The Hypermotard family expands for 2010 with the addition of the exciting new
Hypermotard 796. Just as aggressively striking as the 1100, the new Hypermotard
796 features a lower seat height and brand new smooth and flexible engine to
make it the perfect urban assault vehicle. Whether it's working the daily
commute or attacking the open roads, the 796 rides the common ground between
manners and madness by mixing Ducati's unrivalled twin-cylinder power and
sportbike heredity with the lightweight and minimalist supermotard concept.
Hours after its first showing at the 2005 Milan International Motorcycle
show, the Hypermotard was awarded "Best of Show" and became an instant hit in
Italy, where motorcycles are as much a lifestyle choice as they are
transportation. Since then, its out-of-the-ordinary design went on to win
converts around the world and the praise and admiration for this unique bike has
never stopped - and neither has its development. The thrilling, street-wise
Hypermotard range with L-Twin acceleration and pavement-attacking style is now
extended with the hyper-agile 796 - the new way to go Hyper.
The Hypermotard's rigidly triangulated and now lighter than ever Trellis
frame and track-tested chassis geometry is still stylised by a distinct high
fender at the front and dual under-seat silencers at the rear, but the new 796's
overall profile says it all: Go Hyper!
At 825mm (32.5in), the seat height of the 796 is a sure-footed 20mm (0.8in)
lower than the 1100 and, when combined with the new engine's smooth power
delivery, this Hypermotard inspires confidence however and wherever its ridden.
The upright seating position offers a commanding view of the road ahead, while
the wide handlebars make the bike effortlessly flickable through the urban maze.
The 796 weighs in at just 167kg (368lb), partly achieved by a lightweight
engine, but also by continued chassis development that includes redesigned top
and bottom fork clamps and an improved frame layout which eliminates almost all
of the forged elements previously used with the 1100. The lightened frame
retains its torsional strength to become even more agile and easier to handle
than before, while 17" wheels by Enkei are produced in lightweight aluminium to
keep the unsprung weight low and handling, braking and acceleration performances
high. The same 3.50 front and 5.50 rear rim sizes as the 1100 are used with
Suspension duties up front are taken care of by a pair of very capable 43mm
Marzocchi forks, while the rear is managed by a Sachs suspension unit featuring
adjustable spring preload and return damping, allowing adjustments for riding
style or load. The rear operates through a similar progressive link to the 1100
and uses the signature Hypermotard single-sided swingarm.
Twin 305mm semi-floating discs gripped by radially mounted 4-piston Brembo
callipers provide powerful and progressive front-end braking with that
all-important rider-friendly 'feeling', while the rear is equipped with a 245mm
disc and 2-piston calliper, also by Brembo.
A brand new Ducati engine
The 796 engine isn't just a 'stroked' 696 - it's a completely brand new
Desmodue power unit. A new crankshaft designed around lightweight 848-type
flywheels, spin with a 66mm stroke instead of the 696's 57.2mm, helping to
maximise power to an impressive 81hp (59.6kW) @ 8000rpm and torque to 55.7lb-ft
(75.5Nm) @ 6250rpm while maintaining the smooth and enjoyable character, famous
of all Desmodromic L-Twins. To protect power delivery and maintain optimum
efficiency, an oil cooler similar to the 1100 is used, adding even more family
resemblance to its bigger brother.
Helping to increase the Hypermotard 796's agility even further, the fully
redesigned crankcases save an incredible 1.2kg (2.64lb) over the 696 castings,
and are responsible for the major part of the impressive 1.9kg (4.2lb) total
saving over the 696 power unit. The clutch and alternator outer casings of the
new engine are finished in an 1100-style carbon grey.
Breathing through a newly-revised airbox intake duct and fed through 45mm
throttle bodies, the 803cc swept volume is compressed to a ratio of 11:1 -
compared to the 696's 10.7:1 - before being injected and ignited with Siemens
controlled electronics. The 2-1-2 catalytic exhaust system uses an efficient
pre-silencer configuration with twin lambda probes providing finer fuel mapping
and Euro 3 conformity. The system's lightweight and compact design is achieved
by using 1mm thick tubing and terminates in Ducati's trademark twin under-seat,
black exhaust mufflers, stylishly contrasted with great looking aluminium end
An APTC 'wet' clutch gives a 'slipper' type action that prevents
destabilizing of the rear-end under aggressive down-shifting and also gives the
extra benefit of a super-light feel at the lever, a great benefit in stop-start
city traffic or during longer journeys. The 21-plate oil-bath clutch (11
friction and 10 steel) represents a power-enhancing weight reduction over the
'dry' system as well as having a quieter operation and requiring less
The new Hypermotard 796 engine combines all recent advances in Ducati's
ongoing design, manufacture and production quality campaigns to offer
competitive service intervals of 12,000 kilometres (or 7,500 miles).
Controls and instrumentation
While its motard feeling is enhanced by wide bars and handguards, the 796's
minimalist image is further characterised with the orange back-lit
Streetfighter-style digital instrumentation and switchgear.
The slim-line switch bodies house easy-to-use switches and buttons and
feature a unique weapons-like 'trigger catch' that slides down to cover the
starter button when the kill-switch is activated. Looking clean and purposeful,
the display provides an extensive amount of data including: speed, revs, time,
maintenance schedule, oil temperature, oil pressure warning light, battery
voltage, fuel reserve warning light, reserve fuel trip, turn indicator light,
neutral light, lap time memory storage, automatic light-off function after 60
seconds with the key on and immobiliser status. In addition, it can list lap
times recorded by using the high-beam flash button as a stopwatch.
The instrument display also doubles as a control panel for the activation of
the Ducati Data Analyser (DDA) system, which is available as an accessory from
Ducati Performance. The 796 has been built 'system-ready' for the data
acquisition kit, which consists of a special DDA software and memory key that
slots into a plug under the seat. The same plug also doubles as the connection
for a handy new battery charger available as an accessory from Ducati
Integral construction Brembo master cylinders are used for both the clutch
and brake systems and maintain a clean handlebar arrangement for the rider. They
are fitted with user-friendly 4-point adjustable levers that provide
easy-to-reach control for all hand sizes and the APTC clutch offers a
super-light lever action ideal for use in the city.
Ducati pushed motorcycle design limits to find an innovative solution for the
Hypermotard 1100 mirrors and this has been maintained on the new 796. The
challenge of maintaining a clean, racing look around the handlebar area,
motivated the design of the folding mirror concept which is based on the
handguards typically found on off-road bikes. Flipped out for high visibility
street mode and easily folded in for a quick change to 'Hypermode', the mirror
handguard assemblies also integrate the LED directional indicators for an even
Lighting and indicators
The headlamp uses a highly compact lighting shape which blends with the
single piece nose fairing and front fender moulding, while the rear light
employs a specially designed strip of LEDs enhanced by a high diffusion lens
shaped into the sleek lines of the tailpiece. The same LEDs are intensified
under braking. The front directional indicators also employ the latest in LED
technology for illumination, and are ingeniously integrated into the handguards
which support the foldable rear view mirrors.
The high intensity LED rear light assembly is moulded into a unique tailpiece
positioned high behind the seat. The supporting structure has been designed so
that the under tray of the tailpiece is formed perfectly to offer a sturdy pair
of pillion grab-handles. This ingenious solution not only helps to merge the
rear light into the Hypermotard styling but also provides a safe grip for the
796 in three colours
The new 796 comes in an urban-style Dark finish with matte black tank and
beak section, black frame and black wheels or, alternatively, matte white tank
with contrasting matte black beak, black frame and black wheels. For the
purists, an 1100 look-alike red tank with matching beak section, red frame and
black wheels keeps the 796 in traditional livery.
The Hypermotard story
When the prototype Hypermotard was first shown at the Milan show it
represented the creation of a new segment, one that bridged the gap between
refined sportbikes and minimalist supermotards. But some at Ducati had
reservations about the initial Hypermotard concept and were unsure whether or
not the market was ready for such a motorcycle.
Despite those reservations, the project continued to be developed, driven by
the belief in the upright and in-control riding position of a dirtbike, but not
the harsh characteristics of its single cylinder engine. These confident few
liked the feel of a skinny, taut and agile chassis, but not the fact that its
original off-road design made it a compromise on the street. They set about
creating a bike that combined the agility and lightweight precision of a
supermotard, with the refined power characteristics of a charismatic L-Twin
Ducati sportbike. They were designing the future.
As each day went past, more and more people in the factory got to hear about
the completed bike and those who had the chance to catch sight of it all
responded in the same way: "Wow! We're going to produce it, right?" There was
one way to gauge market response: show it at the 2005 Milan show as a prototype
and conduct an online survey.
Ducati presented the prototype Hypermotard as its centrepiece that year and
their confidence was rewarded with a global 'yes!' from the public, the 'Best of
Show' award, and demands from riders all over the world to produce it
immediately. In fact, a staggering 15,000 people completed the Ducati.com
survey, with more than 50% asking for the Hypermotard to be built exactly as
shown at the show. But Ducati were serious when they asked the public for their
feed-back and took time to sift through thousands of additional suggestions and
requests, such as twin front brake discs instead of the prototype's single, and
integrated many of them into the final production design.
The innovative Hypermotard spawned a new and exciting 'cross-over' category
that had reinvented pure riding pleasure with a practical and versatile
motorcycle that could be used every day. Riders hungry for excitement
immediately understood the concept and have been enjoying it ever since.