Ducati have released the new “Hypermotard”. The air cooled, fuel injected 1100cc monster motard is dripping with features, including neat fold back mirrors, and optional data-logging!
The Hypermotard takes on urban canyons and mountain curves with total abandon. Its purpose is single-minded – to thrill.
The aggressive ‘motard’ styling and stance combine with Ducati ‘sportbike’ technology to deliver the best of both worlds. With a riding position that ensures total control, the exceptionally slim and incredibly light Hypermotard is ready to dominate every inch of asphalt with big-bore acceleration and road holding that redefines the street experience.
High performance starts with attitude and the Hypermotard is the most aggressive of the Ducati family. Reduced to its essentials, it is extreme, untamed, over-the-top and always hungry for the next challenge. It offers what no ordinary supermotard can – speeds exceeding 125mph on the race track, fuel injection, and 90 Desmo hp – all combined in an unmistakeable Ducati package that offers unbridled passion for motorcycles that are truly unique and exhilarating.
The road ahead sets the challenge
When first unveiled at the Milan International Motorcycle show in November 2005, the Hypermotard won instant praise. Just hours after its launch it was awarded “Best of Show” and motorcyclists the world over craved its arrival.
By taking the minimalist supermotard racing concept, then adding Ducati’s unrivaled twin-cylinder power and Superbike heredity, the Hypermotard delivers a remarkable experience. The Hypermotard 1100 is extreme and thrilling to ride every day of the week. It turns familiar roads into an all-new heart-thumping experience.
Taking its attitude into the city or the mountains with street-wise confidence and no respect for conformity, the Hypermotard is ready for any challenge.
Riding the Hypermotard lets you rule the road. Wide, tapered section handlebars transfer control of the tarmac to the rider and a full length seat eases fore and aft movement – up front when entering the turns, then slide back for maximum traction on exit.
A rigidly triangulated Trellis frame and track-tested chassis geometry is matched with state-of-the-art suspension. Start off with the road-holding prowess of huge 50mm Marzocchi forks, gripped by a triple screw lower fork crown. These cartridge damper forks work as impressively as they look, with special high rigidity stainless steel sliders and external adjustability for compression and rebound damping, plus spring pre-load. The rear suspension performs with equal precision by using a fully adjustable ZF Sachs shock mounted to a robust single-sided swingarm.
Light Marchesini wheels mounted on large diameter axles are fitted with the latest Z-rated Bridgestone BT014 tyres sporting a fat 180/55 section on the rear. Stopping power is controlled by twin radially mounted Brembo four piston calipers gripping new lightweight 305mm twin discs up front, and a 245mm disc at the rear to make stopping as thrilling as gassing it.
The new 1100 Desmo engine pumps out potent torque and horsepower. Twist the throttle and no matter the rpm, fuel injected power is at the rider’s command. The lightweight, 90 degree Twin stands at the pinnacle of more than three decades of Desmo air-cooled development. One ride makes it clear why the 1100 engine has charmed journalists worldwide. This is the perfect motorcycle engine.
The Hypermotard uses Desmosedici GP-styled digital instrumentation. This pure racing, minimalist solution has no switches or buttons to compromise its clean lines. Instead, additional information to the default read-outs is managed by the left handlebar-mounted switch gear, allowing the rider to scroll through and select various menus. The read-out presents rpm in a progressive bar graph and the speed numerically.
Looking clean and purposeful, the display provides an extensive amount of data including: speedometer, rev counter, clock, maintenance schedule, oil temperature, oil pressure warning light, battery voltage, fuel reserve warning light, reserve fuel trip, indicator light, neutral light, injection system diagnostics, lap time memory storage, automatic light-off function after 60 seconds with key on and immobiliser status. In addition, it can list lap times recorded by using the high-beam flash button as a stopwatch.
As the Hypermotard comes Ducati Data Analyser (DDA) ready, the instrument display also doubles as a control panel for the activation of the data acquisition system. The DDA memory key and software is available as a Ducati Performance accessory.
Handlebars and controls
One glance down at the Hypermotard controls is enough for the rider to understand that this is no ordinary Ducati. While its motard feeling is enhanced by the minimalist layout, handguards and tapered handlebars, the radial clutch and brake pumps with their remote reservoirs show its Superbike heritage.
The fully adjustable clutch and brake levers not only enable a comfortable setting for all riders, but the clutch also sports a considerably lighter lever action. This is partly because of the lever arrangement, but mainly because an increase in clutch plate friction coefficient has allowed a reduction in clutch spring pressure.
Once again, Ducati has pushed motorcycle design limits to find an innovative solution for the Hypermotard mirrors. With the challenge of maintaining a clean, racing look around the handlebar area, designers created a new folding mirror concept which is styled on the handguards typically found on off-road bikes. Flipped out for high visibility street mode and easily folded in for a quick change to ‘Hypermode’, the mirror handguard assemblies also integrate the LED directional indicators for an even cleaner front-end.
In order to offer the opportunity of maintaining a minimalist, no-compromise image, the Hypermotard’s passenger footpegs are designed to be removable. This attention to detail enables a clean ‘monoposto’ look when on the track while allowing a fast and easy change to ‘biposto’ for the street. Furthermore, the rider’s footpegs have a removable rubber insert so as to increase boot grip on the peg during extreme competition use by exposing the serrated metal edge.
Lighting and indicators
While the headlamp introduces a new and highly compact lighting shape which blends with the single piece nose fairing and front fender moulding, the rear light employs a specially designed strip of LEDs enhanced by a high diffusion lens shaped into the sleek lines of the tailpiece. The same LEDs are intensified under braking. The front directional indicators also employ the latest in LED technology for illumination, and are ingeniously integrated into the handguards that also support the foldable rear view mirrors.
The high intensity LED rear light assembly is moulded into a unique tailpiece positioned high behind the seat. The supporting structure has been designed so that the under part of the tailpiece is formed perfectly to offer a sturdy pair of pillion grab-handles. This ingenious solution not only helps to merge the rear light into the Hypermotard styling but also provides a safe grip for passengers.
Ducati Data Analyser (DDA)
With the purchase of the DDA, which includes PC software, a USB-ready data retrieval card and instructions, owners can review and analyse the performance of the Hypermotard and its rider, and make comparisons between various channels of information. The DDA is available from Ducati Performance Accessories.
Normally used on race bikes only, the system records numerous channels of data including throttle opening, vehicle speed, engine rpm, engine temperature, distance travelled, laps and lap times. The system also automatically calculates engine rpm and vehicle speed data so as to display gear selection as an additional channel of information. At the end of a ride or track session, up to 2MB (approximately 3.5 hours) of data can be downloaded to your PC ready to compare, analyse and get an inside view of the rider’s and the Hypermotard’s performance.
Data can be analysed in graphic form with options to zoom into detail of specific sections. Dragging a trace along a timeline to reveal individual values of the above listed channels enables the user to analyse performance in the same way as data technicians in factory teams.
The Hypermotard’s 2-1-2 catalytic exhaust system with lambda probe is Euro 3 compliant. Its lightweight and compact design is achieved using 1mm thick tubing which terminates in Ducati’s trademark twin under-seat, black exhaust mufflers, stylishly contrasted with great looking aluminium end caps.
DUCATI HYPERMOTARD ACCESSORIES
For the new Ducati Hypermotard, numerous accessories that optimize both the aesthetic and mechanical aspects of the bike have been created. Following is a selection of the most important accessories.
Lightweight, high performance 2 into 1 racing exhaust kit – This complete system includes stainless steel 54mm manifolds and a carbon fibre and titanium silencer. Designed to capture the style and performance of the systems used on the World Supermotard circuit, the silencer is mounted high on the right side and the pipe layout increases ground clearance and allows even more extreme lean angles. Moreover, the system is 7 kg (15+ lbs.) lighter. The silencer is equipped with a removable core for race track use, and comes with a matched ECU (engine control unit), and airbox cover to maximise performance. Also included is a set of new side panels to integrate the new system to the bike. Power is increased more than 6%.
Carbon fibre silencer kit — This 2 into 2 slip-on carbon fibre silencer with titanium end caps is homologated for road use and complies with EU noise and emission standards. Engine performance is optimized with the supplied dedicated racing ECU and air box cover.
Racing camshaft kit — Engineered to increase power at mid to high rpms. The camshaft power kit includes a dedicated ECU (engine control unit) to calibrate the fuel injection and ignition advance to maximise the power when combining these camshafts with the complete racing exhaust system (part no. 96450808B). Power is increased more than 10%.
Racing ‘slipper’ clutch — Complete light-alloy, hard-anodized racing clutch with titanium nuts and bolts for lightweight and superior strength. Specially designed for racing, it provides ‘slipper’ clutch benefits, reducing the destabilizing rear wheel ‘lock-up’ or ‘chatter’ phenomenon when downshifting agressively. Its lightweight yet durable construction saves 0.2 Kg (0.4 lbs.).
Adjustable steering damper — Traversally-mounted FG Gubellini aluminum steering damper kit comes complete with mounting kit. Featuring adjustable damping and a black finish, it improves stability and adds a confident feeling to your front end.
Teflon footpeg slider — Fitted to the underside of rider footpegs, they protect the pegs against wear, and act a an “early touch-down” warning sensor during extreme riding on the track.
Carbon fibre rear wheel hugger — Lightweight and functional, it includes an integrated chain guard and protects the rear suspension from dirt and debris in extreme conditions.
Carbon fibre tank cover — A lightweight replacement for the standard plastic cover, it enhances the Hypermotard’s performance attitude.
Magnesium clutch-side inner case — Supplied with titanium screws, and finished in bronze colour, the kit looks great and adds lightweight performance.
Magnesium alternator cover — Supplied with titanium screws and finished in bronze colour, it includes a dedicated billet aluminium front sprocket cover, and saves a total of 0.4 Kg (.8 lbs).
Racing seat — With its special profile designed for a more forward supermotard riding position, the seat features advanced cushion foam, and a non-slip cover for increased comfort and control.
Ducati Data Analyser (DDA) — Records up to 2MB (3 hours) of data onto a special memory key ready for analysis with the supplied PC software via a USB port. Data channels include throttle position, speed, engine rpm, engine temperature, distance travelled.