2013 Ducati Hypermotard SP

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Hyper performance with extreme versatility

The new generation Hypermotard family, takes the innovation and excitement of the original concept and
enhances it even further. The thrilling 2013 Hypermotard and Hypermotard SP now combine Ducati’s latest
technologies with outstanding Italian design and engineering.

Writing the latest chapter in the Hypermotard story, the new models deliver an exciting and fun-filled
experience, whether riding on the daily commute or ripping-up the track asphalt, and enable practical,
everyday motorcycling in absolute Ducati style.

Brand new from the ground up, both models introduce the new 110hp Ducati 821cc Testastretta 11° engine
in a new Trellis frame equipped with top-of-the range chassis components. The Hypermotard and
Hypermotard SP use sharp and sleek styling to maintain that essential dirtbike look while enabling agile
performance with excellent ergonomics. The Ducati Safety Pack, consisting of latest generation, three-level
ABS and eight-level Ducati Traction Control, fully integrate with three Ride-by-Wire engine mappings to
provide Ducati’s highly versatile Riding Modes at the touch of a button.

High ground-clearance, a thin waistline and a commanding riding position gives the rider an instant
supermotard feeling, while providing the added luxury of absolute street bike comfort and component
quality. The new range takes the Hypermotard concept into the future with refined design and user-friendly
technologies intended to enhance its enjoyment to a wider range of riders.

Hypermotard
The Hypermotard moves into the next generation with a brilliantly designed and engineered motorcycle that
introduces a new 110hp liquid-cooled engine and improved ergonomics, while maintaining its incredibly
compact and minimalist character. Providing ideal access to this exciting family, the Hypermotard integrates
the Ducati Riding Modes of Sport (110hp – High), Touring (110hp – Medium) and Urban (75hp – Low) with
the Ducati Safety Pack of ABS and DTC to become an exciting motorcycle for everyday use and the ideal
choice for the urban commute.

Weighing in with an impressive dry weight of 175kg (385.8lb), the new generation Hypermotard’s attention
to the “ergonomic triangle” of handlebars, seat and footrests, provides an even more commanding riding
position, with bars moving further forward and higher up, and the footpegs a comfort-enhancing move
further forward.

Front suspension is taken care of with 43mm Kayaba usd forks, providing a stroke of 170mm (6.7in) and
gripped by clamps in cast aluminium fitted with rubber-mounted bar-risers for the chromed steel handlebars.
Rear suspension duties are managed by a single Sachs rear shock absorber with rebound damping and
spring preload adjustment. It operates with a brand new and beautifully engineered aluminium, single-sided
swingarm, offering 150mm (5.9in) of rear wheel travel.

The Hypermotard is fitted with Pirelli Diablo Rosso II tyres in 120/70 x 17 for the front and 180/55 x 17 for
the rear, mounted on latest generation 10-spoke 1199 Panigale-style cast aluminium wheels with 3.5in front
and 5.5 rear rim widths. The Hypermotard is finished in Ducati red or dark stealth with a red Trellis frame
and black wheels.

Hypermotard SP
The spectacular, track-ready Hypermotard SP takes everything offered by the Hypermotard and raises its
technical specification for accomplished riders who enjoy a full performance-oriented ride, further enhanced
with the DSP combination of ABS and DTC. In true competition style, the SP gets the 1199 Panigale Riding
Modes of Race (110hp – High), Sport (110hp – Medium) and Wet (75hp – Low) and longer, top-of-the-range
suspension gives a true supermotard stance, increasing ground clearance to 210mm (8.3in) and enabling
an adrenaline-filled 47.5° of available lean-angle for maximum enjoyment.

The SP is equipped with fully adjustable, pressurised Marzocchi usd forks that feature hard-anodised
aluminium sliders. The state-of-the-art lightweight forks provide professional, precise and high-performance
handling with an increased stroke of 185mm (7.3in) as well as excellent feed-back through the aluminium,
tapered handle bars. The rear suspension is equally as high-end with a stunning, fully adjustable Öhlins rear
shock with integrated “piggy back” reservoir providing 175mm (6.9in) of rear wheel travel.

Naturally, the Hypermotard “SP” is fitted with Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa “SP” tyres in 120/70 x 17 for the front and 180/55 x 17 for the rear and is equipped with super lightweight 1199 Panigale S-style triple three-spoke forged aluminium wheels by Marchesini, further underlining the SP’s focus on high performance.
Additional components special to the SP are cam covers in magnesium, front mudguard and cam-belt covers in carbon fibre, radial front master cylinder with five-point adjustable lever and dedicated seat with specially textured surface and horizontally stitched panels for enhanced grip. This impressive specification combines to achieve a dry weight of just 171kg (377lb) and the competition-like set-up gives the Hypermotard SP a seat height of 890mm (35in) with an accessory seat offering a reduction of 20mm (0.78in) if required. The hypermotard SP is finished in the Ducati Corse livery of red, white and black with grey separating features and a red Trellis frame. The Marchesini wheels are in black and sport the signature red-pin stripe.

Design
The Hypermotard prototype was an instant success when first shown in 2005 and soon became a top seller
when its production started in 2007. Since then, its unique design has excited riders around the world and
praise for this thrilling and versatile model has never stopped – and neither has its development.
2013 sees the introduction of the next generation design, embracing the original character and enhancing its
adventurous dirtbike-inspired look with visibly high ground-clearance, sharp and high tail-piece and thin
waistline – design elements that characterise this type of motorcycle, whether used for road or track
While the new Hypermotard maintains the concept of off-road handguards, it now introduces a new style of
rear view mirror that follows the model’s clean design continuity. Attention to the detail of flowing lines has resulted in maintaining the essential, minimalist image of the family, even with the complexity of packaging a liquid-cooled engine. Proportion, ergonomics and practicality shaped this new generation of Hypermotard and the integration of Ducati’s latest technologies, such as second generation Testastretta 11° engine, Ducati Safety Pack, Riding Modes and LED illumination, underlines its absolute Ducati character.
Chassis The Hypermotard has a new 34mm diameter tubular steel Trellis frame with 25.5° of rake and trail and offset of 104mm (4.1in) and 30mm (1.2in) respectively, providing a sure-footed, stable “feel” without compromising the Hypermotard’s character-forming agility. The frame marries to a die-cast sub-frame and incorporates a Multistrada-like techno-polymer mid-section as part of the assembly. The Hypermotard retains its highly manoeuvrable 70° of lock-to-lock steering movement, while the wheelbase now increases to 1500mm (59in), further enhancing the Hypermotards stability at speed. A totally revised fuel tank has increased capacity by 3.6 litre (0.9 US gal) to 16 litres (4.2 US gal), improving the overall autonomy of the Hypermotard while maintaining its slender waistline and compact silhouette.

Instrumentation
The Hypermotard’s compact instrumentation console has been designed with warning lights across the
upper section, which illuminate for neutral, turn signals, high-beam, rev-limit, oil pressure and fuel reserve
and an LCD screen with dot matrix area below for all other information.

The screen presents data for speed, rpm, total mileage, trip1/trip2, engine coolant temperature and ambient
air temperature and time. Additionally, the display also presents current fuel consumption, average fuel
consumption, average speed, and journey time.

The display constantly shows the selected Riding Mode, including the associated ABS and DTC level
programmed, with all three Riding Modes easily changed, while stationary or in motion, by simply scrolling
through displayed modes using the indicator cancel button.

When stationary, buttons on the left-hand switchgear can be used to enter a setting menu from where
adjustments to the various functions can be made including personalised ABS (1-3+OFF), DTC (1-8+OFF)
and power delivery via Ride-by-Wire (Low-Medium-High). All settings are saveable in the instrumentation’s
memory and can easily be returned to factory settings with a simple default function.

The system can also memorise and list the last 30 recorded lap times by using the high-beam flash button
as a stopwatch, each lap time also memorising the lap number and the corresponding maximum speed and
rpm during that lap. The instrumentation is also system-ready to accept the heated grips Ducati accessory,
which then produces its own control menu, selectable by scrolling through with the engine starter button.

Lighting
The headlamp uses a very compact and lightweight assembly, which employs a single parabola for high and
low beam functions using a blue vision bulb and LED positioning light. For the rear, a specially designed
strip of LEDs, enhanced by a high diffusion lens shaped into the sleek lines of the tailpiece, acts for both
rear light and brake lights. Front directional indicators are stylishly integrated into the handguards, keeping the lines of the Hypermotard as clean as possible. A hazard light function is also added to the new
Hypermotard models, activated by holding the left-turn signal button on for four seconds.

Controls
The Hypermotard’s full Ride-by-Wire introduces a new and compact electronic twist-grip, perfectly matching
the minimalist styling of the model’s slim-line switch bodies. They house easy-to-use switches and buttons,
and feature a unique weapons-like ‘trigger catch’ that slides down to cover the starter button when the kill-
switch is activated. All models now have conventional control cable actuation for the clutch and four-point
adjustable levers for the front brake, five-point on the SP. Black finished footpeg supports are formed in high pressure die-cast aluminium with integrated heel guards and support rear brake and gear shift pedals in
forged aluminium.

Ducati Safety Pack (DSP)
Ducati’s Riding Mode technology incorporates three-level ABS and eight-level DTC to introduce the Ducati
Safety Pack (DSP) concept to the Hypermotard family, further underlining the focus on performance safety.

Ducati Riding Modes
Ducati’s industry-changing Riding Modes effectively offer optimised settings appropriate to rider and
environment by selecting from a choice of three pre-set modes according to model. Each Riding Mode is
pre-programmed to instantly change engine character, ABS and DTC intervention – even while riding. The
modes are made possible by combining a number of class-leading technologies.

An electronic Ride-by-Wire (RbW) system administers different mappings to regulate power delivery, while
the Ducati Traction Control system (DTC) uses eight levels of system interaction to enhance control by
reducing rear wheel-spin and the ABS processor provides pre-programmed levels of anti-lock braking.

Hypermotard Riding Modes

Sport
The Sport Riding Mode provides 110hp, delivered with a “High” RbW throttle response, reduced DTC
system intervention and level-one ABS of high braking performance with reduced lift-up prevention.

Touring
The Touring Riding Mode provides 110hp, delivered with a “Medium” RbW throttle response, increased DTC
system intervention and level-two ABS with maximum braking stability and lift-up prevention.

Urban
The Urban Riding Mode provides 75hp, delivered with a “Low” RbW throttle response, further increased
DTC system intervention and level-two ABS with maximum braking stability and lift-up prevention.
Hypermotard SP Riding Modes

Race
The Race Riding Mode provides 110hp, delivered with a “High” RbW throttle response, minimal DTC system
intervention and level-one ABS of front only ABS with no lift-up prevention.

Sport
The Sport Riding Mode provides 110hp, delivered with a “Medium” RbW throttle response, medium DTC
system intervention and level-two ABS of high braking performance with reduced lift-up prevention.

Wet
The Wet Riding Mode provides 75hp, delivered with a “Low” RbW throttle response, almost maximum DTC
system intervention and level-three ABS with maximum braking stability and lift-up prevention.

Ride-by-Wire (RbW)
The Ride-by-Wire (RbW) system is an electronic interface between the twistgrip and the engine which
decides the ideal power response depending on the Riding Mode selected and according to the rider’s
throttle input. The twistgrip no longer uses a cable to control the throttle body butterflies, but instead delivers a signal to a control unit, which in turn operates the butterfly opening. The RbW system enables the use of three different mappings to regulate the power delivery. The three maps offer 110hp with a “high” sports-type delivery, 110hp with a “medium” progressive delivery suitable for touring and 75hp with a “low” reduced delivery for city or rain use.

Ducati Traction Control (DTC)
The Ducati Traction Control is an intelligent system which acts as a filter between the rider’s right hand and
the rear tyre. Within milliseconds, DTC is able to detect and then control rear wheel-spin, considerably
increasing the bike’s active safety and performance and an important component of the Ducati Safety Pack
(DSP). The new Hypermotard uses the very latest DTC software, now optimised with seamless intervention
to ignition timing only.

The system offers eight ‘levels of sensitivity’, each programmed with a level of rear wheel-spin tolerance in
line with progressive levels of riding skills classified from one to eight. Level one is programmed to offer the least amount of interaction while level eight uses the most amount of interaction. DTC is an integral part of the pre-programmed Riding Modes on all Hypermotards.

DTC levels are factory pre-set in each of the three Riding Modes, but can be individually customised and
saved to suit the rider by accessing the set-up menu within each mode. A ‘Default’ option is available to
easily return all settings to factory pre-sets.

Bosch Brembo Braking system with 3-level ABS
Included as an integral part of the Ducati Safety Pack (DSP), the 2013 Hypermotards are equipped with the
Bosch ABS 9MP controlled Brembo braking system, an impressive combination of state-of-the-art security
and proven performance. Shorter stopping distances with enhanced stability are vital prerequisites for all
motorcycles, but adding full Riding Mode interaction takes Hypermotard braking to the next level.
From the three-level programmed system, level-one enables front only ABS, intended for the track-oriented
Hypermotard SP, while level-two delivers high braking performances with reduced rear lift-up prevention for
sport-oriented road use and level-three the most braking stability with maximum lift-up prevention.
The front brakes use twin radially-mounted Brembo, four piston, Monobloc M4-32 callipers actuated by
master cylinders with a four-point adjustable lever on the Hypermotard and five-point on the high
performance radial master cylinder of the SP. The fronts grip 320mm discs, while a single 245mm disc on
the rear is gripped by a single Brembo calliper. Typical of all Ducatis, these components ensure high
performance braking and set the standard in this segment.

Both 2013 Hypermotard models are fitted with the Bosch-Brembo ABS system as standard equipment,
delivering outstanding braking performances in all conditions and providing a major contribution towards
performance safety. An option to disable the ABS in each individual Riding Mode is available via the
instrumentation, and the system allows the setting to be saved and memorised at the next ignition-on.

Introducing the 821cc Testastretta 11°
When developing the new power unit for the next generation Hypermotard, engineers analysed capacity and
bore/stroke ratio to create the optimum combination of tractability and Hyper performance. The 821cc
Testastretta 11° engine introduces and ideal, all-round performance-producing 110hp (80.9kW) @ 9,250rpm
with a wide and ride-enhancing 65.8lb-ft (9.1kgm) of torque @ 7,750rpm underlining its pure Ducati
character.

The four valves per cylinder, liquid-cooled engine has a compression ratio of 12.8:1 and measures 821cc
from an 88mm x 67.5mm bore and stroke, which provides a wide range of torque and an impressive and
practical peak horse power value. The engine, which is cooled by a high efficiency radiator mounted with
twin electric fans, breathes through two 52mm, full Ride-by-Wire throttle bodies which integrate three maps
into the Riding Modes.

The new 821cc Testastretta 11° adopts a number of operation-enhancing features introduced in the second
generation Testastretta 11° DS for the 2013 Multistrada, including repositioned fuel injector spray targets
and a secondary air system. In order to achieve a smoother cycle-to-cycle engine operation, it is necessary
to increase the fuel injected during specific engine operations, and to achieve this without affecting
emissions, a secondary air system has been used. This optimisation of fuel-mapping without compromising
emissions is achieved by completing the oxidisation of unburned hydrocarbons, which reduces HC and CO
levels. The system is activated when the engine ECU recognises specific conditions in the engine’s
operation via the lambda and throttle opening sensors. It then opens a valve enabling a flow of clean air
from the main airbox to a reed valve situated in each cylinder head, which enables one-way flow into an air
gallery exiting into the exhaust port close to the exhaust valve. Entering the hottest point of the exhaust
gasses, the fresh charge of air enhances the burn environment, eliminating any unburned fuel that escapes
during the exhaust cycle under certain conditions.

For increased user-friendliness, Engineers reduced the amount of valve over-lap from around 40° – typical in
performance engines that operate constantly at high RPM – to just 11°. This reduced peak horse-power
slightly, but enhanced mid-range and overall smoothness – perfect prerequisites for the extreme versatility of
the new Hypermotards.

The overlap angle is defined as the interval of crankshaft rotation, measured in degrees, during which both
the intake and exhaust valves are open at the same time. This overlap occurs between the end of the
exhaust stroke and the start of the intake stroke. On the Testastretta 11° engine, this angle has been
reduced and the fresh inlet flow less compromised by the exiting exhaust gases, resulting in a much
smoother combustion, improved fuel economy and lower exhaust emissions. Unburnt hydrocarbon
emissions (pre-catalyser) and specific fuel consumption (and consequent CO2 emissions) are considerably
reduced.

The new engine is equipped with an APTC, oil bath clutch with ‘slipper’ function and light feel at the lever. Its design uses a progressive self-servo mechanism that presses the plates together when under drive from the
engine, enabling the reduction of the clutch spring rates. Now further simplified, in true Hypermotard style,
with the use of a control cable actuation, it achieves an even lighter clutch lever at the handlebar, ideal in
stop-start traffic or long journeys. When the drive force through the transmission is reversed (over-run), the
self-servo mechanism also reverses, reducing the pressure on the clutch plates and enabling them to provide a race-like ‘slipper’ action. This reduces the destabilizing effect of the rear-end under aggressive down-shifting and provides a much smoother feeling when closing the throttle or down-shifting under normal
riding conditions.

The completely new 2-1 exhaust system runs through 50mm headers, and is controlled by an electronic
exhaust valve before passing into the new single silencer, black finished with a polished stainless steel end-
cap. The system uses new sound-absorbing technology to achieve such a compact layout and is completed
with catalytic converter and two lambda probes for optimum Euro 3 emissions management.
A milestone 30,000km between major services

The 821cc Testastretta 11° engine reaches another milestone in Ducati’s constant investment in quality by
enabling the distance between major service intervals (valve clearance check) to be set at an owner-friendly
30,000 kilometres.

About the author

Buks has had a passion for two-wheels since childhood. After his first motorcycle, a fire-breathing two-stroke Yamaha TZR250, he realized he was hooked. When Buks isn't writing for UltimateVelocity he enjoys practicing martial arts, gardening and spending time with his family.