2019 Ducati Hypermotard 950 in Malaysia, RM75,90006/25/2019
Aside from the launch of the 2019 Ducati Scramblers, Ducati Malaysia also launched the 2019 Ducati Hypermotard 950 for the Malaysian market, priced at RM75,900 excluding road tax, insurance and registration. This is the third generation of the Ducati Hypermotard and several improvements have been made.
There are two versions of the Hypermotard, the standard and the SP although on the base Hypermotard is being imported while the Hypermotard SP is available by special order at a price of RM117,900. Using the same Testastretta 11 engine as the previous generation Hypermotard 939, the Hypermotard 950 sees power going up by 4 hp to 114 hp at 9,000 rpm and 96 Nm of torque at 7,250 rpm.
This is achieved through the use of redesigned pistons, new exhaust cam profile, throttle body and revised calibration and fuel mapping. Aside from the engine internals, the Hypermotard 950’s transmission has also been upgraded, now coming with hydraulic clutch actuation and a assist and slipper clutch to reduce effort.
A full suite of electronic riding aids comes with the Hypermotard 950, controlled by a Bosch six axis inertial measurement unit (IMU), including cornering ABS with Ducati Slide by Brake, traction control EVO by Ducati, wheelie control, and three ride modes, while the SP version adds a quickshifter.
On the styling side, the Hypermotard 950’s design throws back to the original Hypermotard especially in the tail section with twin exhaust pipes underneath the seat, the trellis frame and the infamous beak in front. In terms of ergonomics, the pillion grab handle is now widerwhile the fuel tank and rider seat is cut narrower to make it easier to get the feet down despite the 870 mm seat height.
Inside the cockpit, a TFT-LCD instrument panel closely resembles the unit from the Ducati Panigale V4. Displaying all the information the rider needs to know, control for the instrument panel is done with a buttons on the left handlebar pod, a new addition.
The Hypermotard SP takes things up another level in the suspension stakes, with 48 mm diameter Ohlins forks, fully-adjustable compared to the standard Hypermotard’s fully-adjustable Marzocchi unit, and a fully-adjustable Ohlins monoshock at the back. Other SP version only items include Marchesini forged aluminium alloy wheels, Pirelli Diablo SuperCorsa SP V3 tyres – standard comes with Diablo Rosso III – carbon-fibre mudguard and engine covers as well as an up-and-down quickshifter.
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