Ducati has announced it’s 2010 lineup and it is a formidable range that includes the brand new Multistrada 1200, revised Hypermotard Evo and Evo SP, Corse special edition 1198S and 1198R, ABS as an option for the Monster range and the return of a Dark model with the 848 Dark. In a series of articles Ducati News Today will explore the new models in detail. This time is the Ducati Hypermotard 1100 Evo & Evo SP’s turn.
Ducati Hypermotard 796
The Ducati Hypermotard 796 has been covered in detail before the EICMA show.
Ducati Hypermotard 1100 EVO
The introduction of the 1100EVO further enhances the original Hypermotard concept of ‘ruling the road’. A new super-light dry weight of 172kg (379lb) and an increase of power to 95hp is the result of an intense program of redesigns and refinements intended to be the ‘evolution’ of the Hypermotard.
Continued chassis development to the Hypermotard resulted in an improved frame layout which eliminated almost all of the heavier forged elements used on the previous model. The new rigidly triangulated Trellis frame is matched with state-of-the-art suspension. 50mm Marzocchi forks are gripped by a sturdy triple screw lower fork clamp for precise steering performance. The rear suspension performs with equal precision by using a fully adjustable ZF Sachs shock mounted to a robust single-sided swingarm.
Lightweight wheels mounted on large diameter axles are fitted with Pirelli Diablo Rosso tires. Stopping power is controlled by two radially mounted Brembo 4-piston callipers gripping lightweight 305mm twin discs up front, and a 245mm disc at the rear.
The Desmodue 1100 Evoluzione
The 1100cc Desmodue Evoluzione power unit continues to use a bore and stroke of 98×71.5mm, but its long list of refinements have boosted its power by 5hp to 95hp (69.9kW) @ 7500rpm with 76lb-ft (10.5kgm) of torque @ 5750rpm giving it outstanding power delivery, from grunting low rpms to the singing howl at redline.
The 1100’s crankcases are now vacuum cast using the same Vacural® technology employed for the lightweight Superbike engines, a process that achieves significant weight saving and ensures consistent wall thickness and increased strength.
In addition to a new magnesium alternator cover, the 1100 now has a lighter crankshaft assembly by using an 848 Superbike flywheel. The result reduced the 1100 power unit’s weight by a staggering 5.2kg (11.5lb) and contributed towards making the Hypermotard 1100EVO even more agile.
Power gains have come not only from the new lightweight crankshaft assembly, but also from an evolution of the top-end of the Desmodue power unit. The cylinder head, which now has improved lubrication and cooling performance, also has a redesigned inlet port shape for optimum flow and a modified combustion chamber shape for improved burn efficiency. This improved efficiency is the result of a higher compression ratio and the change to a single spark per cylinder ignition now managed by high-speed Siemens electronics.
In keeping with its extreme character, Ducati continue to use the ‘dry’ racing-style clutch for the Hypermotard 1100, the popular preference of thousands of Ducatisti the world over. The clutch and alternator covers are finished in carbon grey for the 1100EVO and in gold for the 1100EVO SP.
With a racing heritage built on direct rider feed-back, and two years of a Hypermotard category in the Italian Ducati Desmo Challenge series, Ducati’s reputation for listening to owners to improve their motorcycles has become legendary and the Hypermotard 1100EVO SP is no exception.
Extreme riders all wanted the same thing from the Hypermotard: More power, more ground clearance, more control in extreme situations, more detail and less weight. For 2010, Ducati engineers have ticked all the boxes.
SP suspension, Brakes & Wheels
Brand new longer, black-bodied, fully adjustable 50mm Marzocchi forks have 30mm (1.2in) more travel and increase the SP’s ground clearance by 30mm (1.38in). The advanced ‘SP’ suspension is further enhanced with an Öhlins remote reservoir rear shock, renowned in racing as the ultimate performance choice.
World-class braking performance is assured by using the same Brembo Monobloc callipers as on Ducati’s top Superbikes. Machined from a single piece of alloy, the callipers achieve a higher rigidity and resistance to distortion during extreme braking, which not only delivers incredible braking power, but also provides an enhanced and precise ‘feel’ at the brake lever.
Extreme riders know that one of the best ways to improve the handling and performance of a motorcycle is to reduce its unsprung weight by upgrading to superior lightweight wheels. Even from a distance, the 5-spoke black Marchesini wheels with red pin-striping confirm the high performance of the Hypermotard 1100EVO SP. Created from forged then machined alloy, both front and rear wheels are significantly lighter and create a lower moment of inertia and unsprung weight, resulting in improved acceleration and braking as well as quicker steering. Mounted to the lightweight wheels are Z-rated Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP tires.
The Hypermotard 1100EVO SP has serrated footpegs for increased boot grip during extreme conditions and a Teflon slider under each peg for protection in extreme lean angles. The tapered alloy handlebars have a 20mm longer bar-riser that effectively changes the riding positioning to enable greater leverage under extreme riding conditions.
A carbon fibre rear hugger is fitted as standard equipment and this material is also used for the fork protectors, timing belt covers, front fender rear section and tail side covers. The Hypermotard 1100EVO SP is boldly finished in a choice of red-themed or white-themed Ducati Corse livery to underline its competition intention. Both colour schemes have red Trellis frames with black wheels and the new Ducati Corse logo proudly displayed on the Hypermotard’s beak section.
The Ducati Data Analyser (DDA), which includes PC software, a USB-ready data retrieval card and instructions is supplied as standard, enabling owners to review and analyse the performance of the bike and its rider, and make comparisons between various channels of information.
The Ducati Hypermotard 1100 EVO has a US MSRP of $11,995 whereas the Hypermotard EVO SP is priced at $14,495. One thing is for sure, the original concept Hypermotard first shown at the 2005 Milan show has come a long way!
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