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The New Ducati Hypermotard


By: Jay Adair | Published 10 May 2007, 22:17 | Views: 6,092 | tags: bike reviews, motorcycles, supermoto, ducati, hypermotard
  • Technical Specifications
  • Hypermotard Clothing
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  • Introduction 

    Two wheels, one purpose – to thrill. 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.

    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.

    Instrumentation

    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.

    Folding mirrors

    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.

    Footpegs

    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.

    Tailpiece

    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.

    Exhaust System

    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. 

    Desmopower

    The Hypermotard 1100 is powered by the incredible Ducati two-valve, air-cooled, Desmodromic Dual Spark engine, giving it outstanding power delivery, from grunting low rpms to the singing howl at redline. The Hypermotard 1100 engine, which is an evolution of the Multistrada 1100 engine, flexes its muscles with a big 98mm bore and short 71.5mm stroke to make 90 horses and 76 pounds of torque.

    In keeping with its extreme character, engineers chose the Ducati ‘dry’ racing-style clutch for the Hypermotard, the popular preference of thousands of Ducatisti the world over. Furthermore, the primary drive gears have been advanced with a new lightweight construction.

    Power is optimised with fuel injected into 45mm throttle bodies and a 2-1-2 exhaust system that exits high behind the rear of the saddle.Two spark plugs per cylinder, Dual Spark, optimises combustion temperatures and increases maximum power and torque throughout the rev range, enhancing reliability and reducing fuel consumption.

    Compact  and purposeful, the Desmo Twin engine’s lightweight  and narrow L-Twin layout, no wider than a single cylinder, ensures that the bike is lean and agile. The air-cooled design eliminates all the water radiators, hoses, valves, reservoirs  and pumps, keeping the motorcycle’s weight down to a minimum 390lbs (177kg) and its lines clean and race-like.

    With more experience and success with twin-cylinder high performance engines than any other manufacturer in the modern era, the air-cooled L-Twin remains central to Ducati’s philosophy of motorcycling. This experience, plus constant investment in quality by design, advanced materials and engineering techniques, has allowed Ducati to reduce the cost of scheduled maintenance by as much as 50%.

    Adding ‘S’ to the Hypermotard takes the thrills and road holding to the highest level.

    The outstanding Marzocchi 50mm forks of the ‘S’ include a durable low friction, DLC (diamond-like carbon) black coating to the sliders, making the Hypermotard ‘S’ respond effortlessly to every minute variation in the tarmac and improve its already impressive road holding. The advanced ‘S’ suspension is further enhanced with an Öhlins remote reservoir rear shock, renowned in racing circles as the ultimate performance choice. This incredible shock is fully adjustable for compression and rebound damping and spring preload ensuring that the ‘S’ is readily adaptable to riding style and every road it challenges.

    With a bike as capable as the Hypermotard 1100 S, superior stopping power is fundamental. By using the same Brembo Monobloc calipers first introduced to the world on the new 1098 Superbike, world class braking performance is assured. Each caliper is created from a single casting, as compared to the conventional two piece construction, to ensure rigid flex-free operation and a consistent solid ‘feel’ at the lever. And to ensure that the look of the calipers matches the ‘S’ personality, each is machine finished.

    Professional racers know that one of the best ways to improve the handling and performance of a motorcycle is to reduce unsprung weight by upgrading to superior lightweight wheels. Even from a distance, the black Marchesini wheels with red pin-stripe confirm the ‘S’ performance of this Hypermotard.  Created from forged then machined alloy, both front and rear wheels are significantly lighter (2 kg less than the standard version) and create a lower moment of inertia and unsprung weight for improved handling and quicker steering. Mounted to the wheels are new Z-rated Pirelli Diablo Corsa III tyres. Designed to deliver racing performance on the road, they warm up quickly, give great feedback, are stable under severe braking and feature dual compound construction on the rear.
    The ‘S’ lightweight performance and extreme look is further enhanced with the liberal use of carbon fibre. The advanced composite is used for the fork protectors, timing belt covers, front fender rear section and tail side covers. The Hypermotard ‘S’ – maximum performance, minimum weight, extreme attitude.

    Availability 

    Ducati UK claim a release date of summer 2007. Prices should be £7,750 on the road and £8,995 for the S model.

    Technical Specifications



     DUCATI HYPERMOTARD 1100DUCATI HYPERMOTARD 1100 S
    Engine  
    TypeL-Twin cylinder, 2 valve per cylinder Desmodromic, air cooledL-Twin cylinder, 2 valve per cylinder Desmodromic, air cooled
    Displacement1078cc1078cc
    Bore x Stroke 98x71,5mm 98x71,5mm 
    Compression Ratio10.5:110.5:1
    Power90hp - 66kw @ 7750rpm90hp - 66kw @ 7750rpm
    Torque76 lb-ft - 10.5kgm @ 4750rpm76 lb-ft - 10.5kgm @ 4750rpm
    Fuel injectionMarelli electronic fuel injection, 45mm throttle bodyMarelli electronic fuel injection, 45mm throttle body
    ExhaustLightweight 2-1-2 system with catalytic converter and lambda probe. Lightweight 2-1-2 system with catalytic converter and lambda probe. 
    EmissionsEuro 3Euro 3
    Transmission  
    Gearbox6 speed6 speed
    Primary driveStraight cut gears, Ratio 1.84:1Straight cut gears, Ratio 1.84:1
    Final driveChain, Front sprocket 15, Rear sprocket 42Chain, Front sprocket 15, Rear sprocket 42
    ClutchDry multiplate with hydraulic controlDry multiplate with hydraulic control
    Chassis  
    FrameTubular steel Trellis frameTubular steel Trellis frame
    Wheelbase1455mm1455mm
    Rake24°24°
    Steering angle35° right and left35° right and left
    Front suspensionMarzocchi 50mm fully adjustable upside-down fork Marzocchi  50mm fully adjustable upside-down fork with DLC
    Front wheel travel165mm / 6.5in165mm / 6.5in
    Front wheel5-spoke in light alloy 3.50 x 175-spoke in forged light alloy 3.50 x 17
    Front tyre120/70 ZR 17120/70 ZR 17
    Rear suspensionProgressive linkage with fully adjustable Sachs monoshock. Aluminium single-sided swingarmProgressive linkage with fully adjustable Öhlins monoshock. Aluminium single-sided swingarm
    Rear wheel travel141mm / 5.6in141mm / 5.6in
    Rear wheel5-spoke light alloy 5,50 x 175-spoke forged light alloy 5,50 x 17
    Rear tyre180/55 ZR 17180/55 ZR 17
    Front brake2 x 305mm semi-floating discs, radially mounted Brembo calipers 4-piston, 2-pad.2 x 305mm semi-floating discs, radially mounted Brembo Monobloc calipers 4-piston, 2-pad.
    Rear brake245mm disc, 2-piston caliper245mm disc, 2-piston caliper
    Fuel tank capacity12,4l - 3.3 gallon (US)12,4l - 3.3 gallon (US)
    Dry weight179kg177kg
    Seat height845mm845mm
    Max height1155mm1155mm
    Max length2120mm2120mm
    InstrumentsSpeedometer, rev counter, clock, maintenance schedule, oil temperature, oil pressure warning light, battery level, fuel reserve warning light, trip fuel, indicator light, neutral light, injection system diagnostics, lap time memory storage, automatic light-off function after 60 secs key-on, immobiliser. The instrument panel menu functions are controlled from the left-hand switchgear.Speedometer, rev counter, clock, maintenance schedule, oil temperature, oil pressure warning light, battery level, fuel reserve warning light, trip fuel, indicator light, neutral light, injection system diagnostics, lap time memory storage, automatic light-off function after 60 secs key-on, immobiliser. The instrument panel menu functions are controlled from the left-hand switchgear.
    Warranty2 years unlimited mileage2 years unlimited mileage
    VersionsBiposto / Dual seatBiposto / Dual seat




    Ducati Hypermotard Clothing

    Visible in the slideshow photos above are the selected items that come from the Spring/Summer Ducati collection, meet the aggressive and essential look of the new Hypermotard. All garments in the Ducati collection are noted for the extreme care in details and craftsmanship of the products. Special focus has been placed on optimizing fit according to the different clothing type, be it men’s or women’s cut.

    Motard Jacket

    The ‘Motard’ jacket combines an aggressive look with a range of technical features. Made in high-strength nylon, with sections in washable cowhide (thickness 1.1-1.3mm) and comes with CE-approved composite protection on the shoulders and elbows.  On the shoulders this external protection is thermoformed as in racing suits.
    The inside has a fixed lining with anti-bacterial treatment, plus a removable micro down thermal lining. Elastic inserts at the shoulder blades and arms ease arm movement, while reflective inserts on the sleeves and back increase safety during night riding. Numerous adjustments added to the cuffs in elasticized fabric grant additional comfort to this garment which is available in black/red, in men’s sizes only. Sizes: 48 to 58

    Motard Summer Jacket

    The ‘Motard Summer’ jacket combines an aggressive look with a range of technical features. Made in high-strength nylon, with sections in washable cowhide (thickness 1.1-1.3mm) and comes with CE-approved composite protection on the shoulders and elbows.  On the shoulders this external protection is thermoformed as in racing suits.
    The inside has a fixed lining with anti-bacterial treatment, plus a removable micro down thermal lining. Fitted with a G2 back protector, the jacket also has elastic inserts on the shoulder blades and arms to ease arm movement, while reflective inserts on the sleeves and back increase safety during night riding. Numerous adjustments added to the cuffs in elasticized fabric grant additional comfort to this garment which is available only in men’s sizes.  Sizes: 48 to 58

    Flag Pants

    Produced in 1.1-1.3mm thick cowhide, ‘Flag’ pants have homologated composite protection on shins and knees and have sanitised fixed lining treated to guarantee hygiene and durability. They can be joined to some Ducati jackets by a zipper that wraps around the whole waist and comes with belt loops and elasticized fabrics inserts on calves to improve comfort and fit. Available with the same design in men’s or women’s fit. Sizes: men’s 46-60, women’s 40 to 50

    Ducati Desmo Boots

    Ducati Desmo boots by Puma come with high density rubber soles that provide stability, grip, and resistance to abrasion. The uppers are fitted with high abrasion resistant micro-fibre, specially developed for this style. It has a water-resistant zipper system, breathable fabric lining and flexible inserts at the heel and forefoot for easy instep and comfort.
    There is considerable protection in these hi tech boots: internal nylon ankle bone protection, TPU shin plate impact protection, moulded TPU heel area, toe and heel zinc sliders and pre-molded sock liner to absorb vibration. Colors black/red. Sizes 38-47

    Ducati Flat2 Boots

    The Ducati Flat2 boots by Puma come with titanium sliders and soles made of high abrasion resistant rubber to guarantee the best grip. The uppers are in high abrasion-resistant leather with a special water repellent treatment and come with rubber gear shift protector, inserted 3D moulded nylon ankle protectors between upper and lining and a rubber shin plate to protect against impact. 360 degree ankle protection, consisting of TPU moldings and foam inserts, provide improved stability as well as lateral impact protection. Colors black/red. Sizes 38-47

    Motard Gloves

    ‘Motard’ gloves, available in red, black, white and black, white and silver, are produced in cowhide and durable, elastic and breathable inserts in Dainese’s special Stone fabric. The Motard gloves are multi-layer with carbon fiber composite on knuckles and soft inserts on knuckles and fingers. Elastic leather inserts on the back of the hand improve comfort and movement and pre-shaped palm and finger guarantee comfort and precision. Cowhide palm with abrasion-resistant reinforcements and soft pads distribute load during braking while perforated inserts on the back of the fingers increase ventilation to keep hands fresh. Sizes: S to XXL

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