DUCATI HYPERMOTARD 1100 (2007-2012) Review

Published: 07 June 2007

"A genuinely and refreshingly different motorcycle"

Ducati Hypermotard motorcycle review - Riding

"A genuinely and refreshingly different motorcycle"

  • At a glance
  • 1078cc  -  90 bhp
  • 38 mpg  -  103 miles range
  • Medium seat height (845mm)

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

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!

 

Watch the Ducati Hypermotard take on the KTM 990SM and the Aprilia Dorsoduro

The Ducati Hypermotard takes on the KTM 990SM and the BMW Megamoto

 

 

 

 

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

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.

Engine 4 out of 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).

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

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 & Running Costs 3 out of 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.

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Equipment 5 out of 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.

Owners' Reviews

4 owners have reviewed their DUCATI HYPERMOTARD 1100 (2007-2012) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

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Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.3 out of 5
Engine 4.5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.3 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.8 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
5 out of 5

3 and half years later.

30 October 2011 by Anonymous

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... Read 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 !

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 3 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
5 out of 5

2 year update

21 November 2009 by Sandrex

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... Read more 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!!

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
5 out of 5

Too much fun!

24 February 2008 by whirly

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... Read more 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!

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
5 out of 5

Sandrex

22 August 2007 by Sandrex

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. Read more

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
Read all 4 owners' reviews in full

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2007
Year discontinued 2012
Original price £7,750
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 17 of 17
Annual road tax £80
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 90 bhp
Max torque 76 ft-lb
Top speed 123 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 12.4 secs
Average fuel consumption 38 mpg
Tank range 103 miles
Specification
Engine size 1078cc
Engine type 4-valve V-twin, 6 gears
Frame type Tubular steel trellis
Fuel capacity 12.4 litres
Seat height 845mm
Bike weight 179kg
Front suspension Preload, rebound, compression
Rear suspension Preload, rebound, compression
Front brake 2 x 305mm discs
Rear brake 245mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 17 in
Rear tyre size 180/55 17 in

History & Versions

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.

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