DUCATI HYPERMOTARD 821 (2013 - on) Review
At a glance
|Owners reliability rating:|
|Annual servicing cost:||£450|
Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
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 & brakesNext up: Engine
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.
EngineNext up: Reliability
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.
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
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.
Value vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
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.
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.
|Engine type||8v, V-twin|
|Frame type||Tubular steel trellis and cast ali single-sided swingarm|
|Fuel capacity||16 litres|
|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|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||41 mpg|
|Annual road tax||£93|
|Annual service cost||£450|
|Used price||£6,800 - £7,500|
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Top speed & performance
|Max power||110 bhp|
|Max torque||65.8 ft-lb|
|Top speed||125 mph|
|1/4 mile acceleration||-|
|Tank range||145 miles|
Model history & versions
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.
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.
Owners' reviews for the DUCATI HYPERMOTARD 821 (2013 - on)
4 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.
Summary of owners' reviews
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|Value vs rivals:|
|Annual servicing cost:||£450|
Annual servicing cost: £150
There are very few (no?) alternatives to the experience offered by the Hyper. Very versatile, nimble and fun bike.
The bike is at its best everywhere except long highway miles. My normal rides are ~2 hours long, mostly city and twisties and I can't fault it. Great usable power and extremely fun to ride, especially aggressively. I also find it to be very smooth - the throttle, the brakes. Very responsive. I use sport mode most of the time and touring if I'm tired.
Super fun engine, loves being around 6-9k rpm. Could use more lower down torque.
I recently went in for a recall ("service bulletin") to install an electrical filter between the harness and the dashboard that apparently resolves the fried dashboard issues experience by many. The fix is integrated into the dash for 2017 models. Personally I have not had any problems! The low score is based on reports I've read of dashboard failures, sensor failures, starter motor failures, dashboard screen scratches easily. There have been various recalls and improvements made by ducati (throttle recall, various ecu updates, dashboard recall), and so your mileage may vary. There is some corrosion on a couple bolts (but strangely not nearly all of them, so a couple are of lower grade). Other than that it has a nice refined feel about it.
I have not really spent anything for running costs, just basic servicing and they are not expensive where I live. I have to take a point off the value though since this is quite an expensive bike compared to other bikes.
Suspension on base model should be more adjustable for this money, although I find the stock suspension pretty good for me at 90 kg. Stock tires are great. ABS and DTC are life savers.
Annual servicing cost: £1,000
This is my second Hyper, the first was a 796, broke down a lot due to dodgy electrics Had the 821, 5 months and it has broken down twice. New radiator required and Electrical problem "Cam error" which is still being rectified.
The ride is great, and I can't fault the anchors
Only problem that needs sorting on the 2013 model is the clutch biting point. Seems to vary wildly on the factory setting
It has cost me way over a £1000 in repairs and it hasn't needed a service yet.
Annual servicing cost: £200
Just a high-street bike.
Very hard to keep the power smoothly, it will "surprise" you in the corner
Not smooth, not reliable, but frankly, the way it's output the power is remarkable! You will never forget!
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!!!
Not cheap, at all.
ABS DTC, single color dash board... It's OK.
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. 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.
Brakes are good on SP Version and ride quality is excellent. Best handling machine.
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.
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.
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.
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.