2013 Ducati Hypermotard | First Look

The Bologna Boys Radically Rework the Hyperbike

By Marc Cook, Photography by Ducati

Ducati has comprehensively updated the Hypermotard line for 2013, shoehorning in an 821cc version of the Testastretta 11-degree engine and adding a distance-worthy variation called the Hyperstrada.

Ducati's Hypermotard did just fne with the old two-valve, air-cooled engine, but a four-valve, liquid-cooled, powerplant making a respectable 110 crank horsepower and 65.8 lb.-ft. of torque should push aside devotion to the old Desmodue engine. The company is particularly proud of the extended valve-check interval, which is now 30,000 km (18,641 miles).

The Hyperstrada is differentiated with the addition of a windscreen and a touring-oriented seat, handlebars that are raised 20mm, and quick-detach saddlebags. All Hypermotards come with the Ducati Safety Pack, consisting of ABS and Ducati Traction Control. All three also beneft from three riding modes: Sport, Touring, and Urban for the Hyper and Hyperstrada, and Race, Sport, and Wet for the Hyper SP. Riding modes alter throttle response and will limit power in the Urban/Wet settings; they also change ABS and TC thresholds. Pricing for the Hypermotard starts at $11,995, continues to $13,295 for the Hyperstrada, and concludes at $14,695 for the premium-spec Hyper SP.

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