Behold the new Ducati Hypermotard 950 (and the Hypermotard 950 SP)

As expected, Ducati has updated its big bore supermoto lineup, with new Hypermotard 950 (pictured above) and Hypermotard 950 SP models (pictured below).

The base Hypermotard 950 benefits from a revised 937 cc Testastretta L-twin, making 114 hp at 9,000 rpm and 70 lb-ft of torque, which is mostly available low in the rev range (“80% is already available at 3,000 rpm,” says the Ducati presser). Ducati reckons this makes for “the perfect engine for ultimate on-track sports fun, twisting country roads and everyday urban routes alike.

Of course, the electronics package has also been upgraded to handle the improved engine. There’s a six-axis IMU that powers Bosch cornering ABS (with slide-by-brake function), traction control, wheelie control, up/down quickshifter (optional on the standard Hypermotard, but standard on the SP model).

The riding position has been revised for more comfort and easier control—there’s a new seat, wider handlebars, and the bike is slimmer, which makes for a shorter reach to the ground (53 mm less inseam measurement now).

The bike has dropped 4 kg, partially due to the new engine but also due to a new frame, new rims, new brake discs and new Marzocchi forks.

The clutch is now hydraulically operated, and of course, the bodywork and general styling is new. There’s even a new TFT dash, with design cues lifted from the Panigale V4.

The Hypermotard 950 SP has slightly different graphics and seat, upgraded suspension, up/down quickshifter as standard and some other tweaks.

Ducati Hypermotard 950 SP

If you want even more motorcycle, you can pony up for the Hypermotard 950 SP, with a different seat and graphics and (more importantly) increased-travel Ohlins suspension (+15 mm of travel at the front, +25 mm at the rear) which makes for more lean angle. There are Marchesini forged wheels, and as said earlier, the Ducati Quick Shift is standard.

Both bikes can also integrate with the Ducati Multimedia System (DMS), which “lets riders connect the bike to a smartphone and manage key multimedia functions (incoming calls, text messaging, music) via switchgears, and display the relative information on the TFT instrument panel.


Hypermotard 950

Colour Ducati Red with red frame and black wheel rims

Main as-standard features
  • 937 cm3 Ducati Testastretta 11° engine
  • Twin under-seat silencers o Trellis frame with tapered tubing
  • Rear Trellis sub-frame
  • Removable passenger foot pegs
  • Marzocchi forks with fully adjustable 45 mm aluminium fork bodies/tubes and 170 mm of wheel travel
  • An adjustable Sachs shock absorber with 150 mm of wheel travel
  • Cast aluminium wheels with three Y-spokes o Pirelli Diablo Rosso III tyres
  • Tapered aluminium handlebars o Brake and hydraulic clutch with radial pumps and separate fluid reservoirs
  • Colour TFT instrumentation
  • Latest-generation electronics package with 6-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (6D IMU) including: Bosch Cornering ABS EVO with Slide by Brake function (with setting 1); Ducati Traction Control EVO (DTC EVO); Ducati Wheelie Control EVO (DWC EVO)
  • Riding Modes (Sport, Touring and Urban)
  • Headlight with Daytime Running Light (DRL)
  • Front and rear LED auto-off indicators (front indicators embedded in hand guards)
  • Can also mount: Anti-theft system, Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) up/down, Heated grips, Ducati Multimedia System (DMS)
  • Fuel tank capacity 14.5 litres
  • Inseam 1,940 mm (-53 mm vs previous model)
  • Seat height 870 mm
  • Lean angle 44°
  • Kerb weight 200 kg (-4 kg vs previous model)
Hypermotard 950 SP

Colour SP colour scheme with red frame and black wheel rims

Main as-standard equipment – as per the Hypermotard 950 except for:
  • Fully adjustable 48 mm Öhlins fork, with 185 mm of wheel travel
  • Fully adjustable Öhlins shock absorber with 175 mm of wheel travel
  • Forged Marchesini wheels with three Y-spokes
  • Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) Up and Down EVO
  • Flat seat
  • Carbon fibre components: front mudguard, belt covers
  • Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP tyres
  • Inseam 1,980 mm (-53 mm vs previous model) o Seat height 890 mm
  • Lean angle 47°
  • Kerb weight 198 kg (-3 kg vs previous model)


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