The Ducati Hypermotard is a bit of an outlier in the motorcycle world—part sportbike, part supermoto, and all fun. As an outlier, its future has always been up in the air, along with its front wheel, but Ducati revised the lineup for EICMA 2018 with more displacement and features to show it intends to keep this model around. Hooligans rejoice.
The biggest change is in the looks department. Ducati aimed to make the Hypermotard appear more compact and muscular. To accomplish this, the beak, tank, and graphics package bring the bike more in line with its supermoto inspiration.
Ergonomics are revised as well with a slimmer seat, subframe, and wider handlebars to aid the aggressive riding purpose of the machine. The frame isn’t a carryover but all new, and featuring tubes of varying diameter to minimize weight. Further weight savings are found through new wheels, brake discs with aluminum flanges, lightweight Marzocchi fork, and touches on the engine. All told, the standard Hypermotard is 8 pounds lighter than the older model, and the Hypermotard SP—with Öhlins fork—is 6 pounds lighter than the older SP. The SP is 4.4 pounds lighter than the standard model due to a sprinkling of carbon fiber on the mudguard and belt covers.
The heart of the bike is the use of the revised 937cm Testastretta 11° L-twin. The motor outputs a claimed 114 hp at 9,000 rpm and a torque of 70.8 pound-feet of torque—80 percent of it is available at 3,000 rpm. Name change aside, the motor does not gain displacement, but is ride-by-wire and features new pistons with a 13.3:1 compression ratio (compared to 12.6:1), new exhaust cam profiling, and a new under-seat exhaust system.
Both the Hypermotard 950 and the SP valso have new, lighter clutch and alternator covers, a lighter gear shift drum, an aluminum (rather than steel) chain tensioner, and magnesium cam covers.
There’s a full suite of electronics in both Hypermotard models. A Bosch six-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (6D IMU) is utilized, and affects the Bosch Cornering ABS with a Slide by Brake function (with setting 1), Ducati Traction Control EVO (DTC EVO), and Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC) EVO. A Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) Up and Down EVO is standard on the 950 SP, and an accessory for the standard model.
There are three distinct riding modes that can also be individually customized. Sport riding mode unleashes the full 114 hp and DTC is, in fact, set to Level 3, DWC to Level 3, and ABS to Level 2. Touring riding mode still uses all the power but delivers it softer. That’s why DTC is set to Level 4, DWC to Level 5, and ABS to Level 3. Urban riding mode is for daily use or in the wet, tempering the power to 75 hp and all electronic settings are dialed toward maximum safety. That means DTC is set to Level 6, DWC to Level 6, and ABS to Level 3.
In addition, there’s a TFT dash that can be fitted with the Ducati Multimedia System (DMS). This lets riders take incoming calls, select and listen to music tracks, or receive text messages via a Bluetooth link. The TFT display shows track being played, text message icon, or caller’s name with sound through the helmet earpieces. The DMS is available as an accessory throughout the Hypermotard 950 range.
The Hypermotard 950 features new, fully adjustable, lighter 45mm Marzocchi fork, and an adjustable Sachs shock. On the Hypermotard 950 SP, a fully adjustable 48mm Öhlins fork and fully adjustable Öhlins shock are utilized.
Brembo M4.32 four-piston radial Monoblock calipers are used up front, with 320mm-diameter discs. The rear is a Brembo caliper and 245mm disc.
The Hypermotard 950 features lighter aluminium wheels with three Y-spokes with Pirelli Diablo Rosso III tires mounted. The Hypermotard 950 SP opts for lightweight forged Marchesini wheels with three Y-spokes with Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP tires.
Whether springing for the SP or the standard model, the Hypermotard 950 dials up the aspects of the model that riders enjoyed, while addressing ergonomic and tech changes that are welcome. No pricing or availability yet, but we’ll know soon.