DUCATI HYPERMOTARD 821 (2013-on) Review

Published: 12 March 2013

Still an impractical toy, but less so than before


Still an impractical toy, but less so than before

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

Replacing the original air-cooled 1100 and 796 versions, this second-generation Hypermotard has an 8v, liquid-cooled motor, a more forgiving riding position, ABS, traction control and electronic riding modes. 

There are a few minor niggles, like a built-in blind spot in the mirrors and an overly-aggressive throttle response in the sportiest of the three riding modes. There’s also the classic quandary of working out how to sit on a supermoto – hang off or leg-out? But overall it’s fast, fun and easier to live with than before.

It’s still an impractical toy, although a larger 16-ltire fuel tank helps and there are lots of touring accessories are available.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

Unlike the previous model, you’re sat further back from the front of the bike and the pegs have been brought forward, too. This less aggressive riding position is more natural and comfortable on the long haul. The old twin exhaust cans have been replaced with a single side-mounted unit to reduce weight and improve handling.  A longer swingarm makes the Ducati less ‘slappy’ riding across bumpy terrain and new 43mm Kayaba forks and Sachs rear shock give a plusher ride. New cast aluminium monobloc Brembo calipers are a big improvement – not that the lightweight Hypermotard ever struggled with braking power. It’s agile, flickable, stable in fast corners and you get a good feeling of grip from the tyres and through the chassis. The Hypermotard lets you have loads of fun, road or track. It only weighs 3kg more than the original model, despite the extra weight from the new radiator, hoses, electronics and ABS system.

Engine 4 out of 5

The 821cc, 8v, liquid-cooled engine (a ‘stroked’ 796 unit) lacks the lowdown grunt of the old 4v, air-cooled 1078cc motor – there’s no substitute for cubes, after all. But there’s still plenty of smooth, predictable power. Producing 110bhp, it’s more powerful than the 796 and 1100 Hypermotard. There’s plenty of oomph to play with at low speeds, which is perfect for wheelies and mucking about. The real-world speed of a bike like this, with no wind protection, is around 80mph, so big bhp figures aren’t needed. The throttle response is excellent in Urban and Touring riding modes, but in Sport mode it’s too aggressive and more suitable for the track. Intervals for the valve-clearance service are increased to 18,000-miles.

Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5

Build-quality and attention to detail is superb. Modern day Ducatis are reliable, despite their reputation from the dark days of the 60s, 70s and early 80s, where dodgy electrics would leave you stranded on the side of the road. Check our reviews of the earlier Hypermotards to see owners’ comments.

Insurance, running costs & value 3 out of 5

For what is basically a toy for putting a smile on your face for a few hours on a Sunday, the Hypermotard is an expensive buy new or used. But this is the supermoto you can do some distance on, or tackle a city commute. It’s refined, safe and beautiful to behold. If the supermoto style is your thing, you’ll have fun on the Hypermotard, if they’re not, you’re still better-off looking elsewhere.

Insurance group: 17 of 17 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

Equipment 4 out of 5

Unlike the original Hypermotard, this model comes with lots of toys. A ride-by-wire throttle system enables an eight-stage traction control system, as well as three riding modes. In each mode there’s varying levels of power, throttle response, traction control and intervention from the Bosch 9MP ABS system. Conventional mirrors on stalks replace the old flip-out bar-end mirrors and the impractical 12-litre fuel tank makes way for a 16-litre item.

Owners' Reviews

2 owners have reviewed their DUCATI HYPERMOTARD 821 (2013-on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

Review your DUCATI HYPERMOTARD 821 (2013-on)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 3.5 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 2.5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 3.5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
3 out of 5


22 May 2016 by Frankie

Just a high-street bike. Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
2 out of 5
Very hard to keep the power smoothly, it will "surprise" you in the corner
3 out of 5
Not smooth, not reliable, but frankly, the way it's output the power is remarkable! You will never forget!
Build Quality & Reliability
1 out of 5
After the second maintenance (6000km) to 8000km, the engine oil goes to minimum limit line, one day on the road it lost power, pull over then can't start the engine any more, turn the key to on, the dashboard lights like a Christmas Tree illumination, later turn out the ignition coils broken too. And just the dashboard and ignition coils took me 3 month to wait!!!
Value & Running Costs
3 out of 5
Not cheap, at all.
4 out of 5
ABS DTC, single color dash board... It's OK.
5 out of 5

Best bike ever ridden (Hypermotard 2014 SP)

19 May 2016 by Muhammad Ali Aslam

Well this is for the SP version and not the normal version. Never rode a bike this nimble and fun before. Not the best value for money but you hardly get any competition that stack up close. I had 2009 k1300S, 2014 K1300R, Multistrada Pikes Peak.... Read more 2016 R1200GS and 2014 HP4 (still have this). Although I have enjoyed my previous rides a lot but man, this bike brings real smile on my face. Took it on the track and it treat the corners not less than a sports bike. I was very scared on my first lap without steering damper but after that I was scratching knees easy and surprising other super sports bike riders who did not like me passing them. The bike on stock suspension settings worked really well for me both on road and track. Although you can fully adjust the suspension. Excellent balance and grip. I decided not to add a steering damper as it does not need one though you might feel better if you have one. But why waste money… rather upskill yourself. The moment you jump on the bike you will find yourself in need of a windshield. There is none on stock bike. I bought the carbon small wind shield, yet to try. The reviews says it solve most of the problem. If not, buy Strada (Hyperstrada) windshield. SP is a tall bike at 890mm seat height. I bought an OEM low seat and it solves the issue to a reasonable extent. The OEM low seat looks better too with red stitching. I am 170cm. This my first bike that gives me confidence to pull wheelies and I did pull a few for the first time in my life. I find this bike all-encompassing. Due to its low weight, I can do track days, be comfortable on road and even do long distance touring if I know I can find gas on my way. Well it is not as comfortable as R1200GS for long distance touring but it is much more fun. Yet it is much more comfortable than a sports bike and you can do easy couple of hours ride with a better windshield though. The fuel capacity is better than the earlier generation Hypermotards so not an issue for me in Dubai.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
Brakes are good on SP Version and ride quality is excellent. Best handling machine.
5 out of 5
Throttle is still slightly radical but manageable unless you are on sports mode. But man this torque is good. These modern Ducatis are much improved in terms of throttle feel and response than the 2012 ones. I love my bike engine. Oh yes I have the Termegioni full exhaust fitted as well. I can now use the work precise for this engine now comfortably. Engine does not over react.
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
I have not owned the bike for long to comment on the quality but this bike appears to be an improvement over my 2012 Pikes Peak in terms of quality. The quality still does not however seem to be at par with my BMWs.
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
Expensive to maintain. The factory intervals make it economical but my dealer here wants me to do everything way before it’s due as per the manual such as changing of timing belt in two years at 10k kms. This is due at 30k irrespective of times.
4 out of 5
This expensive bike does not have a gear indicator which is a pain. The 2016 model has one. Mirrors are flimsy and turn direction without instructions. The side stand spring does not pull up the stand well. Rest all equipments are top noch.
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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2013
Year discontinued -
New price £9,695
Used price £6,900 to £10,500
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 17 of 17
Annual road tax £82
Annual service cost £200
Max power 110 bhp
Max torque 65.8 ft-lb
Top speed 125 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 41 mpg
Tank range 145 miles
Engine size 821cc
Engine type 8v, V-twin
Frame type Tubular steel trellis and cast ali single-sided swingarm
Fuel capacity 16 litres
Seat height 870mm
Bike weight 175kg
Front suspension Non-adjustable 43mm Sachs forks
Rear suspension Preload/rebound adjustable single rear Sachs shock
Front brake 2 x 320mm discs with four-piston Brembo monobloc radial calipers. ABS
Rear brake 245mm single disc with single-piston Brembo caliper. ABS
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 180/55 x 17

History & Versions

Model history

2007 – Hypermotard 1100 introduced.
2009 – 5bhp more powerful and 5kg lighter, the Evo/Evo SP versions are launched.
2009 – Cheaper, new rider-friendly Hypermotard 796 hit showrooms.
2013 – 110bhp, liquid-cooled 821cc Hypermotard replaces 1100 and 796 models.

Other versions

Hypermotard SP: 171kg, lighter wheels, Pirelli Diablo Super Corsa SP tyres, fully-adjustable Ohlins shock and 50mm Marzocchi forks, radial master cylinder, more ground clearance, taller (890mm) seat, carbon fibre mudguard and cam belt covers, magnesium cam belt covers and sportier riding modes.

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