Ducati Hypermotard 796
Ducati Announces the Hypermotard
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Ducati Previews the 2010 Hypermotard 796: The
New Way to Go Hyper!
October 2009 – The Hypermotard family will expand for 2010
with the addition of the exciting new Hypermotard 796. Just
as aggressively striking as the 1100, the new Hypermotard 796
features a lower seat height and brand new smooth and flexible
engine to make it the perfect urban assault vehicle, according
to the company.
"Whether it's working the daily commute or attacking
the open roads, the 796 will ride the common ground between
manners and madness by mixing Ducati’s unrivalled twin-cylinder
power and sportbike heredity with the lightweight and minimalist
supermotard concept", said Ducati, in their press release
The Hypermotard 796 weighs in at a claimed 167 kg (368 lb),
partly achieved by a lightweight engine, but also by continued
chassis development that includes redesigned top and bottom
fork clamps and an improved frame layout which eliminates almost
all of the forged elements previously used with the 1100.
At 825 mm (32.5 in), the seat height of the 796 is a sure-footed
20 mm (0.8 in) lower than the 1100 and, when combined with the
new engine’s smooth power delivery, this Hypermotard inspires
confidence however and wherever its ridden.
The completely new Ducati 796 engine, which conforms to Euro
3 regulations, produces 81hp (59.6kW) of power and 55.7 lb-ft
(7.7 kg) of torque with the smooth and economic rideability
expected from all Desmodue L-Twins.
The engine is equipped with an APTC ‘wet’ clutch to give
a ‘slipper’ type action that prevents destabilization of the
rear-end during aggressive down-shifting and also gives the
extra benefit of a super-light feel at the lever, a great advantage
in stop-start city traffic or during longer journeys. Let's
just hope it's not the same ultra-sensitive, on/off APTC clutch
used on the Multistrada 620!
The new Hypermotard 796 comes in an urban-style Dark finish
with matte black tank and beak section, black frame and black
wheels or, alternatively, matte white tank with contrasting
matte black beak, black frame and black wheels. For the purists,
an 1100 look-alike red tank with matching beak section, red
frame and black wheels gives the 796 a
Ducati Hypermotard 796:
Hours after its first showing at the 2005 Milan International
Motorcycle show, the Hypermotard was awarded “Best of Show”
and became an instant hit in Italy, where motorcycles are as
much a lifestyle choice as they are transportation.
Since then, its out-of-the-ordinary design went on to win
converts around the world and the praise and admiration for
this unique bike has never stopped – and neither has its development.
The thrilling, street-wise Hypermotard range with L-Twin acceleration
and pavement-attacking style is now extended with the hyper-agile
796 – the new way to go Hyper.
The Hypermotard’s rigidly triangulated and now lighter than
ever Trellis frame and track-tested chassis geometry is still
stylized by a distinct high fender at the front and dual under-seat
silencers at the rear, but the new 796’s overall profile says
it all: Go Hyper!
At 825 mm (32.5 in), the seat height of the 796 is a sure-footed
20 mm (0.8 in) lower than the 1100 and, when combined with the
new engine’s smooth power delivery, this Hypermotard inspires
confidence however and wherever its ridden. The upright seating
position offers a commanding view of the road ahead, while the
wide handlebars make the bike effortlessly flickable through
the urban maze.
The 796 weighs in at just 167 kg (368 lb), partly achieved
by a lightweight engine, but also by continued chassis development
that includes redesigned top and bottom fork clamps and an improved
frame layout which eliminates almost all of the forged elements
previously used with the 1100.
The lightened frame retains its torsional strength to become
even more agile and easier to handle than before, while 17”
wheels by Enkei are produced in lightweight aluminum to keep
the unsprung weight low and handling, braking and acceleration
performances high. The same 3.50 front and 5.50 rear rim sizes
as the 1100 are used with Bridgestone tires.
Suspension duties up front are taken care of by a pair of
very capable 43mm Marzocchi forks, while the rear is managed
by a Sachs suspension unit featuring adjustable spring preload
and return damping, allowing adjustments for riding style or
load. The rear operates through a similar progressive link to
the 1100 and uses the signature Hypermotard single-sided swingarm.
Twin 305mm semi-floating discs gripped by radially mounted
4-piston Brembo calipers provide powerful and progressive front-end
braking with that all-important rider-friendly ‘feeling’, while
the rear is equipped with a 245mm disc and 2-piston caliper,
also by Brembo.
A Brand New Ducati Engine
The 796 engine isn't just a ‘stroked’ 696 – it's a completely
brand new Desmodue power unit. A new crankshaft designed around
lightweight 848-type flywheels, spin with a 66 mm stroke instead
of the 696’s 57.2 mm, helping to maximize power to an impressive
81 hp (59.6 kW) @ 8000 rpm and torque to 55.7 lb-ft (75.5 Nm)
@ 6250 rpm while maintaining the smooth and enjoyable character,
famous of all Desmodromic L-Twins.
To protect power delivery and maintain optimum efficiency,
an oil cooler similar to the 1100 is used, adding even more
family resemblance to its bigger brother.
Helping to increase the Hypermotard 796’s agility even further,
the fully redesigned crankcases save an incredible 1.2 kg (2.64
lb) over the 696 castings, and are responsible for the major
part of the impressive 1.9 kg (4.2 lb) total saving over the
696 power unit. The clutch and alternator outer casings of the
new engine are finished in an 1100-style carbon grey.
Breathing through a newly-revised airbox intake duct and
fed through 45 mm throttle bodies, the 803 cc swept volume is
compressed to a ratio of 11:1 – compared to the 696’s 10.7:1
– before being injected and ignited with Siemens controlled
The 2-1-2 catalytic exhaust system uses an efficient pre-silencer
configuration with twin lambda probes providing finer fuel mapping
and Euro 3 conformity. The system’s lightweight and compact
design is achieved by using 1mm thick tubing and terminates
in Ducati’s trademark twin under-seat, black exhaust mufflers,
stylishly contrasted with great looking aluminum end caps.
An APTC ‘wet’ clutch gives a ‘slipper’ type action that prevents
destabilizing of the rear-end under aggressive down-shifting
and also gives the extra benefit of a super-light feel at the
lever, a great benefit in stop-start city traffic or during
longer journeys. The 21-plate oil-bath clutch (11 friction and
10 steel) represents a power-enhancing weight reduction over
the ‘dry’ system as well as having a quieter operation and requiring
The new Hypermotard 796 engine combines all recent advances
in Ducati’s ongoing design, manufacture and production quality
campaigns to offer competitive service intervals of 12,000 kilometres
(or 7,500 miles).
Controls and Instrumentation
While its motard feeling is enhanced by wide bars and handguards,
the 796’s minimalist image is further characterized with the
orange back-lit Streetfighter-style digital instrumentation
The slim-line switch bodies house easy-to-use switches and
buttons and feature a unique weapons-like 'trigger catch' that
slides down to cover the starter button when the kill-switch
Looking clean and purposeful, the display provides
an extensive amount of data including: speed, revs, time, maintenance
schedule, oil temperature, oil pressure warning light, battery
voltage, fuel reserve warning light, reserve fuel trip, turn
indicator light, neutral light, lap time memory storage, automatic
light-off function after 60 seconds with the key on and immobilizer
status. In addition, it can list lap times recorded by using
the high-beam flash button as a stopwatch.
The instrument display also doubles as a control panel for
the activation of the Ducati Data Analyzer (DDA) system, which
is available as an accessory from Ducati Performance. The 796
has been built ‘system-ready’ for the data acquisition kit,
which consists of a special DDA software and memory key that
slots into a plug under the seat. T he same plug also doubles
as the connection for a handy new battery charger available
as an accessory from Ducati Performance.
Integral construction Brembo master cylinders are used for
both the clutch and brake systems and maintain a clean handlebar
arrangement for the rider. They are fitted with user-friendly
4-point adjustable levers that provide easy-to-reach control
for all hand sizes and the APTC clutch offers a super-light
lever action ideal for use in the city.
Ducati pushed motorcycle design limits to find an innovative
solution for the Hypermotard 1100 mirrors and this has been
maintained on the new 796.
The challenge of maintaining a clean, racing look around
the handlebar area, motivated the design of the folding mirror
concept which is based on the hand guards typically found on
off-road bikes. Flipped out for high visibility street mode
and easily folded in for a quick change to ‘Hypermode’, the
mirror hand guard assemblies also integrate the LED directional
indicators for an even cleaner front-end.
Lighting and Indicators
The headlamp uses a highly compact lighting shape which blends
with the single piece nose fairing and front fender molding,
while the rear light employs a specially designed strip of LEDs
enhanced by a high diffusion lens shaped into the sleek lines
of the tailpiece.
The same LEDs are intensified under braking. The front directional
indicators also employ the latest in LED technology for illumination,
and are ingeniously integrated into the hand guards which support
the foldable rear view mirrors.
The high intensity LED rear light assembly is molded into
a unique tailpiece positioned high behind the seat. The supporting
structure has been designed so that the under tray of the tailpiece
is formed perfectly to offer a sturdy pair of pillion grab-handles.
This ingenious solution not only helps to merge the rear light
into the Hypermotard styling but also provides a safe grip for
796 in Three Colors
The new 796 comes in an urban-style Dark finish with matte
black tank and beak section, black frame and black wheels or,
alternatively, matte white tank with contrasting matte black
beak, black frame and black wheels. For the purists, an 1100
look-alike red tank with matching beak section, red frame and
black wheels keeps the 796 in traditional livery.
The Hypermotard Story
When the prototype Hypermotard was first shown at the Milan
show it represented the creation of a new segment, one that
bridged the gap between refined sport bikes and minimalist supermotards.
But some at Ducati had reservations about the initial Hypermotard
concept and were unsure whether or not the market was ready
for such a motorcycle.
Despite those reservations, the project continued to be developed,
driven by the belief in the upright and in-control riding position
of a dirt bike, but not the harsh characteristics of its single
These confident few liked the feel of a skinny, taut and
agile chassis, but not the fact that its original off-road design
made it a compromise on the street. They set about creating
a bike that combined the agility and lightweight precision of
a supermotard, with the refined power characteristics of a charismatic
L-Twin Ducati sportbike. They were designing the future.
As each day went past, more and more people in the factory
got to hear about the completed bike and those who had the chance
to catch sight of it all responded in the same way: "Wow!
We’re going to produce it, right?" There was one
way to gauge market response: show it at the 2005 Milan show
as a prototype and conduct an online survey.
Ducati presented the prototype Hypermotard as its centerpiece
that year and their confidence was rewarded with a global ‘yes!’
from the public, the ‘Best of Show’ award, and demands from
riders all over the world to produce it immediately.
In fact, a staggering 15,000 people completed the Ducati.com
survey, with more than 50% asking for the Hypermotard to be
built exactly as shown at the show. But Ducati were serious
when they asked the public for their feed-back and took time
to sift through thousands of additional suggestions and requests,
such as twin front brake discs instead of the prototype’s single,
and integrated many of them into the final production design.
The innovative Hypermotard spawned a new and exciting ‘cross-over’
category that had reinvented pure riding pleasure with a practical
and versatile motorcycle that could be used every day. Riders
hungry for excitement immediately understood
the concept and have been enjoying it ever since.
Quick Glance History of the Ducati Hypermotard
November 2005: Prototype
Hypermotard 1100 shown at Milan International Motorcycle
Show. Awarded 'Best of Show'.
November 2006: Production
Hypermotard 1100 and 1100 S launched at Milan International
May 2007: Hypermotard 1100
and 1100 S were launched to the press and at the same time
arrived in showrooms as an early release model year 2008.
November 2008: Model year
2009 Hypermotard 1100 updated with an additional color option
of pearl white. Hypermotard 1100 S with an additional color
option of black and DDA kit supplied as standard equipment.
The Hypermotard 1100 S takes victory at Pike’s Peak International
Hill Climb, Colorado (1200cc category).
October 2009: “Hypermotard”
family expands with the release of new model year 2010 Hypermotard
Hypermotard 796 Accessories
Carbon Fiber Silencer Kit:
2 into 2 carbon silencer kit with titanium end caps. This
dual silencer system is homologated for road use, and includes
a dedicated ECU and air filter cover.
Carbon Fiber Fuel Tank Cover:
The carbon fiber fuel tank cover enhances the sleek style
of the bike. Its visual impact is immediate, adding a bold
personalized touch to the bike.
Carbon Fiber Number Plate Holder:
Designed for the back of the Hypermotard, this carbon fiber
license plate holder comes complete with plate light and
the necessary components to reposition the rear indicators.
Carbon Fiber Low Front Mudguard:
This low, front mudguard in carbon fiber gives the Hypermotard
an even more aggressive appearance.
Carbon Fiber Rear Mudguard With
Chain Guard: The rear mudguard in carbon fiber comes
with a chain guard that adds to the sporty yet clean lines
of the Hypermotard.
Carbon Fiber Front Sprocket Cover
Frame: The carbon sprocket cover frame provides protection
and gives the lower part of the bike a stylish edge.
Lower Seat: Lower, comfortable
seat. The specific shape and padding made of foam materials
in varying densities ensures a high level of comfort.
Slider for Foot Peg: Teflon
slider that can be fitted under foot peg to protect it against
rubbing on asphalt during the most demanding bends.
Anodized Billet Aluminum Oil
Filler Plug: Red. The anodized billet aluminum oil
filler plug adds an eye-catching touch to the bike.
Rack: Rear luggage rack in black anodized aluminum,
ideal for holding the rear soft bag and for using the multipurpose
elastic net. Its black color, size and finishing make it
a perfect match for the bike’s style without disturbing
New Ducati Apparel to Match
the Hypermotard 796
Fighter Textile Jacket
Made of D-Stone fabric,
the Fighter jacket combines the comfort of textile with the
resistance of leather. The jacket, both abrasion and tear-resistant,
offers composite protectors on the elbows and shoulders, the
option to insert the G2 back protector (attached by a zipper
in the lumbar area) and thermo-formed, aluminum-enhanced external
shoulder protection, in order to guarantee maximum safety.
The bi-axial elastic inserts allow total freedom of movement
without compromising the safety or durability of the garment.
Ducati clothing is distinguished by its personalization,
conceived and created with attention to detail; in this case,
white on black renders the Fighter jacket unique and the new
Ducati logo stands out on the left shoulder.
Attention to detail is also apparent on the inside of the
jacket, which is lined with nylon treated with antimicrobial
SaniTyze, guaranteeing comfort, hygiene and prolonged resistance.
The jacket is also fitted with adjustable side zippers and a
zipper to allow for attachment to leather pants.
Ducati Leather Trousers
These black leather pants,
with composite protections on the shins and knees, are ideal
for touring and offer a compromise between comfort and protection.
Practicality is ensured by the adjustable waist and the elasticized
fabric inserts in the crotch. Topped with a jacket-to-pants
zipper attachment, the pants are also available for women.
Dark Full-Face Helmet
This full face helmet combines
elegance with optimum levels of quality and safety. In matt
black, the red Ducati logo stands out boldly on the front; a
stylish design in keeping with the rest of the 2010 collection.
The impact that the dark helmet creates aesthetically is
only enhanced by the numerous hi-tech features. The front and
rear air vents, protected by a metal grill, for example, as
well as the outer fiberglass shell that guarantees total impact-resistance,
yet is lightweight and comfortable, thanks to the hybrid multiple
density foam EPS liner and hypoallergenic, sweat-proof fabric
used on the inside.
The Motard helmet boasts both a captivating
design and advanced technical characteristics, and can be used
in three different configurations: with peak and visor, peak
only or visor only.
The outer fiberglass shell guarantees is lightweight but
extremely resistant while the inside is composed of a hybrid
multiple density foam EPS liner with a hypoallergenic, sweat-proof
fabric to offers optimum comfort.
Ventilation is ensured with two vents at the front, twin
rear outlet s and lateral vents. In addition, there is the possibility
to adjust the angle of the peak, depending on riding requirements
and, thanks to a double system that allows for peak and visor
adjustment, there is full movement of the visor even when the
peak is mounted. The padded neck roll helps to reduce turbulence
and wind noise and the padded chin strap, which ensures the
best fit, can be removed for cleaning.
The Company gloves have fully ventilated
polyurethane protections on the knuckles to ensure breathability,
while the black color with red detailing gives the product a
stylish edge. Elasticity is guaranteed as the gloves are made
of neoprene and feature bi-axial elastic inserts. With carbon
protections and leather reinforcement on the palm, the gloves
are a great compromise between optimum safety and style.
Desmo Racing Boots
The high-density rubber soles
guarantee stability, grip and abrasion-resistance; the uppers
are formed from an extremely abrasion-resistant microfiber which
has been specifically developed for this model.
The zip fastener is waterproof and the fabric lining highly
breathable. They are easy to put on and extremely comfortable
due to the flexible inserts on the heels and toes, the preformed
rubber insert on the mid calf Velcro strap provides extra grip
against the bike.
Particular attention is paid to safety with internal nylon
ankle protections, TPU shin impact protections, preformed TPU
support and additional TPU sliders to protect the leg as well
as galvanized sliders on the toes and heels. Available in sizes
38 to 47.
Ducati Super Ride Boots
The Super Ride boots combine
comfort and safety. Featuring microfiber PU uppers which are
abrasion-resistant, soft, stitched inserts, Velcro fastening
and shin protectors, they are perfect for all types of road
trip. The anti-slip rubber soles and various protections complete
these hi-tech boots.
The Company jeans, in 100% cotton,
are ideal for everyday wear. The color, lightly faded on the
hips and seat, and the tone-on-tone Ducati stamp on the rear
pocket, give the piece added style. Comfortable and lightweight,
these jeans combine practicality and fashionable design. A version
for women and children is also available.
Color Bands Hooded Sweatshirt
The Color Bands
sweatshirt is a versatile garment, suitable for all occasions.
100% cotton, this sweatshirt features red Ducati script against
a grey background, as well as a hood with a multicolor lining.
A zip fastener and two handy pockets complete the garment.
Color Bands Polo
The Color Bands polo shirt is
the ideal garment for young, cool style-lovers. Made of a mixture
of cotton and elastane for a slimmer, more comfortable fit.
2 valve per cylinder Desmodromic, air cooled.
Bore x Stroke
||55.7lb-ft - 7.7kgm
fuel injection, 45mm throttle body
||Lightweight 2-1-2 system with
catalytic converter with twin lambda probes.
2=30/18 3=28/21 4=26/23 5=22/22
||Straight cut gears,
||Chain, Front sprocket
15, Rear sprocket 41
||APTC wet multi-plate
with hydraulic control
|Front wheel travel
||5-spoke in light
with adjustable Sachs monoshock. Aluminum single-sided
|Rear wheel travel
||2 x 305mm semi-floating
discs, radially mounted Brembo calipers 4-piston,
||245mm disc, 2-piston
|Fuel tank capacity
||12,4l - 3.3 gallon
counter, clock, maintenance schedule, oil temperature,
oil pressure warning light, battery voltage, fuel
reserve warning light, trip fuel, indicator light,
neutral light, injection system diagnostics, lap
time memory storage, automatic light-off function
after 60 secs key-on, immobilizer. The instrument
panel menu functions are controlled from the left-hand
switchgear. Ready for DDA system.
||2 years unlimited
* Data calculated using an inertia dynamometer.
||** The weight excludes battery,
lubricants and coolant for liquid cooled models.
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