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The Scrambler above is actually a widecase model made after 1968, the original Scrambler used the narrowcase frame of 1962 – late 1967.
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Look Again: Bryan Fuller’s Ducati 250 Scrambler
The first bike was based on a 60s-model, bevel-driven Ducati 250 Scrambler. Bryan picked it up at the Barber Vintage Festival, and hauled the engine off to Rich Lambrechts at DesmoPro to rebuild. And as it turned out, Rich had enough parts in the shop to build a second, identical Scrambler—so the Super Duc was born.
The two chassis are the same too, right down to the center-mount twin rear shock arrangements. The tail sections are new, and the swingarms extended by two inches. That meant also fabricating a custom chain guide and tensioner arrangement.
Both engines were meticulously rebuilt, right down to the very last detail. Upgrades included electronic ignitions and 12V conversions, Speedcell Lithium-ion batteries, K&N filters and ARP stainless steel fasteners.
Up front are vintage Ceriani forks. The wheels are Borrani shouldered rims, laced to stock hubs with Buchanan’s stainless steel spokes. They’re wrapped in Pirelli MT 21 RallyCross tires.
The exhausts for both bikes are custom: hand-made headers with Cone Engineering mufflers. Rounding out the package are bits like a Super Pratic throttle, repro Ducati grips, KTM foot pegs, and LED lighting.
When it came to the bodywork, Bryan hand-shaped a pair of identical headlight shrouds and tailpieces. But the project stalled when he couldn’t find a suitable tank for the Super Duc.
“This turned out to be harder than we thought—most folks I asked didn’t know. Two years went by, and finally Beno Rodi struck pay dirt. At Davenport, I believe, he found a NOS 1974 Penton tank that was a perfect match… and not a single dent.”
On went the Penton tank, along with a set of stainless steel fenders. But with Super Duc almost ready to hit the dirt, Bryan changed his mind about keeping it.
“Reality set in,” he says. “Handing people an expensive, right-side shift motorcycle to thrash wasn’t the smartest idea. So we decided to sell it for someone to own and enjoy.”
Decent upholstery and a tidy paint job were in order.
John Whitaker covered the seat with perforated black leather, while Bryan and Chastin Brand tackled the paint.
“We wanted the bike to appeal to Ducati owners, so we stuck to the Italian red, white, and black theme. Chastin’s pinstripes were inspired by the stripes on the Kiwi brand helmet I’m wearing in this shoot.”
Bryan loves his own 250 Scrambler, even though it’s rough around the edges. “It’s one of the few bikes I refuse to sell.”
With the same genes but a little more polish, looks like the lucky new owner of Super Duc will get just as much joy.