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.
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 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).
Using a very simple air-cooled motor to power the Ducati Hypermotard will ensure that mechanical maladies will be kept to a minimum. Elsewhere 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.
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.
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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 Ducati Hypermotard S version is 2kg lighter and has an Ohlins rear shock, Marchesini wheels, Brembos off the Ducati 1098 and a datalogging facility.