2015 Ducati Hypermotard SPDuring World Ducati Week 2014, which wrapped up Sunday at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, the Borgo Panigale-based manufacturer provided attendees with a some new red eye candy.
Ducatisti were able to meet the 2015 Hypermotard SP, which features a sportier color scheme that was inspired by Ducati Corse. Besides the new red/white livery, the Hypermotard returns in 2015 as a carryover.Helping to unveil the bolder-styled Hypermotard SP were two former World Superbike Champions – Troy Bayliss and Carlos Checa. The three-time SBK Champ Bayliss (2001, 2006, 2008) and the 2011 SBK Champ Checa debuted the new Hypermotard SP before a packed audience at the International Village in Misano’s paddock.The SP takes the checkered flag for performance bikes in the Hypermotard family, which features the standard Hypermotard and the touring-savvy Hyperstrada. It arrives with the latest, 11-degree 821cc Testastretta engine that produces 110 horsepower, and features three riding modes (Race – 110 hp; Sport – 110 hp; Wet 75 hp).The bike is also equipped with the Ducati Safety Pack (DSP) as standard equipment, which features a three-level ABS and an eight-level Ducati Traction Control derived from the 1199 Panigale super bike.Featuring a trellis frame, the SP model features increased-suspension travel over the standard model, allowing for a true Supermotard setup that provides lean angles of up to 47.5 percent.Suspension duties up front are handled by a pressurized Marzocchi upside-down 50 mm front fork. The fork is fully adjustable with a travel of 185mm. Out back, the 2015 Ducati Hypermotard SP features a fully adjustable Öhlins monoshock with built-in “gas” tank, giving a rear wheel travel of 175 mm.The Hypermotard SP features Marchesini three-spoke forged aluminum wheels similar to the 1199 Panigale S that are wrapped in Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP rubber (120/70 x 17 front; 180/55 x 17 rear).Further exclusivity arrives through the variable-section handlebars, a carbon fiber front mudguard and engine covers, the front radial pump with adjustable 5-position lever, the tall 35” seat (34.2” option also available), and a dry weight of 377 lbs.Ducati says the 2015 Hypermotard SP with the new Corse color scheme will be available at dealers beginning in September. As for price, nothing changes from the previous model – the new Hypermotard SP is priced at $14,995.
This week, Senior Editor Nic de Sena rides the all new Ducati Monster. Big changes have been made by Ducati–has the company ruined the considerable heritage of the iconic Monster–or are the changes worth it? In the second part of the show, we chat with Nick Ienatsch, Founder and Head Instructor at the Yamaha Champions Riding School. He says: “We aim to change your riding life by introducing you to Champions Habits: The techniques, approaches, skills, and the mindsets of the best riders in the world. These Champions Habits are the foundation of safety and consistency to whatever speed you ride, in any venue on any bike. Street riders, this is just as much for you as track riders. The best way to make safe riders is to make good riders.“ We hope you enjoy this episode!