2008 Ducati Hypermotard 1100 S
Adding ‘S’ to the Hypermotard takes the thrills and road holding to the highest level. For the 2008 a new black scheme colour has been added to the traditional Ducati red.
The outstanding Marzocchi 50mm forks on the ‘S’ include a durable low friction, DLC (diamond-like carbon) black coating to the sliders, making the Hypermotard ‘S’ respond effortlessly to every minute variation in the tarmac; improving on its already impressive road holding. The advanced ‘S’ suspension is further enhanced with an Öhlins remote reservoir rear shock, renowned in racing circles as the ultimate performance choice. This incredible shock is fully adjustable for compression and rebound damping as well as spring preload. This ensures that the ‘S’ is readily adaptable to every riding style and road it challenges.
With a bike as capable as the Hypermotard 1100 S, superior stopping power is fundamental. Using the same Brembo Monobloc calipers first introduced to the world on the 1098 Superbike, world class braking performance is assured. Each caliper is created from a single casting, as compared to the conventional two piece construction, to ensure rigid flex-free operation and a consistent solid ‘feel’ at the lever. To ensure that the look of the calipers matches the ‘S’ model’s personality, each caliper is machine finished.
Professional racers know that one of the best ways to improve the handling and performance of a motorcycle is to reduce unsprung weight by upgrading to superior lightweight wheels. Even from a distance, the black Marchesini wheels with red pin-striping confirm the high performance of the Hypermotard ‘S’. Created from forged then machined alloy, both front and rear wheels are significantly lighter (2 kg less than the standard version) and create a lower moment of inertia and unsprung weight; resulting in improved handling and quicker steering. Mounted to the wheels are new Z-rated Pirelli Diablo Corsa III tires. Designed to deliver racing performance on the road, they warm up quickly, give great feedback, are stable under severe braking and feature dual compound construction in the rear.
The ‘S’ model’s lightweight performance and extreme look is further enhanced by the liberal use of carbon fibre. The advanced composite is used for the fork protectors, timing belt covers, front fender rear section and tail side covers.