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2013 Ducati Hypermotard and Hypermotard SP Review

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Introduction: Making the Hypermotard a Tad Less Hyper
2013 Ducati Hypermotard and Hypermotard SP Review

The 2013 Ducati Hypermotard (left, $11,995) and the Hypermotard SP (right, $13,295).

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The old Ducati Hypermotard 796 and 1100 were hooligan bikes of the highest order: lightweight, grunty, and hugely wheelie-prone, the air-cooled supermotos delivered a spritely, grin-inducing ride for anyone willing to endure their committed riding posture and relatively high cost of entry.

For 2013, Ducati’s product portfolio has matured and broadened since the Hypermotard was first introduced six years earlier. The Italian manufacturer has since added the big-bore Multistrada 1200 adventure tourer and the 1199 Panigale superbike to its stable, not to mention a wider array of Monsters and the unexpected Diavel cruiser.

26,000 Hypermotards have been sold since its introduction-- not an insignificant amount for a boutique bike builder-- but the Ducati brand, which is now owned by German carmaker Audi, hopes the next-gen bike can attract a broader audience than its hoon-tastic predecessor. Can the famously entertaining Hypermotard grow up a little without entirely losing its saucy side?

Read on to find out.

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