Ridden: Ducati Hypermotard 1100 review – MSN Cars UK

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Ducati Hypermotard 1100

Ridden: Ducati Hypermotard 1100 review

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The noise was unbearable. Not the thunderous belching from the V-twin engine, that’s pretty cool. It was the nails-down-a-blackboard scraping sound as the beautiful red Ducati slid down the road – that’s what churned my stomach.

I’d collected the brand new, pristine Hypermotard from the Ducati dealership in Coventry only a few days earlier and was on the long journey back from the south coast where I live, during the worst weather imaginable. Yes, that day we’d been warned to stay off the roads, but I had very little option but to ride. Not owning a van or trailer and having a deadline, I made my way slowly northwards to return the bike to its rightful owners.

And that sensation’s magnified on country bends. The wide bars mean you can throw the bike around like it’s a rag doll and with only 179kg to wrestle with, tipping it into corners is effortless. But its width was an issue on occasion.

The mirrors extend out from the bars further than Prince Charles’ ears, but they don’t require an operation to pin them back. The hinged mechanism means one flick and they’re less obtrusive, but don’t be lulled into a false sense of security, the bike is still wide enough for filtering to require a little more patience and forethought.

The engine’s got oodles of low-down torque and it’s surprisingly smooth. Where traditional single-cylinder supermotos tend to buzz their nuts off, this Hypermotard has rubber mounts on the footpegs and handlebars, so the vibrations are only really noticeable if you’re chugging along in a high gear, at low speeds. Before the diesel incident, I’d been as happy as Larry, but had found the bike fairly easy to stall, as if the tick-over was set too low.

Ducati Hypermotard 1100

Also, the tall 845mm seat height could be worth noting if you’re legs are shorter than mine.

Other than that, it’s a seductive, sexy bike with a reasonable price tag. Compared to bikes like KTM’s Supermoto 950, it’s a no brainer – aesthetically. The styling’s so exquisite and of course the Ducati ownership’s a big fat juicy carrot in itself. But it’s perhaps less inviting on the practical side. The punchy engine and flickable playfulness offer a thrilling ride, but the KTM seems to have more versatility.

The Ducati’s plastic tank, for example, houses only 12.4 litres of fuel, which doesn’t stretch very far if you’re spanking the bike like you’re supposed to.

That said, for scratching round your local roads on the most stylish supermoto out there, the Hypermotard certainly takes some beating. For bikers who need even more bling than the Hypermotard boasts as standard, the S version rocks in with a £8,999 price tag and adds reworked front forks, an Ohlins rear shock, lighter Marchesini forged alloy wheels, Brembo monobloc radial callipers from the 1098 and a healthy splash of carbon fibre. But my bike looked far from bling as it lay in the gutter, with a steady stream of rainwater flowing by us both.

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