The Ducati Hypermotard is a bit like the road version of a kite-surf, a skateboard or a hunting party with pink wolves and black rabbits: a machine dedicated to fun and fun. . We leave the office, we put the suit in the trash and we let off steam as long as muscular virolos. Having developed a certain versatility in his apostrophe 939, the HM now returns to more exclusive, more bodily loves, more “Etienne, hold him well!” “. But it’s more hard rock that we will sing once grabbed the 950 Hypermotard.
The Italian supermoto seems to say it – “Don’t lie down, I’ll turn you back on”. Since its beginnings in 1100, its design has systematically given off this sassy impression. If the passage from 821 to 939 was made without almost any alteration, chapter 950 is intended to be much more demonstrative. Its beak has taken on cheekbones, its shoulders are ventilated, its saddle is flatter, and the exhausts return to their first attachments by positioning themselves under the saddle. Even if this fashion has passed for a long time, it still has a nice effect on some machines.
Above all, the Hypermotard plays fair with his appearance which clearly announces his shenanigans: it will be sport, dry, delirious and Machiavellian. Without needing a big dose of nags like on a Panigale V4.
Half less is already plentiful and more than enough. Isn’t that signore twin 950 ?
Oops, let’s not confuse. Yesterday 939, today 950, but the surnames are just as out of step with the displacement. The 937 cc cube engine, as it was on the HM before. No big changes are to be reported for this block but a nice series of fittings allows it to gain 4 horsepower and a small amount of torque. Increased compression ratio, different profile for the exhaust cams, revised injection body (+1 mm), modified exhaust, lightened side cases, magnesium cylinder head covers, aluminum chain tensioner, weight loss of 1 , 5 kilos and now hydraulic clutch give a technical facelift to this mechanism, however not very old. At the end of the day, a more efficient force curve with 4 / 5ths of the maximum torque responding to the call from 3000 rpm.
We talked about the Panigale in a chapter above. The 950 HM was inspired by its dashboard to update its instrumentation. It is fashionable and modern to equip yourself with a color TFT panel, here of 11 cm (roughly, the size of an old Galaxy S4 mini). With a clearly readable virtual tachometer, an indication of the gear engaged in its center and the speed display in good signage, the eye is immediately caught by the essential. A bit more attention will allow you to be informed on multiple parameters.
The bike will not be satisfied with a beautiful instrumentation as a techno-digital evolution. She also wants daytime running light, taking on the appearance of viper hooks in her eyes. An inertial unit will soon be installed too. Its dynamic recognition on 6 axes allows it to optimize traction control and anti-wheeling. The ABS seizes it to become active in curves. The most informed will soon have to deactivate some of these assistances (or all) in order to draw numbers of figures, creaking crosses, and parts of rims in the air.
Three driving modes (Sport – Touring – Urban) are part of the game. If all this is not enough for you, the options corner allows you to add the Up shifter&Down (standard on the SP) and the DMS multimedia interface to control the essential functions of your smartphone. To recharge it, a USB socket is located under the saddle; in original endowment.
Electronic luggage in addition; and less weight Ducati has not forgotten to exercise his brain juice in the fundamentals. Going from 939 to 950, some 4 kilos were dropped overboard. The engine cure is almost half there. For the rest, we won on the rims (800 grams), the brakes (600 gr), the fork (500 gr) and the frame. The Hypermotard weighs only 200 kilos all full. Suddenly, he almost returned to his weight as a young man, when he adopted the 821 boiler. He has not yet managed to find his teenage slenderness, when it was the 796 air desmo that was having fun. from the top of its 189 kilos for … 81 horsepower – But this version did not have to suffer from the bazaars necessary for Euro4 depollution standards and liquid cooling.
Have fun, especially for two – the HM 950 and its pilot. The manufacturer wanted to strengthen the symbiosis between these players. For this, the handlebars are even wider, just to have more leverage; the saddle is 53 mm thinner at the crotch and the ergonomics have been revised overall to offer freedom of movement more conducive to supermot riding. On the other hand, allow two knees to get on board, because the saddle is 870 mm from the ground.
A strategic part of the Hypermotard (and of a Ducati), the frame is new, lighter and still designed according to a tubular steel trellis. A design that the rear loop did not want since the HM 821. Time has passed, choices have pitched, and the aluminum structure of formerly gives way to the return of a steel tube sub-frame; which symbolically recalls the technique of the first Hypermot ‘, the 1100.
The single-sided arm remains, formidably highlighted, just like the Brembo 4-piston brake calipers with radial mounting. The discs are still 320mm, but the aluminum frets explain their weight loss mentioned earlier. New Y-spoke rims reduce unsprung weight and promote agility even more. As for the suspensions, they are busy around a new Marzocchi inverted fork bigger (45 mm) and lighter, adjustable from everywhere. Sachs takes care of the rear shock, adjustable in rebound and preload. Ducati kept the same travel values as on the 939, i.e. 170 mm at the front and 150 mm at the rear.
For a moment, your passenger might wonder that she is going to be comforting her on the piece of fast food hamburger that will welcome her sitting. The 950 HM has everything … to disgust it: its toe clips are removable and the retaining strap can be stashed away if necessary. This should quickly make it clear that this bike is a dominant one that wants to be dominated, only by its rider. It is also available in SP version, with elements Öhlins, carbon parts, Marchesini rims, sportier tires, a few pounds less and a “Corsican” decoration.
Once in the handlebars of both, the priority objective is simple to have fun: find roads as twisted as certain ministerial decisions..
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939 Hypermotard 2018
Model marketed in
medium: 5.10 l
200 km / h
The technical aspect
Ducati 950 Hypermotard 2019
- Tank: 14.5 liters
- Wheelbase: 1493 mm
- Dry weight: 178 kg
- Weight in running order: 200 kg
- Train before
- secondary by chain
- Rear axle
(94 x 67.5 mm)
at 9000 rpm
at 7,250 rpm