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Like a lot of people, I'd love a Hyper, but they're just too high for me to consider for an extra 'toy' bike. If they're going to make a less expensive version of any bike, the hyper should be it. For a fun bike like that around town, I think I'd be happy with the 696 engine.

Also great to see it retained the single-sided swingarm, since the Monster wasn't so lucky.

This would be a perfect next bike for my gf. I wonder what the actual price is going to be.
 

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Having an 08' Hyper, I think if Ducati were to turn out a new Hyper with any lower than an 1100 would be a HUGE mistake (too underpowered). I went from a gsxr750 to my 08 Hyper and have not looked back. The bike has hella tork and plenty fast when I need to jam on it on the freeway (who needs to go 125mph + anyway if your not on a track). The 1100 engine is perfect for around town and smokin the canyons.

My $0.02 is that a smaller engine would bring down the "Hyper" name!
 

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Personally I feel this would be a huge mistake. First of all the "motard" style is kind of a niche market. I don't think anyone looking for a beginner style bike is going to be that into motorcycling to appreciate the design and the look. Secondly I don't think the Hypermotard is underpowered, but if it made any less power, it certainly would be.

Not to mention a lot of new riders really see the seat height of a bike as a major issue, which if the 796 (which I don't know why they'd call it that anyway) is even remotely as high as the 1100 Motard, it is going to deter the few remaining would be buyers...So who is this bike geared towards?

Hypermotard sales are already hurting (hence the hyper truck this year) so how Ducati could think making a less capable version of the bike will help is beyond me.

What they SHOULD have done is built a Street Fighter with an 848 motor. Now that would be practical.
 

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Yuck. Yet another bike made from leftovers.:(
 

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My issue with the Hypermotard is the weight of the baby. I agree with rb. If they drop fifty plus pounds to make it more of a real motard lowering the horse power will be irrelevant.

I plan on picking a Husaberg 650 or an Aprilia 550 for winter motard duties in the city. Light and powerful, exactly what a motard should be, in my opinion. Plus if dropped a motard should not have a yard sale. Cosmetic parts should be durable, tucked away, and plentiful.

Throwing a 99x or 1x98 down the road should be extremely rare but with a motard almost common, if you ride like a hooligan. Curbs and speed bumps add interest to pathways.

Obviously for the cafe only boys this is irrelevant. They want more bling then zing.

Lighter and more agile will put them in a market they do not play in. The current Hypermotard model's size makes it a monster competitor, cannibalizing monster sales.

This is obviously only my opinion and why I have it.

I just hope the management gets smarter without causing the brand to lose its passionate flavor.

Cheers! Hope you rode today!
 

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I guess you aren't so lucky
Its posted officially on Ducati.com now

Looks like it did retain the single-sided swingarm, and its not the carry-over 696 engine:



http://www.ducati.com/news/09/news018/news018.jhtml

From the article:

Ahead of the EICMA International Motorcycle Show in Milan, Ducati release images previewing its newest model – the fun and versatile Hypermotard 796.

Just as aggressively striking as the 1100, the lightweight new Hypermotard 796 features a lower seat height and brand new smooth and flexible engine to make it the perfect urban assault vehicle.

A dry weight of just 167kg (368lb) and seat height of 825mm

(32.5in) makes the Hypermotard 796 a sure-footed 20mm (0.8in) lower than the 1100 and inspires confidence however and wherever it’s ridden.

The completely new Ducati 796 engine has a bore and stroke of 88mm x 66mm, conforms to Euro 3 regulations and produces 81hp (59.6kW) of power and 55.7lb-ft (7.7kgm) of torque with the smooth and very economic rideability enjoyed from all Desmodue L-Twins.

The new power unit is also equipped with an APTC ‘wet’ clutch to give a ‘slipper’ type action that prevents destabilization of the rear-end during aggressive down-shifting and also gives the extra benefit of a super-light feel at the adjustable lever, a great advantage in stop-start city traffic or during longer journeys.

The new Hypermotard 796 comes in an urban-style Dark finish with matte black tank and beak section, black frame and black wheels or, alternatively, matte white tank with contrasting matte black beak, black frame and black wheels. For the purists, an 1100 look-alike with Ducati red tank with matching beak section, red frame and black wheels gives the 796 a traditional livery.

Whether it's working the daily commute or attacking the open roads, the 796 will ride 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. Available in Ducati stores from late October, a brand new way to go Hyper: The Hypermotard 796.
 

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Its posted officially on Ducati.com now

Looks like it did retain the single-sided swingarm, and its not the carry-over 696 engine:
Saw that this morning. I think it's a good thing that they did keep the single sided swing arm as I feel it has a lot of appeal.

What I don't understand is how the motor is 100cc bigger than the 696 and only makes 1 more HP...
 

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What I don't understand is how the motor is 100cc bigger than the 696 and only makes 1 more HP...
My guess, 2010 round of EPA requirements strangling the top end punch
 

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Interesting, but I really want to see a 696 (or 796) based Super Sport.
I would really like a nice moderately powered updated SS for the street, that would leave the 749 for the Weekend/track mule.
 

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I don't know about the smaller motard. I have an 1100S model right now and the motor definitely makes the bike. The hyper is all about punchy torque; that is what makes it so fun to ride. A smaller, revvier engine wouldn't be the same.

Now, on the other hand, if the bike is physically smaller then they might be onto something. For a lot of riders, myself included, the current Hyper is just a tiny bit too tall and it could definitely stand to be a bit lighter.
 

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All of a sudden, with this bike, I think Ducati is taking a step in the right direction. Maybe this engine will lead to other possibilities for future model lines, super sport?

This might have to be my next addition to the garage sometime in the future.
 
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