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2009-11-12 13:10
Ducati has unveiled two new versions of its 1100 Hypermotard at Milan’s EICMA bike show which promise to be lighter, faster and more hyper versions of the striking naked.

These new toys are the 2010 Ducati 1100 Hypermotard Evo and Evo SP.

Not much is known about the two models other than they are 7kg lighter than the standard model, boasts 3.7kW more power.

Ducati Hypermotard

The Hypermotard family expands for 2010 with the addition of the exciting new Hypermotard 796, the new and enhanced Hypermotard 1100EVO and the extreme Hypermotard 1100EVO SP. 

Hot on the heels of its early model year 2010 launch in October, the lightweight 796 is now joined by an evolution of the 1100 model that rolls out at an incredible 7kg lighter and 3.7kW more powerful than the original. 

Lighter, more powerful engines

While the chassis department were busy reducing the weight of the frame, the engine department went back to the drawing board for the 796 and started with a clean sheet of paper.

Their complete redesign of the crankcases rewarded them with an incredible saving of 1.2kg compared to the 696 castings, and the new 796 crankshaft with 848-style flywheel further reduced the overall engine weight to an impressive 1.9kg savings over the 696 power unit.

The 1100 air-cooled Desmodue Evoluzione engine truly is an “evolution” – both in power and weight – and is responsible for the model name extension 1100 EVO.

Engineers used the same Vacural technology employed for the lightweight Superbike engines when they vacuum die-cast the Hypermotard 1100 crankcases, a process that achieves a significant weight saving and ensures consistent wall thickness and increased strength. 

This process – combined with the lightweight crankshaft assembly that uses an 848-style flywheel and use of lighter rare-earth magnets in the alternator – reduced the 1100 power unit’s weight by a staggering 5.2kg. Couple those savings with a 3.7kW boost to 69.9kW and it becomes clear why there’s all the hype. 

Hypermotard 1100EV

A new super-light dry weight of 172kg and an increase of power to 70kW is the result of an intense program of redesigns and refinements intended to be the “evolution” of the Hypermotard. 

The new rigidly triangulated Trellis frame and track-tested chassis geometry is matched by a state-of-the-art suspension. 50mm Marzocchi forks are gripped by a sturdy triple screw lower fork clamp for precise steering performance. 

These forks feature special high rigidity stainless steel sliders and external adjustability for compression and rebound damping, plus spring pre-load. 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 tyres. 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.

Hypermotard 1100EVO SP

The Hypermotard 1100EVO SP takes the whole Hypermotard concept to a new level of extreme. Higher ground clearance, higher spec suspension, higher bars and even less weight makes the 1100EVO SP track-ready for action. 

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), extending the SP’s extreme cornering performance and providing a more track-oriented set-up.

Coated with a durable low friction, DLC (diamond-like carbon) black coating, the sliders enable the Hypermotard SP to respond effortlessly to every minute variation in the tarmac, improving on its already impressive road holding. 

Brembo Monobloc calipers, as on Ducati’s top Superbikes, provide stopping power. 

The twin Monobloc callipers, each with four 34mm pistons gripping 305mm discs, guarantee spectacular braking performance. 

SP lightweight wheels by Marchesini 

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 tyres. Designed to deliver racing performance on the road, they give great feedback, are stable under severe braking and feature a sure-footed feel when braking or accelerating is applied at considerable lean angles.

SP extras

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. Ducati include a rubber insert with the bike for riders who prefer to cover the serration for increased comfort. 

To enhance control, 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, enhancing the SP’s already extreme image and also providing protection for the Öhlins rear suspension unit.

SP colours:

The Hypermotard 1100EVO SP is boldly finished in a choice of red-themed or white-themed Ducati Corse livery to underline its competition intention. 

Supplied as standard equipment on the 1100EVO SP, the Ducati Data Analyser (DDA), which includes PC software, a USB-ready data retrieval card and instructions, enables owners to review and analyse the performance of the bike and its rider, and make comparisons between various channels of information.

At the end of a ride or track session, up to 4mb of data can be downloaded ready to compare, analyse and get an inside view of the performance of both the rider and the Hypermotard.

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