Ducati Hypermotard and Hyperstrada 820: light, versatile and liquid-cooled

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Making 20bhp more and weighing 9lbs less than the outgoing, air-cooled 1100s, this new Ducati Hypermotard 820 does more with less. There’s also a “touring” version called the Ducati Hyperstrada and an SP model that gets super-fancy pressurized gas forks and an Ohlins shock.

Update: US pricing is $11,995 for the Hypermotard, $13,295 for the HyperStrada and $14,695 for the SP.

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  • Sentinel

    That thing is so damn ugly!

    It looks like a duck mated with a peacock!

    • tomwito

      I disagree.

    • Miles Prower [690 Duke, MTS 1200]

      Nowhere near as fugly as the MV Rivale. This one in comparison is the Rivale’s fit cousin with a smoking body underneath her overly fashionable outfit.

      And maybe the Hypermotard look is growing on me after all these years, but this new one doesn’t make me want to throw up like Terblanche’s original did when it was first unveiled.

  • RT Moto

    In my pants, I just went!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/beastincarnate Ben W

    Okay, the “Strada” variant is pretty durn hideous. But awesome news on the Motard.

  • John

    I like it, though my legs most certainly will not.

    • Kevin

      35″ seat height… just damn. Freaking legs I was born with.

  • John

    33.5″. Okay, not THAT bad, but my wallet just raised an objection instead.

    • Strandbum

      Depending on the width of the lowered seat it should be on par with the height of the current 796. And that height is just about the upper limit for my 5’6″. Love the upgrades but the SP’s 35″ is literally out of reach…

      Been waiting for this introduction to decide on this Strada or go with the current 796 and do the big tank upgrade. That 796 is a great engine (had an S2R-800) is a great all-rounder.

  • Bruce Steever

    Good thing, as the 1200 is too costly for most. And these look really, really good.

    But cost of ownership is still going to be high, and Ducati still has work to do on QC and reliability.

    • Kevin

      People buying should know that 15K mile service runs about $1500 on the 1200cc motor, not sure why the 800 would be much cheaper. Something to consider if you like this bike as a tourer/commuter.

      • Bruce Steever

        2 belts, 8 valves, 16 shims. Should be pretty close to the MTS1200 costs, if a bit cheaper thanks to the simplified bodywork.

        Interestingly, Ducati extended the service interval again, now to 18k for a major service. But that’s still less than a year of riding for me.

        • http://cynic13th.livejournal.com/ cynic

          Bruce – you do a lot of riding! 18k would be just over a year for me, and I do a lot of riding.

          • Bruce Steever

            Don’t own a car. Live in SoCal.

            My weekly work commute is 250 miles. Toss in a weekend ride and the usual errands and 1,500 miles per month is easy.

  • Beewill

    Damn, they didn’t go with “Multi-Tard”

    • http://mansgottado.tumblr.com/ Andy Gregory

      I was hoping for a multihyperdesmostradatestastrettamotard 820 (R SP evo)

  • Coreyvwc

    So yeah, I want that, like a lot.

    • tomwito

      Yeah, that is sick!

  • Roman

    Hot damn if the Hyperstrada doesn’t tick all the boxes:
    Lightweight
    Comfy
    Luggage
    Grunty motor

    I don’t care how ugly it is, that bike is going to be an epic all-arounder.

    • Bruce Steever

      Don’t forget the 4 gallon fuel tank, the $12-14k price tag, and unique servicing needs.

      • Roman

        19k valve check intervals and 4.6 gallon tank seems pretty reasonable actually. You’re gonna pay for the Ducati name unfortunately, and I wonder about the fuel economy….but on paper this bike rocks.

        • http://cynic13th.livejournal.com/ cynic

          Gas Mileage is really going to make this. If it can get close to 50mpg it will rock. If not touring will be less than awesome.

          Of course I’ve toured on 150 mile range bikes a lot so I’d make it work.

        • Bruce Steever

          Ducati has managed to make it’s bikes pretty frugal lately, so my best guess for the new Hyper will be 130-ish to the light, 170 till empty.

          Not bad, but i’ve been spoiled by my VFR and DL650A. I like 200 mile tank ranges.

          • http://cynic13th.livejournal.com/ cynic

            200 miles is the magic number.

  • richard gozinya

    More lights on barkbusters? The Italians aren’t even pretending you can take these things offroad anymore, are they?

    • Bruce Steever

      They never really did. Maybe a little pretending with the MTS1200, but Ducati hasn’t made a dirt bike since the Cagiva Gran Canyon.

  • Rick

    they really are proud of that overhanging front awning thingy…

  • Frosty_spl

    Rear subframe looks kinda cheap. It looks kinda thick around there too, will it have under-seat storage or something?

    • AHA

      Am I reading this wrong or is it only the SP version that actually has decent suspension? Is the front non-adjustable on the other two? Seems a waste of trick ride modes and variable outputs if the suspension can’t cope anyway.

      On first appearance, that Hyperstrada looks like a naked funster, compromised by motard styling and covered in fake touring gewgaws. That luggage looks as convincing as a free laptop briefcase.

  • Ankur V

    God that Hyperstrada promo video is such cliched garbage.

  • kinsler

    would love to see a ride apart “hyper touring roundup” video. ktm smt, multi-tard, and ______

    lmk if you need another camera on deck.

    • AHA

      +1. But what other bikes are close enough to test with these two? 1290 Adventure and 1200 MTS are their bigger brothers and don’t qualify as welterweights. The mid-size adventure contenders from BMW & Triumph are too heavy and not sport focussed. Dorsodouro also too porky, Versys & VStrom too easily outclassed. Guess it’ll have to be the Moto Morini Gran Passo then. (First find one…)

    • Dylan

      Someone would just need to take a Triumph Tiger 800XC and supermoto it for the third bike. Mmmm thats what I want

  • http://www.BrewSmith.com.au dux [87 CBR600, 95 XR600R]

    D’oh! I was hoping for an 1199 derived cam-chain engine on this one. Maybe next generation.

  • mintpaul

    I like it but I think the previous model has more of that Ducati soul of the air cooled and dry clutch 1100

    Hmmmm Torque