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By • Apr 12th, 2010 • Category: Vehicles



Unveiled last autumn at the EICMA International Motorcycle Show in Milan, the all-new 2010 Ducati Hypermotard 796 comes to the United States with a $9,995 price tag and currently sell in malaysia at RM 79,000 otr. 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. Ducati proceeded by launching this all-new Hypermotard 796, which offers the same thrill Hypermotard 1100 with more affordable price, more aggressive looks, lighter, more power.

The first and most important thing about this entirely new Ducati is the 803cc L-Twin engine with a bore and stroke of 88mm x 66mm, which gives it the ability to rev high and develop 81hp (59.6kW) and 55.7lb-ft (7.7kgm) of torque very smoothly. Although designed with performance in mind, the new engine is claimed to be very reliable and meet Euro 3 regulations. Also, given the bike’s 368 lbs (167 kg) dry weight, the new powerplant returns 49mpg, which is good considering the thrill.

Being light, the engine has most to do with the new Hypermotard’s low weight, but the improved steel-tube trellis frame – which eliminates forged elements – and redesigned top and bottom fork clamps also bring a noticeable contribution. A slipper clutch with adjustable lever is there to keep the rear end stable when down-shifting very fast and induce the overall easy-to-live-with feel that Ducati brags so much about. Speaking about this, we should also mention that the seat is positioned at 32.5 inches (825 mm) above the ground, which is a significant 0.8 inches (20 mm) lower than on the Hypermotard 1100 model.



 2010 HYPERMOTARD 796 picture

Features & Benefits
*Lighter Trellis frame:
 The quick and precise handling that the Hypermotard provides is down to the construction and geometry of its famous Trellis frame. Its ability to handle the abundant torque from the L-Twin engine and its rigidity under powerful Brembo braking are just a few reasons why Ducati’s chassis department would never want to change it. But it could be made lighter. They realised that almost all of the heavy forged sections of the construction could be completely removed without reducing its strength or its performance, so they applied it to the entire family.

*Lighter, more powerful engines:
While the chassis department were busy reducing the weight of the frame, the engine department went back to the drawing board for the 796 and started with a clean sheet of paper. Their complete redesign of the crankcases rewarded them with an incredible saving of 1.2kg (2.64lb) compared to the 696 castings, and the new 796 crankshaft with 848-style flywheel further reduced the overall engine weight to an impressive 1.9kg (4.2lb) savings over the 696 power unit. And with 81hp (59.6kW) of smooth and flexible power, the 796 is a very credible package.

The 1100 air-cooled Desmodue Evoluzione engine truly is an ’evolution’ – both in power and weight – and is responsible for the model name extension 1100 EVO. Engineers used the same Vacural® technology employed for the lightweight Superbike engines when they vacuum die-cast the Hypermotard 1100 crankcases, a process that achieves a significant weight saving and ensures consistent wall thickness and increased strength. This process – combined with the lightweight crankshaft assembly that uses an 848-style flywheel and use of lighter rare-earth magnets in the alternator – reduced the 1100 power unit’s weight by a staggering 5.2kg (11.5lb). Couple those savings with a 5hp boost to 95hp (69.9kW) and it becomes clear why there’s all the hype.

Compact and efficient, the Desmodue engine’s hyper-lightweight and narrow L-Twin layout, no wider than a single cylinder, ensures that all Hypermotards remain lean and agile. The air-cooled design eliminates the need for water radiators, hoses, reservoirs and pumps, keeping the motorcycle’s weight down to a minimum and its lines clean and race-like.



*New controls and instrumentation:
 The entire Hypermotard family now inherits the electronic advances made in the compact and user-friendly switchgear and instrumentation first created for the Streetfighter.

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. Their minimalist design fits perfectly in the clean and essential lines of the Hypermotard’s sporting image.

Looking clean and purposeful, the display provides an extensive amount of data including speed, revs, time, oil temperature, battery voltage, A & B trips, fuel reserve trip and scheduled maintenance, while the warning lights illuminate for neutral, turn signals, high-beam, rev-limit, oil pressure and fuel reserve. In addition, it can list recorded lap times by using the high-beam flash button as a stopwatch. Both the 1100EVO and 1100EVO SP use a white back-lighting while the 796 uses an orange back-lighting.

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 for the ’system-ready’ Hypermotard 796 and 1100EVO and supplied as standard equipment on the 1100EVO SP. The DDA-intended USB connection port under all of the Hypermotard seats doubles as a charging point for a handy new battery charger, which is available as an accessory from Ducati Performance.


*Hyper mirrors:
Ducati pushed motorcycle design limits to find an innovative solution for the original Hypermotard mirrors and these are now used throughout the family. 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 cleaner front-end.

*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 passenger.

Rider footpegs on all of the Hypermotard models have removable rubber inserts to expose the serrated metal edge and increase boot grip on the peg during extreme riding.





2010 Ducati Hypermotard 796 SPECIFICATIONS

Type: L-Twin cylinder, 2 valve per cylinder Desmodromic, air cooled
Displacement: 803cc
Bore x Stroke: 88x66mm
Compression Ratio: 11:1
Power: 81hp (59.6kW) @ 8000rpm
Torque: 55.7lb-ft 7.7kgm @ 6250rpm
Fuel injection: Siemens electronic fuel injection, 45mm throttle body
Exhaust: Lightweight 2-1-2 system with catalytic converter with twin lambda probes
Gearbox: 6 speed
Ratio: 1=32/13 2=30/18 3=28/21 4=26/23 5=22/22 6=24/26
Primary Drive: Straight cut gears, Ratio 1.85:1
Final Drive: Chain, Front sprocket 15, Rear sprocket 41
Clutch: APTC wet multiplate with hydraulic control
Standard: Euro 3
Chassis and Dimensions

Frame: Tubular steel Trellis frame
Wheelbase: 1455mm (57.3in)
Rake: 24°
Front Suspension: Marzocchi 43mm usd forks
Front Wheel Travel: 165mm (6.5in)
Front Wheel: 5-spoke in light alloy 3.50×17
Front Tyre: 120/70 ZR17
Rear Suspension: Progressive linkage with adjustable Sachs monoshock. Aluminium single-sided swingarm
Rear Wheel Travel: 141mm (5.6in)
Rear Wheel: 5-spoke light alloy 5.50×17
Rear Tyre: 180/55 ZR17
Front Brake: 2 x 305mm semi-floating discs, radially mounted Brembo callipers 4-piston, 2-pad
Rear Brake: 245mm disc, 2-piston calliper
Fuel Tank Capacity: 12.4l – 3.3gallon (US)
Dry Weight: 167kg (366lb)
Colour (Frame/Wheel): Red (red / black) – Matt white (racing black / black) –Matt black (racing black / black) Versions
seat: Dual
Seat Height: 825mm (32.5in)
DDA: DDA system-ready for Ducati Performance accessory
DTC: Not available on this model
ABS: Not available on this model
Instruments: Digital unit with displays for: Speedometer, rev counter, lap times, time, oil temp, battery voltage, A & B trips, fuel reserve trip, scheduled maintenance. Warning lights for: Neutral, turn signals, high-beam, rev-limit, oil pressure, fuel reserve. Plus: Immobilizer system

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