One of our favorite machines in the Ducati lineup is about to get a big upgrade for the 2019 model year. As such, say hello to the Ducati Hypermotard 950. We have seen a teasing of photos and details on the new Hypermotard already, and now today at EICMA we finally get to see this new supermoto for the street.
It is evolution, not revolution, for the 2019 Ducati Hypermotard 950, with the bike getting a modest 4hp increase (now 112hp / 84 kW), thanks to its renewed 937 cm³ Testastretta 11° engine, along with a 6.6 lbs weight reduction. Ducati has also blessed the Hypermotard 950 with more features, which include a large TFT dash and robust electronics suite.
Like all bikes in Ducati’s 2019 lineup, the Ducati Hypermotard 950 has cornering ABS, which includes a rear-wheel slide feature, which we first saw on the Ducati Panigale V4 S. Other tech includes IMU-assisted traction control, wheelie control, and an up/down quickshifter (standard on the SP model, available on the base).
In terms of ergonomics, the Ducati Hypermotard 950 is slimmer at the seat, which allows shorter riders to better touch the ground. Radial pumps are used for the hydraulic clutch and brakes, and a daylight running light (DRL) is added to the LED light package.
On the Ducati Hypermotard 950 SP model, forged Marchesini wheels are added to the mix, along with taller Öhlins suspension, which provide 3° more in lean angle clearance. A flat seat is made part of the package, along with a unique livery, and as we mentioned already, an up/down quickshifter is standard.
2019 Ducati Hypermotard 950
2019 Ducati Hypermotard 950 SP
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