The 2019 iteration of the Ducati Hypermotard 950 and Hypermotard 950 SP have been unveiled at the Ducati World Premiere just days before the EICMA show. The new-generation motorcycle comes with a plethora of improvements to make it a better package overall. For starters, the weight of the chassis is down by 4kg and the ergonomics have been revised with slimmer seat for better dynamics.
The 937cc Testastretta 11° engine has been retuned to produce 5PS more (115PS) and 80 per cent of the 96.1Nm peak torque output is available from 3000rpm onwards. Keeping the powertrain in check are Bosch Cornering ABS with slide by brake function, traction control EVO, wheelie control and an optional bi-directional quickshifter.
A more premium variant, the Hypermotard 950 SP, comes with a flat seat, long-travel Öhlins suspension for better lean angles, lightweight Marchesini forged wheels and a standard bi-directional quickshifter.
Our first impressions of the exotic and radically new Ducati 1199 Panigale straight from the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi
The trickiest part of the Yas Marina circuit for me was the blind uphill brow turning right coming out of pit lane and when tucked behind the tiny windscreen of the 1199 Panigale, there was no other way but to sit up and try and make a slow exit out of it before wringing that right wrist and hoping to ensure that the front end didn’t launch me to the stars! I needn’t have worried for the clever electronics and working in conjunction with the mechanical slipper clutch and the quick shifter mechanism was enough for the throttle to progressively lay down the ample 195 thoroughbred horses in easy manner and yet have the tacho blitzing its way over and above 11,000rpm! Yes, the new Superquadro (Italian for the large bore - short stroke cylinder dimensions) engine is truly one of the world’s most outstanding motors ever built and even though it yet marries the classic 90-degree Ducati vee-tradition along with the legendary desmodromic valve actuation system pioneered by Dr Fabio Taglioni, everything else about the motor and also the bike it powers is completely new and revolutionary. The Yas Marina circuit was never built for motorcycles and while it has a...read more »
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