DUCATI HYPERMOTARD 1100 (2007 - 2012) Review
At a glance
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Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
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!
Ride quality & brakesNext up: Engine
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.
EngineNext up: Reliability
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).
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
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.
Value vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
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.
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.
|Engine type||4-valve V-twin, 6 gears|
|Frame type||Tubular steel trellis|
|Fuel capacity||12.4 litres|
|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|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||38 mpg|
|Annual road tax||£93|
|Annual service cost||-|
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How much to insure?
|Warranty term||Two year unlimited mileage|
Top speed & performance
|Max power||90 bhp|
|Max torque||76 ft-lb|
|Top speed||123 mph|
|1/4 mile acceleration||12.4 secs|
|Tank range||103 miles|
Model history & versions
2007: Ducati Hypermotard launched.
Ducati Hypermotard 1100S features uprated Marzocchi forks, Ohlins rear shock, Marchesini wheels, radial Brembos from the Ducati 1098 and a data recording facility for lap times, throttle and gear position.
Owners' reviews for the DUCATI HYPERMOTARD 1100 (2007 - 2012)
5 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.
Summary of owners' reviews
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One of the best kept secrets in motorcycling!
The ride is pure supermoto enjoyment, sure you have zero wind protection but that is welcomed as a reminder of exactly how fast you're travelling. The Brembos are powerful and extremely responsive, again South of 180kg they would be as they're designed for supersports machines with twice the hp. Ride is a little firm at times however once on the move it provides terrific feedback and gives the rider confidence in corners.
Supermotos started out as someones pet garage project dropping off road bikes onto on road wheels and they evolved from there, this with an air-cooled, dry clutch, 1098cc twin is mad, some say it runs out of grunt on long straights, for those thinking that they're definitely on the wrong bike, sure it's no 1198 but on fast sweepers its amazing and with its low down grunt, weight, and low gearing it is easily a match for a sports bike.
Finished of to an excellent standard everywhere bar the engine coating. In true Ducati form, the paint has come away from the engine which now no longer looks silver but like, an engine!
Not entirely sure of the complete running costs as I self service being a hobby mechanic, but it uses fuel at the rate stated and the tyres appear to wear as you would expect of a motorbike which begs to be ridden hard. That said, at under 180kg and with 90 (something) hp it is a lot kinder to the rear wheel than most sports machines. The usual Duc belts and service items are never cheap but then you expect that with the Italian bikes.
The display is small but extremely functional. As for the rest of the bike, this being the S model, the equipment list reads like a who's who of all that is quality in motorcycle parts, Ohlins monoshock, Brembo monoblocs, Marchesini wheels, 50mm Marzocchi forks, carbon all over the thing, mine even came with a Termignoni 2 into 1 and a Ducati Performance Gubellini steering damper (although I would say, set the bike up right and it should be pretty much eye candy only).
Buying experience: Bought privately as a one owner bike with 3k on it... Gift!
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 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 !
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 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!!
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 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!
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.