Ducati Hypermotard 950 aims to offer a third-generation Hypermotard in 2019, declaring the updated Hypermotard 950 and 950 SP will come with a exhilarate look, better ergonomics, and the latest chassis and electronics refinements.
Supermotos have never quite gained the popularity they procure. But we dare you to ride a Ducati Hypermotard down a B-road and come back externally a smile on your face. This advanced duo of stocker and SP variants should guarantee the giggles, too.
The modernize 937cc Testastretta is now approximately 4bhp more powerful, with one more torque on tap, too. The engine individual is also 1.5kg lighter, while the new tubular steel trellis frame is also 1kg lighter and the cast rims 800g lighter all enriching to an overall 4kg weight loss for 2019.
The Hyper glance recognizably similar to the outgoing model, but there is more aggression in the sharp lines, and the new DRL enabled headlamp, seat, slimmer flanks, exposed trellis subframe, and wider bars all compose it looking tangibly more menacing. Gone too is the large side-mounted silencer in favor of a pair of stubby slash-cut under seat pipes.
The electronics get an additional, too. Bosch’s 6-axis IMU forks over EVO versions of their Cornering ABS, slide control, traction control, and anti-wheelie, while there’s the option of the bi-directional quick-shifter on the stocker. All are composed via the switchgear and full-color 4.3in TFT dash, through which you can also select from three rider modes.
Both will still run the 937cc Ducati Testastretta twin-engine, though the mill is a fleeting more than 3 pounds lighter than before thanks to some updated components. These add new pistons, new exhaust cam profiles, lighter clutch and alternator covers, a lighter gear shift drum, an aluminum chain tensioner, and magnesium cam covers. Ducati cites constitute the new pistons and higher 13.3:1 compression ratio (up from 12.6:1 on the previous version) as contributing to a 4-hp improvement, for a total of 114 hp at 9,000 rpm. There will be 71 pound-feet of torque accessible at 7,250 rpm, however Ducati button down that significant pulling power is available throughout the rev range, with 80 percent of total torque on tap by 3,000 rpm and up to 88 percent available between 5,000 and 9,000 rpm. A gleaming ECU and ride-by-wire system contribute to the improved power delivery also.
When we get to suspension, the differences bounded between the two models become clearer. The base Hypermotard 950 is larkish sporting a 45mm Marzocchi fork with aluminum fork bodies and tubes (for another 1-pound weight savings) and a Sachs shock out back. Front travel is 6.7 inches and rear travel is 6 inches. The Hypermotard 950 SP has high-spec constitute, with a 48mm fork and shock, both providing more travel than the base, 7.3 inches in front and 6.9 inches at the back.
Braking is organized by Brembo M4.32 four-piston radial Monoblock calipers at the front, biting dual 32mm discs. The rear composition is a single-piston Brembo caliper and 245mm disc. This setup visage on both the 950 and 950 SP.
Ducati worked to slenderize down the midsection of the seat on both machines, tapering the rear subframe and mainframe attachment point. As noted above, the 950 SP has a flat seat in safe-keeping with the motard style while the standard 950 gets a new seat with a slight rise to accommodate a passenger more adequately. The handlebars have been widened slightly too to advance rider control. Both brake and clutch levers are adjustable and the passenger footpegs can be easily evacuated. There is also an under-seat USB port.
The 2019 Ducati Hypermotard 950 will be accessible in Ducati Red with a red frame and black wheel rims while the SP will come in an SP color scheme with red frame and black rims.
Ducati Hypermotard 950 Bike specification
|Warranty term||2 years unlimited mileage|
|Frame type||steel trellis|
|Fuel capacity||14.5 litres|
|Front tyre size||120/70 x 17|
|Rear tyre size||180/55 x 17|
|Max power||112 bhp|
|Max torque||71 ft-lb|
|Average fuel consumption||55.3 mpg|
|Tank range||176 miles|