Back in 1962, Ducati launched its first foray into off-road motorcycling known as the Scrambler 250. Essentially a factory-built road bike modified for all-terrain riding, it featured such additions as a reinforced frame for strength, an under-engine skid plate for protection, and a set of knobby tires for traction. However, as with any initial effort, the motorcycle wasn’t without its missteps (some low-slung exhaust, for instance).
Pictured before you is a 1964 Ducati Scrambler 250 that’s in absolutely pristine condition. The recipient of a comprehensive 100-point restoration, the bike wears all factory-original parts, including its external handlebar choke, its off-road air cleaner, as well as its adjustable steering damper. Up front, the Ducati does without any gauges or instrumentation as was typical of early dirt-shredding motorcycles, allowing for a pure, unadulterated riding experience. And while its 250cc single-cylinder “narrow case” motor may only produce some 18hp at 7,500rpm, that’s more than enough when you consider that the bike itself weighs a scant 240lbs. It’s on sale for $8,500 at the link below.