Ducati recently announced a new, smaller, lighter Hypermotard – the Hypermotard 796. The bike is fitted with Ducati’s brand-new 796cc two-valves-per-cylinder air-cooled L-twin that kicks out 81 horsepower and 75Nm of torque. And that, according to a Ducati press release, is sufficient to ‘deliver an exhilarating ride without compromising the smooth tractability found in Ducati's other L-Twin engines.’
While 81bhp doesn't sound like much, the 796, which weighs 166 kilos dry, is a bit lighter than the Hypermotard 1100 and with its tweaked chassis and optimised suspension, it just might provide a bit of fun on twisty mountain roads. Or not.
The Ducati Hypermotard 796, which will be officially unveiled at the EICMA show in Milan this year, will be priced at US$9,995. If we’re completely honest, the Hyper 796 looks dull and we’d much rather save up for a 1198 or even a Monster 1100…