2024 Ducati Hypermotard 698 Mono – First Look
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 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.
2024 Ducati Hypermotard 698 Mono Specifications
Superquadro Mono, single-cylinder, 4 valves per cylinder, Desmodromic timing, 2-balance countershafts, liquid cooled
Bore x Stroke
116 x 62.4 mm
57 kW (77.5 hp) @ 9,750 rpm
63 Nm (46.5 lb-ft) @ 8,000 rpm
Electronic fuel injection system, Øe 62 mm throttle body with full Ride by Wire system
1-2 exhaust system, double aluminum mufflers, catalytic converter and lambda probe
6 speed (Ducati Quick Shift Up/Down standard on RVE)
Straight cut gears; Ratio 1.968:1
1=36/13 2=35/17 3=32/20 4=29/22 5=24/21 6=26/25
Chain 520; Front sprocket 15; Rear sprocket 42
Slipper and self-servo wet multiplate clutch, hydraulic control
Tubular steel Trellis frame
Ø 45 mm Marzocchi fully adjustable aluminum fork; 8.5 inches of travel
Progressive linkage with Sachs fully adjustable monoshock. Aluminium double-sided swingarm; 9.4 inches of travel
Y shaped 5-spoke light alloy 3.5" x 17"
Y shaped 5-spoke light alloy 5.0" x 17"
Pirelli Diablo Rosso IV, 120/70 ZR17
Pirelli Diablo Rosso IV, 160/60 ZR17
Ø 330 mm aluminum flange disc, Brembo M4.32 calliper, radial pump with adjustable lever, with Bosch Cornering ABS
Ø 245 mm disc, single piston floating calliper, with Bosch Cornering ABS
3.8" LCD display with Improved Black Nematic (IBN) technology
333 lb (claimed, no fuel)
49 mpg (claimed)
Number of seats
Riding Modes, Bosch Cornering ABS, Ducati Traction Control (DTC), Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC), Engine Brake Control (EBC), Ducati Brake Light (DBL)*
Power Modes, Ducati Power Launch (DLC), Full LED lighting system, Daytime Running Lights (DRL)*, Tapered aluminum handlebars, Lithium-ion battery
Anti-theft system, Heated grips, Ducati Multimedia System (DMS). Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) Up/Down for non-RVE model.
24 months unlimited mileage
9,000 miles/24 months
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