2016 - 2018 Ducati Hypermotard 939
Ducati updated its Hypermotard for the 2016 model year and carried that forward to 2018. Fairly fresh off a revamp in ’13, the new Hypermotard variant brings Ducati’s EURO 4-emissions compliant Testastretta to the range along with its increased, 937 cc displacement and 113-pony output. The factory also padded the range with a MotoGP-liveried, 939 SP that sports top-shelf racing suspension and is generally skewed toward track work, or riders who wish they were doing track work. Both rides benefit from Ducati’s rider-safety technology with onboard traction control, ABS and the like. Good thing too, since this is exactly the kind of bike that will allow you to get in trouble all three ways: quick, fast, and in-a-hurry.
Continue reading for my review of the Ducati Hypermotard 939 and 939 SP.
Aprilia’s Dorsoduro line gets a major addition for MY17 with the all-new Dorsoduro 900. This supermoto-inspired ride serves as the successor to the popular Dorsoduro 750. It brings over 95-horsepower to the table with a ride-by-wire throttle, variable power delivery, traction control and ABS to help riders cope with the extra power. Not only does this show a certain amount of model-maturity, but it promises some security and safety for those who would use it in their day-to-day riding. Officially billed as a sportbike-supermotard hybrid, the factory also refers to it as “the fun bike.” Let’s dive right in and see what all Aprilia packed in to back up that nickname.
Continue reading for my review of the Aprilia Dorsoduro 900.
I’ve seen ever-increasing numbers of Hayabusas around town (hard to miss ’em), and while I can plainly see the aesthetic appeal, I never really gave one a proper look-see. All that changed last night while I was at the pool hall and had a chance encounter with a proud ’Busa owner who was only too happy to go on (and on) about his ride. (This guy could have a real future in sales, know what I’m sayin’?)
Prompted by his enthusiasm, I took a real good look at the GSX 1300R “Hayabusa” from Suzuki and I was not disappointed. Once I delved into the details I could see that the ’Busa isn’t just another pretty face; there is a real monster hidden beneath its elegant façade. I’m not sure how it stayed off my radar for this long, so join me while I rectify the situation.
(Continue reading for my review of the Suzuki Hayabusa.