The Hypermoto is Ducati's most desireable and exciting new bike in years. It will be available in 2007 in both the Base viersion shown here and a hotter S Performance model with full Ohlins Suspension. This is the origional Show prototype Hypermoto 1000S introduced in 2005.
Ducati New Bikes 2007 continued
Prototype voted the best design trophy winner
by the Motorcycle Design Association and EICMA International Motorcycle Show
The Motorcycle Design Association, a group of designers and professionals from within the two-wheel industry worldwide, has voted the Ducati Hypermotard, designed by Pierre Terblanche, as the best overall motorcycle design trophy winner for 2005.
This award follows on from the 'Best of Show' award that was given to the Hypermotard during the Eicma Show in Milan last November, one of the most important shows worldwide for the motorcycle sector.
The Design Trophy was awarded for the first time in September 2001; since then, every year, over 70 top professionals from the worldwide design sector are called upon to vote for the best motorcycle design. The jury, made up of designers as well as representatives of the press and the main motorcycle manufacturers, gather to chose the winners in five categories, and then nominate the Motorcycle Design Trophy for the best overall motorbike design.
Ducati Hypermotard takes the power, the pleasure and the performance of a supermotard bike to a new extreme and interprets it in Ducati's unmistakeable style. With 100 horsepower and just 175 kg (385 lbs.) of dry weight.
The Hypermoto's release date is March 2007 in both Base and S-Models. Pricing is expected to be around $11,995 for the Base Model and $13,995 for the S-Model with full Ohlins suspension.
Below: Final production version of the 2007 Hypermoto 1078cc base model with Sachs rear shock, cast wheels, lower spec Brembo 2-piece front brake calipers.
Early Release 2007 Ducati Monster base model S4R Testastretta
The Monster 2007 range is now bigger and better with the new S4R Testastretta. This new bike gains the famous 130 Hp Testastretta low sump L-twin Superbike engine, previously introduce this past spring in just the top higher proced version S4R S model Testastretta with Ohlins suspension.
Founder of the SR family, this bike takes upon a very important role, coming up alongside the S4R S Testastretta which represents the current performance and equipment apotheosis. The S4R develops and increases in power going from 117 Hp of the previous engine, to the 130 Hp of the Testastretta, maintaining its’ very important role in the SR family: its two sided mufflers, the aluminium trellis single-sided swingarm, the small fairing, the exclusive paint schemes, the high quality suspensions, joined together with the powerful low sump Testastretta engine, is a milestone in the development of the Monster S4R Testastretta.
A bike that, in the new Ducati 2007 range, has a very important role, catching the attention of the most exigent performance –oriented “ducatista”.
The S4R Testastretta is different from the “S” version due to the suspension. The front forks are now fully adjustable upside- down Showa’s, giving the customer the possibility of a perfectly balanced bike. The rear is fully adjustable with piggy back shock absorbers by Sachs, allowing modification of suspension settings. The height of the rear of the bike is adjustable too by the modification of the length of the push rod. Whilst respecting the previous version, the S4R MY ’07, has, like the S4RS, the prestigious Brembo front brake system too. The front has now a prettier look thanks to the new front fork bottom end, purposely created to fit the Brembo radial callipers.
The new S4R Testastretta is now available in two new colour schemes Titanium with central black stripe, and in the traditional Ducati red with central white stripe. Both colour versions have the red frame with the black painted swingarm, just like the new Showa front fork bottom end. A lot of the other components are black painted: the headlamp support, the steering plates, the risers, the footrests and the water cooler side covers.
The bike will be available in the early October. All 2007 Ducati models require less frequent service, less parts and labour during each service and, as a result, greatly reduced scheduled maintenance costs – by as much as 50%.
Above and below, the S4Rs Testastretta Monster is simaialr to the newly introduced lower cost S4R, but does have the better performance ohlins front forks.
The styling is that of a spectacular, custom, the sort of bike we could previously only dream of. Yet the Monster S4Rs Testastretta is impressively real. The sensation of power oozes from every pore. In addition to the common features shared by all Ducati Monsters with single sided swingarms, like the small upper fairing, vertically stacked twin exhausts and longitudinal stripe (bigger and centrally positioned on the S4Rs), the S4Rs also incorporates a large number of eye-catching racing components.
The S4Rs features new graphics and colour schemes to enhance the 999-derived front end and the Y-spoke wheels that recall the racing origins of this naked superbike. In fact, Ducati Corse has contributed a large number of small but important details to this Monster, details that might not be noticed under a full fairing but that cry out for attention on this meanest of all Monsters, like the triangular oil cooler for example. Add to that a long list of carbon fibre parts, plus the stunning twin aluminium exhausts and the performance first priority of the S4Rs is obvious. The Monster S4Rs looks aggressive and stunningly essential. It tells you in no uncertain terms what sort of performance, technology, design and passion lies in front of you.In short, the S4Rs Testastretta is a dream machine, with a look and feel that satisfies even before you twist the throttle." - so the press release ends..
Essentialy the S4RS is a parts bin special, employing as many exhisting components as possible from both the Monster and Superbikes line to keep the cost low, but the desireability high. One unnerving compromise of this is the old Monster frame which does not extend down at the rear of the engine with a 3rd mounting point to reinforce the chassis at the engine swimagrm pivot like it has does on all of Ducati's Superbike models, and does so again on newer Multistradas and Hypermoto prototype. Here the single sided swingarm is left hanging off the rear of the engine cases, an application which has proven to be fully reliable with less powerful Monster engine installations in previous applications. But for serious sport riding the S4Rs could be a Flexi Flyer.
Along with a Superbike spec frame, we would be excited to see the 10 year old Monster design updated with more modern styling in the S4R. Certainly a more contemporary gas tank, front headlight cowling, and plastic front side covers to enclose a higher placed oil cooler and water radiator radiators -something similar in style to the newer Ducati Multistrada and Hypermoto prototype.
Availability of the Monster S4S at US Dealers is May 2006 with a bargain basement List Price of just $14,995, some $4,000 to $8,000 less than a comparibly spec'ed Yamaha R1, Aprilia Mille R or Ducatii 999S. Getting naked has its advantages.
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