2012 Ducati’s Hypermeter 796 is about serious riding. It takes about a nanosecond after sliding a leg over the 32.5-inch high seat and reaching for the controls to tell what this bike is about; something so light, well-balanced and comfortably arranged could not be built for anything other than a throttle twisting good time.
The 796 rides the common ground between manners and madness, mixing Ducati’s unrivalled twin-cylinder power and sport bike 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.
The 796 follows on from the Hypermotard 1100, which was first shown in prototype form at the 2005 EICMA show in Milan. Those at the Ducati factory who had initial reservations about the concept – designed to create a bike which combined the agility and precision of a supermotard machine and the power characteristics of a sports bike – were soon forced to turn over to a new page when the 1100 became an instant cause celebre.
Interestingly, it never happened to me to slow down or not aggressively attack turns-the willowy feel does not translate into an insecure ride, the Ducati Hypermeter 796 just feels rather toy-like, and who doesn’t know how to have fun with toys?
TYPE L-Twin cylinder, 2 valve per cylinder Desmodromic, air cooled
BORE X STROKE 88x66mm
COMPRESSION RATIO 11:1
POWER 81hp (59.6kW) @ 8000rpm
TORQUE 55.7lb-ft 7.7kgm @ 6250rpm
FUEL INJECTION Siemens electronic fuel injection, 45mm throttle body
EXHAUST Lightweight 2-1-2 system with catalytic converter with twin lambda probes
GEARBOX 6 speed
RATIO 1=32/13 2=30/18 3=28/21 4=26/23 5=22/22 6=24/26
PRIMARY DRIVE Straight cut gears, Ratio 1.85:1
FINAL DRIVE Chain, Front sprocket 15, Rear sprocket 41
CLUTCH APTC wet multiplate with hydraulic control
STANDARD Euro 3
FRAME Tubular steel Trellis frame
WHEELBASE 1455mm (57.3in)
FRONT SUSPENSION Marzocchi 43mm usd forks
FRONT WHEEL TRAVEL 165mm (6.5in)
FRONT WHEEL 5-spoke in light alloy 3.50×17
FRONT TYRE Pirelli Diablo Rosso 120/70 ZR17
REAR SUSPENSION Progressive linkage with adjustable Sachs monoshock. Aluminium single-sided swingarm
REAR WHEEL TRAVEL 141mm / 5.6in
REAR WHEEL 5-spoke light alloy 5.50×17
REAR TYRE Pirelli Diablo Rosso 180/55 ZR17
FRONT BRAKE 2 x 305mm semi-floating discs, radially mounted Brembo callipers 4-piston, 2-pad
REAR BRAKE 245mm disc, 2-piston calliper
FUEL TANK CAPACITY 12.4l – 3.3 gallon (US)
DRY WEIGHT 167kg (366lb)
WARRANTY 2 years unlimited mileage
BODY COLOUR (FRAME/WHEEL) Red (red / black) – Matt white (racing black / black) – Matt black (racing black / black)
VERSIONS Dual seat
SEAT HEIGHT 825mm (32.5in)
DDA DDA system-ready for Ducati Performance accessory
DTC Not available on this model
ABS Not available on this model