When you get serious about your supermotoing, the all-new Ducati Hypermotard 939 SP is ready to take help you test your limits. The big change from the standard Hypermotard 939 is the upgraded suspension and wheels.The Hypermotard 939 SP gets fully adjustable high-end Öhlins suspension. The forks are 48mm in diameter (rather than 43mm on the standard) and both ends have longer suspension travel.
This does result in a higher seat height, but the Hypermotard 939 SP is a no-nonsense canyon performer. Three-spoked forged alloy wheels are impressive, as are the Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP they are shod with.The SP gets the Ducati Safety Pack with ABS and traction control, but we suspect many Hypermotard 939 SP riders will dispense with those niceties from time to time.Visit our Motorcycle Buyer’s Guide.
2016 Ducati Hypermotard 939 SP Specs:
Engine: Testastretta 11°, L-twin, 4-valves per cylinder, Desmodromic, liquid cooled
Bore x stroke: 94 x 67.5mm
Compression ratio: 13.1:1
Maximum power: 113 horsepower @ 9000 rpm
Maximum torque: 73 ft/lbs @ 7500 rpm
Fuel injection: Magneti Marelli electronic fuel injection system; throttle bodies w/ full ride by wire system
Exhaust: Single stainless steel muffler w/ catalytic converter and two lambda probes
Transmission: 6-speed w/ straight cut gears
Final drive: Chain; 15/43
Clutch: Wet multiplate clutch mechanically operated, self-servo action on drive, slipper action on over-run
Frame: Tubular steel trellis frame
Front suspension: Fully adjustable Öhlins 48mm inverted forks; 7.3 inches of travel
KTM RC 390 and Gordon McCall of Quail Motorcycle Gathering
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Hello and welcome once again to Ultimate Motorcycling’s weekly Podcast—Motos and Friends.
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This week features Senior Editor Nic de Sena’s impressions of the new KTM RC 390. The entry-level KTM has always been an impressive motorcycle that has sold extremely well, however the factory has now taken the bike to another level, with top-spec features that are typically found on flagship machines. Clearly KTM has realized that even smaller engined machines should have high spec suspension, brakes and electronics packages. Nic tells us how well the new RC 390 is equipped, and what he thought of riding the smaller displacement rocket.
In the second segment I chat with automotive and motorcycle industry icon, Gordon McCall. Gordon is the Director of Motorsports at the Quail Lodge & Golf Club in Carmel Valley, California.
This weekend of Saturday May 14th sees the annual Quail Motorcycle Gathering re-start after its Covid-forced hiatus, and having attended every one of the previous Motorcycle Gatherings, personally I’m very happy that the event is back on the schedule. Gordon chats about the event and a little of what’s happening this year. It’s a great event and if you feel like a trip to the gorgeous Quail Lodge in Carmel Valley, you’ll get to meet Gordon, Roland Sands, and of course a large number of stunning motorcycles too.
From all of us at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!