Motorcyclist Comparo: Sumo Supermoto

Large, Powerful And Not Exactly What They Seem

By Tim Carrithers, Photography by Kevin Wing

2008 Ducati Hypermotard 1100
Price: $11,999

The Hypermotard uses the same steel-trellis underpinnings as Ducati's more utilitarian Multistrada. Both use a 24-degree rake, but the 'Motard's wheelbase is .3-inch shorter to help with quick-flick maneuvers. It's an amazingly nimble piece.

The Ducati's pair of 50mm Marzocchi tubes trump any other sumo fork in this bunch. The Sachs rear shock is less impressive when measured against the BMW's Ohlins or KTM's WP, but it gets the job done.

Ducati's air-cooled lump hasn't changed too much since Dr. T. traded towershafts and bevel gears for toothed rubber belts. The 1078cc dual-plug mill is a solid contender, but runs out of steam a bit early in this crowd.

Standard radial Brembos are a giant step behind the S-model's Monoblocs, laying down less power than the BMW's or KTM's front binders. They make up for some of that with lots of feedback. The rear disc is a bit too touchy for us.

Tech Spec
Engine type: a/o-c 90?V-twin
Valve train: SOHC, 4v
Displacement: 1078cc
Bore x stroke: 98.0 x 71.5mm
Compression: 10.5:1
Fuel system: Marelli EFI
Clutch: Dry, multi-plate
Transmission: 6-speed
Frame: Tubular-steel trellis
Front suspension: 48mm Marzocchi inverted fork, adjustable for spring preload, compression and rebound damping
Rear suspension: Single Sachs shock, adjustable for spring preload, compression and rebound damping
Front brake: Dual Brembo four-piston calipers, 305mm discs
Rear brake: Single Brembo two-piston caliper, 245mm disc
Front tire: 120/70-ZR17 Bridgestone BT014
Rear tire: 180/55-ZR17 Bridgestone BT014
Rake/trail: 24.0?/3.9 in.
Wheelbase: 57.3 in.
Fuel capacity: 3.3 gal.
Weight (tank full/empty): 440/420 lbs.
Measured horsepower: 77.8 bhp @ 7500 rpm
Measured torque: 64.2 lb.-ft. @ 4750 rpm
Corrected 1/4-mile: 11.77 sec. @ 113.4 mph
Fuel mileage (high/low/avg): 38/28/33 mpg
Colors: Red
Available: Now
Warranty: 2 yrs., unlimited mi.

Ducati North America
10443 Bandley Dr.Cupertino, CA 95014

You don't sit on a Hypermotard. You wear it like an Armani tracksuit. Sliding forward puts plenty of weight on the front wheel when you're cranked over and carving. Low pegs accommodate long legs, but drag sooner than the others.

Though power and torque numbers are underwhelming compared to our other contestants, the Ducati delivers every pony and pound-foot in linear, practical fashion. You want more? The House of Termignoni will be happy to help.

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