2011 Ducati Hypermotard 1100 Evo SP — kilometer magazine

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Ducati Hypermotard 1100 EVO SP

2 December 2010

We’ve shared our pre-SEMA Show in other writings. a trip included four bikes a BMW Adventure, a Triumph Thunderbird, a Streetfighter and a Ducati Hypermotard 100 Evo SP. All excellent machines, but everyone there always has to be a favorite. find mine at the end of that

I wound up developing a real to the Hypermotard, using it almost while in Las Vegas, because it was so at almost everything.

First, a few Hypermotards are an oddball species in the world, giving the impression of an cycle but with equipment for the They ride high on suspensions and look ready to washouts and culverts in the Baja their generous clearance. feature straight, high that give the rider a of being perched on a fence instead of tucked behind a gas like most street

Surprisingly, it’s these that actually make great as city bikes, their commanding view and feel.

This is particularly true of the we had, the Hypermotard 1100 Evo SP, the extreme development of the concept originally debuted five ago with the Hypermotard 696. The designation indicates the 95-hp of the 1100-cc L-twin, which is powerful, but whose strength is the lots of it, available at low revs, good times.

The “SP” means higher suspension, bars and fifteen pounds weight than a standard Evo for even more performance. The spec is pretty impressive, Pirelli Corsa tires and lightweight forged alloy and suspended on an Ohlins rear and Marzocchi fronts.

The looks can be to some when you tell you’re riding a Ducati, turn to look at it and you can see the confused on their faces. Its beaky is definitely more motocross street bike. To the casual it doesn’t match expectations of a Ducati should look as it isn’t a swoopy superbike or a Sport Classic.

Yet this was the I kept coming back to given a choice.

The first couple miles some adjustment. The high position encourages riding in an position, keening forward, in front of the bars like leading the bike with helmet. Braking results in fork dive, and while a firmer setting for the front reduces the dive a bit, still more than on the street.

But then you take a corners, and the bike leans and solidly, and you start to get a sense of how the ‘Motard is. The bike is light and even lighter, which flicking it from lane to and is direct and accurate in traffic. you adjust to the sense of riding you feel as if you have the same advantage as a lifted truck, the vantage point to anticipate much more easily.

a truck with a lift the ‘Motard is stable and tracks After a day or two it becomes clear for city riding, bikes get much better than The tall seat would it tough for anyone with than about 32 inches of to put both feet down, but up high under way and can see everything.

The mirrors are mounted on the bar ends, and for riders they can be a bit too wide for lane splitting through hour traffic, but they back easily for tight The longer you ride it, the better the all 1078 cubic centimeters of wonder really shines. engine has benefitted from of development and refinement, and it shows.

No spots in the power delivery, no vibrations felt through the power from idle to smooth and full of that soundtrack, it’s hard to a better powerplant for varied duties.

As we entered the mountain above metro Los Angeles, I was to find that I wasn’t … by windflow. There be something about the way this is shaped, because at speeds 85 mph the bike is remarkably good at air around the rider. Crosswinds get a rough, though; the lack of a damper coupled with speeds can make the front end twitchy and nervous.

Ducati Hypermotard 1100 EVO SP
Ducati Hypermotard 1100 EVO SP

Through the higher elevation of Canyon Road, the bike was a instrument, allowing me to place it where I wanted in corners, bumps and cracks were up by the suspension without ever the bike to wander off line. damper-free front end helps it an incredibly light and reactive letting me know everything the front end is dealing with; the is equally responsive and alive.

The are so light and effective that the bike up and throwing it almost realistic. The bike is so stable as it approaches a corner, the rider can the rear brake up and swing the end out like a dirt tracker, and it tries to bite back.

not to like about the Hypermotard Evo SP? The answer to that is fuel thanks to the small 3.3-gallon The Evo couldn’t cruise more 85 miles or so before the low-fuel light would come on (it a proper gauge in the interst of simplicity).

On our trip to Vegas, this was definitely the limiting factor for fast time or wandering too far without a gas station nearby. The of dive when hard on the even when adjusted to a setting, left some of our concerned, but this is the trade-off for the suspension travel. And when hard out of corners in second the front end like to lift up a resulting in impromtu wheelies after the apex.

But even for us “…” riders, the Hyper completely stable going up on one every now and then.

So who is this for? Guys who really two-wheelers, those who see the inner of this somewhat awkward For urban riders, this is a gem, athletic and quick a great view of everything and ahead.

If you’ve ridden different over the years, you will appreciate the Hypermotard’s engaging and all-around ability, not to mention its sounds. It checks a lot of boxes in the wants and the needs columns, so you go to your Ducati dealer to out the latest Monster, you really owe it to to try this out. If we haven’t enough of a case here, the should be able to close the itself.

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Ducati Hypermotard 1100 EVO SP
Ducati Hypermotard 1100 EVO SP
Ducati Hypermotard 1100 EVO SP
Ducati Hypermotard 1100 EVO SP


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