2013 Ducati Hypermotard | First Look

The Bologna Boys Radically Rework the Hyperbike

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.

2013 Ducati Hypermotard