Essentially the touring version of Hypermotard, the new Ducati Hyperstrada very much in the same vein as KTM 990 SMT and is definitely a great addition to the Ducati family. Join us as we describe our encounter with the new Hyperstrada, a machine that’s going to bring a whole new audience to Ducati.
It has a new 34mm diameter tubular steel Trellis frame with 25.5° of rake and trail and offset of 104mm and 30mm respectively, providing a sure-footed, stable feel without compromising the Hypermotard’s original agility. The frame marries to a die-cast sub-frame and incorporates a Multistrada-like techno-polymer mid-section as part of the assembly.
The totally redesigned fuel tank has increased capacity by 3.6 litres to 16 litres, and other than increasing the bike’s range, it also improves the overall look of the Hyperstrada while maintaining its slim waistline and chic silhouette.
The sitting position is very similar of a dirt bike position compare to the chest forward seating of Ducati’s sports rides. It is more comfy on a longer ride than the classic crotch rocket pose, but it can be a bummer on the lower back and legs to ride the Hyperstrada over more than 150 kms per run.
The seat is absolutely comfy. It is designed not to squish your manly bits. It slopes toward the tank less, and it’s little bit wider so it spreads your weight more evenly through your butt so you can sit longer. Ergonomically it is great.
The windshield is practical too. It’s actually quite small and of no hindrance at all, yet seems to deflect just enough air away from your chest that it doesn’t create the same fatigue I had from riding the Hypermotard in the past from KL to Penang.
The panniers are zip-up, made of plastic/nylon composite are good for carrying a few things (50 litres of quickly detachable side luggage). But their weird shape and size keep them from being very useful for any real touring. When I stuffed the bike down with all my camping gear, I filled the side bags with clothes and other stuffs, and then used the wider footprint created by the seat and bags to strap my camping gear. The bags are textured black with polished stainless steel “Ducati” name plates.
The Hyperstrada shares the exact DNA with its maker’s preference for speed. With a six speed transmission and an 821 cc, Testastretta L-Twin cylinder, 4 valve per cylinder, Desmodromic, liquid cooled engine putting out 110 horsepower, the bike has ample kick.
Like the Hypermotard, there’s an eight-stage traction control system and three riding modes: Sport, Touring and Urban. Sport and Touring give you full power, but have differing levels of throttle response, traction control and ABS intervention.
At low speeds there is plenty of oomph, which is perfect for wheelies and clowning around. The throttle response is excellent in its Urban and Touring riding modes, but in Sport mode it’s too aggressive to my liking and definitely more suitable for the track.
Power output from the Urban setting was not to my expectation, it was somber to say the least. It was, however, safe when the traction is less than optimal. The ABS kicks in early and would keep a less than experienced rider safe and protected especially on our roads where pot holes are designed to be part of the tarmac. Quickly, I flicked to Touring Mode.
In Touring the power is much more reflective of Hyper’s outward and extreme character. Throttle response is smooth and uninterrupted. And once you get the Hyperstrada all warmed up it’ll be hard to wipe the huge smirk off your face. The ABS was still present and intervened regularly when hard on the binders.
Finally clicking into Sport, the true character of the Hypermotard emerged with a big roar. Throttle response was engaging and crisp. The. bike picked up immediately with the front tire raring to go from the pavement with ease in first and second gear and would occasionally lift off in third with a slight bounce on the front end at the right time. The ABS is less intrusive in this mode, but I would still prefer to go without. The Urban and Touring modes are definitely preferred, but Sport mode is what the Hyper is all about.
While riding the bike on a straight road from Puchong to Sepang at 100km/h, I had to engage a sudden brake when I saw a squirrel crossing the road. Phew! To my surprise the braking system of this bike was brilliant.
The 2013 Hyperstrada is fully equipped with the Bosch ABS 9MP controlled Brembo braking system, an impressive combination of state-of-the-art security and proven performance. Shorter stopping distances with enhanced stability are vital prerequisites for all motorcycles but adding full Riding Mode interaction takes the Hyperstrada’s braking to the next level.
The front brakes use twin radially-mounted Brembo, four piston, Monobloc M4-32 callipers actuated by a master cylinder with a 4-point adjustable lever. The fronts grip 320mm discs, while a single 245mm disc on the rear is gripped by a single Brembo calliper. Typical of all Ducatis, these components ensure high performance braking and set the standard in this segment.
The Bosch-Brembo ABS system is fitted as standard equipment, delivering outstanding braking performances in all conditions and providing a major contribution towards performance safety. An option to disable the ABS in each individual Riding Mode is available via the instrumentation, and the system allows the setting to be saved and memorised at the next ignition-on.
This is further complemented by Ducati Traction Control (DTC). DTC is an intelligent system which acts as a filter between the rider’s right hand and the rear tyre. Within milliseconds, DTC is able to detect and then control rear wheel-spin, considerably increasing the bike’s active safety and performance, an important component of the Ducati Safety Pack (DSP). The new Hyperstrada uses the very latest DTC software, now optimised with seamless intervention to ignition timing only.
The Hyper definitely gives you good mileage and better fuel consumption at low rpm and around-town speeds. I did a lot of riding on the Hyper in lots of city traffic during the weekdays (especially around Jalan Tun Razak, Bukit Bintang and Ampang) and really liked it.
Weaving in and out of the traffic was a breeze and occasionally went on the five foot pavement (the drivers stuck in the traffic jam were gawking at me while shaking their head with disbelief). I was quite shocked to find out that that there were so many blind spots on the mirror and it was very apparent when I was riding it in the city. But minus that it was a blast.
I am very impressed with Hyperstrada’s suspension; comparing to the other Ducatis, this time around it is much pleasant and softer. It really felt like riding on clouds (ok,ok, I am exaggerating, but you know what I mean).
The front suspension of the Hyperstrada uses 43mm Kayaba upside-down forks with 150mm (5.9in) of wheel travel and the rear suspension uses a single Sachs rear shock absorber providing 150mm (5.9in) of rear wheel travel with rebound damping and user-friendly remote hydraulic spring preload adjustment.
And the good news is the Hyperstrada is also offered in low version for those who find the taller version challenging; with a shorter suspension front and rear providing a lower seat height of 830mm. The version includes shorter side and considerably enhances sure-footed confidence, especially when combined with the accessory low saddle to achieve a total reduction of 40mm for an 810mm seat height.
Hyperstrada scales with a dry weight of 181kg and rides on the Multistrada’s Pirelli Scorpion Trail tyres, mounted on 10-spoke, 1199 Ducati Panigale-style cast aluminium wheels.
Hyperstrada is an absolutely wicked bike. On the road the bike is simply cool – a complete hooligan bike. Hyperstrada is extremely fast and furious on the street and of course fun. This baby is small and agile so it is easier to maneuver between cars in traffic jam. A great bike for urban jungle and a decent touring machine.
Tested: 821cc V-twin four-stroke, six-speed gearbox
Price: RM78,000 +++ inclusive of road tax and insurance.
Power/torque: 110bhp @ 9250rpm / 66lb ft. @ 7750rpm
Top speed: 160kmh (estimated)
Range: 16 litres @ 300km (estimated)
Verdict: Not quite a genuine tourer but stylish, practical and great fun to ride
Rating: Four out of five stars