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Meet the latest addition to Ducati’s staggeringly stylish Hypermotard family, the 2010 Hypermotard 796. With all the striking and angular styling of the 1100, the attraction of the 796 cannot be disputed. But what makes it even more appealing is that it will also carry a much more bearable price tag than its bigger sibling.

Scheduled to be launched at the EICMA show in Milan in November, the Hypermotard 796 incorporates many new features requested by Ducatisti worldwide; striking color selections, lighter weight, lower price point, lower seat height, and the inclusion of a super-light action APTC clutch.

Ducati feels confident they have answered these requests fully: “Whether it’s dicing through the daily commute or attacking the open roads, the 796 perfectly balances Ducati's unrivalled twin-cylinder power and sportbike heredity with the lightweight and minimalist Supermotard concept,” the company claims.

For now Ducati remains tight lipped about much of the 796’s engine specification, but what we do know is that it is a brand new powerplant, is air-cooled with two valves per cylinder as per Ducati tradition and is rated at 60.4kW and churns out 76Nm of torque. According to Ducati the engine “promises to deliver an exhilarating ride without compromising the smooth tractability found in Ducati’s other L-Twin engines”.

Continued chassis development to the Hypermotard includes redesigned top and bottom fork clamps, and an improved frame layout which eliminates almost all of the forged elements used previously on the 1100. This adds up to an agile, lightweight, 166kg package.

In Europe the 796 will retail for R77 000 but Wheels24 has not had any confirmation yet if the Ducati 796 will be coming to our shores or at what price. Official launch of the new mid-weight hypermotard will be at the EICMA Motorcycle Exhibition taking place in Milan this November.

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