2018 Ducati Hypermotard 939 SP

Supermoto on steroids.

2018 Ducati Hypermotard 939 SPCRS

Long before Toyota’s Prius arrived, the term “hybrid” described objects possessing positive traits from multiple sources. For instance, a mule is a hybrid. So is a grapefruit. And so, then, is Ducati’s Hypermotard 939. Morphing the approximate stature and agility of a big dirt bike, the versatility of a streetbike, and the performance of a superbike, the Hypermotard is designed to cut through urban traffic, dance along back roads, and attack apexes on the track.

A claimed 110 hp comes from a 937cc liquid-cooled Testastretta V-twin engine, which is married to ride-by-wire throttle control and rider aids including traction control, selectable riding modes, and Bosch ABS. The Hypermotard looks the business, and it is. The 34.2-inch seat height derives from the bike’s long-travel suspension; the 399-pound dry weight honors the designers’ commitment to low mass; and the large silencer juts skyward to increase cornering clearance at full lean. The Hypermotard 939 SP includes suspension, brake, and electronics upgrades, an 0.8-inch-higher seat, and an 8-pound weight reduction.

Likes: Marries dirt-bike playfulness with sportbike performance.

Dislikes: Tall seat is an obstacle for some riders.

Verdict: Fun, fun, fun!

2018 Ducati Hypermotard 939 SP Specs and Pricing

MSRP $16,295
WET WEIGHT 443 lb.