Ducati has launched its all-new Hypermotard 950 range in India, with the Hypermotard 950 RVE priced at INR 12.99 Lacs and the Hypermotard 950 SP priced at INR 16.24 lakh respectively. The design of the Hypermotard 950 RVE and SP is inspired by the look of motards and revolves around the twin under-seat exhaust and the reduced superstructures that leave the mechanical components visible, including the rear trellis frame that communicates lightness. The ergonomics of the bike, also derived from the motard world, ensure a riding position with an upright torso and wide elbows which translates into a great vehicle control, while the flat seat guarantees the possibility of wide longitudinal movements.
- 937 cc Ducati Testastretta 11° engine
- Twin under-seat silencers
- Trellis frame with tapered tubing
- Rear Trellis sub-frame
- Removable passenger foot pegs
- Marzocchi forks with fully adjustable 45 mm aluminium fork bodies/tubes and 170 mm of wheel travel
- An adjustable Sachs shock absorber with 150 mm of wheel travel
- Cast aluminium wheels with three Y-spokes
- Pirelli Diablo Rosso III tyres
- Tapered aluminium handlebars
- Brake and hydraulic clutch with radial pumps and separate fluid reservoirs
- Colour TFT instrumentation
- Latest-generation electronics package with 6-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (6D IMU) including: Bosch Cornering ABS EVO with Slide by Brake function (with setting 1); Ducati Traction Control EVO (DTC EVO); Ducati Wheelie Control EVO (DWC EVO), Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) up/down EVO
- Riding Modes (Sport, Touring and Urban)
- Headlight with Daytime Running Light (DRL)
- Front and rear LED auto-off indicators (front indicators embedded in hand guards)
- Can also mount: Anti-theft system, Ducati Multimedia System (DMS)
- Fuel tank capacity 14.5 litres
- Inner leg curve 1,940 mm (-53 mm vs previous model)
- Seat height 870 mm
- Lean angle 44°
- Kerb weight 200 kg (-4 kg vs previous model)
Hypermotard 950 range for India
- Hypermotard 950 RVE
- Colour – Ducati Red with red frame and black wheel rims with “Graffiti” livery
- Hypermotard 950 SP
- Colour – SP colour scheme with red frame and black wheel rims
Key Differences as compared to the Hypermotard 950 RVE:
- Fully adjustable 48 mm Öhlins fork, with 185 mm of wheel travel
- Fully adjustable Öhlins shock absorber with 175 mm of wheel travel
- Forged Marchesini wheels with three Y-spokes
- Flat seat
- Carbon Fibre components: front mudguard, belt covers
- Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP tyres
- Inner leg curve 1,980 mm (-53 mm vs previous model)
- Seat height 890 mm
- Lean angle 47°
- Kerb weight 198 kg (-3 kg vs previous model)
The Hypermotard 950 RVE is characterized by a livery called “Graffiti” that is inspired by street art. The bike builds on the success achieved in 2019, especially on social media, by the Hypermotard 950 Concept presented at the prestigious Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este.
With an overall sense of lightness and essential lines, this third-generation Hypermotard strengthens its ties with the supermotard racing world, resulting in a bike with an adrenaline fuelled personality that extreme riders will simply love.
The seat (high with a narrow mid-section) and the further-forward 14.5 litre tank create an overall image that’s closely aligned with the world of competition motards.
Its aggressive stance – made up of taut, clean lines and surfaces – is rendered even more assertive by the dual under-tail silencers, the slimline superstructure and iconic frontal view dominated by the sharp ‘beak’ incorporating a headlight (with an outline that recalls an off-road race number holder). Moreover, the distinctive DRL gives the front end a decidedly modern, technological look.
The Hypermotard 950 family mounts the advanced 937 cc Ducati Testastretta 11° twin cylinder engine. After an in-depth overhaul (and being lightened by 1.5 kg), this engine packs 4 hp more than its predecessor to reach 114 hp at 9,000 rpm. It puts out smooth pulling power across the rev range, with torque peaking at 96 nm at 7,250 rpm. On the Hypermotard 950, 80% of torque is already available at 3,000 rpm, with no less than 88% available between 5,000 to 9,000 rpm.
That performance stems from new pistons with a 13.3:1 compression ratio (as opposed to 12.6:1 on the previous version), new exhaust cam profiling and a new exhaust system with under-seat silencers. A new 53 mm throttle body feeds the fuel to the Testastretta 11° while a new engine control unit and new Ride-by-Wire throttle manage power delivery. Both the Hypermotard 950 RVE and the SP version also benefit from new, lighter clutch and alternator covers, a lighter gear shift drum, an aluminium (rather than steel) chain tensioner and magnesium cam covers.
The self-servo wet slipper clutch can now be operated with less on-lever effort thanks to the new hydraulic control system. The 937 cm³ Ducati Testastretta twin cylinder engine also has lengthy maintenance intervals: oil changes are required every 15,000 km while a Desmo Service is needed every 30,000 km.
The Hypermotard 950 family features a new steel Trellis frame with tapered tubing, reducing weight by one kilogram compared to the previous model. With 25° of rake, 104 mm of trail and a 30 mm offset, control is safe and stable but without compromising the characteristic agility of the bike. The frame is connected to the rear sub-frame (also of a tubular steel Trellis design), which recalls that of the first Hypermotard. A generous steering lock of 70° allows outstanding handling, while the 1,493 mm wheelbase (1,498 mm on the SP version) maximizes high speed stability. A 14.5 litre fuel tank gives the Hypermotard 950 excellent range without compromising its essential, sinuous lines. The Hypermotard 950 features a single-sided aluminium swingarm.
The Hypermotard 950 features sophisticated ultra-modern electronics based on a Bosch 6-axis inertial platform which instantly detects the bike’s roll, yaw, and pitch angles.
On the Hypermotard 950, the electronics package consists of:
- Bosch Cornering ABS EVO (with Slide by Brake function) and Ducati Traction Control (DTC) EVO, which make up the Ducati Safety Pack (DSP)
- Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC) EVO
- Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) up/down EVO
The operational parameters for each of these controls are associated by default with the three Hypermotard 950 Riding Modes. Riders can personalize parameters to suit their riding style or restore the Ducati default settings.
Electronic Settings – Riding Modes
The performance-oriented Sport Riding Mode settings – suited to sports-style riding on both track or twisting roads – unleash the full 114 hp of the twin-cylinder Ducati engine. DTC is, in fact, set to level 3, DWC to level 3 and ABS to level 2.
Touring Riding Mode is ideal for inner city hops or out-of-town runs or simply for those who prefer a clean, fluid riding style. It still uses the full 114 hp of the Ducati twin-cylinder engine but delivers it more gently thanks to more safety-oriented electronic settings. That why DTC is set to level 4, DWC to level 5 and ABS to level 3.
Urban Riding Mode is intended for daily around-town use or when road conditions offer little grip (e.g. in the wet). That’s why this Mode limits the power of the twin-cylinder Testasretta to 75 hp and all electronic settings are dialed towards maximum safety. That means DTC is set to level 6, DWC to level 6 and ABS to level 3.
Bosch Cornering ABS EVO
To combine outstanding braking performance with excellent safety, the Hypermotard 950 features 3-level Bosch Cornering ABS EVO.
The Level 3 setting is intended for daily road use or in circumstances where there is little grip. Whatever the conditions, braking is safe and stable and keeps rear wheel lift under constant control during hard deceleration.
Level 2 still manages both front and rear braking systems but allows sports-style braking by applying more limited lift-up control. This level ensures a high degree of braking safety even in the wet.
At the front, Level 1 guarantees sports-grade intervention of the Cornering system and, at the rear, activates the Slide by Brake function to permit motard-style drifting into the bends. Level 1 deactivates the rear wheel anti lift-up function. Given its more specialised profile, Level 1 is not the default setting on any RM but can be selected by the rider via the ABS menu.
Ducati Traction Control (DTC) EVO
The DTC EVO on the Hypermotard 950 is based on an algorithm that ensures faster, more precise intervention. The DTC EVO interfaces with the Bosch Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU), constantly measuring the lean angle and using it to accurately calculate the degree of intervention needed to ensure suitable rear wheelspin (according to the DTC EVO level setting).
Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC) EVO
The Hypermotard 950 is also equipped with the latest version of Ducati Wheelie Control EVO (DWC EVO). Using the data feed from the Bosch 6D IMU, this system keeps wheelies in check while maximising acceleration easily and safely. DWC EVO provides more accurate wheelie readings; it thus exerts more precise control to ensure the bike responds faster to rider input.
Ducati Quick Shift up/down (DQS) EVO
The DQS EVO with up/down function uses lean angle data to maximize bike stability when shifting gears on bends. In addition to minimizing shift times, the DQS EVO allows clutch less down-changes, making hard braking more effective than ever. Thanks to full Ride-by-Wire control, the system works differently for up-changes and down-changes, integrating spark advance and injection adjustment during upshifts with an auto-blipper function during downshifts. The DQS Evo is standard on both Hypermotard RVE and Hypermotard SP.
Ducati Multimedia System (DMS)
The Hypermotard 950 range can be fitted with the Ducati Multimedia System (DMS). This lets riders take incoming calls, select and listen to music tracks or receive text messages via a Bluetooth link.
When the rider mounts the motorcycle the smartphone automatically connects to the bike via the Bluetooth module (available as an accessory across the range), letting the rider manage the main multimedia functions. The TFT display shows the track being played, the new text message icon or caller’s name. Phone call audio and music are transmitted to the helmet earpieces. The DMS is available as an accessory throughout the Hypermotard 950 range.
Wheels and tyres
The Hypermotard 950 RVE features aluminium wheels with three Y-spokes. The bike mounts Pirelli Diablo Rosso III tyres, 120/70 ZR17 at the front and 180/55/55 ZR17 at the rear. Compared to the previous model, these wheels have cut an overall weight by a further 800 gms. The Hypermotard 950 SP, instead, mounts lightweight forged Marchesini wheels with three Y-spokes that have a cross-section of 3.5’’ at the front and 5.5’’ at the rear. The SP mounts Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP tyres, 120/70 ZR7 at the front and 180/55 ZR177 at the rear.