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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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At a glance:
- 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
- Steel trellis frame with tubes of different sections and thicknesses, steel tube subframe and aluminium double-sided swingarm
- 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.
- 5-spoke alloy wheels 120/70-17” and 160/60-17”with Pirelli DIABLOTM Rosso IV tyres
- Bosch-Brembo ABS 10.3ME Cornering braking system
- 330 mm diameter front disc with aluminium flange and Brembo M4.32 4-piston radial caliper
- Rider footrests optimized for sport riding with removable rubber covering for maximum grip with racing boots
- Full LED headlight with double-C DRL, Full-LED rear light
- Dashboard with 3.8” IBN (Improved Black Nematic) LCD screen with gear shift LED o Lithium ion battery
- Bosch Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU)
- 3 Power Modes (Low, Mid, High)
- 4 Riding Modes (Sport, Road, Urban, Wet)
- Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC)
- Ducati Traction Control (DTC)
- Engine Brake Control (EBC)
- Ducati Power Launch (DPL)
- Ducati Link Ready with infotainment apps
- Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) Up&Down
- RVE, with dedicated graphics and DQS as standard o Standard, with Ducati red graphics