2008 Ducati Hypermotard 1100
The Road Ahead Sets the Challenge
When first unveiled at the Milan International Motorcycle show in November 2005, the Hypermotard won instant praise. Just hours after its launch it was awarded “Best of Show” and motorcyclists the world over anticipated its arrival.
One year ago, in November 2006, two production spec examples of the Hypermotard were presented at the EICMA International Motorcycle Show. In the first half of 2007, the factory began production of the bike.
Over the last year, the Hypermotard has transformed its production anticipation into an outstanding commercial success.
By taking the minimalist supermotard racing concept, then adding Ducati’s unrivaled twin-cylinder power and Superbike technology, the Hypermotard delivers a remarkable experience. The Hypermotard 1100 is extreme and thrilling to ride every day of the week. It turns familiar roads into an all new heart-thumping experience.
Taking its attitude into the city or the mountains with a street smart confidence and no respect for conformity, the Hypermotard is ready for any challenge.
Riding the Hypermotard lets you rule the road. Wide, tapered section handlebars transfer control of the asphalt to the rider and a full length seat eases fore and aft movement – up front when entering the turns, then slide back for maximum traction on exit.
A rigidly triangulated Trellis frame and track-tested chassis geometry is matched
by a state-of-the-art suspension. Starting off with the prowess of huge 50mm Marzocchi forks, gripped by a triple screw lower fork crown; these cartridge damper forks work as impressively as they look, with special high rigidity stainless steel sliders and external adjustability for compression and rebound damping, plus spring preload. The rear suspension performs with equal precision by using a fully adjustable ZF Sachs shock mounted to a robust single-sided swingarm.
Lightweight Marchesini wheels mounted on large diameter axles are fitted with the latest Bridgestone tyres sporting a fat 180/55 section on the rear and a 120/70 on the front. Stopping power is controlled by two radially mounted Brembo four piston callipers; gripping new lightweight 305mm twin discs up front, and a 245mm disc at the rear. All of this combines to make stopping as thrilling as accelerating.
The 1100 Desmo engine pumps out potent torque and horsepower. Twist the throttle and regardless of rpm, fuel injected power is at the rider’s command. The lightweight, 90 degree Twin stands at the pinnacle of more than three decades of Desmo air-cooled development. One ride makes it clear why the 1100 engine has charmed journalists worldwide. This is the perfect motorcycle engine.
The Hypermotard uses Desmosedici GP-styled digital instrumentation. This pure racing, minimalist solution has no switches or buttons to compromise its clean lines. Instead, additional information is managed by handlebar-mounted switch gear, allowing the rider to scroll through and select various menus. The read-out presents rpm in a progressive bar graph and the speed numerically.
Looking clean and purposeful, the display provides an extensive amount of data including: speedometer, rev counter, clock, maintenance schedule, oil temperature, oil pressure warning light, battery voltage, fuel reserve warning light, reserve fuel trip, indicator light, neutral light, injection system diagnostics, lap time memory storage, automatic light-off function after 60 seconds with the key on and immobiliser status. In addition, it can list lap times recorded by using the high-beam flash button as a stopwatch.
As the Hypermotard is equipped for installation of the Ducati Data Analyser (DDA), the instrument display also doubles as a control panel for the activation of the data acquisition system. The DDA memory key and software is available as a Ducati Performance accessory.
Handlebars and controls
One glance down at the Hypermotard controls is enough for the rider to understand that this is no ordinary Ducati. While its motard feeling is enhanced by its minimalist layout, handguards and tapered handlebars, the radial clutch and brake pumps with their remote reservoirs show its Superbike heritage.
The fully adjustable clutch and brake levers not only enable a comfortable setting for all riders, but the clutch also sports considerably lighter lever action. This is partly due to the lever arrangement, but mainly because of an increase in the clutch plate friction coefficient- allowing a reduction in clutch spring pressure.
Once again, Ducati has pushed motorcycle design limits to find an innovative solution for the Hypermotard mirrors. With the challenge of maintaining a clean, racing look around the handlebar area, designers created a new folding mirror concept which is based on the handguards typically found on off-road bikes. Flipped out for high visibility street mode and easily folded in for a quick change to ‘Hypermode’, the mirror handguard assemblies also integrate the LED directional indicators for an even cleaner front-end.
In order to maintain a minimalist, no-compromise image, the Hypermotard’s passenger footpegs are designed to be removable. This attention to detail enables a clean ‘monoposto’ look when on the track; while allowing a fast and easy change to ‘biposto’ for the street. Furthermore, the rider’s footpegs have a removable rubber insert so as to increase boot grip on the peg during extreme competition use by exposing the serrated metal edge.
Lighting and indicators
While the headlamp introduces a new highly compact lighting shape which blends with the single piece nose fairing and front fender moulding, the rear light employs a specially designed strip of LEDs- enhanced by a high diffusion lens shaped into the sleek lines of the tailpiece. The same LEDs are intensified under braking. The front directional indicators also employ the latest in LED technology for illumination, and are ingeniously integrated into the handguards which support the foldable rear view mirrors.
The high intensity LED rear light assembly is moulded into a unique tailpiece positioned high behind the seat. The supporting structure has been designed so that the under tray of the tailpiece is formed perfectly to offer a sturdy pair of pillion grab-handles. This ingenious solution not only helps to merge the rear light into the Hypermotard styling but also provides a safe grip for passengers.
Ducati Data Analyser (DDA)
With the purchase of the DDA, which includes PC software, a USB-ready data retrieval card and instructions, owners can review and analyze the performance of the Hypermotard and its rider, as well as make comparisons between various channels of information. The DDA is available from Ducati Performance Accessories.
Normally found on race bikes, the system records numerous channels of data including throttle opening, vehicle speed, engine rpm, engine temperature, distance travelled, number of laps, and lap times. The system also automatically calculates engine rpm and vehicle speed data so as to display gear selection as an additional channel of information. At the end of a ride or track session, up to 2MB (approximately 3.5 hours) of data can be downloaded to your PC ready to compare, analyse and get an inside view of the rider’s and the Hypermotard’s performance.
Data can be analysed in graphic form with the option to zoom into detail on specific sections. Dragging a tracer along a timeline will reveal individual values of the listed channels. This enables the user to analyse performance in the same way as data technicians on factory teams.
The Hypermotard’s 2-1-2 catalytic exhaust system with lambda probe is Euro 3 compliant. Its lightweight and compact design is achieved using 1mm thick tubing which terminates in Ducati’s trademark twin under-seat, black exhaust mufflers, stylishly contrasted with great looking aluminium end caps.
The Hypermotard 1100 is powered by the incredible Ducati two-valve, air-cooled, Desmodromic Dual Spark engine, giving it outstanding power delivery, from a grunt at low rpm to a singing howl at redline. The Hypermotard 1100 engine flexes its muscles with a 98mm bore and short 71.5mm stroke to make 90 horses and 76 pounds of torque.
In keeping with its extreme character, engineers chose the Ducati ‘dry’ racing-style clutch for the Hypermotard, the popular choice of thousands of Ducatisti the world over. Furthermore, the primary drive gears have been advanced with a new lightweight construction.
Power is maximized by fuel injected 45mm throttle bodies and a 2-1-2 exhaust system that exits high behind the rear seat. The two spark plug per cylinder, Dual Spark engine optimises combustion temperatures and increases power and torque throughout the rev range. This results in enhanced reliability and a reduction in fuel consumption.
Compact and purposeful, the Desmo Twin engine’s light weight and narrow L-Twin layout, no wider than a single cylinder, ensures that the bike is lean and agile. The air-cooled design eliminates all the water radiators, hoses, valves, reservoirs and pumps, keeping the motorcycle’s weight down to a minimum 390lbs (177kg) and its lines clean and race-like.
With Ducati having more experience and success developing twin-cylinder high performance engines than any other manufacturer in the modern era; the air-cooled L-Twin remains central to Ducati’s philosophy of motorcycling. This experience, plus constant investment in quality by design, advanced materials and engineering techniques, has allowed Ducati to reduce the cost of scheduled maintenance by as much as 50%.