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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

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.


MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 0

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.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 0

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.


MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 0

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.

Ducati Hyperstrada (2013-current)

Detail Value
New price £10,795
Dealer used prices
£8,660 (2013) - £9,650 (2013)
Private used prices
£7,790 (2013) - £8,680 (2013)
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Engine size 821 cc
Power 110 bhp
Top speed 125 mph
Insurance group 14 of 17
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Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 0

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.


MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 0

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.


Insurance group: 14 of 17

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Model History

2007 – Hyperstrada launched.

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Top speed 125 mph
1/4-mile acceleration secs
Max power 110 bhp
Max torque 89.2 ft-lb
Weight 204 kg
Seat height 830 mm
Fuel capacity 16 litres
Average fuel consumption 48 mpg
Tank range 170 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 14 of 17
Engine size 821 cc
Engine specification 8v, V-twin
Frame Tubular steel trellis and cast ali single-sided swingarm
Front suspension adjustment Non-adjustable 43mm Sachs forks
Rear suspension adjustment Preload/rebound adjustable single rear Sachs shock
Front brakes 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

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