It is by pure happenstance that the featured story at the top of the Asphalt & Rubber homepage is about the new Ducati Hypermotard, which also coincides with today’s story that highlights more info about the 2019 model. Sometimes it is better to be lucky than good.
With that said, more information about the new Ducati Hypermotard has leaked, though it will depend on who you ask what those specifics are when it comes to this new machine. This is because we have conflicting reports from the British site BikeSocial and Italy’s GPone.
Both sites have proven themselves to be reliable in the past, which makes it difficult to decipher their differing opinions on the new power and weight figures of the Ducati Hypermotard. So, let’s dive into what we know, and what we don’t know.
Both sources agree that the Hypermotard will get a modest power increase for the 2019 model year, to the rough tune of an extra 3hp to 4hp. This should bring the peak power figure to 111hp or 112hp.
Where things differ though are where the two publications come down on the weight and fueling technology. BikeSocial tips that the Hypermotard will gain 8kg (17.6 lbs) in mass, while GPone states that a 3kg (6.6 lbs) weight loss is on the cards.
The two publications also say that the Hypermotard will inherit the 937cc Testastretta 11° v-twin engine found on the Ducati Multistrada 950.
This engine has a lower compression ratio of 12.6:1 – instead of 13.1:1 – as well as different fueling from the Hypermotard, which uses a Magneti Marelli fuel injection system.
If there is a weak spot in the Hypermotard, it is the bike’s fueling, so this change should be a welcomed addition, especially to the ears of anyone who has ridden on the Multistrada 950 and witnessed its low-speed manners.
What system the 2019 Ducati Hypermotard will use, however, is again where these two publications differ. The Multistrada 950 uses a Bosch fuel injection system, which is what BikeSocial tips for the new Hypermotard.
That would seem to make logical sense, and help decrease complexity in Ducati’s parts bin, but GPone insists that another brand will be providing the fuel system, though can’t seem to say which.
Of course, from the spy photos of the bike, we know that the new Ducati Hypermotard will sport dual undertail exhausts, along with a steel trellis rear subframe, bringing the design back to the original Terblanche look.
We would expect to see a color TFT dash included, along with IMU-assisted traction control and cornering ABS. Two specifications are expected, a base model and an “S” model – the latter having forged wheels and Öhlins suspension.
Expect to see the 2019 Ducati Hypermotard debut at the EICMA show in Milan, in November. If any of our Bothan spies can help us decipher the Hypermotard spec sheet before then, you know how to get ahold of us.