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2008 Ducati Hypermotard 1100 S

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2008 Ducati Hypermotard 1100 S
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The Bottom Line

A spunky, unique bike whose redeeming qualities eclipse its slightly annoying ones.


  • Loads of fun to ride, with great acceleration and handling
  • Wheelie-happy personality keeps you on your toes-- in a good way
  • Comfortable passenger seat makes for happy pillion


  • Small, forward-tilted saddle gets uncomfortable after a while
  • 3.3 gallon fuel tank requires frequent refills
  • A bit pricey at $14,495


  • MSRP: $14,495 ($11,995 for non-'S' version)
  • 1,078cc air-cooled L-twin with desmodromic valves
  • 90 horsepower at 7,750 rpm, 76 ft-lbs of torque at 4,750 rpm
  • Öhlins suspension with aluminium single-sided swingarm and fully adjustable Ohlins monoshock
  • Dual semi-floating front disc, radially mounted 4-piston Brembo monobloc brakes
  • Seat height: 33.27 inch
  • Fuel capacity: 3.3 gallons
  • 2 year unlimited warranty

Guide Review - 2008 Ducati Hypermotard 1100 S

It’s a bit of a climb to get up onto the Ducati Hypermotard’s 33.3 inch tall saddle, but once aboard you'll see a view over the handlebars that's blissfully devoid of distractions, save a couple of fluid reservoirs and a small, MotoGP-style instrument cluster. The lack of obtrusive bodywork is part of this supermoto’s charm, though you’ll also find that the Hypermotard's narrow seat is pitched a bit forward, forcing you to make intimate contact with the tank. This certainly ain't a cushy sport touring bike like Ducati's milder-mannered Multistrada.

But the snarling, air-cooled 1,078cc L-twin makes up for many of this bike’s ergonomic shortcomings. The front wheel lightens up under medium acceleration, and a stronger tug at the accelerator lifts the front end with ease. Wide handlebars and an upright seating posture might take some getting used to, but passengers report that the wider rear section of the seat is surprisingly comfortable. Novelty features like outward folding mirrors look cool, but their vibration at higher speeds makes it just as easy to tuck them in for a narrower profile, which comes in handy during lane-splitting (if it's legal where you live, of course...)

Despite its quirks (and inconveniences like a small fuel tank), the Hypermotard grows on you the more you ride it. The ‘S’ version we tested had supple but responsive Öhlins suspension, cool carbon trim and lighweight Marchesini wheels with powerful Brembo brakes, but those amenities came at a $2,500 premium. Though it carries the haughty Ducati name, the Hypermotard-- either in regular or 'S' trim-- is a hard-edged hooligan bike at heart, and those who enjoy a bit of naughty riding should be thrilled with the its irresistible invitations to play naughty on the highway.

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 4 out of 5
Got to try it after the 796....close but not yet, Member Glissouille

Ok, first of all I tried this one this morning after the 796. So in order to have the full story you should read my review of the 796 first... So I came back to the dealership, told him the 796 was just lacking hp and fun and he told me to try this one out... He started the engine and the sound is just miles away from the 796. It's loud, it vibrates, it lives... I first ride a couple of miles in the ciry and I must say that I prefer nikes when they are somewhat vibrating. First it's more frightning, and you live(feel) the road with the bike. There's also a lot more roeque on this one so even a low rpm it feels more impressive. I am unable to say if it vibrates more or less than the 950 supermoto as the vibrations are so different... Started the same twisty road and whohoho a lot more fun, just about the same chassis as the 796 but this one has a lot more fun. After a couple of twisties, I realised that it was a lot more fun than the 796 but not quite as punchy as the 950 ktm. Yes, it handles slightly better, or actually it requires less effort to slide and lean but it definitly has less punch in the midrande and its revs less easily than the 950 ktm. Less scary too, the rest is up to you!!!! I never tried the new ktm 990 supemoto (new riding position), but tomorrow I will try the 990 smt and the 990 adventure so maybe I will prefer the new riding position... Wait and see tomorrow...

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