2009 Ducati Hypermotard 1100
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
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 50mm Marzocchi forks, gripped by a
triple screw lower fork crown; these 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 Z-rated Bridgestone BT015 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 calipers; gripping
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
riders worldwide. This is the perfect motorcycle engine.
In addition to red, the Hypermotard 1100 sees the
introduction of Ducati’s now famous pearl white
to the colour line-up. The striking new livery contrasts
well against the red frame with a new carbon-grey
finish applied to the outer engine casings of both
colours to complete the effect.
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
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 1100S comes with the Ducati Data
Analyser (DDA), the instrument display also doubles
as a control panel for the activation of the data
acquisition system. For the system-ready 1100 version,
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
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
Lighting and indicators
While the headlamp introduces a 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 DDA PC software, USB-ready data retrieval card
included as standard equipment on the Hypermotard
1100 S, owners can review and analyze the performance
of the Hypermotard and its rider, as well as make
comparisons between various channels of information.
For the system-ready Hypermotard 1100, the kit is
available as a Ducati Performance Accessory.
Normally used on race bikes only, 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 the PC ready to compare, analyse
and get an inside view of the rider’s and the
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
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.
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 390lb
(177kg) and its lines clean and race-like.
Two spark plugs per cylinder, Dual Spark, optimises
combustion temperatures and increases maximum power
and torque throughout the rev range, enhancing reliability
and reducing fuel consumption. Power is optimized
with fuel injected into 45mm throttle bodies and a
2-1-2 exhaust system that exits high behind the rear
of the saddle.
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.
With more experience and success with 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 enabled the distance between service intervals
to increase to 7,500 miles (12,000km).