The March issue of Cycle World that arrived today has an overwhelmingly positive review of the Scrambler Ducati. Favorable comments were made about the handling, suspension, clutch, brakes, seat (yippee), tires, fuel injection and styling. The only weakly-negative comment involved the need to keep the engine rpm up to avoid lugging the bike.
I'll be looking forward to more rigorous full tests, but for better or worse, the CW article offers no reason not to buy one if you are leaning that way. Prepare to empty the piggy banks.
There was another positive review in the British publication Motorcycle Sports and Leisure. Again, many good points were cited with no serious negatives. The general tenor of the article was that, in spite of focusing on providing a cool, high-style bike perfect for hipsters and their retro-focused colleagues, Ducati had produced a competent and fun general purpose motorcycle
For what it's worth, my local Ducati store's representative said last week that the Scrambler was expected to arrive in April and that I should get on the list soon, as they already had many deposits.