More Photos of the 2013 Ducati Hypermotard 848

06/15/2012 @ 8:44 am, by Jensen Beeler17 COMMENTS

Last month, we brought you a photo of what we believed to the new Ducati Hypermotard 848. There was a bit of chatter after the photo hit the internets, as some believed the bike to be akin to the Multistrada line. While the telemetry rack on the bike of the machine, and its side-mounted GP-style exhaust followed the design ethos of the Multistrada 1200, the bike’s seat, mud gaurd, and overall aesthetic were reminiscent of the current Hypermotard.

Seemingly confirming our suspicions, these photos of the likely 2013 Ducati Hypermotard 848 add further credence to our Hypermotard line of reasoning — especially with the front of the motorcycle being seen more clearly. Expected to have a detuned lump from the Ducati Superbike 848 EVO, photos of the liquid-cooled middleweight create more questions about the machine than they do answers.

There seems ample evidence to believe that Ducati is set to revamp the entire Hypermotard line, or at least consolidate it down to a single model. Radically changing the design of one bike in the model, especially when it is not the top-range model, lends itself to the belief that a reworking of the bike’s lines is set to be unveiled later this year.

The real coup de grâce though is the inclusion of a water-cooler motor to the previously air-cooled model, which likely would not be able to co-exist with any of the air-cooled Hypermotard models.

With the clock ticking on air-cooled bikes in general, Ducati has slowly be phasing out its DS models — favoring instead to use variations of its water-cooler superbike motor. Expected to be the case here, what will be interesting is to see how Ducati positions the new Hypermotard 848 against its current line.

One possible explanation is that Ducati intends to keep its very popular Multistrada line-up as is, while the decisively less-popular Hypermotard line will consolidate into a single model, and serve as the smaller-displacement option to the MTS1200, with a more street-savvy mantra. This of course runs afoul of the new Ducati Streetfighter 848, which makes the whole concept very interesting in a “I can’t wait to see this train wreck” sense of the word.


  • Cristovao Morgado

    Hummm but a 848 with ohlins… I’d bet it’s a 1200cc

  • joe

    Probably a lot of 1198 motors they need to get rid of?

  • Mmm…looks like Marzocchi front to me, and likely a Sachs rear. Gone are the days when a yellow spring meant Öhlins underneath.

  • AK

    hope they make bigger gas tank at least 5 gal.

  • Rob

    I’d much prefer the 1100 air cooled variants of bikes like the Hypermotard and Monster. Sure the S4RS was cool, but the air cooled stuff has way more patina and ‘cool’ than the watercooled. I feel they’re changing with the times, when it may be better not to, and have that niche.

  • Bryan Niese

    I’m confused about what Ducati is planning for their water cooled middle-weights. They are putting the 848 engine in new models (streetfighter and now this) but at they same time they are looking to replace the original 848evo itself. Ducati is usually trying to consolidate it’s line to fewer engines for easier inventory management in the factory. Assuming that the 848evo’s replacement will have a new engine that just adds another to a line that already has the 848, 1198, and 1199 in various configurations. Why are they using the engine from a model that seems slated for replacement?

  • David

    Next “must have” Ducati accessory -> fanny pack

  • John

    Would a Hypermotard 848 and Streetfighter 848 really be different enough to justify two separate models? I’m not familiar with the Hyper’s chassis; is it significantly different from the Streetfigher?

  • I believe the different ergonomics justify having both the new Hypermotard 848 and the Streetfighter 848.
    Very excited to see a new Hypermotard. The current Hyper is just plain unattractive in my opinion… I honestly believe this class of bike is ideal for having fun around town and on the back roads.

  • Westward

    I don’t think its a Hypermotard at all. Ducati has the 796, it makes little sense for an 848 model. I think it’s an 848 Multistrada in disguised.

    The rear spring and shock is at an angle consistent with the Mutistrada design opposed to the vertical positioning of the Hypermotard…

  • Daniel Croft

    If, as people suspect, motorcycle manufacturers are moving away from air cooled motors in order to satisfy emissions requirements then the model that’s really under threat from the SF848 is the monster range. The HM is nothing like the SF.

  • Damo

    A 848 EVO Motor hypermotard with 15,000 mile adjustment intervals? That would be awesome as long as they keep the weight down. If they turn the mid range so it will behave better on crappy roads than the street fighter that would be awesome. It even looks like you could fit someone on the pillion, which is a no-go for the street fighter.

    When I crashed my aprilia a few months ago, I went and looked at the 796 Hyper Motard, a 1050 Speed Triple, a 2012 Fireblade and the KTM RC8R. I liked the RC8R the best, but wasn’t in the mood to drop $16k. Oddly enough I liked that little 796 Motard almost as much. I would have bought it, but a local dealer got in a low mileage mint condition 2005 RC51 Sp2, so I bought that for short money instead.

    If they come out with a 848 Liquid Cooled Motard for a price lower than the streetfighter, this could be my new “do anything” bike of choice, especially if it doesn’t have any poofy traction control.

  • 1198freak

    I had a Hypermotard 1100 and it was a great bike. I’m not so sure about this new bike, because the Hyper is a fun bike for any speed between 25 to 85 mph, but it’s not much fun any faster than that as it can get twitchy and the windblast gets tiring.. The air cooled DS1100 engines were great because of the low end torque they delivered, and they wouldn’t rev past 8K. That was okay, as it was keeping in character with the 25 to 85 mph philosophy. But the 848’s motor wants to rev and rev and go faster and faster, not sure how well that will go over with a bike like the Hypermpotard.

  • Baptistro

    What I want to know is where I can get one of those fanny packs.

  • Bryan Niese

    Yeah he may be wearing a fanny pack but that guy still has my dream job! Ducati test rider, seriously how do you even get that job?

  • MikeD

    Before doing anything “new” they should address the real problem at hand:


    And this right here,

    is not the solution, UNLESS you are are ROLLING ON MONEY.

    Or even better, concentrate on something different, more of a cash cow…like what u may ask ?
    Hell, i don’t know…but something else. (^_^)

  • Ian

    Looks like a dorsoduro 1200!