2024 Ducati Hypermotard 698 Mono – First Look

Dennis Chung
by Dennis Chung

659cc Single debuts on new model designed for motard shenanigans

Ducati revealed a new Hypermotard 698 Mono, a supermotard powered by its 659cc Superquadro Mono Single-cylinder engine. Like it does with the Twin-cylinder Hypermotards, the Mono will be offered in a base version and a premium RVE version.

We’ve previously covered Ducati’s Superquadro Mono in more detail, but to recap, it’s a 659cc Single with a desmodromic head derived from the Superquadro V-Twin that powered the 1299 Panigale. Ducati claims a peak output of 77.5 hp at 9,750 rpm and 46.3 lb-ft. at 8,000 rpm, with an accessory racing-only Termignoni exhaust bumping the power output to a claimed 84.5 hp.

The engine is mounted to a steel trellis frame that Ducati claims to weigh a mere 15.9 pounds. The cast wheels, brake discs with aluminum flanges, and Marzocchi fork were also chosen in part to reduce weight, helping to keep the Hypermotard 698 Mono to a claimed weight of 333 pounds, though Ducati carefully notes that’s a wet weight but without any fuel in the 3-gallon tank.

The inverted Marzocchi fork is fully adjustable, with 45 mm aluminum sliders, weighing a claimed 17.8 pounds. A fully adjustable Sachs rear shock connects via a progressive linkage system to the double-sided swingarm. Wheel travel is 8.5 inches up front and 9.4 inches at the back.

Brembo provides the braking system, with a single M4.32 radial caliper and 330 mm aluminum flange disc on the front wheel. A floating single-piston caliper and 245 mm disc is used for the rear wheel. Bosch supplies the cornering ABS and IMU.

The brake discs are specifically developed for the Hypermotard 698 Mono, with an aluminum flange that Ducati says weighs 17% less than a steel unit.

The Hypermotard 698 Mono offers four ride modes, Sport, Road, Urban and Wet, each offering a combination of engine modes (three levels), traction control, engine brake control, and cornering anti-lock brake settings. The Mono is also equipped with a launch control system and wheelie control. The RVE model comes with an up/down quick shifter, which is available as an accessory for the base model.

The ABS offers four levels, with levels 2 and 3 introducing a slide-by-brake function which uses the rear brake to perform easy power slides into corners. Level 4 is designed for low-grip situations, providing maximum intervention to provide stability. On level 3, the function activates during aggressive braking through a corner, keeping the bike at a manageable yaw angle. Level 2 offers wider sideways angle for more pronounced powerslides for more advanced riders, while still providing ABS as a safety net. For even more experienced riders, level 1 activates non-cornering ABS on just the front wheel.

Ducati also developed a track-only wheelie assist function that is only available with the optional Termignoni exhaust. An offshoot of the wheelie control system, the assist function adjusts torque delivery to make it easier to execute prolonged wheelies.

Bucking the trend towards full-color TFT displays, the Hypermotard 698 Mono uses a Improved Black Nematic (IBN) LCD screen with white characters on a black background. The high-contrast 3.8-inch screen provides all the necessary information including a gear change indicator LED that lights when you hit the rev limiter as on the Panigale V4.

Ducati designed the Hypermotard 698 Mono to provide optimum control when riding with a leg outstretched or with a knee on the ground (or even an elbow, as pictured below). The saddle is flat and narrow, with a fabric chosen to provide optimal grip. The variable section handlebar is designed to favor body movements and is adjustable through eccentric U-bolts. The footrests are designed to maximize lean angle, with rubber inserts featuring a uniquely processed edge to provide better grip for racing boots.

The 2024 Ducati Hypermotard 698 Mono will be available in Ducati Red, while the RVE version comes with dedicated graphics, a black frame, and quick shifter. Both versions will arrive in dealerships in January, with an MSRP of $14,495 for the RVE model and $12,995 for the regular version.

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Dennis Chung
Dennis Chung

Dennis has been a part of the Motorcycle.com team since 2008, and through his tenure, has developed a firm grasp of industry trends, and a solid sense of what's to come. A bloodhound when it comes to tracking information on new motorcycles, if there's a new model on the horizon, you'll probably hear about it from him first.

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  • High_Side High_Side on Nov 02, 2023

    Interesting and fun. But for a tiny fraction of the price you can pick up an old 696 Monster with 80hp stock, and yes 25 more lbs. Put a few $ into better suspension and have a blast.

  • BTRDAYZ BTRDAYZ on Nov 03, 2023

    I own a Husqvarna Vitpilen 701 (KTM Duke 690 in a tux), which up until today, was the most powerful DOHC 4 valve single at 75 HP. Great to see Ducati join the party. Mixed feelings here. I loved the original HyperMotard. This one has enough signature styling cues, but covering up the rear trellis subframe with bodywork is a negative for me. Would love to see Ducati give my VIT701 a run for it's money by slapping this engine in a similar styled cafe racer frame.