Ducati Hypermotard 796 review — Telegraph

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Ducati Hypermotard 1100

The Italian company’s latest to boost sales won’t do it any at all.

Motorcycle manufacturers are diverse approaches to the recession. The are behaving conventionally, postponing new launches and generally cutting Honda has even closed its European design centre in Germany.

A few of the smaller, light-footed companies think differently, including some of the Italians who seem to worry much going bust anyway notably, Triumph in Britain. For as management speak would put it, the is an opportunity to increase market while it’s more to do so. When the sales figures and we revert to normal, maintaining share will mean a big in sales compared with times.

Triumph is the most aggressive disciple of this but Ducati is a faithful follower, The company’s CEO, Gabriele Del confirms the Bolognese factory is to unveil a raft of new models to market share during the few years. The latest release do it any harm, either: the Hypermotard 796 803cc) is the smaller, lighter, younger relative of its storming namesake.

And rather than being it could mean more to riders.

Less is certainly in terms of weight and price. 26lb lighter than the so manoeuvrability is clearly going to be even if the bigger bike is lethargic in terms of directional Aim the beaky mudguard at something and it relishes the challenge, flicking, and turning with speed the all-new engine punches it out of with typical Ducati and character.

The handling is not perfect, however, the front end often feels A combination of rearward weight quick steering, wide and soft, long-travel suspension to give the bike a remote, feel. It’s fine if you get well sorted before the and apply the power early, but a of the throttle, shift of your or a brush of the brake can unsettle the and, in all but perfect conditions, the rider’s confidence.

However, not a serious flaw, because the still steers very and the cocktail of agility and that motor mean it will be a hoot on the right roads.

The new is unmistakably a development of Ducati’s output, with its 90-degree, architecture and characteristic horizontal fins. From the outside struggle to distinguish it from the 696, but this is not simply a or stroked upgrade. Pretty every component is new or revised.

As a consequence, this is the most Ducati engine yet, of a claimed 58mpg in normal just as well, given the fuel tank holds 2.7 gallons. That allows an 120 miles or so before you’re about a refill.

Like air-cooled Ducatis, the engine is big on thump, punching you along shoulder-shrugging nonchalance. While it match the ferocious charge of the it doesn’t leave you feeling either. It has less weight to of course, but just as importantly it crisp and willing, and the wide of torque guarantees useful from low revs.

It doesn’t enjoy trickling at very low rpm and is awkwardly lumpy at traffic speeds, however. The gears mean you must rev it in first or else lug it in second, so you find the smoothness you’d from a Japanese four, but on spacious roads the motor is a and sounds as good as it feels.

For who find its low-speed manner work, a light, easy provides compensation and the seat is an inch lower than the

The mirrors fold out from the ends to provide a reasonable view, something of a novelty on a but it’s not unusually good and make the bike so wide they’re a liability in traffic. designed to fold in very so when you’re edging cars you don’t keep their extremities, but it’s a to keep flipping them in and out to width against rear Conventional mirrors are an option and go for those.

Ducati Hypermotard 1100

This is a bike with niggles, but it also has a character and that so often eludes the it might annoy you at times, but fall in love with it What impresses is the overall of power and agility, which this a better choice the 1100 for many riders. plenty fast enough while some will that blast of power, for it’s just intimidating or an effort to control.

The biggest might be Ducati’s, because the 796 could steal sales the Monster 696 rather than other manufacturers. That’s buyers aren’t tempted by the Street Triple, which is not in the same big supermoto class but close enough. It’s faster, handles better and is cheaper.

Price/availability: From £6,995/December

Power/torque: 80bhp@8,000rpm/56lb ft@6,250rpm

Top 120mph (est)

Fuel 2.7 gallons/155 miles (claimed)

KTM 990 SM-T, £9,595; Triumph Triple, £5,949

Verdict: fun and attractive, with over-sensitive but a fine engine


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