Church of MO: 2010 Ducati Hypermotard 1100 EVO & EVO SP Review

John Burns
by John Burns
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And Jesus and Tor sailed to the country of the Sardines which is opposite Galilee, and when He had come out onto the land He was met by a certain man from the city who was possessed with demons, who hadn’t put on any clothing for a long time. Seeing Jesus he cried out and fell before him and said in a loud voice, ‘What have I to do with You, Jesus Son of the Most High God? I beg You, do not torment me.’ For He had been commanding the unclean spirit to come out of the man for it had seized him many times and he was bound with chains and shackles and kept under guard, yet he would burst his fetters and be driven by the demon into the desert. Jesus asked him, ‘What’s your name?’ And he said, ‘Legion,’ for many demons had entered him. They were entreating Him not to command them to depart into the abyss. Now there was a herd of many swine feeding there on the mountain; and the demons entreated Him to permit them to enter the swine. And He gave them permission. And the demons came out of the man, entered the swine and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and were drowned, much like Tor’s demons being exfoliated on the Hypermotard. What? Just give me an “Amen” and try to stop over-analyzing everything.

Evolution of the Hypermotard

Photos by Milagro
On location in Sardinia, Italy in late November it’s a cold and crisp morning but by lunchtime we’ve already got a pleasant 20 degrees Celsius (68 degrees Fahrenheit). I’m having another one of those dream days away from the office where I have the two all new Ducati Hypermotard 1100 EVO motorcycles at my disposal on a very easy to learn racetrack.I’m spending my first two sessions on the blood red 2010 Hypermotard 1100 EVO. There’s very little in terms of telltale signs that set the 2010 EVO apart from the 2009 version aesthetically – just a discreet little “EVO.” But the 2010 EVO is in fact 15 pounds lighter than its predecessor and five horsepower stronger. The new core figures now land at 380-pound claimed dry weight and 95 horsepower @ 7500 rpm. The new torque curve peaks a little higher in the rpm range which has enabled Ducati to achieve a flatter and longer torque surge.
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2010 Ducati Hypermotard 1100 EVO

The EVO SP share these exact figures apart from the dry weight where the SP is about two pounds lighter. The SP we tested had the Termignoni race exhaust fitted which saves even more weight and adds nearly another five horsepower to the show. The new and more efficient air box design along with extensive engine modifications first seen on the Hypermotard 796 enables more power and less weight. In fact 11.5 of the 15 pounds saved is a result of the improvements to the EVO powerplant. A larger more efficient oil cooler (85 percent more efficient) is now in place to safeguard the new more powerful Desmodue engine.

church of mo 2010 ducati hypermotard 1100 evo evo sp review, The EVO SP features improved brakes Ohlins mono shock and a longer Marzocchi fork
The EVO SP features improved brakes, Ohlins mono shock and a longer Marzocchi fork.

Out on the Mores racetrack the throttle response is direct but I can still use all available power often which makes the Hypermotard EVO a very entertaining ride. The new engine revs up a little quicker than the old one and I race through the six speed gear box down the straight. The Hypermotard’s main advantage is its ability to carry lots of corner speed and accelerate out of tight corners like a bat out of hell. The EVO SP even more so as it’s got a full 30mm more ground clearance and supreme suspension from Marzocchi and Ohlins while the EVO must settle for a shorter Marzocchi fork and a Sachs mono shock. The 1100 EVO still rides like a dream around Mores but the EVO SP is something else altogether.

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The 50mm Marzocchi fork on the SP is derived directly from Supermoto racing and with 195mm (165mm on the EVO) of wheel travel it’s truly the business. The fork stanchions are also covered with the anti friction material DLC (Diamond like coating) normally only found on exotic superbikes. The SP rear suspension is an Ohlins shock as we are familiar with on Ducati’s S models. All suspension on both bikes is fully adjustable.

As for tires, the EVO gets Pirelli Diablo Rosso rubber, while the EVO SP gets the super grippy Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP tires usually also found on superbikes rather than naked streetfighting supermotard lookalikes. The tires are also in supersport dimensions in a 120/70-ZR17 front and a 180/55-ZR17 rear. One thing I’d like to test at some point is a 160 rear tire to see if it’d make the Hypermotard even quicker through the hairpins. There is one more change to the EVO SP that differs it from the standard model and that’s the 20mm extra height on the handlebar. Since also the seat height is 1.2 inches higher on the SP (34.5 in.) you do need a higher handlebar for the aggressive cornering abilities.

Braking on the two Hypermotards is just as exciting as accelerating and even more so again on the EVO SP that features once again full superbike exotic Brembo Monoblock 4-pot radial calipers. These brakes surpass the performance of many 1000cc superbikes out there and on the SP they are only required to stop 377 pounds so you can probably start to imagine how good they are. With massive amounts of front wheel travel available from the magnum Marzocchi fork I could brake so hard that at one point I really could see Elvis in one of the corners. The brakes on the Hypermotard 1100 EVO SP are so good that my eyes threatened to leave their sockets – acting as internal goggle glass wipers at one point. I didn’t quite get the same experience on the 1100 EVO but I must say that the lesser spec Brembo calipers are still extremely good.

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You can’t help but be a wheelie God on the either Hypermotard EVO.

Both Hypermotards make you look like a wheelie God and on the EVO SP you can land them pretty hard without an extra thought to the front suspension. First and second gear wheelies don’t come much easier than this and at very low speed which in a town center would turn you into Dennis the Menace instantly and always.

I prefer to ride the Hypermotard supermoto style and I would like to preach that this is the best way if you want to go fast. The lean angle in the corners increase as there’s no knee in the way and you can climb up on the seat sides making the lean angles insane supermoto style. If you worry about a front tire that moves a little you probably should stick to the conventional riding style but it’s much more fun to ride Hypermotard like a supermotard. When my legs started to tire a bit after 50 or so laps around Mores I defected back to both boots on the pegs for a while, but I honestly didn’t fancy that too much at all around the circuit. With long legs you look like a freaky spiderman too as the Hypermotard is just as narrow as a single cylinder bike.

The double underseat 2-1-2 muffler is very much a design feature on the Ducati Hypermotard but to free up lost horsepower and save even more weight the Termignoni 2-1 is the best accessory available. I got to try it on the Hypermotard 1100 EVO SP and despite the fact that I didn’t think enough extra Desmo noise was released it provided more top end power and an even freer revving engine. The difference isn’t huge but enough to leave the standard EVO little by little down the straight. The double lambda set up from the 796 has also been implemented on the 1100 enabling it to breeze through EURO 3 and prepare it for future emission requirements. And last but not least the 2010 Hypermotard 1100 EVO and EVO SP gets the same long 12,000 km (7,456 miles) service intervals as the 796.

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I really want my name on a contract for a 2010 Ducati Hypermotard 1100 EVO SP. I don’t know what it is exactly, but this motorcycle appeals to me a little more than many other more conventional motorcycles. It’s true I do like a crazy ride and the Hypermotard 1100 EVO SP facilitates this better than most. The slightly less hardcore option in the 1100 EVO would also do me fine, but since the SP is out there with all its fantastic bits it’s SP all the way for me. Brakes, suspension, chassis and a responsive new Desmodue make the Hypermotard 2010 a very strong package.

BrakesMore power from the Desmodue 1078cc engineSuperb suspension especially on the EVO SPNot a bike for an old fart unless he knows how to ride and have a titanium enforced spineNot for everyone, the SP is a little extreme with long wheel travel and a tall seat height
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  • Mad4TheCrest Mad4TheCrest on Sep 09, 2020

    There was then, and there still is now (although maybe diminished), a certain appeal to the 'Supermotard' style. Ducati's offerings via the Hypermotard platform have been right up there with the similar style of bikes put out by KTM, but maybe never more so than during the time when this review took place. That SP is sweet, for anybody who can handle that seat height and doesn't mind the frequent desmodue servicing.