2019 Ducati Hypermotard 950/SP

Repli-racer meets dirt bike with a dash of MotoGP

2019 Ducati Hypermotard 950/SP
2019 Ducati Hypermotard 950 SP and Hypermotard 950Ducati

Since its first public showing 15 years ago, the Ducati Hypermotard has been an outlier in the motorcycle world: part sportbike, part supermoto, and all fun. Sharper styling and revised ergonomics—wider handlebars, a slimmer fuel tank, and a narrower seat—bring the latest-generation Hypermotard 950 more in line with the wild-and-woolly original. Displacing the same 937cc as last year’s model, the Testastretta 11° engine has a new exhaust cam, higher compression, larger throttle bodies, and reworked exhaust plumbing to reportedly pump out 4 more horsepower. The trellis frame is also new and the steel tubes vary in diameter to reduce weight. A 45mm Marzocchi fork, Y-shaped-spoke wheels, and brake discs with aluminum flanges shed additional mass.

In fact, according to Ducati, the Hypermotard 950 is 8 pounds lighter than the previous 939, and the flashier Hypermotard 950 SP—fully adjustable Öhlins fork and shock, carbon-fiber fender and timing-belt cover, Marchesini forged aluminum wheels, and quickshifter—scales in 6 pounds less than the older SP and 4.4 pounds under the standard model. Both machines are equipped with a sophisticated six-axis Bosch Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) featuring traction/wheelie control and cornering ABS.

Likes: Flicks quickly from side to side; bump-eating long-travel suspension

Dislikes: SP moniker adds $3,400 to MSRP of standard Hypermotard 950

Verdict: V-twin supermoto thrills in a lighter, more sophisticated package

2019 Ducati Hypermotard 950 Reviews And Comparisons

Ducati launched the new Hypermotard 950 on Gran Canaria, a picturesque volcanic lump located among the Spanish Canary Islands. “Wheelies are at the ready with a twist of throttle or clutch dip,” contributing editor Don Canet wrote in his review, “and the Pirelli Diablo Rosso IIIs deliver cat-on-carpet cornering grip.”

2019 Ducati Hypermotard 950 Competition

In the spring of 2005, designer Pierre Terblanche pitched Ducati on “an extreme streetfighter.” The bike debuted that fall, and various models of have been produced since in a range of engine displacements. Competition runs the gamut: Aprilia Dorsoduro 900, KTM 1290 Super Duke R, and Husqvarna 701 Supermoto, among others.

2019 Ducati Hypermotard 950 Specifications And Pricing

Legal counsel suggested: Whether you decide to buy the Hypermotard 950 or the lighter, racier, and 20-percent pricier Hypermotard 950 SP, a “Get Out of Jail Free” card is not among the many available factory accessories/options. Ducati has improved the Hypermotard’s handling manners, but wheelie at your own risk!

Manufacturer Claimed Specifications

Price $13,295/$16,695 (SP)
Engine Liquid-cooled, DOHC, V-twin
Displacement 937cc
Bore x Stroke 94.0mm x 67.5mm
Horsepower 114.0 hp @ 9,000 rpm
Torque 71.0 lb.-ft. @ 7,250 rpm
Transmission 6-speed
Final Drive Chain
Seat Height 34.2/35.0 in.
Rake 25.0°
Trail 4.1 in.
Front Suspension 45mm; fully adjustable; 6.7/7.3-in. travel
Rear Suspension Fully adjustable; 6.0/7.0-in. travel
Front Tire 120/70-17
Rear Tire 180/55-17
Fuel Capacity 3.8 gal.
Wheelbase 58.8 in.
Claimed Wet Weight 440/436 lb.

Cycle World Tested Specifications

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2019 Ducati Hypermotard 950
2019 Ducati Hypermotard 950 Right SideDucati
2019 Ducati Hypermotard 950SP Left Side
2019 Ducati Hypermotard 950 SP Right SideDucati