New Look, Lighter Weight, Improved Technology, More Horsepower

Ducati revamped its Hypermotard range ahead of MY2019 with the 950 and 950 SP to replace its outgoing Hypermotard 939 models. The new 950 borrows from the supermotard world for general design and rocks sharper angles for a more aggressive look. The 950 dropped some weight compared to its predecessor and replaced it with ponies for greater performance across the board, and the “SP” comes with top-shelf suspension and wheels, plus an expanded electronics suite and carbon fiber components to sweeten the deal. The hooligan-bike sector isn’t what you’d call the most populated by any means, but I’ve already got some potential competitors in mind so let’s go ahead and dive right into Ducati’s newest jackass bikes.

  • 2019 Ducati Hypermotard 950 / 950 SP
  • Year:
    2019
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    L-Twin
  • Displacement:
    937 L
  • Top Speed:
    176 (est) mph
  • Price:
    13295
  • Price:

2019 Ducati Hypermotard 950 / 950 SP Design

The supermotard genre certainly has a form-follows-function look all its own, and these Ducs fit right into the mold.

That’s right, I said it. You can call it a supermoto or trick bike if you like, but the end result is the same; what we have here is a collection of parts that are meant to deliver a very specific style of riding as its primary focus with some general track-day capabilities for a little lagniappe.

At the core of the new 950 siblings lies a naked sportbike with exposed framework and minimal body panels that leave little to the imagination. In order to keep unsprung weight low at the front axle and leave the wheel plenty of room to pump, the front fender is mounted nice and high on the tripletree. That gives it a bit of a dual-sport look reinforced by the flyscreen and handguards. I’m glad to see that the front blinkers are integrated with the handguards ’cause that just seems to clean the front end up so very nicely.

The handlebar is new with a wider, more “open” layout giving you plenty of leverage, and that’s important if you have the testicular fortitude to pull endos, wheelies and the like. A 3.8-gallon fuel tank does its bit with a minimal impact on the flyline and a double-pitch profile that slopes directly into the motocross-style bench seat. Fold-up footpegs mount to the main frame, rather than the subframe or swingarm, and while there is a pillion area, the lack of a break or offset suggests the seat is really intended for trick riders who frequently need to shift their weight fore or aft. As for the kneedraggers, they benefit from the narrow waist and aggressive rider’s triangle, so there’s something for everyone here.

Out back, a mudguard/plateholer assembly mounts the rear turn signals and provides some fling protection with backup from a mid-size hugger. Part of the aching void between the rear tire and subframe is taken up by the exhaust system that terminates in a pair of slash-cut mufflers that come up on both sides under a minimal guard, so your passenger will have to be very careful about hand and leg placement on the right side. There’s just no way around it; the supermotard genre certainly has a form-follows-function look all its own, and these Ducs fit right into the mold.

2019 Ducati Hypermotard 950 / 950 SP Chassis

2019 Ducati Hypermotard 950 / 950 SP
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The base model and SP diverge at the suspension components with Sachs and Marzocchi on the 950 and Öhlins on the 950 SP.

Tubular members make up the not-so-subtle Trellis frame that uses the engine as a stressed member to complete the structure. This leaves the L-Twin engine mostly exposed to reinforce its naked look and the factory shot the main frame in Ducati Red over a blackout drivetrain to turn the frame into part of the overall aesthetic.

Rake and trail are consistent across the board at 25 degrees and 4.1 inches, respectively, over a wheelbase that measures 59 inches long to make this pair suitably agile. The base model and SP variant diverge at the suspension components; blackout, usd, 45 mm Marzocchi forks float the former while gold Öhlins stems support the latter, and both ends rock the full trinity of adjustments.

Out back, the base model rides on a Sachs monoshock that is limited to an adjustable preload- and rebound-damping features against another Öhlins product that, like the front, rocks the full trifecta of tweaks. Cast, 17-inch rims round out the base model’s rolling chassis, and though the 120/70 and 180/55 hoop sizes are constant across the board, once again we see a difference between the two. Pirelli products abound, but the base rolls on Diablo Rosso III tires while the SP goes to the top shelf for the forged alloy rims and Diablo Supercorsa SP tires.

Dual, four-bore Brembo calipers bite the 320 mm front discs and Bosch’s Cornering ABS comes standard on both models so you can count on safely getting the most out of the anchors.

Model Hypermotard 950 Hypermotard 950 SP
Front suspension: Marzocchi aluminum fully adjustable, upside-down Ø 45 mm Öhlins fully adjustable, upside-down Ø 48 mm
Rear suspension: Progressive linkage with adjustable spring preload and rebound damping Sachs monoshock. Aluminum single-sided swingarm Progressive link with fully adjustable Öhlins monoshock. Aluminum single-sided swingarm
Rake: 25° 25°
Front wheel trail: 104 mm (4.1 in) 104 mm (4.1 in)
Wheel travel (front/rear): 170 mm (6.7 in) / 150 mm (5.9 in) 185 mm (7.3 in) / 175 mm (6.9 in)
Front brake: Dual 320 mm semi-floating aluminum flange discs, radially mounted Monobloc Brembo calipers, 4-piston 2-pad, radial pump with adjustable lever, with Bosch Cornering ABS Dual 320 mm semi-floating aluminum flange discs, radially mounted Monobloc Brembo calipers, 4-piston 2-pad, radial pump with adjustable lever, with Bosch Cornering ABS
Rear wheel: Y shaped 3-spoke light alloy 5.5" x 17" W shaped 3-spoke Marchesini forged light alloy 5.5” x 17”
Front tire: Pirelli Diablo Rosso III, 120/70 ZR17 Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP v3, 120/70 ZR17
Rear tire: Pirelli Diablo Rosso III, 180/55 ZR17 Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP, 180/55/ZR17

2019 Ducati Hypermotard 950 / 950 SP Drivetrain

2019 Ducati Hypermotard 950 / 950 SP
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Same engine as the Hypermotard 939, but delivering more horsepower and torque.

Duc powers this dynamic duo with its Testastretta, 11-degree, L-Twin engine. While that’s the same displacement as last year, the revamped mill churns out more power for a total of 114 horsepower at 9,000 rpm and 71 pound-feet of torque at 7,250 rpm with an estimated top speed of 176 mph. A 94 mm bore and 67.5 mm stroke gives the engine its 937 cc displacement with a smokin’-hot 13.3-to-1 compression ratio. That’s really where the power comes from and so the top-dollar pump gas is a necessary, and expected, evil.

Ride-by-wire throttle control manages a pair of 53 mm throttle bodies, and that signal is modified by a Riding Mode feature as well as the anti-wheelie and traction-control systems to help you keep it all under control. As usual, Duc uses a Desmodromic valvetrain to actuate the poppets, so there are no pull-closed springs anywhere in the head and harmonic valve-float is just a thing that happens to other engines.

A gear-type primary drive carries power to the slipper clutch for another layer of safety net, and on into the six-speed transmission before it goes to the rear wheel via chain drive. On the more race-tastic SP model, the Ducati Quick Shift feature let’s you move up and down the range sans clutch for lightning-fast acceleration and reduced chance to miss a gear and over-rev the engine, not that there’s any chance at all that valve float will become an issue under those conditions.

Engine: Testastretta 11°, L-Twin cylinder, 4 valve per cylinder, Desmodromic, liquid cooled, magnesium head covers
Displacement: 937 cc
Bore x Stroke: 94 mm x 67.5 mm (3.70 in x 2.66 in)
Compression ratio: 13,3:1
Power: 114 hp (84 kW) @ 9,000 rpm
Torque: 71 lb-ft (96 Nm) @ 7,250 rpm
Fuel injection: Electronic fuel injection system, Ø 53 mm throttle bodies with full Ride by Wire system
Exhaust: Double under-tail aluminum muffler; catalytic converter and two lambda probes
Gearbox: 6 speed
Primary drive: Straight cut gears; Ratio 1.85:1
Ratio: 1=37/15 2=30/17 3=28/20 4=26/22 5=24/23 6=23/24
Final drive: Chain; Front sprocket 15; Rear sprocket 43
Clutch: Slipper and self-servo wet multiplate clutch, hydraulic control

2019 Ducati Hypermotard 950 / 950 SP Pricing

2019 Ducati Hypermotard 950 / 950 SP
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MSRP runs $13.3k for the 950 and $16.7k for the SP.

If you like what you see, the factory will be glad to take your money ahead of time but the Hypermotard 950 and 950 SP won’t see any U.S. showrooms until February of this year. The former is expected to roll for $13,295 in Ducati Red, and the latter, predictably, is quite a bit prouder at $16,695 in red and silver “SP” livery.

Model Hypermotard 950 Hypermotard 950 SP
Instrumentation: Full-TFT color display Full-TFT color display
Safety equipment: Riding Modes, Bosch Cornering ABS , Ducati Traction Control (DTC) EVO, Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC) EVO Riding Modes, Bosch Cornering ABS , Ducati Traction Control (DTC) EVO, Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC) EVO
Standard equipment: Power Modes, Day Time Running Light (DRL), Tapered aluminum handlebars, Removable passenger footpegs, USB power socket Power Modes, Day Time Running Light (DRL), Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) up/down, Marchesini forged wheels, Tapered aluminum handlebars, USB power socket, Removable passenger footpegs, Carbon fiber components: front mudguard, timing belt covers
Warranty: 24 months unlimited mileage 24 months unlimited mileage
Color: Ducati Red SP Livery
Price: $13,295 $16,695

2019 Ducati Hypermotard 950 / 950 SP Competitors

2017 - 2018 Aprilia Dorsoduro 900
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2019 Ducati Hypermotard 950 / 950 SP
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The Dorsoduro 900 gets a minor win at the checkout with a price sticker that's mighty attractive, but it comes with a heavy trade off in power and electronics.

In the interest of fairness, I tried to find a Japanese equivalent for the 950, but it just wasn’t happening, so I stayed in Europe’s Boot and grabbed a product from another Italian marque; the Dorsoduro 900 from Aprilia. The “900” carries itself with much the same panache as the 950, and so it too comes off looking like a collection of mismatched parts with a dirtbike-style front fender mounted up under the tripleclamp, flyscreen and handguards to protect the rider somewhat. Too bad Aprilia missed the turn-signal/mirror trick.

The flyline is likewise similar with a low fuel tank hump and bench-style seat that leaves plenty of room for the body English associated with the tricks and stunts we frequently see these bikes’ riders engaged in, and this speaks to the real capabilities of this machine. Adjustable preload and rebound damping are the only tweaks front and rear on the Aprilia, so Ducati pulls ahead a bit here, and it seems that Duc has the only ABS in this fight for even more points.

Aprilia’s powerplant surrenders some cubes with only 750 cc, and that shows up in the power figures with 95.2 ponies and 60.4 pound-feet of torque on tap against 114/71 from the Duc. The Dorsoduro 900 gets a minor win at the checkout with a $10,999 sticker that’s mighty attractive, but it comes with a heavy trade off in power and electronics, so it’s more of a sidegrade than an improvement over the Hypermotard.

He Said

“Nifty, but very niche at the end of the day. I mean, it takes a certain kind of rider to even look at a bike like this, and it isn’t likely to be seen pressed into regular commuter service, so I reckon anyone looking at these already knows what they are looking for. Not my cuppa’ tea, but if this is the kind of thing you’re into, then the new 950 brothers might be just the thing for you.”

She Said

My wife and fellow motorcycle writer, Allyn Hinton, says, “You can pretty much tell what a bike is for by looking at the press photos. If half the pictures show only one wheel on the ground and the other half show the rider sliding in and out of donuts, you gotta know you’re looking at a hooligan bike. They’re fun, but maybe not always the best choice for civil and sane street riding or commuting. I mean, that’s not really what they’re for. The new 950 has a little less rake and wider handlebars to make it all the more aggressive and more horsepower and torque all combine to equal more fun. The Hypermotard has been a popular bike in hooligan circles, and I think Ducati stepped up its game with the new 950.”

2019 Ducati Hypermotard 950 / 950 SP Specifications

Model Hypermotard 950 Hypermotard 950 SP
Engine & Drivetrain:
Engine: Testastretta 11°, L-Twin cylinder, 4 valve per cylinder, Desmodromic, liquid cooled, magnesium head covers Testastretta 11°, L-Twin cylinder, 4 valve per cylinder, Desmodromic, liquid cooled, magnesium head covers
Displacement: 937 cc 937 cc
Bore x Stroke: 94 mm x 67.5 mm (3.70 in x 2.66 in) 94 mm x 67.5 mm (3.70 in x 2.66 in)
Compression ratio: 13,3:1 13,3:1
Power: 114 hp (84 kW) @ 9,000 rpm 114 hp (84 kW) @ 9,000 rpm
Torque: 71 lb-ft (96 Nm) @ 7,250 rpm 71 lb-ft (96 Nm) @ 7,250 rpm
Fuel injection: Electronic fuel injection system, Ø 53 mm throttle bodies with full Ride by Wire system Electronic fuel injection system, Ø 53 mm throttle bodies with full Ride by Wire system
Exhaust: Double under-tail aluminum muffler; catalytic converter and two lambda probes Double under-tail aluminum muffler; catalytic converter and two lambda probes
Gearbox: 6 speed 6 speed
Primary drive: Straight cut gears; Ratio 1.85:1 Straight cut gears; Ratio 1.85:1
Ratio: 1=37/15 2=30/17 3=28/20 4=26/22 5=24/23 6=23/24 1=37/15 2=30/17 3=28/20 4=26/22 5=24/23 6=23/24
Final drive: Chain; Front sprocket 15; Rear sprocket 43 Chain; Front sprocket 15; Rear sprocket 43
Clutch: Slipper and self-servo wet multiplate clutch, hydraulic control Slipper and self-servo wet multiplate clutch, hydraulic control
Chassis:
Front suspension: Marzocchi aluminum fully adjustable, upside-down Ø 45 mm Öhlins fully adjustable, upside-down Ø 48 mm
Rear suspension: Progressive linkage with adjustable spring preload and rebound damping Sachs monoshock. Aluminum single-sided swingarm Progressive link with fully adjustable Öhlins monoshock. Aluminum single-sided swingarm
Rake: 25° 25°
Front wheel trail: 104 mm (4.1 in) 104 mm (4.1 in)
Wheel travel (front/rear): 170 mm (6.7 in) - 150 mm (5.9 in) 185 mm (7.3 in) – 175 mm (6.9 in)
Front brake: Dual 320 mm semi-floating aluminum flange discs, radially mounted Monobloc Brembo calipers, 4-piston 2-pad, radial pump with adjustable lever, with Bosch Cornering ABS Dual 320 mm semi-floating aluminum flange discs, radially mounted Monobloc Brembo calipers, 4-piston 2-pad, radial pump with adjustable lever, with Bosch Cornering ABS
Rear wheel: Y shaped 3-spoke light alloy 5.5" x 17" W shaped 3-spoke Marchesini forged light alloy 5.5” x 17”
Front tire: Pirelli Diablo Rosso III, 120/70 ZR17 Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP v3, 120/70 ZR17
Rear tire: Pirelli Diablo Rosso III, 180/55 ZR17 Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP, 180/55/ZR17
Dimensions & Capacities:
Seat height: 870 mm (34.2 in) 890 mm (35.0 in)
Inner leg curve: 1,940 mm (76.4 in) 1,980 mm (77.9 in)
Wheelbase: 1,493 mm (58.8 in) 1,498 mm (59.0 in)
Fuel tank capacity: 3.8 gallons (14.5 l) 3.8 gallons (14.5 l)
Consumption: 46 mpg (5.1 l/100 km) 46 mpg (5.1 l/100 km)
Number of seats: Dual seat Dual seat
Top Speed: 176 mph (est) 176 mph (est)
Details:
Instrumentation: Full-TFT color display Full-TFT color display
Safety equipment: Riding Modes, Bosch Cornering ABS , Ducati Traction Control (DTC) EVO, Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC) EVO Riding Modes, Bosch Cornering ABS , Ducati Traction Control (DTC) EVO, Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC) EVO
Standard equipment: Power Modes, Day Time Running Light (DRL), Tapered aluminum handlebars, Removable passenger footpegs, USB power socket Power Modes, Day Time Running Light (DRL), Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) up/down, Marchesini forged wheels, Tapered aluminum handlebars, USB power socket, Removable passenger footpegs, Carbon fiber components: front mudguard, timing belt covers
Warranty: 24 months unlimited mileage 24 months unlimited mileage
Color: Ducati Red SP Livery
Price: $13,295 $16,695

Further Reading

Aprilia Dorsoduro 900

2017 - 2018 Aprilia Dorsoduro 900
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Read our review of the Aprilia Dorsoduro 900.

Ducati

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