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.