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Ducati Hypermotard 1100 (2007-2012)



Detail Value
New price £7,750
Used price range View Ducati HYPERMOTARD 1100 bikes for sale to see current asking prices
Engine size 1078 cc
Power 90 bhp
Top speed 123 mph
Insurance group 17 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 5
Engine rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 4
Equipment rating is 5 rating is 5
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 4
Value rating is 3 rating is 4.5

MCN overall verdict rating is 4

Ducati has come up with a genuinely and refreshingly different motorcycle with the Ducati Hypermotard. It offers all the fun of a conventional supermoto motorcycle with its light and agile handling, and a pathological penchant for wheelies, but thanks to its big n’smooth 1078cc V-twin engine, comfy seat and roomy riding position the Ducati Hypermotard is practical too. Kind of!

 

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Engine

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

The Ducati Hypermotard uses the same air-cooled, twin-spark, V-twin engine as the Ducati Multistrada 1100 but has a dry clutch to save weight. The 90bhp motor can feel breathless when riding the motorcycle on fast open roads but on smaller, tighter stuff there’s more than enough oomph to keep things interesting thanks to the Ducati Hypermotard's lack of weight (179kg).

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

At slow speeds the Ducati Hypermotard is on the firm side of plush, but still a very comfortable motorcycle. Turn the wick up and the well controlled suspension really lets you take the Ducati Hypermotard by the scruff of its neck and take liberties with it. It handles like a 600 supersport motorcycle and has the kind of brakes a club-level motorcycle racer would kill for.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 5

For a supermoto motorcycle the Ducati Hypermotard is overflowing with toys and neat design touches. You get a multifunctional LCD dash, flip-out mirrors and a neat grabrail, which doubles up as the rear brake light. The £8999 Ducati Hypermotard S version is 2kg lighter and has an Ohlins rear shock, Marchesini wheels, Brembos off the Ducati 1098 and a datalogging facility.

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

Using a very simple air-cooled motor to power the Ducati Hypermotard will ensure that mechanical maladies will be kept to a minimum. Else where the Ducati Hypermotard is a beautifully finished motorcycle with luscious red paintwork, and neat touches like the detailed brake and clutch span adjusters and a single sided swingarm finish the motorcycle off nicely.

Value

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

You get an awful lot of motorcycle for your money with the base-model Ducati Hypermotard, although only the well-heeled or trackday nutters need apply for the Ducati Hypermotard S, as the uprated chassis components don’t make much difference for riding on the road. The Ducati Hypermotard's tiny 12.4-litre tank and lack of wind protection means this it’s limited to Sunday morning blasts only. Find a Ducati Hypermotard 1100 for sale.

Insurance

Insurance group: 17 of 17

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Model History

2007: Ducati Hypermotard launched.

Other Versions

Ducati Hypermotard 1100S. Features uprated Marzocchi forks, Ohlins rear shock, Marchesini wheels, radial Brembos from the Ducati 1098 and a data recording facility for things like lap times, throttle and gear position.

Specifications

Top speed 123 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 12.4 secs
Max power 90 bhp
Max torque 76 ft-lb
Weight 179 kg
Seat height 845 mm
Fuel capacity 12.4 litres
Average fuel consumption 38 mpg
Tank range 103 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 17 of 17
Engine size 1078 cc
Engine specification 4-valve V-twin, 6 gears
Frame Tubular steel trellis
Front suspension adjustment Preload, rebound, compression
Rear suspension adjustment Preload, rebound, compression
Front brakes 2 x 305mm discs
Rear brake 245mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 17 in
Rear tyre size 180/55 17 in

Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4.5(4 reviews)

  • 3 and half years later.

    Anonymous

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Bought new in mid 08 after 2 years with an 06 999S. Much more relevant for Suffolks twisty B roads and crest wheelies or just on the power are a Joy. Does buck and weave when leant over on the power like Casey Stoners Desmo but that's probably more my lack of set-up skills. Looks stunning and has been faultless. Ride it like a supermoto or like a superbike and it delivers with jack Nicholson grins. Two complaints. Tank range and cylinder head paint bubbles and falls off despite catering size quantities of GT85 all year round. Rockets have gone to the moon since the 60's but Ducati STILL can't paint engines !

    30 October 2011

  • 2 year update

    Sandrex

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Having lived with bike (1100s) for over two years it's still as much fun. Has been 100% reliable (two recalls, one for bracket to hold battery in place and another bracket for the number plate hanger done during services). Handling exhibits slight weave at ton plus speeds (rear tyre worn). Stlll looks like new due to quality of finish (do not ride it in salty road conditions!!). Have added small Ducati carbon hugger (good quality product). Cannot see me changing my bike in near future as it ticks most boxes for me. Next update 2011!!

    21 November 2009

  • Too much fun!

    whirly

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    This is pretty much the perfect naked bike for the city or the canyon. The only problem is having enough fuel to get there and back! Range is the only issue I have with this motorcycle. As an old MX Open Class racer I find myself grinning like a fool every time I go for a ride. The bike does everything you ask it to do and nothing you don't. I can't imagine that my license will last for long....here comes Johnny Law!

    24 February 2008

  • Sandrex

    Sandrex

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Completely addicted, cannot stop going for blasts. Road test one at your peril!! Small range minor issue (70ish miles before light comes on). Brakes, 2 fingers with care. Engine pick up excellent. Handling rock steady. Styling like no other.

    22 August 2007

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Not sure I agree with the hype...

The Hypermotard sounded like everything I wanted in my next bike: light, nimble, very quick, stunning looks, and hooligan character. I recently took a dealer demo 1100S for a test ride, and it firmly changed my opinion.

As an old roadracer, I appreciate a stiff setup as much as anybody, as it's critical for getting the power to the rear tire. However, this bike was abusively stiff. Not only was it stiff, there was absolutely no feedback from the rear end. It was so bad it made me question whether I even knew how to ride a motorcycle. I was bounced across the road everytime I crossed a seam or bump mid-corner, and frequently ran wide at corner exits unless I was fully committed and could get the power down. All these things are manageable on the racetrack where you can dial in geometry and suspension settings to correct for them, but I thought this bike was being positioned as an urban motorcycle - and I found it a real burdon to ride around the bumpy streets of San Francisco. (I much prefered the 1098 Streetfighter, which I rode next.)

Now a few caveats: I only rode the bike downtown; it's probably better in the mountains once you get into 4-5th gear and have some smoother, mid-speed corners. It'll probably be better once the bike has more miles (this one had about 1k miles) as the suspension breaks in; it'll also get better once you take some preload and compression damping out of the rear, and slow down the rebound damping (hard to do on a 45-min test ride). And it might be more familiar if you come from a MX background. I will try the 796 to see whether it's any better, but despite the general consensus, I was unfortunately unimpressed with the 1100S.

25 October 2009 15:32

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