2019 Ducati Hypermotard 950/950 SP Video Review

John Burns
by John Burns
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Last week you read all about the new 2019 Ducati Hypermotard 950 and 950 SP and saw the photos in living color. Today, it’s time to watch the stunning, action-packed 3:35-minute video, filmed on location in beautiful Gran Canaria and starring yours truly in a performance the Academy will have to stand up and notice. Sorry there’s no onboard footage, as I hit the Still Photo option on the GoPro instead of Video, but it’s the thought that counts. There is plenty of beautiful footage courtesy of Ducati‘s crew, though, and there’s even a wardrobe malfunction. Roll film!

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2019 Ducati Hypermotard 950/950 SP First Ride Review

2019 Ducati Hypermotard 950

+ Highs

  • Great, smooth awesome-sounding Ducati power
  • DQS is great on the SP; plugs right into the base bike
  • A partying ’til dawn exotic Italian thing you can almost afford

– Sighs

  • Short people got no reason to live
  • WTF is up with turn signals built into bark busters?
  • Expert riders grumble they can’t switch ABS all the way off


2019 Ducati Hypermotard 950

2019 Ducati Hypermotard 950 SP

EngineTestastretta 11°, L-Twin cylinder, 4 valve per cylinder, Desmodromic, liquid cooled, magnesium head covers
Displacement937 cc
Bore X stroke94.0 mm x 67.5 mm
Compression ratio13.3:1
Horsepower114 hp at 9000 rpm (claimed)
Torque71 lb-ft. at 7250 rpm (claimed)
Fuel injectionElectronic fuel injection system, Ø 53 mm throttle bodies with full Ride by Wire system
ExhaustDouble under-tail aluminum muffler; catalytic converter and two lambda probes.
Transmission6 speed
Final driveChain; Front sprocket 15; Rear sprocket 43
ClutchSlipper and self-servo wet multiplate clutch, hydraulic control
FrameTubular steel Trellis frame
Front suspensionMarzocchi aluminum fully adjustable, upside-down Ø 45 mm, 6.7 inches of travelOhlins fully adjustable, upside-down Ø 48 mm, 7.3 inches of travel
Rear suspensionProgressive linkage with adjustable spring preload and rebound damping Sachs monoshock. Aluminium single-sided swingarm, 5.9 inches of travelProgressive linkage with fully adjustable Öhlins monoshock. Aluminium single-sided swingarm, 6.9 inches of travel
Front wheelY shaped 3-spoke light alloy 3.5″ x 17″W shaped 3-spoke Marchesini forged light alloy 3.5″ x 17″
Rear wheelY shaped 3-spoke light alloy 5.5″ x 17″W shaped 3-spoke Marchesini forged light alloy 5.5″ x 17″
Front TirePirelli Diablo Rosso III, 120/70 ZR17Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP v3, 120/70 ZR17
Rear TirePirelli Diablo Rosso III, 180/55 ZR17Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP, 180/55 ZR17
Front brake2 x 320 mm semi-floating aluminum flange discs, radially mounted Monobloc Brembo callipers, 4-piston 2-pad, radial pump with adjustable lever, with Bosch Cornering ABS
Rear brake245 mm disc, 2-piston calliper, with Bosch Cornering ABS
InstrumentationFull-TFT color display
Dry weight392 lb (claimed)388 lb (claimed)
Kerb weight440 lb (claimed)436 lb (claimed)
Seat height34.2 inches35.0 inches
Inner leg curve76.4 inches77.9 inches
Wheelbase58.8 inches59.0 inches
Trail4.1 inches
Tank capacity3.8 US gallons
Number of seatsDual seat
Safety equipmentRiding Modes, Bosch Cornering ABS, Ducati Traction Control (DTC) EVO, Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC) EVO.
Standard EquipmentPower Modes, Day Time Running Light (DRL), Tapered aluminum handlebars, Removable passenger footpegs, USB power socket.Power Modes, Day Time Running Light (DRL), Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) up/down, Marchesini forged wheels, Tapered aluminum handlebars, Removable passenger footpegs, USB power socket, Carbon fibre components: front mudguard, timing belt covers.
Optional EquipmentAnti-theft system, Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) up/down, Heated grips, Ducati Multimedia System (DMS).Anti-theft system, Heated grips, Ducati Multimedia System (DMS).
Warranty24 months unlimited mileage
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  • Sayyed Bashir Sayyed Bashir on Feb 07, 2019

    Lot of exposed parts down below. Not good to take off-road.



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    • Mad4TheCrest Mad4TheCrest on Feb 16, 2019

      To be fair, it's hard to work with a liquid-cooled twin that was engineered first for a fully-faired superbike. It gets built for function without worry about looks. The 'Streetfighter' aesthetic works with that engine but a truly clean look requires a redesign which can be too costly for the bean counters.

      But Ducati can do 'naked' well when they want to. Examples include the SXR (eg, S4R, S2R) Monster line BEFORE the introduction of that washing machine left-side ugliness. And the XDiavel cruiser, which artfully hides hoses for a very clean look.

  • Old MOron Old MOron on Feb 08, 2019

    ♫ His ad-lib lines were well rehearsed...
    He's in our heart
    He's in our soul
    We all ride bikes
    Though we grow old
    He is the Bitter Little Man
    He's in our soul