2019 Ducati Hypermotard 950 | First Look Review

2019 Ducati Hypermotard 950 SP. Image courtesy Ducati.
2019 Ducati Hypermotard 950 SP. Image courtesy Ducati.

Hooligans, rejoice! The third-generation 2019 Ducati Hypermotard has gotten a design refresh that includes a lighter curb weight, more power and a new throttle-by-wire system.

Engine Updates
The 937cc Testastretta 11-degree twin gets new pistons with a 13.3:1 compression ratio (previously 12.6:1), new exhaust cam profiling and a new exhaust system with twin under-seat silencers. The result is a claimed increase of four horsepower, for a peak of 114 at 9,000 rpm.

A new 53mm throttle body feeds the beast, and other changes include lighter clutch and alternator covers, a lighter gear shift drum, an aluminum chain tensioner and magnesium cam covers.

Frame and Ergonomics
A new steel trellis frame with tapered tubing weighs 2.2 pounds less than before, and a redesigned rear subframe that tapers more where it attaches to the main frame results in a 2-inch-lower seat height.

Overall weight reduction from the previous model is 8.8 pounds (6.6 pounds for the up-spec SP model).

Other Features

  • 4.3-inch TFT display
  • Compact LED headlight assembly with DRL
  • Throttle-by wire with three ride modes: Sport, Touring and Urban
  • NEW fully adjustable 45mm Marzocchi fork with 6.7 inches of travel (standard model)
  • Adjustable Sachs shock with 5.9 inches of travel (standard model)
  • Fully adjustable 48mm Öhlins fork with 7.3 inches of travel (SP model)
  • Fully adjustable Öhlins shock with 6.9 inches of travel (SP model)
  • Dual 320mm front brakes with Brembo M4.32 4-piston radial monobloc calipers
  • Single 245mm rear disc with single-piston Brembo caliper
  • Bosch Cornering ABS EVO with Ducati Traction Control (DTC)
  • Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC) EVO
  • Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) up/down EVO (standard on the SP, optional on regular model)
  • Optional Ducati Multimedia System (DMS)

U.S. pricing and availability are TBD.

Check out Rider’s Guide to New/Updated Street Motorcycles for 2019

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