarking on some serious miles on the Nightshift isn’t unthinkable.

With reasonably welcoming ergonomics and a new and comfortable flat seat, embarking on some serious miles on the Nightshift isn’t unthinkable. (Tim Keeton/Impact Images/)
The engine looks neat and attractive.

The engine looks neat and attractive. (Tim Keeton/Impact Images/)
Straight narrow bars, bar-end mirrors, side number plates, spoked wheels, and Ducati Performance LED indicators (approved for EU) are all standard on the Nightshift.

Straight narrow bars, bar-end mirrors, side number plates, spoked wheels, and Ducati Performance LED indicators (approved for EU) are all standard on the Nightshift. (Tim Keeton/Impact Images/)
Unique alloy spoked wheels, 18-incher up front and 17 on the rear, are surrounded by the familiar Pirelli MT 60 rubber.

Unique alloy spoked wheels, 18-incher up front and 17 on the rear, are surrounded by the familiar Pirelli MT 60 rubber. (Tim Keeton/Impact Images/)
As you’d expect, economy is reasonable for a low-revving air-cooled twin. Ducati claims 54 mpg; I managed a little less at 52 mpg, which gives you a theoretical tank range of just over 150 miles.

As you’d expect, economy is reasonable for a low-revving air-cooled twin. Ducati claims 54 mpg; I managed a little less at 52 mpg, which gives you a theoretical tank range of just over 150 miles. (Tim Keeton/Impact Images/)
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LED DRL headlight, as per the previous model, the USB under the seat is a nice touch and comes in useful.

LED DRL headlight, as per the previous model, the USB under the seat is a nice touch and comes in useful. (Tim Keeton/Impact Images/)
The only real downside or discussion point is cost. When the first Ducati Scrambler was introduced in 2015 it represented a relatively economical way into the aspirational Ducati brand, but arguably not anymore.

The only real downside or discussion point is cost. When the first Ducati Scrambler was introduced in 2015 it represented a relatively economical way into the aspirational Ducati brand, but arguably not anymore. (Tim Keeton/Impact Images/)
 
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