Ducati Hypermotard

Just a few days after shocking the world with the introduction of the ultra-high-performance single-cylinder engine, Ducati has done it again with the introduction of the Hypermotard 698 Mono. So what’s good? We break it down for you:

Superquadro Mono Engine:
The Hypermotard 698 Mono features the Superquadro Mono engine, a high-performance single-cylinder powerplant. Derived from the 1299 Panigale’s twin-cylinder engine, it boasts a remarkable 77.5 hp and an impressive 10,250 rpm maximum rotation, setting new standards for single-cylinder engines. Key components, such as the 116 mm bore piston, combustion chamber, titanium intake, steel exhaust valves, and Desmodromic distribution, are inherited from Ducati’s MotoGP technology.

Electronics Package:
The motorcycle comes with an extensive electronic package, which allows both novice and experienced riders to maximize their riding experience. The package includes ABS Cornering with specialized settings for track “sideways riding,” Ducati Traction Control (DTC), Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC), Engine Brake Control (EBC), Ducati Power Launch (DPL), and Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) Up/Down. The package makes it easy for riders to adapt to Supermotard-style riding while ensuring their safety.

Chassis and Handling:
The Hypermotard 698 Mono is designed to provide precise handling on asphalt, combining the front-end precision of Ducati sports bikes with Supermotard agility. This balance is achieved through specific chassis dimensions that offer a more neutral and communicative front end compared to offroad-derived motorcycles, which tend to understeer.

Design and Aesthetics:
The motorcycle’s design blends the racing Supermotard aesthetic of simplicity, aggressiveness, and visual lightness with Ducati’s characteristic clean and sophisticated lines. It features distinctive traits, such as a high and flat seat, a high front mudguard, a sharp tail, and rear number plates that enhance its racing-inspired look.

Engine Details:
The Superquadro Mono engine, at the heart of the Hypermotard 698 Mono, is lightweight and compact. It inherits several features from the 1299 Panigale’s twin-cylinder engine, including the 116 mm bore, piston, combustion chamber, and Desmodromic distribution. It produces a maximum power of 77.5 hp at 9,750 rpm, with a torque of 6.4 kgm at 8,000 rpm. When equipped with the Termignoni racing exhaust, its power on the track increases by 7 hp, reaching 84.5 hp.

Electronic Controls:
The motorcycle’s electronic controls encompass ABS Cornering with four levels, allowing controlled sideways riding, Ducati Traction Control (DTC) with four levels, Engine Brake Control (EBC) with three levels, and Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC) with four levels. It also includes Ducati Power Launch (DPL) and Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) Up/Down, contributing to enhanced rider control and safety.

Chassis and Ergonomics:
The Hypermotard 698 Mono’s chassis emphasizes compactness and lightness, achieved through a trellis frame, cast alloy wheels, lightweight brake discs, and an adjustable Marzocchi fork. The double-sided swingarm, designed for progressive suspension linkage, provides precise handling. The bike’s riding position is optimized for sporty riding, offering flexibility for different riding styles.

Design Aesthetics:
The motorcycle’s design embodies essential Supermotard racing aesthetics, integrating it with Ducati’s clean and sophisticated design language. Notable design elements include a high saddle, compact headlight, and LED lighting for a modern and distinctive appearance.

Dashboard and Information Display:
The Hypermotard 698 Mono features a compact and informative dashboard with a 3.8″ LCD display. It provides essential data, including a bar tachometer, speed, gear engaged, and selected riding mode. A green LED indicates the ideal moment for gear changes, while a red LED signals the limiter’s intervention.

Power Modes:
The motorcycle offers three Power Modes – High Power Mode, Mid Power Mode, and Low Power Mode – allowing riders to adjust the engine’s response to their preferences and conditions.

ABS Cornering with Slide-by-Brake:
The Hypermotard 698 Mono introduces ABS Cornering with four levels, with two levels designed for track use. These levels offer different calibrations for slide-by-brake functionality, enhancing the rider’s control during aggressive deceleration and cornering maneuvers.

This restructuring organizes the information in a more topic-centric manner while preserving the technical details and descriptions from the original text.

At a glance:

  1. Ducati Superquadro Mono engine with bore and stroke of 116 and 62.4 mm, 659 cc, maximum power of 77.5 hp at 9,750 rpm, maximum torque of 6.4 kgm at 8,000 rpm (A2 version 43.5 hp at 6,250 rpm and 5 kgm at 5,750 rpm), box-in-box piston, desmodromic distribution with titanium intake valves
  2. Steel trellis frame with tubes of different sections and thicknesses, steel tube subframe and aluminium double-sided swingarm
  3. 45 mm Marzocchi upside-down fork, fully adjustable, with upper adjusters for hydraulic calibrations, 215 mm travel. Fully adjustable Sachs monoshock with interposition of progressive linkages, external adjusters for hydraulic calibrations, wheel travel 240 mm.
  4. 5-spoke alloy wheels 120/70-17” and 160/60-17”with Pirelli DIABLOTM Rosso IV tyres
  5. Bosch-Brembo ABS 10.3ME Cornering braking system
  6. 330 mm diameter front disc with aluminium flange and Brembo M4.32 4-piston radial caliper
  7. Rider footrests optimized for sport riding with removable rubber covering for maximum grip with racing boots
  8. Full LED headlight with double-C DRL, Full-LED rear light
  9. Dashboard with 3.8” IBN (Improved Black Nematic) LCD screen with gear shift LED o Lithium ion battery
  10. Bosch Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU)
  11. 3 Power Modes (Low, Mid, High)
  12. 4 Riding Modes (Sport, Road, Urban, Wet)
  13. Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC)
  14. Ducati Traction Control (DTC)
  15. Engine Brake Control (EBC)
  16. Ducati Power Launch (DPL)
  17. Ducati Link Ready with infotainment apps
  18. Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) Up&Down
  19. RVE, with dedicated graphics and DQS as standard o Standard, with Ducati red graphics

Jika anda menyimpan hasrat untuk mendapatkan motosikal Ducati Hypermotard idaman, inilah masanya untuk melunaskan impian itu dengan bantuan Ducati Malaysia.

Ducati Malaysia kini menawarkan promosi khas bagi peminat Ducati Hypermotard. 

Sah sehingga 31 Mac 2023 ini, setiap pembelian Ducati Hypermotard akan disertakan dengan sistem Quickshifter dan helmet Peak V5.

Ini bermakna, anda dapat menikmati jentera Hypermotard dengan sepenuhnya dengan naik taraf ke sistem Quickshifter secara percuma dengan setiap pembelian motosikal berharga RM85,900 tersebut. 

Untuk rekod, Ducati Hypermotard dilengkapi dengan enjin dwi-silinder Testastretta 11º, 937cc yang dikatakan mampu menghasilkan sehingga 114hp pada 9,000rp dan 96Nm tork maksimum pada 7,250rpm. Enjin yang dirombak semula ini 1.5kg lebih ringan dan menghasilkan 4hp lebih berbanding pendahulunya.

If you’re thinking about getting the new Ducati Hypermotard, this is the best time to do so as Ducati Malaysia has something exciting to get your adrenaline pumping. 

  • enjoy a complimentary Peak V5 Helmet and Quickshifter with every purchased. 
  • promotion is valid until 31st March 2023. 

From now until the 31st March 2023, enjoy a complimentary Peak V4 helmet with every purchase of the new Ducati Hypermotard. The special offer also includes a quickshifter fitted onto your dream machine. 

Coming in at RM85,900, the Hypermotard is the ultimate hooligan motorcycle you need to get your adrenaline going. 

Powering the Hypermotard is a 937cc Testastretta twin-cylinder engine capable of cranking 114hp @ 9,000rpm and 96Nm @ 7,250rpm. Tipping the scale at just 176kg and a seat height of 890mm, the Hypermotard is truly the bike for anyone seeking liberation. 

Kalau ada yang bercadang untuk meraikan tahun 2020 dengan Ducati Hypermotard 950, mungkin rancangan itu perlu ditangguh kerana Ducati baharu sahaja melancarkan Hypermotard 950 RVE.

Versi baharu ini mendapat perhatian umum apabila dipaparkan sebagai jentera konsep di Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2019.

Model ini menampakkan grafiti yang menonjol dengan perkataan Hyper di samping dinaik taraf dengan quickshifter (DQS) yang didatangkan secara standard yang sebelum ini hanya ditawarkan pada varian SP.

Bagaimanapun, tidak seperti SP, RVE tidak dilengkapi dengan rim aluminium Marchesini dan penyerap tekanan Ohlins namun rekaan grafik itu sudah cukup membuatkan model ini menonjol.

Ducati Hypermotard 950 RVE masih lagi didatangkan dengan enjin 937cc V-Twin Testatretta 11° yang menawarkan 114hp dan 96Nm tork di samping ciri menarik lain antaranya Bosch Cornering ABS EVO, Ducatio Traction Control (DTV) EVO dan Ducati Wheelie COntrol (DWC) EVO.

Ketika ini, tiada maklumat rasmi sama ada varian RVE ini akan diperkenalkan di Malaysia namun orang ramai masih lagi mendapatkan varian standard pada haga RM75,900.

Jangan lupa ikuti kami di YouTube dan Instagram!

If you already have your eyes on the 2020 Ducati Hypermotard 950, the Italian manufacturer has just announced a new variant in the form of the 2020 Ducati Hypermotard 950 RVE. This version got a lot of attention when the concept model was displayed during the 2019 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. (more…)

  • We’re used to accepting GrabFood delivery from riders on small bikes. But this rider uses a Ducati Hypermotard.

  • He’s not wrong to say he’s the fastest delivery rider!

  • Hopefully, we could get him to delivery before the fries become soggy.

We’re pretty used to using GrabFood delivery service by now. Similarly, we admire the dedication of the riders who brave Kuala Lumpur’s mad traffic, rain and shine to deliver hot food to us. But here’s a rider who delivers on Ducati Hypermotard.

We’re also used to seeing the guys (and gals) pull up on Yamaha 135 LC, Yamaha Y15ZR, Honda RS150 and so forth. This writer has personally encountered a small number of 200cc and 250cc bikes. But the Hypermotard is certainly different.

A GrabFood rider shared a video of himself delivering a few sticks of lemang to his customers recently on Twitter. @HerySevani had the trademark green “backpack” on the back of the Ducati.

He tweeted in Bahasa Malaysia, “The customer wanted lemang, so I bought leman. Don’t be afraid to place your orders with me for the fastest delivery.”

Well, of course he provides the fastest delivery, since the Hypermotard is made to slice and dice through the challenges thrown up by the city. His customers will have no problem hearing him arriving at their doorstep either, to the tune of a 90V-Twin. (Hope I can get him to deliver my order before the fries turn soggy.)

He also tweeted that he took the job as a part-timer to earn some petrol money for his bike.

Saban minggu ada sahaja kisah penghantar makanan yang mendapat perhatian netizen susulan kerajinan mereka melaksanakan kerja tanpa mengira waktu dan cuaca.

Kali ini, seorang lagi penghantar makanan mendapat perhatian netizen tapi atas sebab berbeza.

Pengguna Twitter, @HerySevani, berkongsi video bagaimana dia melakukan penghantaran beberapa batang lemang kepada pelanggan dengan motosikalnya.

Menurut status yang dimuat naik, dia berkata:

“Customer nak lemang, aku beli kan lemang. Jangan takut kalau order dengan aku buat penghantaran paling ceat daripada orang lain.”

Manakan tidak dia menghantar pesanan pelanggan dengan cepat kerana motosikal ditunggangnya adalah jenis Ducati Hypermotard 950!

Bayangkan, selain daripada pelanggan mendapat servis penghantaran yang pantas, anda juga disajikan dengan bunyi enjin

Rata-rata netizen turut bertanya sama ada pekerjaan yang dilakukannya berbaloi dengan perbelanjaan minyak motosikal.

@HerySevani menjelaskan kerja penghantaran makanan yang dilakukannya cukup untuk menampung kos petrol.

Next Bike Sdn Bhd melancarkan sembilan model Ducati baharu bagi pasaran Malaysia dalam satu majlis Ducati Malaysia Premier 2019 yang berlangsung di Ducati Petaling Jaya, hari ini.

Antara model dilancarkan adalah Ducati Multistrada 1260 Enduro, Hypermotard 950, V4 R, Diavel 1260 S dan Multistrada 950 S diikuti empat model Scrambler baharu; Scrambler 800 Icon, 800 Desert Sled, Full Throttle dan Cafe Racer.

Ducati V4 R (RM299,900)

Jentera yang benar-benar mendefinisikan erti sebenar Ducati yang kerap kali dikaitkan dengan pengayaan, sofistikated dan prestasi. Ducati V4 R menawarkan DNA perlumbaan Ducati dengan enjin Desmosedici Stradale R yang lebih responsif – menghasilkan 221hp pada 15,250rpm! Tak cukup dengan itu, Ducati bertindak memasang Ducati Performance ekzos oleh Akrapovic.

Antara ciri lain yang terdapat pada model ini:

  • Bosch Cornering ABS EVO
  • Ducati Traction Control (DTC) EVO
  • Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC) EVO
  • Ducati Slide Control (DSC)
  • Engine Brake Control (EBC) EVO

Ducati Multistrada 1260 Enduro (RM138,900)

Ducati mengangkat status Multistrada ke taraf yang lebih tinggi dengan Multistrada 1260 Enduro dengan enjin Ducati Testatretta DVT 1262 serba baharu yang menjana 158hp pada 9,500rpm.

Antara ciri yang terdapat pada model ini:

  • Evo Ducati Skyhook Suspension (DSS)
  • Up/down Ducati Quick Shift (DQS)
  • Bosch Cornering ABS
  • Ducati Traction Control (DTC)
  • Ducati Wheelie Contorl (DWC)
  • Ducati Cornering Lights
  • Vehicle Hold Control (VHC)

Ducati Multistrada 950 S (RM95,900)

Dilengkapi enjin 937cc Testastretta 11 twin silinder dengan Desmodromic valve, Multistrada 950 S menghasilkan 113hp pada 9,000rpm.

Antara ciri yang terdapat pada model ini:

  • Bosch Cornering ABS
  • Riding Mode
  • Ducati Traction Control (DTC)
  • Ducati Cornering Lights
  • Vehicle Hold Control (VHC)

Ducati Hypermotard 950 (RM75,900)

Seperti imej liar dan buas yang ditampilkan, Hypermotard 950 kini disuntik dengan penampilan lebih sporty berinspirasikan jentera motard. Dilengkapi enjin 937cc twin silinder Testaretta 11 dengan piston serba baharu, enjin ini mencerna 114hp pada 9,000rpm.

Antara ciri yang terdapat pada model ini:

  • Riding Mode
  • Bosch Cornering ABS
  • Ducati Traction Control (DTC) EVO
  • Ducati Wheelie COntrol (DWC) EVO

Ducati Diavel 1260 S (RM139,900)

Cantik, berkuasa dan penuh gaya, Diavel 1260 dilengkapi dengan enjin evolusi terbaru, Ducati Testasretta DVT 1262 yang menghasilkan 152hp pada 9,500rpm.

Meskipun memiliki berat 220kg namun Diavel 1260 S dilengkapi dengan pelbagai ciri keselamatan antaranya:

  • Bosch Cornering ABS
  • Ducati Traction Control (DTC)
  • Riding Mode
  • Power Mode

Tapi kalau rasa kurang berminat dengan jentera di atas,  ada empat lagi model dalam keluarga Ducati Scrambler yang akan menyusul!

Bagi mereka yang berminat jangan lupa bergegas ke Ducati Petaling Jaya bagi meninjau kesemua model baharu ini!

  • Pewaris model Hypermotard 939 menawarkan sifat hooligan dengan penambahbaikan tambahan.
  • Ianya sebuah model yang berfokuskan kepada prestasi yang turut dilengkapi dengan ciri tunggangan harian seperti keselesaan.
  • Kami telah berpeluang untuk menunggang motosikal Hypermotard 950 dan 950 SP di Sepanyol baru-baru ini.
  • 950 Standard ini lebih pendek dan beraksi dengan amat baik mendaki jalan raya bukit di Pulau Grand Canary.
  • Model 950 SP lebih ringan, lebih tinggi, dan didatangkan dengan quickshifter sebagai kelengkapan standard.


  • The successor to the Hypermotard 939 offers hooligan character with added refinement. 
  • It manages to offer some daily riding essentials such as comfort to a bike otherwise built with the sole focus on performance.
  • We rode the new Hypermotard 950 and the 950 SP in Spain recently. 
  • The standard 950 is shorter in length and did well around the hills of Grand Canary Island. 
  • The 950 SP is lighter, taller and offers a quick shifter as standard.

The Ducati Hypermotard has always been a bit of a rockstar of the motorcycling world. The kind that makes a lot of noise and gets a lot of attention wherever it goes.

So when the new Hypermotard 950 was introduced to the world in November of 2018, the motorcycling world stood still, just as it always does when a new Hyper is unleashed.

Quick history fact – the Hyper was first introduced back in 2006, and is a product with the sole focus of providing countless hours of entertainment. Designed by Pierre Terblanche, a protege of the legendary Massimo Tamburini, the Hypermotard did not receive the usual launch party.

After many months of rumours about Ducati building a supermotard bike to take on the likes of KTM and Husqvarna, the Hypermotard was instead introduced via a dedicated micro-site, accessed from the main Ducati website. The Hyper 1100 received such fanfare at its digital unveiling that it crashed Ducati’s global website.

And now, 13 years later, I am in the Grand Canary Islands in Spain, ogling at the new Ducati Hypermotard 950 – the grandchild of the 1100 which later became known as the King of Wheelies, and the 939, its lighter, smaller but wilder successor.

So what’s new?

The first thing that gets you is that the bike really does not look all that much different, but it all becomes clear as soon as you start paying attention to the details. In fact, besides the trellis frame, everything on the 950 is all-new and/or vastly improved from before.

The exhausts for one are now placed back under the seat just as they were with the original 1100 (the 939 had its exhausts on the side). You can however opt for a side mounted exhaust as Ducati offers aftermarket Termignonis.

But if you prefer the underseat layout but want Termigs as well, Ducati has that as an option too, as well as a side exit Termig shown in the second photo below.

The seat and fuel tank layout is next – the seat being slimmer towards the front but wider where it matters to offer more support, and with a lump for additional cushioning for the passenger.

The seat on the SP version is flatter than the standard 950, to accommodate the rider moving back and forwards during hard riding.

At 14.5-litres, the fuel tank too is 1.5-litres smaller than the 939 and has been redesigned to make it appear smaller so that you sit further in front, just in case you want to slide the rear tyre around, which is the proper way of riding a supermotard, but the 950 obliges knee scrappers as well.

Then there is a new digital TFT instrument display which is similar to that of the Panigale V4. Not only is the new screen completely new and a much welcomed departure from the old, but when accessorised with the Ducati Multimedia System (DMS), the system is able to connect to your phone via bluetooth and will then display incoming calls, the music you are listening to in your helmet, and will also display text messages.

Personally, I felt there was too much going on already with the speedo, rev meter, gear indicator and other engine essentials, but if that is the future of rider-bike connectivity, I could deal with that, I do personally prefer listening to music when riding, and not missing phone calls.

What about the engine?

So other than visual difference, the real difference lays in the heart of the bike – a revised 937cc Testastretta 11 degree L-twin engine.

It is essentially the same engine with the old 939cc but with a new torque curve that gives you access to over 80% of available torque from as low as 3000rpm.

To be precise, that 82% of the 96Nm of torque is available from 3000rpm and a further 88% from 5500 to 9500rpm.

What this basically means is that you can rely on engine torque a whole lot more than before without much shifting.

Instead you can rely on the engine to pull away when you need it to, instead of banging down gears as you would on the 939.

And because the bike comes with riding modes, the engine of course responds accordingly to the chosen mode. In Sport for example, the engine is lively and rev happy.

In Touring mode, the throttle response is lazier yet gives you full access to the Hyper’s 114hp. Urban restricts power to 75hp, and gives the bike a more docile character.

The image below breaks down the amount of power you get and the electronic interference.

Swapping between modes is simple and can be done on the fly, but customising each mode and its braking and various other parameters (such as traction control interference) requires you to be at a standstill.

But being able to customise the electronics package according to your liking is a huge bonus.

A little more tech details – so the engine is basically the same as on the 939, but how is it more powerful, more responsive yet more fuel economical than before? Some really smart people at Ducati bumped up the compression ratio to 13.3:1 from 12.6:1, and with that comes a new exhaust valve timing as well as a new 53mm throttle body a new ICU. This gave the bike a little more power.

But lightness is also the name of the game for the Hypermotard. The engine for example is a full 1.5kg lighter, achieved by lightening the clutch, alternator covers, gearshift drum and by using magnesium cam covers.

As a whole, the 950 is about 5kg lighter than the 939. And even though the trellis frame is almost the same as before, it uses tapered tubing while the rear subframe is also a bolted-on trellis design. This contributes enormously to the overall weight saving of the bike.

Handling, what can you look forward to?

As you would probably expect from a Hypermotard, handling is fantastic! Sharp, obliging and unsurprisingly accurate, the new 950 does exactly what you want it to, when you want it to.

And how do you make an already agile bike even more agile? You mess around with the ergonomics and the dimensions of the bike. The standard 950 is short, shorter than the hardcore SP variant.

A short bike is always easier to chuck around than a longer bike. The handling is also aided by a more aggressive 25 degree rake, while wider handle bars gives the bike a more commanding feel.

If your riding style is more supermoto than superbike, you will appreciate the fact that the steering sweep angle is an enormous 70 degrees.

And if you are more of superbike person, then you will probably love that the lean angle is a very generous 44 degrees on the standard bike while the SP offers 47 degrees.

Of course the suspension and tyres play a huge role as well. The standard bike runs on a Sachs shock and inverted Marzocchi forks, while the SP gets Ohlins all round. The Marzocchi fork are fully adjustable and is about half a kilogram lighter than the 939’s forks.

As for the tyres, the standard bike runs on Pirelli Diablo Rosso III tyres wrapped around aluminium Y-spoke wheels, while the SP runs on Diablo Supercorsa SP wrapped around forged Marchesini wheels. The wheels are nearly a kilo lighter than the old ones. Grip is heroic.

And it was only in the hills of Grand Canaria around the sandy slippery corners where the Diablo Rosso III’s were put to the test, but a little slide on a hypermotard never hurt anyone. And it was all very manageable, just a little lean corrected by the electronics.

Enough with the details and tell us how it runs already!

Brilliantly, absolutely fucking brilliantly. We began with the standard 950 for a 140km round trip to the hills. The sitting position is a familiar one as soon as you get on the bike. But because the seat is narrower at the front, it is easier for you to get your feet flat on the floor, which is something shorter riders will appreciate.

The hydraulically assisted clutch set up is light with little tension at the lever, giving the bike a friendly character from the get go. The gearbox is a wet multi-plate 6-speeder with a slipper function.

Around the tight corners of the mountains, the 950 was happy to be flicked into corners. You can rely on the masses of torque and smooth, linear torque curve, but if you are the type that relies on engine braking, that works too as the slipper clutch ensures the rear wheel stays in line.

I rode the hills in Touring and Urban mode, and even in touring the bike was in proper attack mode, charging into corners, letting me dive in late with the electronics cutting off the throttle only when the road became noticeably slippery.

Touring is not as aggressive or as eager as it is in Sport mode, throttle response is largely subdued even, but it is still hugely fun.

Urban is, dare I say it, boring on a bike hailed as a hooligan. It is meant for urban conditions, for when you want to reel it all back in and let the bike flow with traffic. It is meant to keep you safe, and so for that, it is best to only use the mode when it is raining or when traffic is heavy.

The brakes on both the 950 and the 950 SP are made up of twin 320mm semi-floating aluminium flange discs with radially mounted Monobloc Brembo callipers with quad-piston and twin pads and with Bosch cornering ABS.

The front has a sharp bite and will catch you off-guard if you’re not careful, so is best handled with one finger.

All in all, the Hypermotard 950 still retains its hooligan character but is updated with some much needed refinements for everyday usability like passenger footpegs, thicker seat padding, and the urban mode that makes all that power a lot more manageable when riding two up around town.

And what about the 950 SP?

If the standard 950 is hooligan bike, then the 950 SP is a proper, barely road-legal race bike, it is as naughty as it gets with a number plate on it. Out of the mountains on the 950, we headed to the short and tight circuit of Maspalomas to test the SP.

It is essentially the same bike, but with some revisions to make it sportier than the standard. The suspension for starters is taller and offers 15mm more travel at the front and 25mm at the rear.

The seat is also 20mm taller than the standard bike, and this taller sitting position gives the bike a more nimble feel.

Other than that and probably the naughtiest difference between both bikes is the inclusion of the Ducati Quick Shifter (DQS) EVO as standard on the 950 (optional on the 950).

The DQS EVO works on both up and down shifts and gives the bike a naughtier character than the standard bike.

It is only when you’re really slowing down that you need to use the clutch, but otherwise, the system does it for you.

I tried to ride in both supermotard and in superbike style, though I personally prefer the latter, and I can attest that the SP obliges both riding styles.

The new Hypermotard also offers a unique system that turns you into a riding superhero called Ducati Slide by Brake function. A system that first debuted in the Panigale V4S, and has trickled its way down to the Hyper 950.

It works when the ABS is in level 1, and you need to invoke it by getting hard on the rear brake while turning the bike. It is here that the bike will automatically slide the rear tyre out by 10 degrees and you control the slide using the rear brake.

It takes some time to trust the system to do it for you as you usually control a slide from the throttle instead of the rear brake. Understandable then that some people may prefer to use engine braking to get the rear to slide out.

Around the tight and twisty track of Maspalomas, the SP felt natural after a few laps, like it was built specifically for such riding pleasure and being able to ride it around town is just a bonus.

The tyres never seemed to run out of grip at any lean angle and the engine felt more at home on the track than it did on the road.

The revs cut off at 10,000rpm, and with the DQS banging home gears quicker than you could manage yourself, you hit over 100km/h in a few hundred meters before getting on the brakes hard, pushing (or pulling) the bike down and letting the electronics manage everything else, before getting on the throttle hard again.

Wheelies come naturally on this bike and the standard 950, and sometimes even unexpectedly.

But Ducati had thought of that too and has equipped the new Hyper with a system known as Ducati Wheelie Control Evo that manages unexpected wheelies, giving you maximum traction at all times.

You feel it as a sudden power cut, noticeable interference but it happens so quickly that it doesn’t affect performance.

Any complaints?

Just one. Ducati says that the new seat is more comfortable than before, but I think it isn’t that great out on the open road. Gave me a sore bum after about 140km, but if you want touring comfort, buy a Multistrada 950.

Should you buy it?

If you’re into supermotards and want a bike that gets you places quickly, then the Hypermotard 950 is for you. The SP would be my choice simply because I like its taller height and sitting position. And if you’re going for the standard 950, be sure to opt for a quickshifter and a full Termignoni system.

When will it be in Malaysia?

It should be here by the second or third quarter of the year. We expect it to cost around the region of RM75,000 to RM83,000.

  • Ducati Hypermotard 950 2019 telah diperkenalkan sewaktu acara Ducati 2019 World Première baru-baru ini.
  • Dilengkapi dengan enjin dwi silinder Testastretta 11º, 937cc, model Hypermotard 950 baharu ini menghasilkan 114hp dan 96Nm tork.
  • Dua varian berbeza telah diperkenalkan, iaitu model Hypermotard 950 asas dan Hypermotard 950 SP.


  • The 2019 Ducati Hypermotard 950 has been introduced during the recent Ducati 2019 World Premiere.

  • Fitted with a new its 937cc Testastretta 11° twin-cylinder engine, the new Hypermotard 950 produces 114hp and 96Nm of torque.

  • Two different have been introduced which are the base Hypermotard 950 and the Hypermotard 950 SP.

There are a lot of things to write about the recent Ducati 2019 World Premiere bike launches and the one that really got to us (apart from the 2019 Ducati Panigale V4 R super-beast) is the 2019 Ducati Hypermotard 950. The next-generation supermoto hooligan now comes with specs that’ll really turn things up all the way to 11. (more…)


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