Ducati Hypermotard 939 review: first riding impressions!

By Marc Potter
marcpotter Tested every new bike since 1994, loves anything on two wheels, Bike Social boss, Potski to his mates. Recently discovered elbow-down riding - likely to end in tears.

Ducati Hypermotard 939 is a great city bike, but even more fun out of town.

Ducati has three new Hypermotards in its new range - meet the new Hypermotard 939, the Hypermotard 939SP and the touring-inspired Hyperstrada. We rode some of them at the world launch in Barcelona today. Keep up with our live updates throughout the day from our man Marc Potter.

Ducati's Hypermotard 939 has grown into three new models with a bigger 937cc oil-cooled motor (up from 820cc), riding modes and a host of tweaks to make the Hypermotard one of the biggest giggles you'll ever get to ride.

Hypermotard SP loves this kind of stuff, on a private road of course. Ducati test rider pictured.Weighing in at a lightweight 187kg dry and making some claimed 113bhp, the Hypermotard just got even more fun to ride. There's an SP weighing in at 181kg dry with trick Ohlins suspension and a claimed 47.5 degree lean angle capability too. And if you want something a bit more practical than the single-minded Hypermotard, then there's always the more touring-inspired Hyperstrada with a touring screen, touring seat, a centrestand and remote preload adjustable suspension.

After a few miles on the Hypermotard 939, here are Marc Potter's first impressions: 

Marc Potter with the Hypermotard

We’ve just ridden the Hypermotard 939 about 30 miles on some of the twistiest roads I’ve ever ridden in and around for Barcelona. It’s a brilliant test with the Hypermotard in its element on these kind of roads. The bike isn’t a radical revolution from the old Hypermotard 821, but it’s more an evolution. The bigger, now Euro friendly, 937cc motor, gives 10% more peak torque and an extra 3bhp maxing out at a claimed 113bhp. 

How satisfyingly neat

There is tonnes more mid-range too, meaning that around 5000-7000rpm you can use the torque of the engine to pull it really cleanly out of hairpin corners. The chassis is the same so it means you’ve that different riding position, putting your weight right over the front meaning you can throw the bike around using the wide bars for leverage and play around on the exit to see if you can get the traction control kicking in in the three different riding modes.

It’s a big Labrador puppy with even more guts. We’re riding the Ohlins-equipped SP model on track later.

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