Ducati Hypermotard 950 More Rider-Friendly
For the new riding season, the Ducati Hypermotard 950 is racier, more adrenalin-packed, and more rider-friendly. The Hypermotard – the Ducati fun bike par excellence – has been given a full-blown makeover: the new look takes its cue from the supermotard race world, the completely overhauled ergonomics ramps up the fun and riders can now count on an ultra-advanced chassis set-up and electronics package.
A revised riding position maximises enjoyment and control. Indeed, the new Hypermotard 950 boasts wider handlebars, slimmer sides and a new seat: the latter smooths movement during riding and ensures feet can be placed firmly on the ground thanks to an inner leg curve measurement that is now 53 mm shorter.
The frontal view – characterised by the ‘beak’, surmounted by compact headlight with Daytime Running Light (DRL) to give the Ducati Hypermotard 950 excellent visibility in daylight – underscores a clear ‘family feeling’ with the models that preceded it.
The assertive design of the Hypermotard 950 pivots around the twin under-seat tailpipes and the minimalist superstructure, which ensures the mechanics – including the light, essential rear Trellis sub-frame – are kept in clear view. As well as being more visually compact, the Hypermotard 950 is also 4 kg lighter (the engine alone accounts for a 1.5 kg saving) compared to the previous model. This has been achieved thanks to a new frame made up of tubes of varying diameter, new rims, brake discs with aluminium flanges, lightweight Marzocchi forks with aluminium fork bodies/tubes and meticulous design of every detail.
At the heart of the new Hypermotard 950 lies a renewed 937 cm³ Testastretta 11° twin with more muscle, greater pulling power and new electronics to ensure smoother control. With 114 hp at 9,000 rpm and a torque of 9.8 kg – of which 80% is already available at 3,000 rpm – this is the perfect engine for ultimate on-track sports fun, twisting country roads and everyday urban routes alike.
Such outstanding performance is kept under control by the ultra-modern electronics which uses a Bosch 6-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (6D IMU) to detect the bike’s roll, yaw and pitch angles instantly. The Hypermotard 950 electronics package includes Bosch Cornering ABS with the Slide by Brake function (with setting 1), Ducati Traction Control EVO (DTC EVO), Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC) EVO and Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) Up and Down EVO (as standard on the 950 SP version and available as an accessory on the 950).
The Ducati Hypermotard 950 eye-catching tapered aluminium handlebars mount radial pumps with separate front brake and clutch fluid reservoirs (a hydraulic clutch replaces the previous cable-operated one); the design and interface of the colour TFT display take their cue from the panel on the Panigale V4.
For those who want a bike with even higher performance there’s the Hypermotard 950 SP. With dedicated graphics giving it an even sportier look, the SP version features a flat seat, increased- travel Öhlins suspension (+15 mm at the front and +25 mm at the rear) that increases the lean angle (+3°), Marchesini forged wheels and Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) Up and Down EVO.
The Hypermotard 950 can mount the Ducati Multimedia System (DMS). This lets riders connect the bike to a smartphone and manage key multimedia functions (incoming calls, text messaging, music) via switchgears, and display the relative information on the TFT instrument panel.