2019 Ducati Hypermotard 950 to be launched in India on June 12
Italian motorcycle manufacturer Ducati will be launching the Hypermotard in India on June 15. The company had showcased at the EICMA 2018 show. This one is a successor of the Hypermotard 939. It comes with a host of additions over the previous offering which includes more power, torque along with updated electronics. All of these changes have made the Hypermotard sportier than before with the revised 937cc Testastretta 11 degree twin motor. This engine produces 114PS of power, that is an addition of 4PS over the previous-gen SP, while the torque rating stands at 95Nm. A majority of which is accessible from as low as 3,000rpm.
The 2019 Ducati Hypermotard 950 gets wider handlebars, slimmer sides and a new seat: the latter smooths movement during riding and ensures feet can be placed firmly on the ground, thanks to an inner leg curve measurement that is now 53 mm shorter. The frontal view - characterised by the 'beak', surmounted by compact headlight with DRLs offer better illumination in the Hypermotard 950, in addition to giving a familiar design to the previous-gen Hypermotard range. The 2019 Ducati Hypermotard 950 is 4 kg lighter (the engine alone accounts for a 1.5 kg saving) compared to the previous model. This has been achieved with the new frame made up of tubes of varying diameters, new rims, brake discs with aluminium flanges, lightweight Marzocchi forks with aluminium fork bodies/tubes.
The 2019 Ducati Hypermotard comes with a Bosch six-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (6D IMU) to detect the bike's roll, yaw and pitch angles instantly. The electronics package includes Bosch Cornering ABS with the Slide by Brake function (with setting 1), Ducati Traction Control EVO (DTC EVO), Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC) EVO and Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) Up and Down EVO (as standard on the 950 SP version and available as an accessory on the 950).
Similar to the Ducati Panigale, the Hypermotard also gets a SP version that features a flat seat, increased-travel Öhlins suspension (+15 mm at the front and +25 mm at the rear) that increases the lean angle (+3°), Marchesini forged wheels and Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) Up and Down EVO. Further, the Ducati Hypermotard 950 can mount the Ducati Multimedia System (DMS). This lets riders connect the bike to a smartphone and manage key multimedia functions (incoming calls, text messaging, music) via switchgears, and display the relative information on the TFT instrument panel.
In other news, Ducati showcased the Hypermotard 950 Concept at the Concorso d'Eleganza.. The Italian exotic motorcycle manufacturer also won the first prize in the 'Concept Bikes: New Design and Prototypes by Manufacturers and Independents category. Will this encourage Ducati to bring something similar as a production version based on this concept, the company hasn't mentioned of any such plans. The Ducati Hypermotard 950 Concept features technical details inspired by the MotoGP bike and a high impact graphic design inspired by urban graffiti. As seen from the images, the Ducati Hypermotard 950 Concept does look rad and a big reason for that is the loud paint job. Be it the tank panels, the front beak, the compact rear panels or the dual-tone wheels, this one is seriously a looker. We can just imagine how gorgeous this one would look going sideways on a race track, leaving a cloud of smoke from the drifting tyre