The new Hypermotard in CAD

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These CAD renderings from the new Ducati Hypermotard’s design stage provide a tangible insight into the clever solutions and compact packaging that make the bike slimmer, sleeker and lighter than the one it replaces. Let’s see what they tell us.

Not so much a dyno chart as this is crank horsepower, but the curves at least give you an idea on delivery. The new 821cc motor makes 110bhp at 9,250rpm and 65.8lb/ft at 7,750rpm. To put that in perspective, a typical 600 like, say, a Yamaha R6, makes more power at 122bhp, but significantly less torque, at 48lb/ft. This’ll be a punchy motor.

The tank is long and low, housing much of the fuel under your crotch. That helps keep the bike slim and the center of gravity centralized while still retaining a useful 4.2 gallon capacity. That’s 1.2 gallons more than the 1100.

Unlike the air-cooled Monster range, the Hyper goes for a full steel-trellis frame (no cast aluminum swingarm pivot plate), fitting that with a die-cast aluminum, single-sided swingarm and a plastic (!) subframe.

As you can see, the new Hypermotard strikes a simpler, sleeker profile. At 1,500mm, the new bike’s wheelbase is actually 50mm longer than the 1100′s, but sitting on the bike it feels much smaller and much slimmer.

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  • AppleMan5000

    Possibly dumb question: why do super moto bikes have the “beak” if not for offroad?

    • Wes Siler

      It looks cool.

    • Eddie Smith

      Hypermotard + Conti Twinduro = off road bike

    • oldschoolsk8ter

      Just for clarification this is not a supermoto.

      Litmus test….Can it clear a tabletop, land and still keep going?

      • AppleMan5000

        Fair enough. It still bothers me bc the form doesn’t follow function but its not as egregious a case as the Suzuki DR big, where there’s a full street fender below the beak. At least on the hyper the fender is truncated.

  • Tyler 250

    Does the Hyperstrada also have a plastic subframe? Might take some of its mini-tourer potential away. I don’t see a load capacity for any Ducatis on their website. Having a passenger and luggage riding on plastic sounds scary. Probably sounds worse than it is…

    • Wes Siler

      I’d imagine they took that into consideration during the design process. The MTS 1200 also uses one.

      • Chris Spohn

        uh… which mts1200 would that be? they use a steel subframe, with the exception of the ppih 1st and 2nd place finishers… they had aluminum subframes. i built them :)

        • Wes Siler

          Just going off Ducati’s press info.

          • Wes Siler

            Ah, what I was reading was confusing. This makes more sense:

            “The frame marries to a die-cast sub-frame and incorporates a
            Multistrada-like techno-polymer mid-section as part of the assembly.”

            It’s die-cast aluminum like the new street triple.

            • orthorim

              might want to fix that in the article because a plastic subframe kind of sounded like a very bad idea for a number of reasons. I read that and went “oh, no, please…”

  • KevinB

    Plastic sub-frame doesn’t sound very crash friendly. I wish more manufacturers took that into account like the Duke 690R, especially more sport oriented bikes. If you go to the track, you’re going to throw it on the ground eventually.

    • Wes Siler

      More flexibility = less potential torque on the main frame. Plus lower cost, plus light weight, plus multi-use component (is also tray, light mount etc). Change is scary, but it can also be good.

      • KevinB

        Maybe, but if you’re wrecking to the point of frame damage, you’ve probably got bigger worries. My concern is that less serious wrecks are going to crack plastic that’s rigid enough to support a rider and pillion where a metal sub-frame would just bend a little. Hopefully they’re better engineers than that, but my suspicion is it’s just cost cutting and a trend towards replacing over fixing. At least it’s lighter I suppose.

        Or hey, maybe I’m just looking at it the wrong way entirely and I need to buy a 3D printer. That’d be sweet if bikes came with CAD files you could print new parts from.

        • Chris Spohn

          it’s not plastic…. and the article never got corrected. while we’re at it, cast aluminum is pretty fragile when it comes to impact. the welded tubing subframes (which there’s less and less of since yamaha figured out how to cast aluminum so well in… 04?) will bend on impact = no catastrophic failure. same’s true for fairing stays.

  • Isambard

    You’re not lying about the size. I sat on a hyperstrada at the bike show and it felt tiny – too cramped for my 6 ft 1 body to consider for long trips. Shame because everything else about it appeals.

  • Damo Von Maciel

    I am with you Sean. Hopefully you cats get a chance to ride it soon. I was thinking about trading in the RC51 on one of these, but I just can’t bring myself to part with it. (I bought a DR650 as a second bike instead.)

  • AK

    I’d like to see more bikes compared via silhouette, that’s a great way to get a feel for the bike without the graphics and what not distracting you. Let me see the KTM Duke line like this, the 690 vs. the new Hypermotard…