Ducati Scrambler

This modern interpretation of the Scrambler’s 1960s namesake has been designed to attract a new kind of rider and, my word, has Ducati nailed the brief. This is a lo-fi, low pressure alternative to faster, bigger, more sophisticated sports bikes that are rapidly losing appeal and relevance to a new wave of urban riders. But the Scrambler also shows that you can still have big grins with modest power. The hipster references may be transitory, but be in no doubt, the Scrambler is a bike with permanence.

“Every motorcycle hipster worth his beard wants a piece of the Ducati Scrambler, but it has both style and substance.”

David Burton

Runner-up: BMW R nineT

Last year’s Best Retro started life as a 90 year birthday present to its maker. Yet the R nineT is so much more compelling to ride than its on-paper specification suggests. So much so, that we’ll be remembering it for another 90 years.

Runner-up: Indian Scout

The entry-level Indian is a brave move into Harley-Davidson Sportster territory, but as the Chieftain proved last year, Indian is already building bikes that can compete, and in some cases beat, those from Milwaukee.

Category winners

Meet our panel of expert judges

Jon Quirk
Editor-in-Chief of Auto Trader, road rider, customiser and committed to helping everybody find their dream bike.
Rob Morphet
Launched Auto Trader Bikes in 1996, a key protagonist in its successful shift to digital and a passionate supermoto rider.
David Burton
Founding editor of independent motorcycle magazine Esses, road rider, prolific designer, tea drinker.
Phil West
One of the UK’s most authoritative, respected and long established motorcycling journalists. Now a senior road tester for Auto Trader Bikes.

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