The Hypermotard, is Ducati’s answers to the publics craving for motards. No motorcycle manufacturer with a fair amount of self respect doesn’t have a motard in their line up.
Ducati is known for their exclusive high quality Italian motorcycles. Of course the Hypermotard is no exception. What I find most impressive is that they’ve managed to squeeze a 1100cc v-engine into such a small package. From the first time I saw the Hypermotard a couple of years ago when Ducati introduced the model, I always liked the look of it. Compact, sleek, aggressive and still durable. The grace of a race horse, the power of a rhino type of thing.
October last year when I was in Cannes with Columbus International, I finally got to try the legendary beast. Not just on regular flat back roads like the ones we have in Denmark. But on twisting and turning mountain roads fit to match the wet dreams of any action happy motorcycle rider. I was totally going to rip.
Being by no means the best motorcycle rider ever, but still considering my self at least a skilled average. I was very surprised how much I totally sucked on the Hypermotard. It was like I got my permit yesterday. The riding position and technique was remarkably different from all other motorcycles I’ve tried.
It was like switching from ski’s to snowboard for the first time. You know the concept of turning, you know how to pick up speed, and you know about shifting your weight. But still it’s so much different from everything you’ve tried before.
I never really came to terms with the Ducati Hypermotard during the afternoon I had it in my possession. I’m certain that it’s one of those things that has a steep learning curve, but is equally rewarding when you’ve mastered it.
That said I found it very good for less fast paced sightseeing. Because of the upright riding position you take in much more of your surroundings. I imagine that it’s not too bad for two up riding as well. If your desire is to drive around the french riviera with your spouse on the back looking cool, the Ducati Hypermotard is definitely the way to go.
To conclude, I’d say that if hairpin punishing and drifting is what you want. It’s very capable. We’ve all seen the advertising videos. Just expect to practice to reach your peak if you come from regular sports bikes. On the other hand if your looking for vacation sightseeing in the best style money can buy. The Hypermotard is what you want.