DUCATI HYPERSTRADA 821 (2013-on) Review

Published: 02 January 2014

"Touring version of Ducati's revamped 2013-model Hypermotard gives all the thrills of a supermoto with real-world touring capability"


"Touring version of Ducati's revamped 2013-model Hypermotard gives all the thrills of a supermoto with real-world touring capability"

  • At a glance
  • 821cc  -  110 bhp
  • 48 mpg  -  170 miles range
  • Insurance group: 14 of 17
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  • Medium seat height (830mm)
  • New: £10,795

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

This is the touring version of Ducati’s revamped 2013-model Hypermotard. It gives you all the thrills of a supermoto with real-world touring capability – much like KTM’s successful 990 SMT. The Hyperstrada will happily cope with trackday action (as long as the circuit isn’t too big), cross-continental riding holidays, B-road scratching, skids and wheelies. There’s plenty of power from its 110bhp,  821cc liquid-cooled engine for most occasions, but it’s a little breathless on fast A-roads. It’s roomy, comfortable, practical and has decent wind protection, but riding two-up is a squeeze.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

On standard suspension settings you can easily tie the Hyperstrada up in knots in the corners and run out of ground clearance. But wind on more rear preload and rebound damping (forks are non-adjustable) and the Ducati is transformed - the steering is crisp and there’s enough poise and ground clearance for trackdays. New Brembo monobloc cast aluminium front calipers are strong and there’s the added security of ABS, which can be switched-off, if you want to play.

The Hyperstrada offers lots of legroom, a comfy seat and a natural reach to the bars. A tall screen shields you from the elements, but there’s no enough wind-protection for your knees – at high speed they get splayed apart. It’s physically small, so the Ducati will only suit smaller riders and taking a pillion is a squeeze.

Engine 4 out of 5

The 821cc, 8v, liquid-cooled engine (a ‘stroked’ 796 unit) is the same as you’ll find in the ’13 Hypermotard, with the same claimed 110bhp. It’s smooth, powerful, grunty and comes with a slipper clutch as standard. You also get a choice of three riding modes: Urban, Touring and Sport. Each mode gives you differing levels of power, throttle response, traction control and ABS. Throttle response is flawless in the two lower modes, but is very direct in Sport mode.

Valve-clearance service intervals are 18,000-miles. The new motor is sips fuel and you can easily get 120-miles from the 16-litre fuel tank before the reserve light comes on.

Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5

Build-quality and attention to detail is superb. MCN ran a Hyperstrada long term test bike over the summer of 2013, racking up over 11,000-miles - touring, trackdays and commuting - and it never missed a beat.

Insurance, running costs & value 4 out of 5

Here’s a machine that can handle everything from touring, to commuting, Sunday blasts and trackdays. It’s a great all-rounder and excellent value, but it doesn’t quite have the power to give you the thrills of a sportsbike or super naked and it’s too small for larger riders and pillions.

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Equipment 4 out of 5

Traction control, ABS and variable riding modes all come as standard. You also get a comfy touring seat, which is 20mm lower than the Hypermotord’s, two 12v power sockets and panniers. There’s a host of Ducati official accessories available, including heated grips, a top box and a sat nav.

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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2013
Year discontinued -
New price £10,795
Used price -
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 14 of 17
Annual road tax £81
Annual service cost -
Max power 110 bhp
Max torque 89.2 ft-lb
Top speed 125 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 48 mpg
Tank range 170 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 830mm
Bike weight 204kg
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 – Hyperstrada launched.

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