Ducati Hypermotard — Test Ride — Canada Moto Guide

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Ducati HM Hypermotard

Ducati Hypermotard – Test

The Ducati Hypermotard promised so when first unveiled in form at the 2005 Milan Bondo checks out if the production delivers.

How do I love thee? Let me the ways;

I love thee the lettering on thy Marchesini front to the golden sheen on thy Ohlins I love thee’s carbon highlights, Marzocchi forks and monoblock radial calipers. seat, however, is a Royal in thoust ….


suspension and 17 inch wheels racing rubber. Tah dah! A

This whole motard fad when some doofus a set of roadracing wheels with sticky tires on a dirtbike. evolved somewhat from but it’s still a very niche market (although one seems to be growing) and many are jumping on the motardy bandwagon.

KTM to be leading the league in the motard Suzuki has their disappointing and even stodgy BMW has chipped in the HP2 Megamoto. And now Ducati, the two-wheeled of sportbike-dom is on board with the

Back in 2005, Pierre original Hypermotard prototype won Design” at the Milan show and the version remains fairly to this vision. Appearance is subjective but I think the HM is a motorcycle responds well to sitting with coffee in hand allowing your eyes to over the hardware, absorbing the angles and attention to detail of the Italian bits and pieces.

The wart.

The more you look, the it grows on you – until you get to the breather stuck near the left of the frame like a wart on the red trellis fanny. Thankfully, riding, you don’t have to at it.

Ably propelled by the 95 horsepower, 1100cc, two-valve Multistrada the HM is available in two sets of pajamas. The model lists for $14,495 and with cast aluminum Brembo two-piece front and a Sachs rear shock.

But if you’re going to spend 15 large, why not go for the ultimate in motard and drop $17,495 on the “S” model Ohlins rear shock, monobloc calipers, 50mm forks (complete with anti-stiction coating on the sliders), aluminum Marchesini wheels and fiber eye candy adorning the belt covers, fenders and protectors?

The shock alone is two grand. Go big or stay home.


Narrow bike wide bars (thanks to

I easily scaled the 33-inch high seat, although short of inseam may require and crampons. The first thing is the narrowness of the bike and the unusual position – it seems as if you’re directly over the front

The Superbike bend bars are wide and the Batcycle bar-end stick out even farther – not ideal for threading through traffic.

The hydraulically actuated dry has a much lighter pull other Duck dry clutches and have the typical “tambourines in a mixer” rattle – undoubtedly a disappointment to the Ducatisti faithful.

is excellent right off idle and the midrange, although goes right up top – so it’s much fun to short shift and let the abundant pull you through. Throttle is fairly smooth and linear, a bit abrupt in the lower gears.

is torturous.

The six-speed gearbox has a short throw and when up through the gears, clutchless are a snap. Neutral can be a bit elusive at and is much easier to find first rather than around from second.

The has top-shelf hardware and an impeccable and some wonderful hardware but as for it … Well …

The Spanish Inquisition-inspired is just way too uncomfortable for anything but jaunts (“Por favor, tell you anything. Just let me get Ask 1,000 motorcyclists what like in a seat and I’m betting “hard, narrow and uncomfortable” makes the list.

Bondo is not very impressed on the run.

On the highway, vibration its ugly head and the bar-end mirrors become reasonably – anything aft just a blur and the one wouldn’t stay tight giving me a great view of the sprocket. Brilliant idea they fold so you can thread traffic but then you can’t see can you?

The heavy throttle apparent after about 30 and at the end of the day, my right wrist was from the heavy pull and from vibration.

Once you get to the and twisties, the Hypermotard comes The 385-lb light weight it really easy to throw and the torquey engine propels you one apex to another like being shot out of a cannon. corners in the lower gears restraint because the short and responsive motor is a sure for power wheelies.

Gorgeous but they don’t make the

Conservative steering geometry the Hypermotard from feeling twitchy but it is fairly sensitive to inputs, whether initiating the or changing lines mid-corner to larger potholes.

Around it’s great. The tall position lets you see over traffic and the responsive engine and bars make maneuvering in spaces a snap.

Ducati HM Hypermotard

The radial Brembos on the Hypermotard S are the best brakes I’ve on a street bike. The initial is very strong (requiring from the unwary or inexperienced), but the feel, feedback and ultimate power will be appreciated by the rider. Normally, one finger on the will be enough to satisfy braking needs.

The instrument pod is yet displays lots of info. The speedometer is front and center a sweeping, LCD tach up top. A of functions are available including mileage, tripmeter, time, lap and voltage.

Seriously irritating is the instrument cluster reset to show total kilometers time the key is shut off.

Sometimes I want to leave it on the and sometimes I want the tripmeter. For the I rarely want to see total and can’t think of a circumstance I’ve ever want see For entertainment value, every you turn the key to start, the instrument pod you this is the “Hypermotard.” Good to

Even during easy the fuel light comes on at 180km, which is perfect you were ready for a break 100 ago. And when the light on, start looking for a gas station

Fuel consumption averaged 5.2 and 5.6L/100km (50 to 54 miles


One day I did a of the backroads, farmland and wineries of Prince Edward County, about two hours east of and one hour on the freeway from my Riding there first in the morning was fine as a slight prevented me from getting up too badly but coming back was a story.

I’d already accumulated on the Motard, my … was sore, my (always a lurking source of trouble) was tightening up and I was fighting a headwind, feeling much the Human Spinnaker.

The devil’s in the

At the end of the day I’d logged 504 klicks, which must be a one day record for Hypermotard-ness. I so badly abused, I jumped in our with the jets on “pulverize” and the just this side of I then went looking for the donut pillow.

During the hour of my ordeal, er ride, I that something was wrong – I was riding a state of the art Italian motorcycle with Marchesini Ohlins shock, Brembo and a wonderful collection of carbon bits and all I could think of “I wish I was on anything else.”

It’s the exact opposite of a 650 F650Gs or Versys where a of unremarkable parts add up to an astounding With the Hypermotard, we have a of absolutely outstanding hardware adds up to something that you ride to where you want to go.

I I’m probably missing the entire point here – and I can live that. In my opinion, the Hypermotard is the answer to a question few are asking and the tool for a job that few are qualified to do. Not too of us could own one as an only motorcycle.

a high-tech weapon that’ll put a on your face when your favourite road or the cut and thrust dicing at a track day – as as you don’t have to ride too far for

Ducati HM Hypermotard
Ducati HM Hypermotard
Ducati HM Hypermotard
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