Lightweight, starter-friendly motorcycles

Updated: Dec 18, 2018

Custom Ducati Scrambler Cafe Racer | Meghan Stark
My 2017 Ducati Scrambler Cafe Racer

I live in the midst of Harley town Milwaukee, and more recently the Royal Enfield North American HQ territory, and I'm routinely asked: Why did you choose Ducati? Aside from legacy (my uncle and brother both currently or have historically ridden Ducatis), a big selling point for my bike, the 2017 Ducati Scrambler Café Racer, was the weight. With an 803cc engine but remarkably only 414lbs. wet (with gas and fluids), the Scrambler was a really attractive bike for me as a small female rider.

I'm no weakling in the lower body, but a more aggressive riding stance and higher seat necessitates a lighter weight machine for me to balance. I can probably handle a heavier bike, but my confidence has majorly been backed by how light my Ducati café racer is. I can throw it around without any anxiety, and it doesn't skimp in style and power.

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