2010 Ducati Hypermotard EVO Debuts

November 9, 2009
Ken Hutchison
Ken Hutchison
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The ulcers keep piling on for the warden of the MotoUSA asylum. With the inmates running rampant around the globe, Hutch has opted to get in on the madness more these days than in years past and is back in the saddle again.

2010 Ducati Hypermotard 1100 Evo SP
A quick look at the fully-decked-out Hypermotard 1100 EVO SP with all the bells and whistles points towards a full Termignoni exhaust system and lightweight spoke wheels as a few of the yet to be announced performance upgrades that will be available for these motorcycles.

The Hypermotard family continues to evolve with the 2010 model year, as the Hypermotard 1100 EVO and EVO SP follow the recent release of the entry-level Hypermotard 796. (Read more on the 796 in our 2010 Ducati Hypermotard 796 First Ride ). The new Hypers were announced by the Italian firm at the 2009 EICMA Milan Bike Show.

The Hypermotard 1100 EVO and EVO SP are lighter and more powerful than the base model Hyper. Ducati claims a 15.5-lb weight reduction to a svelte 379-lb dry weight and a five-horsepower bump which puts it in the 95-hp ballpark if the claims pan out.

At the heart of the weight savings program is a lighter engine. The Desmodue Evoluzione (thus the EVO nomenclature) features the latest Vacural-cast cases, combined with a lighter crankshaft, flywheel and alternator to provide a substantial 11.5-lb weight savings compared to the original design. The original 98 x 71.5mm bore and stroke configuration returns with the EVO models. The additional power and increased torque, which is now claimed to be in the neighborhood of 76 lb-ft at 5700 rpm, comes about from advancements to the L-Twin’s new head design.

Improved lubrication channels keep things moving more-freely internally while improving cooling properties. An oil-cooler with 85% more cooling area should keep the air-cooled mill running strong despite the boost in performance output. A redesigned combustion chamber, a higher compression ratio and a change from dual to single spark plug configuration are said to be at the core of the performance upgrades. Service intervals are still set at 7500 miles.

The Hypermotard’s signature dry clutch returns as well. A gold-colored alternator and clutch cover distinguishes the 1100 EVO SP from the carbon grey cover on the 1100 EVO. A Euro3-compliant 2-1-2 exhaust system and fuel-injection are expected to perform as flawlessly on these latest models as they did on the original. Don’t worry, the dual-under seat canisters are back again too.

2010 Ducati Hypermotard 1100 EVO
All Hypermotard footpegs feature removable rubber inserts but the 1100 EVO line-up incorporates removable passenger pegs for a more complete swap to track duty and the SP boasts serrated rider pegs to ensure boots stay planted to the bike.

Heavier forged pieces of the frame have been deep-sixed in an effort to save weight of an already light component. It was determined the change would not adversely alter the chassis performance. The EVO incorporates a massive 50mm Marzocchi fork that is adjustable for compression and rebound damping as well as preload. A fully adjustable ZF Sachs rear shock is connected to the trademark single-sided swingarm. Meanwhile the EVO SP features upgraded suspension in a 1.2-inch-taller Marzocchi fork with DLC (diamond-like carbon) coating, with the rear shock a fully-adjustable remote-reservoir Ohlins unit.

The EVO features spoke wheels wrapped in Pirelli Diablo Rosso tires. Braking duty continues to be impressive with a pair of radial mount Brembo 4-piston calipers and 305mm rotors scrubbing speed from the front. If those aren’t good enough for you then consider the EVO SP with its radial-mount 34mm Brembo Monobloc calipers as an option. The SP will also feature lighter 5-spoke Marchesini forged wheels and Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP tires.

Controls and instruments on both the EVO and EVO SP feature components perfected in the development of the new Ducati Streetfighter. Lighter, more-compact gauges, switches and DDA-compatible instrumentation highlight the advancements featured on all the latest generation Hypermotard models, not just the EVO line-up. The big difference being that the EVO machines will get white faced gauges instead of the orange back-lit units of the base bikes. The handlebar on the SP incorporates a 20mm longer bar riser that, along with the upper and lower clamps, fork, footpeg brackets, exhaust guard, sprocket carrier and subframe, are all finished in black. The SP comes equipped with the Ducati Data Analyzer as part of the base package.

Color ways for the Hypermotard EVO SP includes the Ducati Corse red- or white-based options while both incorporate the red trellis frame and black wheels.