2010 Ducati Hypermotard 1100 Evo
The introduction of the 1100EVO further
enhances the original Hypermotard concept of 'ruling
the road'. The wide, tapered section handlebars continue
to transfer control of the asphalt to the rider and
the full length seat still eases the fore and aft
movement for extreme riding. The difference now is
that it does it all better than before.
A new super-light dry weight of 172kg (379lb) and
an increase of power to 95hp is the result of an intense
program of redesigns and refinements intended to be
the 'evolution' of the Hypermotard.
Continued chassis development to the Hypermotard
resulted in an improved frame layout which eliminated
almost all of the heavier forged elements used on
the previous model. The new rigidly triangulated Trellis
frame and track-tested chassis geometry is matched
by a state-of-the-art suspension. 50mm Marzocchi forks
are gripped by a sturdy triple screw lower fork clamp
for precise steering performance. 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 pre-load.
The rear suspension performs with equal precision
by using a fully adjustable ZF Sachs shock mounted
to a robust single-sided swingarm.
Lightweight wheels mounted on large diameter axles
are fitted with Pirelli Diablo Rosso tyres. Stopping
power is controlled by two radially mounted Brembo
4-piston callipers gripping lightweight 305mm twin
discs up front, and a 245mm disc at the rear. All
of this combines to make stopping as thrilling as
The Desmodue 1100 Evoluzione
The lightweight, L-Twin stands at the pinnacle of
more than three decades of Desmo air-cooled development
and its torquey power delivery has excited riders
worldwide. Its latest evolution is positively awesome
and makes it the perfect engine to give its name to
the Hypermotard 1100EVO.
The 1100cc Desmodue Evoluzione power unit continues
to use a bore and stroke of 98x71.5mm, but its long
list of refinements have boosted its power by 5hp
to 95hp (69.9kW) @ 7500rpm with 76lb-ft (10.5kgm)
of torque @ 5750rpm giving it outstanding power delivery,
from grunting low rpms to the singing howl at redline.
The 1100's crankcases are now vacuum cast using the
same Vacural® technology employed for the lightweight
Superbike engines, a process that achieves significant
weight saving and ensures consistent wall thickness
and increased strength.
But the crankcases were just the starting point of
the evolution. Apart from the new magnesium alternator
cover, the 1100 now has a lighter crankshaft assembly
by using an 848 Superbike flywheel and the search
for further weight reduction even went as far as using
lightweight rare-earth magnets for the generator assembly.
The result reduced the 1100 power unit's weight by
a staggering 5.2kg (11.5lb) and contributed towards
making the Hypermotard 1100EVO even more agile.
Power gains have come not only from the new lightweight
crankshaft assembly, but also from an evolution of
the top-end of the Desmodue power unit. The cylinder
head, which now has improved lubrication and cooling
performance, also has a redesigned inlet port shape
for optimum flow and a modified combustion chamber
shape for improved burn efficiency. This improved
efficiency is the result of a higher compression ratio
and the change to a single spark per cylinder ignition
now managed by high-speed Siemens electronics.
Ensuring a sufficient feed to the higher compression
set-up is an improved flow airbox intake duct and
increased valve lift for maximum volumetric efficiency.
The incredible valve performances of the Desmodue
engine are only possible because of Ducati's unique
Desmodromic system, where valve closure is activated
mechanically. At high rpm it would be almost impossible
for the valve to follow the steep closure profile
of the cam lobe if it were relying upon a normal valve
spring. With the Desmo system, the valve is closed
mechanically with the same accuracy as it is opened,
enabling steep cam profiles and radical cam timings.
This system is used on every single Ducati power unit
including their world-beating Superbike and Desmosedici
In keeping with its extreme character, Ducati continue
to use the 'dry' racing-style clutch for the Hypermotard
1100, the popular preference of thousands of Ducatisti
the world over. The clutch and alternator covers are
finished in carbon grey for the 1100EVO and in gold
for the 1100EVO SP.
A new oil cooler with 85% more cooling area protects
the increased power output of the Hypermotard 1100EVO
whether ridden on the open roads or through stop-start
urban traffic. Conforming to Euro3 regulations, the
2-1-2 exhaust system is now monitored by twin lambda
probes to ensure the most efficient fuel injection
under all conditions. The exhaust terminates with
Ducati-famous twin under-seat mufflers.
Having more experience and success with twin-cylinder
high performance engines than any other manufacturer,
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 12,000km (7,500 miles) making Ducati ownership
even more enjoyable than ever.