Winding Road Just About Right: 2010 Ducati Hypermotard 796

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Ducati Hypermotard 796

Just About Right: Ducati Hypermotard 796

February 19,

The New Ducati Hypermotard 796 might not be the biggest, or sharpest bike money can buy, but it strikes a … balance that tempt occasional riders.

Los California

The light steering The howl of the motor as it closes on the The tossable nature of the chassis. The of the machine as it sits cooling a hot run.

The same characteristics make drivers like make riders like

Among the hundreds of motorcycles in the United States, models into specific categories. are practical bikes, off-road cruisers, dual-purpose bikes, bikes, touring bikes, and a class of two-wheeled rockets have bigger and more engines than many

For the enthusiast with the open all of this makes motorcycles interestingonce you get past the fear of up as an ersatz Kenworth hood

The bike pictured here is the Hypermotard 796, introduced in Milan November. Two-wheeled Gnostics the 796 as a middleweight … street In other words, this new is not a big-horsepower sport bike of 200 mile per hour Police-versus-Rider videos.

Nor is the 796 a proper touring bike, a cruiser, or a high-mileage commuter

The newest Ducati occupies a place in the cycling world makes it a serious contender for occasional riders who still to have some good, road-rash free fun.

Car might think of the 796 as the two-wheeled to the minimalist Lotus Elise. the Elise, the Hypermotard is lightjust 368 On the light side for a middleweight this is less than what a touring rig runs, and about 60 percent of a big-bore bike.

Just as with the with so little weight, power is required for great The Hypermotard’s L-twin displaces 803 centimeters, from which 81 horsepower at 8000 rpm and 55.7 of torque at 6250 rpm. Far equaling the mighty Suzuki 175 horsepower, it is eleven more a Smart ForTwo. Within its the Italian twin is not the power but it’s also not the wimp.

The Triumph Speed runs a 105-horsepower triple, while the ER-6n makes due with 72 horsepower from a parallel

The twin-spark plug, four-valve idles smoothly enough, shaking your hands in a way smoother than larger but less refined than the four-cylinder engines. Blip the however, and concerns of vibrations get to the curb.

More revs on the could-be-trademarked Ducati exhaust Thanks to their unique Ducati engines howl no other. Unlike coil-spring valves, Ducati L-twins use arms to close the valves, as as open them.

The Desmodromic helps the valves operate precisely given the cam’s profile, especially at high when valves can float. It so well that these have helped Ducati win of the last nineteen World Championship Manufacturer’s titlesall making some great

The entire engine is a stressed of the skeletal frame that all the mechanicals out in the open. The welds and on the hand-built bike are smooth and

The only bodywork is the sharp beak that’s integrated a small headlight assembly. the popular superbike look encases nearly everything in a of plastic, the Hypermotard possesses clever styling cues. LED signals are molded into the shields that move with the handlebars.

Side mirrors sprout off the end of and can be folded in. (Italians would We don’t need no stinking The twin exhaust pipes like mortar cannons, just below the LED brake

Unlike the sportbike crouch is hard on the wrists) or the laid-back slouch (which compromises control), the Hypermotard’s upright position (more like a bike) puts the rider in an position to hustle through corners.

The low 32.5-inch seat keeps the bike’s center of low and provides a welcome secondary of putting novice and occasional immediately at ease. As one rolls on the the Hypermotard 796 maintains this

Just about everything the bike feels easy, and controllable. Some bikes off a dangerous vibelike they to kill their rider. designed for cruising or touring signal their rider a Hey, don’t rush me! In contrast to these messages, the clearly tells its riders to fun. Seen kids off curbs on their BMX bicycles?

It’s that kind of

The wide-set bars make it to bend into a corner. The telegraph details about traction and the road surface. thanks go to upper and lower braces that prevent sloppiness.

The broad saddle plenty of room to move and aft plus side to side, a big on twisty roads.

Following a launch, 60 mph comes up in about seconds. The 796 is geared for a 133 mph top-end in gear, but high-speed cruising this bike’s forte. over 80 mph turns the rider a spinnaker.

Obviously, there’s no to hide behind.

While quick compared to cars, Ducati doesn’t come to being a two-wheeled performance Just about any 600cc sport bike can rip off sub-three-second mph times and low eleven-second quarter at over 130 mph. However, riders no longer need to be the on the block.

Regardless of what fast to you, the Ducati’s tip-in is smooth, another for ease of riding. The power on smoothly thanks to a slipper-type The clutch’s internals provide benefit by better managing forces that come quick downshifts.

Oil-bathed plates absorb shock, helping to prevent the tire from breaking and destabilizing the bike. Unless you know what you’re you really want that rear tire to stay

As California suffers through its own crisis, one area that’s hurting from the lack of is the state’s roads. The 796 couldn’t to care. It flew over surfaces that were or pocked.

The chassis soaked up and pleasantly surprised your when a wheel-swallowing pothole suddenly out from under a The bike rode in and out of the valley of with nary a shudder, its stability, and my record for unbroken

Once in the canyons and away the city’s concrete and semis, the proved that it likes its curvy. Away from it an experienced rider can power out of open bends. The bike’s from neutral to oversteer is and predictable.

Big discs haul the bike easily, and even without inspire confidence. Unlike bikes with their forks, understeer isn’t an with the Ducati.

Just as are bigger, more powerful, and cars than the Lotus few connect with their as directly. The Hypermotard 796 is like the in this manner.

For just $10,000, the Ducati drips style and heritage that its Asian counterparts. Compared to its competitors, the 796 provides a compelling for riders who consider bikes a addition to their lives, as to being the only focus

2010 Ducati Hypermotard 796

L-twin, 803cc, 4v


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