2011 Ducati Hypermotard 1100EVO Preview

2011 Hypermotard 1100EVO

After intense re

designs and refinements, the 2011 Ducati Hypermotard 1100 EVO is ready to rule the streets with its lighter weight of 379 lbs. and 95 hp breathing from its 1100cc L-Twin Desmodue engine.

The bike retains the tapered section handlebars for ultimate control, and full-length seat designed for extreme riding. The engine’s narrow layout, which is no wider than a single cylinder, helps maintain a lean and agile profile.

Being air-cooled, the L-Twin also eliminates the need for water radiators, hoses, reservoirs and pumps, keeping the motorcycle’s weight down to a minimum and its lines clean and race-like.

Hypermotard 1100 EVO: Torque Delivered

The lightweight, L-Twin stands at the pinnacle of more than three decades of Desmo air-cooled development and its torquey power delivery has excited riders worldwide. The Evoluzione version is positively awesome and makes it the perfect engine to give its name to the Hypermotard 1100EVO.

The 1100cc Desmodue Evoluzione power unit uses a bore and stroke of 98 x 71.5mm, and its long list of refinements boosted its power to 95hp (69.9kW) @ 7500rpm with 76lb-ft (10.5kgm) of torque @ 5750rpm giving it outstanding power delivery, from grunting low rpms to the singing howl at redline.

The 1100’s crankcases are vacuum cast using the same Vacural technology employed for the lightweight Superbike engines, a process that achieves significant weight saving and ensures consistent wall thickness and increased strength.

But the crankcases were just the starting point of the evolution. Apart from the magnesium alternator cover, the 1100 has a lighter crankshaft assembly by using an 848-style Superbike flywheel and the search for further weight reduction even went as far as using lightweight rare-earth magnets for the generator assembly. The result reduced the original 1100 power unit’s weight by a staggering 5.2kg (11.5lb) and contributed towards making the Hypermotard 1100EVO even more agile.

Power gains have come not only from the new lightweight crankshaft assembly, but also from an evolution of the top-end of the Desmodue power unit. The cylinder head, not only improves lubrication and cooling performance, but also uses a redesigned inlet port shape for optimum flow and a modified combustion chamber shape for improved burn efficiency. This improved efficiency is the result of a higher compression ratio and the change to a single spark per cylinder ignition managed by high-speed Siemens electronics.

Ensuring a sufficient feed to the higher compression set-up is a high-flow airbox intake duct and higher-lift valves for maximum volumetric efficiency.

The incredible valve performances of the Desmodue engine are only possible because of Ducati’s unique Desmodromic system, where valve closure is activated mechanically. At high rpm it would be almost impossible for the valve to follow the steep closure profile of the cam lobe if it were relying upon a normal valve spring.

With the Desmo system, the valve is closed mechanically with the same accuracy as it is opened, enabling steep cam profiles and radical cam timings. This system is used on every single Ducati power unit including their world-beating Superbike and Desmosedici MotoGP engines.

In keeping with its extreme character, Ducati continue to use the ‘dry’ racing-style clutch for the Hypermotard 1100, the popular preference of thousands of Ducatisti the world over. The clutch and alternator covers are finished in carbon grey for the 1100EVO and in gold for the 1100EVO SP.

An impressively efficient oil cooler protects the increased power output of the Hypermotard 1100EVO, whether ridden on the open roads or through stop-start urban traffic. Conforming to Euro3 regulations, the 2-1-2 exhaust system is monitored by twin lambda probes to ensure the most efficient fuel injection under all conditions. The exhaust terminates with Ducati-famous twin under-seat mufflers.

Having more experience with twin-cylinder high performance engines than any other manufacturer, the air- cooled L-Twin remains central to Ducati’s philosophy of motorcycling. This experience – plus constant investment in quality by design, advanced materials and engineering techniques – has enabled 7,500 miles (12,000 kilometers) between service intervals, making Ducati ownership even more enjoyable than ever.

Hypermotard 1100 EVO: Hyper Chassis, Suspension, Brakes

Continued chassis development to the Hypermotard resulted in an improved frame layout which eliminated almost all of the heavier forged elements used on the original model.

The rigidly triangulated Trellis frame and track-tested chassis geometry is matched by a state-of-the-art suspension.

The 50mm Marzocchi forks are gripped by a sturdy triple screw lower fork clamp for precise steering performance. These forks work as impressively as they look, with special high rigidity stainless steel sliders and external adjustability for compression and rebound damping, plus spring pre-load.

The rear suspension performs with equal precision by using a fully adjustable ZF Sachs shock mounted to a robust single-sided swingarm.

Lightweight wheels mounted on large diameter axles are fitted with Pirelli Diablo Rosso tyres. Stopping power is controlled by two radially mounted Brembo 4-piston calipers gripping lightweight 305mm twin discs up front, and a 245mm disc at the rear.

All of this combines to make stopping as thrilling as accelerating.

Hypermotard 1100 EVO: Advanced Control and Instrumentation

The entire Hypermotard family uses the electronic advances made in the compact and user-friendly switchgear and instrumentation first created for the Streetfighter.

The slim-line switch bodies house easy-to-use switches and buttons, and feature a unique weapons-like ‘trigger catch’ that slides down to cover the starter button when the kill-switch is activated. Their minimalist design fits perfectly in the clean and essential lines of the Hypermotard’s sporting image.

Looking clean and purposeful, the display provides an extensive amount of data including speed, revs, time, oil temperature, battery voltage, A & B trips, fuel reserve trip and scheduled maintenance, while the warning lights illuminate for neutral, turn signals, high-beam, rev-limit, oil pressure and fuel reserve.

In addition, it can list recorded lap times by using the high-beam flash button as a stopwatch. The 1100EVO uses a white back-lighting.

The instrument display also doubles as a control panel for the activation of the Ducati Data Analyser (DDA) system, which is available as an accessory from Ducati Performance for the ‘system-ready’ 1100EVO.

The DDA-intended USB connection port under all of the Hypermotard seats doubles as a charging point for a handy battery charger, which is available as an accessory from Ducati Performance.

Hypermotard 1100 EVO: Hyper Mirrors

Ducati pushed motorcycle design limits to find an innovative solution for the original Hypermotard mirrors and these are now used throughout the family. The challenge of maintaining a clean, racing look around the handlebar area motivated the design of the folding mirror concept which is based on the handguards typically found on off-road bikes.

Flipped out for high visibility street mode and easily folded in for a quick change to ‘Hypermode’, the mirror handguard assemblies also integrate the LED directional indicators for an even cleaner front-end.

Hypermotard 1100 EVO: Stylized Lighting

The headlamp uses a highly compact lighting shape which blends with the single piece nose fairing and front fender molding, while the rear light employs a specially designed strip of LEDs enhanced by a high diffusion lens shaped into the sleek lines of the tailpiece. The same LEDs are intensified under braking.

The front directional indicators also employ the latest in LED technology for illumination, and are ingeniously integrated into the handguards which support the foldable rear view mirrors.

The high intensity LED rear light assembly is molded into a unique tailpiece positioned high behind the seat. The supporting structure has been designed so that the under tray of the tailpiece is formed perfectly to offer a sturdy pair of pillion grab-handles.

This ingenious solution not only helps to merge the rear light into the Hypermotard styling but also provides a safe grip for the passenger.

2011 Ducati Hypermotard 1100 EVO Colors:

  • Black
  • Red

2011 Ducati Hypermotard 1100 EVO Price:

  • US MSRP: $11,995
  • Canadian MSRP: $14,995CDN
  • Mexican MSRP: $13,995 (EVA Included)