Hypermotards are all about combining the right amount of power with perfect balance and chassis geometry for excellent feedback. It all resumes to upgrading those aggressive riding skills and obtaining better and better lap times. That’s what Ducati concentrates on with their 2010 Hypermotard 1100 EVO and EVO SP models, ensuring that every single owner brags about its ride each time it takes it closer to its limits.
95-hp fuel injected L-twin engine
First thing first, the new Hypermotards from the Bologna, Italy house get a new 1100 Desmo engine that is claimed to be “perfect” for the class. A very light, 90-degree Twin developing as much as 75.9lb-ft of torque and 95 horsepower from as low as 5750 rpm, respectively 7500 rpm, the unit is coupled to a precise and also light 6-gear transmission. Add the Siemens electronic fuel injection and a dry weight of only 379 pounds (377 pounds on the EVO SP model) and there’s nothing to stop the two bikes from turning into absolute blasts with every single twist of the throttle.
All the fun and excitement coming from the air-cooled, 1078cc engine can be shared with a passenger too due to the presence of a dual seat on both models. Riding on light Marchesini rims dressed in sticky Bridgestone BT015 tires, both models are more than guaranteed to get the blood flowing fast.
2010 Ducati Hypermotard 1100 EVO
But what actually sets the Ducati 1100 EVO SP apart from its base sibling? It all consists in the magic touch that the fully-adjustable 48 mm Kayaba fork gives over the also fully-adjustable 50 mm Marzocchi one found on the 1100 EVO. Also, the “SP” model features an Ohlins rear shock instead of a Sachs one and we shouldn’t neglect the overall 2 pounds weight reduction either.
A standard new feature on the 2010 Ducati 1100 EVO and EVO SP is the Ducati Data Analyzer (DDA), a system which records information such as throttle opening, vehicle speed, engine rpm, engine temperature, distance travelled, laps and lap times. All data is stored into an USB, allowing riders to review their performances at the end of a riding day.
Having made a fulminant first entry at the 2005 EICMA show in Milan, the Ducati Hypermotard went into production later on as a 2007 model and brought the 1100 S model along with it. With the benefits of a durable low friction diamond-like carbon black coating to the front fork sliders, an Ohlins remote reservoir rear shock, the same Brembo Monobloc calipers used on the 1098, lighter forged Marchesini wheels with a red pin-stripe, Pirelli tires, plus carbon fiber fork protectors, timing belt covers, front fender and tail/ exhaust side panels, the 1100 S was from the very beginning a significantly more expensive choice that addressed to absolute track experts.
2008 saw the first white Hypermotard and the first all black “S” model.
History carried on being written with the 2009 model year bikes, which weren’t changed, unlike the ones we’re talking about today.
2010 Ducati Hypermotard 1100 EVO SP
Regardless the type of motorcycle that you may prefer, it’s impossible not to be caught up by Hypermotard’s aggressive design. Ducati made no compromise when designing his big hyper and the bike shows it from every single angle. Starting with the front, it’s impossible to miss the 120 mm wide tire wrapped around the 17-inch wheel, which is supported by the thick fork arms introducing our already thrilled eyes to the also massive, but yet sharp fender that is an actual piece of the headlight housing. The instruments are an integrated part of this scenario while the cross-section handlebar indicates how their wideness is the key to handling this type of ride. With LED signal lights mounted into the hand guards, we know that we’re dealing with a stylish blast from the very first sight.
Although massive and aggressive, the Hypermotards are all about a low center of gravity and this shows in the design too. Notice how body panels hugging the 3.3 gallons tank follow the descendent line of the front fender? That’s an effect of that goal being accomplished. Also, the seat is positioned at 33.3 inches from the ground (not necessarily an advantage, but for the serious piece of motoring that the Hypermotard is, it is ok).
2010 Ducati Hypermotard 1100 EVO
Being a two-person piece, the smooth seat represents most of the bike’s middle-to-rear, but that doesn’t mean that a high intensity LED rear light assembly molded into a unique tailpiece that doubles as sturdy pillion grab-handles isn’t absolutely necessary considering Ducati’s standards. Also at the back, the Marchesini forged alloy wheel is the easiest thing to spot and admire due to the single-sided swingarm.
There are no visual differences between the two models apart from color. While both the 1100 EVO and 1100 EVO SP are available in shiny Ducati Red, the standard model is also offered in Black and the special one in Corse White.
“The first thing one realizes when hopping on the EVO is the added oomph. It may only make an additional five horsepower and weigh 15 lbs less, but the combination has the front tire leaving the ground almost instantaneously.” – motorcycle-usa
"City street and interstate riding revealed the EVO SP to be an intoxicating urban bike— though its wing-like mirrors would make lane-splitting tricky if the act were legal in AZ. Ride quality is surprisingly supple, and the view from the elevated saddle commanding." – motorcycles.about
"The motor revs freely and has an urgent, muscular feel that suits this kind of bike. It doesn’t complain if you’re in too high a gear; in fact I found that when shifting up early at the Mores test track in Sardinia – relying on torque more than revs – it was as quick as when redlined." – telegraph
"The new engine revs up a little quicker than the old one and I race through the six speed gear box down the straight. The Hypermotard’s main advantage is its ability to carry lots of corner speed and accelerate out of tight corners like a bat out of hell." – motorcycle
"Handling is also as good as you’d think. I can’t remember if the old bike felt heavy-I don’t think so-but this bike feels as light and nimble as any twin-cylinder bike could, almost more like a big Thumper than a V-Twin. The high, wide bars, almost perpendicular to the bike, mean quick and easy direction changes, but the long (57.3 inches) wheelbase and balanced chassis keep it all under control." – motorcycledaily
"The EVO is a noticeable improvement on the old bike, but the new SP is a huge step forward and makes the Hypermotard even more extreme and track focused than the original, which was too extreme for some to start with." – MCN
Taking in consideration what the bike has to offer, the $11,995 MSRP for the 2010 Ducati Hypermotard 1100 EVO makes it adequately priced. So does the $14,495 MSRP in the case of the EVO SP model, but only for those who know they’re ready for the very best the Bologna house can provide in this class. If not, the standard model – without the premium suspension, wheels, brakes and carbon fiber parts – is just as good.
In a relatively short amount of time, Ducati managed to remark as a supermoto expert, one that feels the need to raise the stake and call its bikes Hypermotards. Characterized by sharp handling, comfort and engine performance to match, both bikes stand out as must-haves and will leave no owner unhappy, but definitely begging for more.
Front Brake: 2 x 305mm semi-floating discs, radially mounted Brembo callipers 4-piston, 2-pad
Rear Brake: 245mm disc, 2-piston calliper
Fuel Tank Capacity: 12.4l - 3.3gallon (US)
Dry Weight: 172kg (379lb) / 171kg (377lb)
Instruments: Digital unit with displays for: Speedometer, rev counter, lap times, time, oil temp, battery voltage, A & B trips, fuel reserve trip, scheduled maintenance. Warning lights for: Neutral, turn signals, high-beam, rev-limit, oil pressure, fuel reserve. Plus: Immobilizer system
Warranty: 2 years unlimited mileage
Body Colour (Frame/Wheel): Red (red / black) - Black (racing black / black)
Seat Height: 845mm (33.3in)
DDA: DDA system-ready for Ducati Performance accessory
Brand new longer, black-bodied, fully adjustable 50mm Marzocchi forks have 30mm (1.2in) more travel and increase the SP’s ground clearance by 30mm (1.38in), extending the SP’s extreme cornering performance and providing a more track-oriented set-up. Coated with a durable low friction, DLC (diamond-like carbon) black coating, the sliders enable the Hypermotard ’SP’ to respond effortlessly to every minute variation in the tarmac, improving on its already impressive road holding. The advanced ’SP’ suspension is further enhanced with an Öhlins remote reservoir rear shock, renowned in racing as the ultimate performance choice. This incredible shock is fully adjustable for compression and rebound damping as well as spring pre-load, ensuring that the ’SP’ is readily adaptable to every riding style and road or track it challenges.
With a bike as extreme as the Hypermotard 1100EVO SP, superior stopping power is fundamental, so world-class braking performance is assured by using the same Brembo Monobloc callipers as on Ducati’s top Superbikes. Machined from a single piece of alloy, the callipers achieve a higher rigidity and resistance to distortion during extreme braking, which not only delivers incredible braking power, but also provides an enhanced and precise ’feel’ at the brake lever. The twin Monobloc callipers, each with four 34mm pistons gripping 305mm discs, guarantee spectacular braking performance.
SP lightweight wheels by Marchesini
Extreme riders know that one of the best ways to improve the handling and performance of a motorcycle is to reduce its unsprung weight by upgrading to superior lightweight wheels. Even from a distance, the 5-spoke black Marchesini wheels with red pin-striping confirm the high performance of the Hypermotard 1100EVO SP. Created from forged then machined alloy, both front and rear wheels are significantly lighter and create a lower moment of inertia and unsprung weight, resulting in improved acceleration and braking as well as quicker steering. Mounted to the lightweight wheels are Z-rated Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP tyres. Designed to deliver racing performance on the road, they give great feedback, are stable under severe braking and feature a sure-footed ’feel’ when braking or accelerating is applied at considerable lean angles.
The Hypermotard 1100EVO SP has serrated footpegs for increased boot grip during extreme conditions and a Teflon slider under each peg for protection in extreme lean angles. Ducati include a rubber insert with the bike for riders who prefer to cover the serration for increased comfort.
To enhance control, the tapered alloy handlebars have a 20mm longer bar-riser that effectively changes the riding positioning to enable greater leverage under extreme riding conditions. The risers are finished in black along with the new Marzocchi forks, upper and lower fork clamps, footpeg carriers and pedals, exhaust guard, rear subframe and rear sprocket carrier.
A carbon fibre rear hugger is fitted as standard equipment, enhancing the SP’s already extreme image and also providing protection for the Öhlins rear suspension unit. The advanced composite is also used for the fork protectors, timing belt covers, front fender rear section and tail side covers.
The Hypermotard 1100EVO SP is boldly finished in a choice of red-themed or white-themed Ducati Corse livery to underline its competition intention.
The white-themed livery has a white tank with thin red stripe and red Ducati graphic, contrasted with a black knee-panel area. The headlight fairing and beak section are also white with a wide red stripe along the centre of the beak and thin black striping around the fairing section. The tailpiece is white with a wide red stripe along its centre.
The red-themed livery has a red tank with thin white stripe and white Ducati graphic, contrasted with a black knee-panel area. The headlight fairing and beak section are also red with a wide white stripe along the centre of the beak and thin white striping around the fairing section. The tailpiece is red with a wide white stripe along its centre.
Both colour schemes have red Trellis frames with black wheels and the new Ducati Corse logo proudly displayed on the Hypermotard’s beak section.
Supplied as standard equipment on the 1100EVO SP, the Ducati Data Analyser (DDA), which includes PC software, a USB-ready data retrieval card and instructions, enables owners to review and analyse the performance of the bike and its rider, and make comparisons between various channels of information.
The system records numerous channels of data including throttle opening, vehicle speed, engine rpm, engine temperature, distance travelled, laps and lap times. It also automatically calculates engine rpm and vehicle speed data, enabling it to display gear selection as an additional channel of information. At the end of a ride or track session, up to 4mb of data can be downloaded ready to compare, analyse and get an inside view of the performance of both the rider and the Hypermotard.
Lighter Trellis frame
The quick and precise handling that the Hypermotard provides is down to the construction and geometry of its famous Trellis frame. Its ability to handle the abundant torque from the L-Twin engine and its rigidity under powerful Brembo braking are just a few reasons why Ducati’s chassis department would never want to change it. But it could be made lighter. They realised that almost all of the heavy forged sections of the construction could be completely removed without reducing its strength or its performance, so they applied it to the entire family.
Lighter, more powerful engines
While the chassis department were busy reducing the weight of the frame, the engine department went back to the drawing board for the 796 and started with a clean sheet of paper. Their complete redesign of the crankcases rewarded them with an incredible saving of 1.2kg (2.64lb) compared to the 696 castings, and the new 796 crankshaft with 848-style flywheel further reduced the overall engine weight to an impressive 1.9kg (4.2lb) savings over the 696 power unit. And with 81hp (59.6kW) of smooth and flexible power, the 796 is a very credible package.
The 1100 air-cooled Desmodue Evoluzione engine truly is an ’evolution’ - both in power and weight - and is responsible for the model name extension 1100 EVO. Engineers used the same Vacural® technology employed for the lightweight Superbike engines when they vacuum die-cast the Hypermotard 1100 crankcases, a process that achieves a significant weight saving and ensures consistent wall thickness and increased strength. This process - combined with the lightweight crankshaft assembly that uses an 848-style flywheel and use of lighter rare-earth magnets in the alternator - reduced the 1100 power unit’s weight by a staggering 5.2kg (11.5lb). Couple those savings with a 5hp boost to 95hp (69.9kW) and it becomes clear why there’s all the hype.
Compact and efficient, the Desmodue engine’s hyper-lightweight and narrow L-Twin layout, no wider than a single cylinder, ensures that all Hypermotards remain lean and agile. The air-cooled design eliminates the need for water radiators, hoses, reservoirs and pumps, keeping the motorcycle’s weight down to a minimum and its lines clean and race-like.
New controls and instrumentation
The entire Hypermotard family now inherits the electronic advances made in the compact and user-friendly switchgear and instrumentation first created for the Streetfighter.
The slim-line switch bodies house easy-to-use switches and buttons, and feature a unique weapons-like ’trigger catch’ that slides down to cover the starter button when the kill-switch is activated. Their minimalist design fits perfectly in the clean and essential lines of the Hypermotard’s sporting image.
Looking clean and purposeful, the display provides an extensive amount of data including speed, revs, time, oil temperature, battery voltage, A & B trips, fuel reserve trip and scheduled maintenance, while the warning lights illuminate for neutral, turn signals, high-beam, rev-limit, oil pressure and fuel reserve. In addition, it can list recorded lap times by using the high-beam flash button as a stopwatch. Both the 1100EVO and 1100EVO SP use a white back-lighting while the 796 uses an orange back-lighting.
The instrument display also doubles as a control panel for the activation of the Ducati Data Analyser (DDA) system, which is available as an accessory from Ducati Performance for the ’system-ready’ Hypermotard 796 and 1100EVO and supplied as standard equipment on the 1100EVO SP. The DDA-intended USB connection port under all of the Hypermotard seats doubles as a charging point for a handy new battery charger, which is available as an accessory from Ducati Performance.
Ducati pushed motorcycle design limits to find an innovative solution for the original Hypermotard mirrors and these are now used throughout the family. The challenge of maintaining a clean, racing look around the handlebar area motivated the design of the 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.
Lighting and indicators
The headlamp uses a highly compact lighting shape which blends with the single piece nose fairing and front fender moulding, while 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 the passenger.
Rider footpegs on all of the Hypermotard models have removable rubber inserts to expose the serrated metal edge and increase boot grip on the peg during extreme riding. The 1100EVO and 1100EVO SP provide a further minimalist and no-compromise feature by having removable passenger footpegs. 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.