All set for 2018, even though it’s in dealerships already, the Ducati Hypermotard 939 has some new togs. Well, a new Star White Silk colour scheme anyway. The satin white, matched with the red frame and wheels, enhances the design and style. The new livery joins the more "classic" Ducati Red with red frame and black wheels, as an alternative colour option.
The Hypermotard and even sportier Hypermotard 939 SP, were upgraded for 2016 to comply with Euro4 emission and noise regulations which also saw the engine size increase from 821cc to 937cc. That gave it a claimed 3bhp increase up to 113bhp with 10 per cent more torque than the old bike too at 97.9ft-lb. There’s also 18 per cent more torque in the mid-range from the Testastretta 11° engine.
When our road tester got hold of the bike on the press launch back at the beginning of 2016, his three key points were, “It’s whizz bang, torquey motor, wheelies and skids all the way”, “the same basic concept of a supermoto with Ducati performance still exists but it’s more refined and sharper” and “the Hypermotard is about as good as it gets for full-on hoon attack mode.”
Installed as standard on all versions, the Ducati Safety Pack features 3-level ABS, 8-level Ducati Traction Control and 3 Riding Modes. Each Riding Mode has different electronic settings, giving the Hypermotard three distinct "personalities".
On the suspension front, the Hypermotard 939 mounts a Kayaba upside-down 43 mm fork with 170 mm of travel and a Sachs shock with adjustable damping that gives 150 mm of wheel travel. With a dry weight of 181 kg, the Hypermotard 939 has an above-ground seat height of 850 mm and mounts Pirelli Diablo Rosso II tyres.
The most extreme, sportiest version in the range is the Hypermotard 939 SP, which has a slightly lower dry weight of 178 kg. It mounts, as standard, a fully adjustable Öhlins upside-down 50 mm fork with 185 mm of travel. Behind, instead, a fully adjustable Öhlins shock absorber gives 175 mm of rear wheel travel. The SP also features a raised chassis set-up, allowing lean angles of 47.5° - a must-have for on-the-edge track riding. SP specifications bring the above-ground seat height to 890 mm. The Hypermotard 939 SP mounts Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP tyres.