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2010 Ducati Hypermotard 796 First Look

Wednesday, September 23, 2009
2010 Ducati Hypermotard 796
2010 Ducati Hypermotard 796.
Ducati has just released details for its new Hypermotard 796. Aimed to be a lighter and more compact urban-weapon, the new 796 features a host of changes, including an all-new engine, lower seat height, new colorways, super-light-action APTC clutch and, best of all, a lower price. While it still features all the same traits we’ve come to know and like on its big brother, the 796 now provides an entry-level version for those looking to spend a bit less. Stay tuned for a full review in the coming months!

The Hypermotard 796 will be powered by a new Desmodue L-Twin engine. The air-cooled, two-valve powerplant has an 88 X 66mm bore/stroke with a claimed power output of 81 hp and 55.7 lb-ft. of torque. Besides being injected with the favorable traits of other Ducati Desmodue engines, the new Ducati mill also conforms to Euro 3 emission regulations.
The smaller engine also helped shave 22 lbs. off the Hypermotard 1100. Assisting the weight reduction is a frame with less forged components and new upper and lower fork clamps. The 2010 Ducati Hypermotard 796 is claimed to weigh in at 368 lbs.

Courtesy Ducati… 

Ducati North America is excited to introduce the newest model in its successful Hypermotard family; the Hypermotard 796.

A brand new model for 2010, the Hypermotard 796 incorporates many new features requested by Ducatisti worldwide; striking color selections, lighter weight, lower price point, lower seat height, and the inclusion of a super-light action APTC clutch. Whether it's dicing through the daily commute or attacking the open roads, the 796 perfectly balances Ducati’s unrivalled twin-cylinder power and sportbike heredity with the lightweight and minimalist Supermotard concept.
2010 Ducati Hypermotard 796
Think of it as the big Hypermotard, just on a diet and at an extremely affordable price.
The Hypermotard 796’s engine is a brand new powerplant; air-cooled with 2 valves per cylinder as per Ducati tradition. Rated at 81hp and 56 lb/ft of torque, the engine promises to deliver an exhilarating ride without compromising the smooth tractability found in Ducati’s other L-Twin engines.

Continued chassis development to the Hypermotard includes redesigned top and bottom fork clamps, and an improved frame layout which eliminates almost all of the forged elements used previously on the 1100. This adds up to an agile, lightweight, 368 pound package that is guaranteed to attack corners.

The Hypermotard 796 will be available at authorized Ducati showrooms beginning in December 2009. Color selections will include Ducati red, matte black, and matte white. MSRP for the Hypermotard 796 will be $9,995, joining the Monster 696 in Ducati’s sub- $10,000 price bracket; a bargain for the handmade Italian motorcycle.

The first public showing of the Hypermotard 796 will be at Milan’s EICMA international motorcycle show. Full information on the entire range of Ducati motorcycles can be found at www.ducatiusa.com 
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Robert -Rider  January 12, 2010 03:27 AM
Can Anyone please provide an accurate comparison between the APRILIA DORSODURO 750 and the DUCATI HYPERMOTARD 796 which includes a comparison of torque and power
Teakwood -Ducati 796  January 1, 2010 12:52 PM
What a great bike, I sat on one at a Ducati dealer, I'm 5'10" and it felt just perfect. I bet it will feel light and nimble on the road. I also sat on an Aprilia 750 Dorsoduro and it felt bigger than the Ducati. From what I gather from the brochure the Dorsoduro has a few more ponies but it's also heavier. The Ducati felt better, being lower and lighter I imagine it's easier to handle. On the Dorsoduro it felt like I was way on top, the Ducati felt like I was more part of the bike.
bil -eu-us  December 5, 2009 03:47 PM
"A real biker would rather spit on that rather ride a piece of crap like that." you will need some years or centuries to understand the philosophy of such a machine. I understand you, it's just a culture issue... :p
cc -lighter is more fun  October 16, 2009 02:01 PM
motards are supposed to be light. 81HP is a LOT for a 360 lbs bike. I'd rather have a sub 300lb bike with 50hp than a 400lb bike with 100hp.
mentos -hmm  October 1, 2009 06:46 PM
the tires look smaller than the 1100...am i wrong?
bella motociclo -milwaukee mike  September 28, 2009 05:15 PM
Right stupid, are you for real, or just brain damaged?

"Ducati has made a beautiful machine with the Hypermotard 796, and I can't wait to visit my local dealer and try one."

A real biker would rather spit on that rather ride a piece of crap like that. Oh,...or maybe your a scooter rider and youv'e been thinking of trading up?

mcjoe -tank size  September 27, 2009 05:27 PM
Is that a 1 or 2 liter tank? Just kidding. This could be a very fun commuter or day strafer.
milwaukee mike -bello motociclo  September 26, 2009 11:53 PM
Forgive me, my friends, for I have finally seen the error of my ways. The fact that Harley-Davidson has been using foreign companies to make their parts has made me rethink my bias against foreign manufacturers. I have decided that there are too many great motorcycle companies to limit yourself to just one. Ducati has made a beautiful machine with the Hypermotard 796, and I can't wait to visit my local dealer and try one.
Jeremy P -Hypermoto 796  September 26, 2009 06:38 PM
It is not that the manufacturers have "magical dynos" it is the fact that they generally measure the HP/TQ at the crank rather than the rear wheel. Armed with this knowledge you can still get a really good idea of the power output. Most likely as you said it will be 65-70 RWHP.
Sandro -Hyper 796  September 25, 2009 12:33 PM
Oh man they are going to sell a load of these. We were all waiting for something big and bad instead we get little and rad. These will be all over the cty in no time.
Tim B -Hypermoto 796  September 25, 2009 08:56 AM
What's the seat height on this thing?

I like the idea, but it only has 81HP and 55 ft-lbs and if I'm not mistaken this is taken off of the engine not the rear wheel. Couple that with the fact that the "magical" dynos that the manufacturers own show numbers substantially higher than what occurs in real life and we're looking a bike with only about 65-70HP, correct?