OneWheelDrive.Net 2010 Ducati Hypermotard 796 Launch Review

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2010 Ducati Hypermotard 796 Review

European roads and a new 796. Joy!

An upright position, unless you’re

2010 Hypermotard 796 Instrument – Little Protection

2010 796 Folding Mirror and Hand-guards – for the protection.

The 2010 Hypermotard 796 in 3 color schemes

Bologna, and we were suiting up to ride the new Hypermotard 796, just of feet from where it the factory doors, in the courtyard of world headquarters. A row of white and black 796’s awaited a tent, shielded from the sunshine.

A glance at the cloudless, sky confirmed the weather forecast, called for sun throughout the day with no of rain and temperatures in the mid 70s Fahrenheit.

All the were in place for a wonderful through the Italian countryside: a new designed to … winding miles of serpentine tarmac for the assault, and of course the splendid which we were told was clement.

Perfect, until we that Italian weathermen a sardonic sense of humour…


If the number’s in the name didn’t it away, I’m this is the media of the Hypermotard 796, Ducati’s version of the 1100 mega-motard launched in late 2007.

the introduction of the new Hypermotard, the Italian maker wants to expand on the of the Hypermotard 1100, a model has come to represent 10 percent of new sales in North America.

Despite rumours that the 796 borrow the motor from the 696, it has an entirely new engine. The four-valve V-twin actually 803 cc and though it uses the same as the 696, it has a longer … (66 57.2 mm), resulting in 5 boost in peak torque, arrives 1,500 rpm sooner output of 55.7 lb-ft @ rpm).

Claimed horsepower is 81, an number when considering F800 twin pumps out a handful more horsepower liquid cooling and eight Service intervals are at every km.

Despite a smallish 3.3 gallon fuel tank, Ducati the Hypermotard 796 is the most fuel bike in its lineup, claiming 59 mpg km). Given the fuel that tank size as disastrous as it sounds and should be to make most Hypermotard owners jealous – Ed .

Weight has reduced on various components the tripleclamps, fork bottoms and (the crankcase alone 2.65lbs/1.2 kg less than the contributing to a claimed dry weight of 368 lbs kg), 26.5lbs (12 kg) less the Hypermotard 1100.

Upright combines with unusually handlebars to provide a dirt-bike-like position, though a new seat seat height .8 inches (20 mm) than the 1100 to 32.5 (825 mm). Ample foam provided enough for a painless journey during our loop, though I suspect a stint in the saddle would take its toll.

Visually the 796 and are nearly identical. Probably the distinguishing feature is the bulbous located beneath the 796 (which a catalytic converter and dual sensors), though more and to keep costs down, the 796 a tubular steel handlebar, as to the other bike’s tapered handhold.


I love in Europe, not only because the is steeped in history and abounds in splendor, but because Europeans the way we should: hard and fast. 10 minutes of leaving the factory’s lot, I was pitching the 796 into hairpin turns arcing stone roadway arches wide enough to allow a car through.

The Hypermotard felt comfortable in these cramped as it should being the engineers built it probably used same stretches of blacktop to the bike.

We meandered about the countryside heading south out of for about one hour when the sky got dark. Then, as Italy’s laughed it up, the skies opened up and it to rain … then it poured.

most everyone brought to the launch, no one brought it on the ride, as the forecasters had duped us all. To add to injury the temperature dropped the low 70s to the chilly 50s.

Being with a job to do we soldiered on through freakishly unexpected monsoon, gusting winds blew and branches from trees. we had no choice but to continue as there was no cover available.

Shaking and on the verge of hypothermia, I cursed for leaving my rain gear folded in my luggage back in the room at Ducati HQ. I was, relieved to discover that the Bridgestone BT015 radials excellent wet grip. Also as a the hand guards that as turn signals provided a measure of wind protection for my now leather-clad claws.

We eventually stopped for a late and waited out the storm, which dissipated as quickly as it appeared to blue skies once

After the lunch stop, we up the pace. I then began to appreciate the new engine’s more but ultimately very engaging Although just nine down on the 1100, power is much smoother with throttle response.

Yet there’s low-end grunt to allow the to easily pull a taller thus allowing a numbed drowning in a boot full of rainwater to neglect shifting on occasion.

Gear ratios are than on the 1100, as is the final ratio, making the 796 easier to from a stop, as well as in top gear at 68mph (110 This compares favourably to the which needs to be ridden than 75mph (120 to experience a smooth ride in

For riders with a streak of in their genes, they may be a tad to find that wheelies as effortless as on the 1100. Having that, clutchless lofting of the wheel is quite easy in gear, and with clutch the front lifts in second on flat surfaces and in third over humps in the road.

A rigid 43 mm, Marzocchi inverted is non-adjustable, while the Sachs absorber has provisions for spring and rebound damping adjustment 1100 has fully adjustable Suspension settings were a bit too for me at a sporting pace, especially the machine had to carry my waterlogged

The rear end wallowed a tad through of the tighter turns, where it was a heavy load, and the fork soaked up all of its travel when hard. I could have up the rear rebound damping, would have improved control, but I was still too wet and too cold to

Abundant cornering clearance me to confidently pitch the bike low and into the apex of a corner, style, with my body upright and knees tucked in. The handlebar provided the necessary to pick the machine up quickly at exit without making the overly sensitive and prone to

That handlebar width, made dodging slow-moving Pandas somewhat dodgy in especially with the unique mirrors threatening to clip the utilitarian cars in tight

Although not entirely practical for through tightly packed traffic (something I dare when I’m abroad – where tolerated), the mirrors provided an rear view. When in I got into the habit of folding the back for added clearance.

lock sits on the borderline of too limited, with just wheel angle to make a U-turn if the start and end of the U are as close to the shoulders as possible.

Brembo radial brakes eyeball-bulging stops with easily modulated lever The rear brake was just how I it with a firm pedal needed considerable effort to the rear wheel. A moderately APTC wet slipper clutch did with any rear wheel on those forced corner


I liked the Hypermotard when I’d first ridden it, but its suspension and high price me a tad cold. By the time we’d to Ducati HQ I had warmed up to this more accessible Hypermotard (I had personally been blown

Decreasing engine displacement by no diluted the Hyper experience, and in for me it enhanced it. With its more powerband and lighter weight the 796 more user-friendly and manageable, and budget suspension components, the ride was more tolerable the racetrack-ready suspension on the 1100.

factors should make the 796 appealing to fledgling Ducatisti, as its $9,995US  ($11,495 CND) tag, which is a $2000 less than the 1100.


Post ride, was one last thing I needed to do. I’d the Ducati museum (located at the entrance) on the morning of our test but I would have never myself if I’d left Bologna seeing the factory from the

John Paolo Canton, PR for Ducati North America, offered to give me a personal of the premises the following day (I begged,

Inside the factory, I was surprised to see all Ducatis are still hand there were no robots in Frames came from a up the road, as did engine castings, but all was hands-on.

Also surprising was the of the factory that looked a big service bay, replete bike lifts, tools and equipment. Here, each was started up and manually tuned by a before heading to the dyno for testing and subsequent shipping.

In a when the urge to be productive and outweighs the importance of maintaining seeing such basic being applied in a modern plant gave me a better for Italian bikes, and their idiosyncrasies.

As for those ungrateful weather forecasters: may the rest of days be spent commuting to in 1980s-vintage Fiat Pandas.

Words: Costa Mouzouris, Marco Campelli, Marco and Ducati


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