Revamped for 2019, the Ducati Hypermotard 950 and 950 SP models are tricker than ever. All the info from EICMA...
Racier yet more rider-friendly. The Hypermotard has been given a full-blown makeover, with the new look taking cues from the supermotard race world, and offering completely overhauled ergonomics on an advanced chassis set-up and electronics package.
2019 Ducati Hypermotard 950 features
- 937cc Ducati Testastretta 11° engine
- Twin under-seat silencers
- Trellis frame with tapered tubing; rear Trellis sub-frame
- Marzocchi 45mm forks fully adjustable, 170 mm of wheel travel
- Adjustable Sachs shock absorber, 150 mm of wheel travel
- Cast aluminium wheels with three Y-spokes
- Pirelli Diablo Rosso III tyres
- Tapered aluminium handlebars
- Brake and hydraulic clutch with radial pumps and separate fluid reservoirs
- Colour TFT instrumentation
- Six-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (6D IMU)
- Bosch Cornering ABS EVO with Slide by Brake function
- Ducati Traction Control EVO (DTC EVO)
- Ducati Wheelie Control EVO (DWC EVO)
- Riding Modes (Sport, Touring and Urban)
- Headlight with Daytime Running Light (DRL)
- Front and rear LED auto-off indicators
- Fuel tank capacity 14.5 litres
- Inner leg curve 1,940 mm (-53 mm vs previous model)
- Seat height 870mm; Lean angle 44°
- Kerb weight 200 kg (-4 kg vs previous model)
A revised riding position maximises control and the new Hypermotard 950 boasts wider handlebars, slimmer sides and a new seat, the latter to smooth movement during riding and ensuring feet can be placed firmly on the ground thanks to an inner leg curve measurement that is now 53mm shorter.
The frontal view – characterised by the ‘beak’, surmounted by compact headlight with Daytime Running Light (DRL) to give the Hypermotard 950 excellent visibility in daylight – underscores a clear ‘family feeling’ with the models that preceded it.
The design of the Hypermotard 950 pivots around the twin under-seat tailpipes and the minimalist superstructure, which ensures the mechanics – including the light rear Trellis sub-frame – are kept in clear view. As well as being more visually compact, the Hypermotard 950 is also 4kg 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 937cc 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 kgm – of which 80% is already available at 3,000 rpm.
Performance is kept under control by the modern electronics which uses a Bosch six-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 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.
2019 Hypermotard 950 SP
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 also 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.
2019 Hypermotard 950 SP features
- SP colour scheme with red frame and black wheel rims
- Fully adjustable 48 mm Öhlins fork, with 185 mm of wheel travel
- Fully adjustable Öhlins shock absorber with 175 mm of wheel travel
- Forged Marchesini wheels with three Y-spokes
- Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) Up and Down EVO
- Flat seat
- Carbon fibre components: front mudguard, belt covers
- Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP tyres
- Inner leg curve 1,980 mm (-53 mm vs previous model)
- Seat height 890 mm
- Lean angle 47°
- Kerb weight 198 kg (-3 kg vs previous model)