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Ducati Reveals the Hypermotard 950 RVE

A Playful Middle Child for North America’s Ducatisti

A view of Ducati's new Hypermotard 950 RVE, with neat 'graffiti' graphics and paint scheme

Ducati’s just refreshed their perfect middle child that sits between the base-level Hypermotard 950 and the top-spec 950 SP. She’s called the RVE – and this year, she got a facelift to accompany the whoolies. 

Let’s dig in.

A view of Ducati's new Hypermotard 950 RVE, with neat 'graffiti' graphics and paint scheme

This particular model scheme was sneaked at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, with the real deal featuring the up/down quickshifter that comes as standard on the SP.

As for the wicked graffiti style, Asphalt and Rubber details that the process was a bit of a headache for Team Red. 

A view of Ducati's new Hypermotard 950 RVE, with neat 'graffiti' graphics and paint scheme

“To make the ‘graffiti’ paint scheme feasible for mass production [of the Hypermotard 950 RVE], Ducati had to create a whole new painting process that employed highly trained workers and extra-thin decals.”

The end is result is apparently very similar to the concept of ‘airbrushing’ the graphics into the paint itself – a new style for a new bike. 

Apart from the obligatory droolworthy decals, Ducati’s press release tells us the Borgo Panigale’s 950 RVE also features the Hypermotard’s heart of choice –  the twin cylinder Testastretta – alongside “the standard Bosch Cornering ABS with Slide by Brake function (in setting 1), Ducati Traction Control (DTC) EVO and Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC) EVO.”

With 114hp @ 9,000rpm and over 80% of the 9.8kgm of torque, readily available @ 3,000rpm, you’re guaranteed a thumper of a toy to brighten up the more serious part of your garage. 

A view of Ducati's new Hypermotard 950 RVE, with neat 'graffiti' graphics and paint scheme

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*Media sourced from Ducati’s press release*