Ducati Hypermotard (2013 - 2016)

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2013 to 2016
A smooth and refined Supermoto with every possible safety aid
Not as raw as the 1100EVO
Ducati's Hypermotard goes all high-tech with a water-cooled engine and the latest electronics

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Submitted by thomask1 on Tue, 04/02/2014 - 15:22

Overall Review

I bought this as a summer commuter and all year round toy, to replace my Daytona 675 which I've turned into a track bike. For me it does a great job, my commute is a 25 mile equal split of urban, dual carriage way and country lanes. It's definitely a fun bike, there is something about the riding position that pricks up the senses and unleashes a little (red) devil. Not the greatest on a motorway, though a screen would probably fix that, the position and seat are more than comfortable. I've had the biek nearly a year and I can't wait to rack some more fun miles on the thing. If you don't have a stupid little grin on your face after you start it up, something's wrong with you!

Strengths

The whole vibe of the thing, the looks, the noise, it feels quite special. Lot's of power but nice and useable on the road, plus TC, not really necessary but nice to have all the same. Goes well, stops even better, the brakes (Brembo and ABS) are ridiculous and have saved me more than once. Coming from a sports bike I like the riding position, the bars and the suspension is great on our lovely roads.

Weaknesses

Not much to quibble about, it's certainly not cheap, but you do get a lot of kit. The biggest issue is the indicators, these will make you swear! They're a microswitch affair, and whether flicking the switch switches them on or off is frankly a lottery! 130 miles to a tank probably won't please everybody, but it's fine for me. Throttle can be a little snatchy, I think that is an unfortunate symptom of the 'fly by wire' system.

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Submitted by james ranson (not verified) on Sat, 19/04/2014 - 18:35

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This is my second bike since i passed my test 18 months ago, i always wanted a Ducati and i definately think i bought the right one for me, everytime i ride this bike whether its just a short ride into town or a blast into the country it puts a smile on my face. I got mine in stealth black which really adds to the aggressive look, Ducati really did a good job when designing this bike. The all round handling is great as it is quite a tall bike,and the power out of corners will beat most sport bikes. I have added the carbon fibre screen which makes a difference on the motorways, it is very comfortable on long journeys and can accomodate a roll bag quite easily. All in all i love this bike its such a pleasure to ride.

Strengths

The amount of equipment that comes as standard like the Brembo brakes,ABS,Traction control, and the rider modes really make a difference whether its a flat out ride around the country or commuting in and out of town, it is all so easy to use and being able to customise the rider modes makes for the perfect ride. Even with the standard can it sounds beautiful and the over run pop just adds to the attitude of the whole experience.

Weaknesses

Not much to say here other than its a bit pricey but at the end of the day you are buying a high end bike with a lot of features. Maybe a quick shift would have been nice in the package but you can add one on from the accessories catalogue.

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Submitted by Scoshow on Mon, 21/04/2014 - 00:57

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I bought the 2014SP after just walking into the showroom for a look and going for a test ride. I've owned 3 sportsbikes,1 Vrod and 3 motards over the last 20 years, and this is the best bike I have ever owned. The grip to the road through the suspension is unreal, and the traction control in the wet is something else! You don't feel it intervening...Cross your fingers and gas it on a wet day mid corner and it just goes around like its dry. You just see the light on the dash going berserk. A bike for the bi-polar...nutter one minute and safety conscious family man the next. Also Ducati's finish has gone to a whole new level. I love it!

Strengths

Height to see over cars and be seen over cars. Its so nimble, you can go around and over anything. Suspension is terrific. Traction control in the wet is unbelievable.

Weaknesses

Torque is down a bit on the 1100cc, but the power once it gets spinning is pretty good. All of the pro's outweigh the torque issue by far.

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Overall Review

My first bike..so..Sensible choice? Yes - it made me totally confident to get on and just focus on the riding rather than how the bike operated or handled. Doesn't demand to be ridden like a maniac, but the engine noise is very tempting! The difference in torque between Touring and Sport is ridiculous. Amazing drive out of corners. Not really a supermoto, more of a very tall naked bike. The seating position is quite relaxed. It's pretty economical - 60-65mpg so 150-175 miles to a tank is pretty achievable. I sometimes commute on motorway with it. Wind isn't THAT bad. Plenty of room for a Kreiga pack on the pillion. Ducati accessories are top notch - heated grips are so toasty, and work off the starter button. Very sleek.

Strengths

Handling is responsive, and easy to adapt to. Suspension is nicely firm but just supple enough for pot-holed, bumpy roads. Brakes & ABS are staggering. It takes a lot of confidence to just grab them on and see how well it works. Rear brake is a little weak but does town riding OK. It really has 3 different engines -the ride by wire throttle gives you the choice between relaxed, smooth city bike, gutsy country bike or torque monster nutter bike. Lovely. The sound is great, and looks fantastic in red or black. Accessories are wide ranging, includes most hyperstrada touring parts.

Weaknesses

Mirrors are tiny, and just the wrong height to avoid car mirrors, so needs more room that it seems to filter. Seat is a little uncomfortable after 2/3 hours. Petrol filler cap is removable, i.e. not a flap. Can be annoying when you have to juggle helmet, gloves etc. Toolkit is laughable. Doesn't include a decent selection of allen keys or chain adjuster. Front mudguard, doesn't. Best off with the part from the hyperstrada if you want dirt/much off your headlight. Accessories are expensive.

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Overall Review

Cracking supermoto also good for mid-distance touring. Well worth the money.

Strengths

- Responsive engine (in sport mode) - Agile - Fun (power wheelies possible) - Electronics package well sorted and not intrusive, yet saves you when needed - Good ergonomics for short distance rides, acceptable for mid-distance - Fuel efficient - Power sockets make winter riding a pleasure - Has been relatively trouble-free. I did 10,000 miles (400 miles straight in thundershowers and hailstorms) and didn't have any electrical issues. Starter got hesitant at 6000 miles, but still worked until 10000, and was changed under warranty. - Did I mention fun?

Weaknesses

- My second Hyperstrada (2014 model; first was 2013), and the first had many issues, partly due to being the first year of a new model and partly due to a bad dealer that changed parts not needing replacement. New bike is fantastic. - Could use more torque (New 939 may be good, but I'd want at least a 1000cc. - At high speed, throttle response at low to medium revs not as immediate - Seat can be narrower in the front - Clutch a bit too sensitive for people new to Ducati (but you get used to it) - Suspension (get adjustable suspension) - Stock tires not very confidence inspiring in wet

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Submitted by Brapper on Sun, 07/02/2016 - 18:59

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Really exciting, fun, tempting bike. It's surprising more bikes like this are not made and purchased, to me this is the ideal type of bike - versatile, great street power, comfortable. I had 2 sv650s, the second with upgraded suspension etc and the hyper is much more gratifying.

Strengths

- Goes great in the corners and around town - lovely sound - smooth throttle, nice abs, brakes, and dtc, good stock tires - good on gas - Good for tall riders - comfortable stock seat - Refined feel - power modes

Weaknesses

- False neutral between 5th and 6th requires positive shifting - Fuel range not great, but acceptable - There seem to be quite a few riders that have had significant reliability issues

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