Ducati has scheduled to launch the Hypermotard 950 in India on 12 June. With the launch just a couple of days away, we tell you what to expect from the upcoming supermoto from Bologna, Italy.
The Ducati Hypermotard is a ‘supermoto' motorcycle which essentially means it gets the looks and hooliganism of a dirt bike but in street-legal form. Now, as compared to the Hypermotard 939, the 950 receives a few cosmetic tweaks but hasn’t let go of that raw character of a supermoto.
It gets a sharper fairing which shows-off more of the trellis frame, the front ‘snout’ is sharper too and suits the aggressively styled headlamp which now gets LED DRLs. The Hypermotard 950 continues to sport the MX-style long one-piece seat however, the bike now features twin under-seat exhaust canisters that sell the Hypermotard’s hooligan character well.
It might be called the Hypermotard 950, but it still powered by a 937cc, L-Twin engine as its predecessor. But mind you, the unit has been re-tuned to churn out 4bhp more. Ducati has also used lighter engine parts that make the unit around 1.5kg lighter. The Hypermotard’s engine which comes mated to a six-speed gearbox now gets a hydraulic slipper clutch for lighter clutch lever pull and smooth shifts.
Well, the engine is not the only entity which underwent weight reduction, the trellis frame and aluminium forks tubes have also contributed majorly. So, the Hypermotard 950 weighs a whole 4kg lesser than the Hypermotard 939. In terms of cycle parts, Marzocchi forks take up suspension duties at the front while a monoshock from Sachs does duty at the rear. As for braking, the supermoto uses twin 320mm disc up front and a 245mm disc at the rear.
Ducati has equipped the Hypermotard 950’s electronics kitty with cornering ABS, wheelie control, traction control along with three rider modes; Sport, Touring and Urban. It also comes with a full-colour TFT display which has the Ducati Multimedia System with Bluetooth Connectivity.
While pricing will be revealed on 12 June, we expect Ducati to price the Hypermotard 950 in the Rs 12-13 lakh bracket. And it will compete against the Aprilia Dorsoduro 900 in the country.