2012 Ducati Hypermotard
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The 796 rides the common ground between manners and madness, mixing Ducati's unrivalled twin-cylinder power and sportbike heredity with the lightweight and minimalist supermotard concept.
Just as aggressively striking as the 1100EVO, the Hypermotard 796 features a lower seat height and a smooth and flexible engine to make it the perfect urban assault vehicle. Whether it's working the daily commute or attacking the open roads, the 796 rides the common ground between manners and madness by mixing Ducati's unrivalled twin-cylinder power and sportbike heredity with the lightweight and minimalist supermotard concept.
The Hypermotard's rigidly triangulated and lighter-than-ever Trellis frame and track-tested chassis geometry is still stylised by a distinct high fender at the front and dual under-seat silencers at the rear, but the 796's overall profile says it all: Go Hyper!
At 825mm (32.5in), the seat height of the 796 is a sure-footed 20mm (0.8in) lower than the 1100EVO and, when combined with the engine's smooth power delivery, this Hypermotard inspires confidence however and wherever its ridden. The upright seating position offers a commanding view of the road ahead, while the wide handlebars make the bike effortlessly flickable through the urban maze.
The 796 has a dry weight of just 167kg (368lb), partly achieved by a lightweight engine, but also by continued chassis development that included fork clamps, and radial fork bottoms. An improved frame layout eliminated almost all of the forged elements used on the original Hypermotard. The lightweight is agile and easy to handle, while 17" wheels are produced in lightweight aluminium to keep the unsprung weight low and handling, braking and acceleration performances high. The 796 uses exactly the same 3.50
front and 5.50 rear rim sizes and Pirelli Diablo Rosso tyres as its 1100EVO big brother.