2010 Ducati Hypermotard 796
The new way to go Hyper
Just as aggressively striking as the 1100, the new
Hypermotard 796 features a lower seat height and brand
new smooth and flexible engine to make it the perfect
urban assault vehicle. Whether it's working the daily
commute or attacking the open roads, the 796 rides
the common ground between manners and madness by mixing
Ducati's unrivalled twin-cylinder power and sportbike
heredity with the lightweight and minimalist supermotard
The Hypermotard's rigidly triangulated and now lighter
than ever Trellis frame and track-tested chassis geometry
is still stylised by a distinct high fender at the
front and dual under-seat silencers at the rear, but
the new 796's overall profile says it all: Go Hyper!
At 825mm (32.5in), the seat height of the 796 is
a sure-footed 20mm (0.8in) lower than the 1100 and,
when combined with the new engine's smooth power delivery,
this Hypermotard inspires confidence however and wherever
its ridden. The upright seating position offers a
commanding view of the road ahead, while the wide
handlebars make the bike effortlessly flickable through
the urban maze.
Extreme image, accessible character
The 796 has a dry weight of just 167kg (368lb), partly
achieved by a lightweight engine, but also by continued
chassis development that includes fork clamps, and
radial fork bottoms. An improved frame layout eliminates
almost all of the forged elements previously used
on the Hypermotard. The lightened frame retains its
torsional strength to become even more agile and easier
to handle than before, while 17" wheels by Enkei
are produced in lightweight aluminium to keep the
unsprung weight low and handling, braking and acceleration
performances high. The 796 uses exactly the same 3.50
front and 5.50 rear rim sizes and Pirelli Diablo Rosso
tyres as its 1100cc big brother.
Suspension duties up front are taken care of by a
pair of very capable 43mm Marzocchi forks, while the
rear is managed by a Sachs suspension unit featuring
adjustable spring pre-load and return damping, allowing
adjustments for riding style or load. The rear operates
through a similar progressive link to the 1100 and
uses the signature Hypermotard single-sided swingarm.
Twin 305mm semi-floating discs gripped by radially
mounted 4-piston Brembo callipers provide powerful
and progressive front-end braking with that all-important
rider-friendly 'feeling', while the rear is equipped
with a 245mm disc and 2-piston calliper, also by Brembo.
A brand new Ducati engine
The 796 engine isn't just a stroked 696 – it's
a completely brand new Desmodue power unit that promises
to deliver an exhilarating ride without compromising
the smooth tractability found in Ducati's other L-Twin
engines. The crankshaft uses a lightweight 848-type
flywheel, and spins with a 66mm stroke instead of
the 696's 57.2mm, helping to maximise power to an
impressive 81hp (59.6kW) @ 8000rpm and torque to 55.7lb-ft
(75.5Nm) @ 6250rpm while maintaining the smooth and
enjoyable character, famous of all Desmodromic L-Twins.
To protect power delivery and maintain optimum efficiency,
an oil cooler similar to the 1100 is used, adding
even more family resemblance to its bigger brother.
Helping to increase the Hypermotard 796's agility
even further, the fully redesigned crankcases save
an incredible 1.2kg (2.64lb) over the 696 castings,
and are responsible for the major part of the impressive
1.9kg (4.2lb) total saving over the 696 power unit.
The clutch and alternator outer casings of the new
engine are finished in an 1100-style carbon grey.
Breathing through a newly revised airbox intake duct
and fed through 45mm throttle bodies, the 803cc swept
volume is compressed to a ratio of 11:1 – compared
to the 696's 10.7:1 – before being injected
and ignited with Siemens controlled electronics. The
2-1-2 catalytic exhaust system uses an efficient pre-silencer
configuration with twin lambda probes providing finer
fuel mapping and Euro3 conformity. The system's lightweight
and compact design is achieved by using 1mm thick
tubing and terminates in Ducati's trademark twin under-seat,
black exhaust mufflers, stylishly contrasted with
great looking aluminium end caps.
An APTC 'wet' clutch gives a 'slipper' type action
that prevents destabilizing of the rear-end under
aggressive down-shifting and also gives the extra
benefit of a super-light feel at the lever, a great
benefit in stop-start city traffic or during longer
journeys. The 21-plate oil-bath clutch (11 friction
and 10 steel) represents a power-enhancing weight
reduction over the 'dry' system as well as having
a quieter operation and requiring less maintenance.
The new Hypermotard 796 engine combines all recent
advances in Ducati's ongoing design, manufacture and
production quality campaigns to offer competitive
service intervals of 12,000 kilometres (or 7,500 miles).
While its motard feeling is enhanced by wide, tubular
handlebars and handguards, the 796's minimalist image
is further characterised with integral construction
Brembo master cylinders for both the clutch and brake
systems. They maintain a clean handlebar arrangement
for the rider and are fitted with user-friendly 4-point
adjustable levers that provide easy-to-reach control
for all hand sizes. Furthermore, the APTC clutch provides
a super-light lever action ideal for use in the city.
796 in three colours
The new 796 comes in an urban-style Dark finish with
matte black tank and beak section, black frame and
black wheels or, alternatively, matte white tank with
contrasting matte black beak, black frame and black
wheels. For the purists, an 1100 look-alike red tank
with matching beak section, red frame and black wheels
keeps the 796 in traditional livery.