The inimitable allure of Ducati’s super sporty styled 2010 Hypermotard has made the United States its second-largest market, despite America’s overall reluctance to accept naked sport bikes. The Desmodue V-Twin has ample power, and a rock solid chassis, as well. The styling and shape of the Ducati Hypermotard are a thing of universal beauty, mixed with the rush of primal energy in a solid and aggressive ride.
One of the most important things about this entirely new Ducati Hypermotard is the Desmodue V-Twin engine with a bore (3.46) and stroke (2.6 inches), giving the motorcycle the ability to rev high and develop 81 horse power, and 55.7 pound to foot of torque very smoothly. The new Hypermotard’s EVO moniker is earned by the highly revised air-cooled V-Twin lump dubbed Evoluzione Desmodue, a two valve per cylinder engine. The fuel and air are directed via a Siemens ECU and throttle body, before entering a completely new cylinder head. Altered intake ports feed a combustion chamber that uses a single spark plug per cylinder, rather than the old Dual Spark (DS) head. The compression ratio is also up from 10.7 to 11.3:1, and Ducati claims to have vastly improved the Hypermotard’s cooling and lubrication.
The 2010 Ducati Hypermotard benefits in its functionality by using a switchgear borrowed from Ducati’s Streetfighter stable-mate, and has a compact, yet fully featured gauge pack. The LCD display functions on the instrument panel come standard with a lighted bar-graph, speed odometer, trip odometer, a tachometer, which features easily seen red shift lights if you somehow lose track of revs, lap timer, fuel gauges, and a digital clock. It is easily accessible for the rider, without any danger of them losing sight of the road.
Trying to mount the Ducati Hypermotard might seem challenging at first for some shorter riders, as the seat height is at 33.3 inches. That is not to say mounting the Hypermotard is unmanageable, as the Ducati has made many measures to lighten the 2010 Hyermotard. Once the smaller rider gets comfortable standing with the bike on the street, he will have no trouble kicking the bike up into gear. In trying to further enhance the power-to-weight ratio, Ducati has modified the bike to accommodate a lighter chassis. The rear part of the frame has small machined pieces for the suspension’s pick-up points, which replace the previous large and heavy forged steel section. Ducati says the total weight loss for the 2010 Hypertatd is near a considerable 15 pounds, resulting in a dry weight of just 366 pounds for the Hypermotard.
The Ducati Hyperotard and its many sub-models offer a slipper clutch with adjustable lever, which is there to keep the rear end stable while the rider is down-shifting very fast. This induces the overall feeling of the bike hugging the pavement, while maintaining the high performance capabilities that Ducati brags so much about. The brakes are Brembo Monobloc, and have superior stopping ability in almost every situation. The overall feel of driving the Hypermotard is best when at full speed and on open roads. However, this Ducati handles great on city streets, and during some light off-roading. This is a fantastic performer with great upgrades available, especially for the race track lovers and the weekend mechanics who like to spruce up their ride's performance and style.