Ducati has a new, better-equipped version of the Hypermotard that's more suited for long-distance riding. The 2013 Ducati Hyperstrada offers extra seat padding, a windshield, a centre stand, passenger grab handles, and semi-rigid side bags.
In an increasingly popular market segment, the Italian manufacturer continues to mix standard (naked) bikes with dirt-oriented machines. The versatile 2013 Ducati Hyperstrada emulates the larger Multistrada
with a sharp nose sitting high above the front wheel.
Plenty of power for a middleweight
Gone are the air-cooled Hypermotard 796 and 1100 models; the 2013 Ducati Hyperstrada inherits the liquid-cooled powerplant of the Streetfighter 848
, much like the regular Hypermotard
it's based on. This 821cc, 11-degree Testastretta engine generates 110 hp at 9,250 rpm and 66 lb-ft of torque at 7,750 rpm -- almost on par with the Kawasaki Versys 1000
, which has an additional 222 cc.
The 2013 Ducati Hyperstrada offers three riding modes, as well as the Ducati Safety Pack (DSP), which includes a Brembo braking system, Bosch ABS, and 8-level Ducati Traction Control (DTC). It also comes with two 12V power outlets for easily plugging in heated grips, a GPS, an intercom, or a mobile battery charger, among other accessories.
Same frame, enhanced comfort
The 2013 Ducati Hyperstrada shares its next-generation tubular steel trellis frame with the Hypermotard SP, which offers superior longitudinal rigidity and lateral flexibility. The upswept tail, sculpted radiator cowls, and aggressive nose give it a sporty character that's so important to the Italian brand.
At the same time, the wider seat and 20-mm raised handlebar should provide enhanced comfort, while the white/grey colour scheme contributes to more classic looks.
Bottom line: The competitively priced 2013 Ducati Hyperstrada ($13,999) offers plenty of value in the segment, and wonderfully rounds out Ducati's dual-purpose lineup.