The lightweight, L-Twin stands at the pinnacle of more than three decades of Desmo air-cooled development and its torquey power delivery has excited riders worldwide. The Evoluzione version is positively awesome and makes it the perfect engine to give its name to the Hypermotard 1100EVO SP.
The 1100cc Desmodue Evoluzione power unit uses a bore and stroke of 98 x 71.5mm, and its long list of refinements boosted its power to 95hp (69.9kW) @ 7500rpm with 76lb-ft (10.5kgm) of torque @ 5750rpm giving it outstanding power delivery, from grunting low rpms to the singing howl at redline.
The 1100's crankcases are vacuum cast using the same Vacural technology employed for the lightweight Superbike engines, a process that achieves significant weight saving and ensures consistent wall thickness and increased strength.
But the crankcases were just the starting point of the evolution. Apart from the magnesium alternator cover, the 1100 has a lighter crankshaft assembly by using an 848-style Superbike flywheel and the search for further weight reduction even went as far as using lightweight rare-earth magnets for the generator assembly. The result reduced the original 1100 power unit's weight by a staggering 5.2kg (11.5lb) and contributed towards making the Hypermotard 1100EVO even more agile.
Power gains have come not only from the new lightweight crankshaft assembly, but also from an evolution of the top-end of the Desmodue power unit. The cylinder head, not only improves lubrication and cooling performance, but also uses a redesigned inlet port shape for optimum flow and a modified combustion chamber shape for improved burn efficiency.
This improved efficiency is the result of a higher compression ratio and the change to a single spark per cylinder ignition managed by high-speed Siemens electronics.
Ensuring a sufficient feed to the higher compression set-up is a high-flow airbox intake duct and higher-lift valves for maximum volumetric efficiency.
The incredible valve performances of the Desmodue engine are only possible because of Ducati's unique Desmodromic system, where valve closure is activated mechanically. At high rpm it would be almost impossible for the valve to follow the steep closure profile of the cam lobe if it were relying upon a normal valve spring.
With the Desmo system, the valve is closed mechanically with the same accuracy as it is opened, enabling steep cam profiles and radical cam timings. This system is used on every single Ducati power unit including their world-beating Superbike and Desmosedici MotoGP engines.
In keeping with its extreme character, Ducati continue to use the 'dry' racing-style clutch for the Hypermotard 1100, the popular preference of thousands of Ducatisti the world over. The clutch and alternator covers are finished in gold for the 1100EVO SP.
Hypomotard 1100 EVO SP: Intense Suspension
Longer, black-bodied, fully adjustable 50mm Marzocchi forks have 30mm (1.2in) more travel and increase the SP's ground clearance by 30mm (1.2in), extending the SP's extreme cornering performance and providing a more track-oriented set-up.
Coated with a durable low friction, DLC (diamond-like carbon) black coating, the sliders enable the Hypermotard 'SP' to respond effortlessly to every minute variation in the tarmac, improving on its already impressive road holding.
The advanced 'SP' suspension is further enhanced with an Öhlins remote reservoir rear shock, renowned in racing as the ultimate performance choice. This incredible shock is fully adjustable for compression and rebound damping as well as spring pre- load, ensuring that the 'SP' is readily adaptable to every riding style and road or track it challenges.
Hypomotard 1100 EVO SP: Superior Brakes
With a bike as extreme as the Hypermotard 1100EVO SP, superior stopping power is fundamental, so world- class braking performance is assured by using the same Brembo Monobloc calipers as on Ducati's top Superbikes.
Machined from a single piece of alloy, the calipers achieve a higher rigidity and resistance to distortion during extreme braking, which not only delivers incredible braking power, but also provides an enhanced and precise 'feel' at the brake lever. The twin Monobloc calipers, each with four 34mm pistons gripping 305mm discs, guarantee spectacular braking performance.
Hypomotard 1100 EVO SP: Lightweight Wheels by Marchesini
Extreme riders know that one of the best ways to improve the handling and performance of a motorcycle is to reduce its unsprung weight by upgrading to superior lightweight wheels.
Even from a distance, the 5- spoke black Marchesini wheels with red pin-striping confirm the high performance of the Hypermotard 1100EVO SP.
Created from forged then machined alloy, both front and rear wheels are significantly lighter and create a lower moment of inertia and unsprung weight, resulting in improved acceleration and braking as well as quicker steering. Mounted to the lightweight wheels are Z-rated Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP tires.
Designed to deliver racing performance on the road, they give great feedback, are stable under severe braking and feature a sure-footed 'feel' when braking or accelerating is applied at considerable lean angles.
Hypermotard 1100 EVO SP: Hyper Data
Supplied as standard equipment on the 1100EVO SP, the Ducati Data Analyzer (DDA), which includes PC software, a USB-ready data retrieval card and instructions, enables owners to review and analyze the performance of the bike and its rider, and make comparisons between various channels of information.
The system records numerous channels of data including throttle opening, vehicle speed, engine rpm, engine temperature, distance traveled, laps and lap times. It also automatically calculates engine rpm and vehicle speed data, enabling it to display gear selection as an additional channel of information.
At the end of a ride or track session, up to 4mb of data can be downloaded ready to compare, analyze and get an inside view of the performance of both the rider and the Hypermotard.
Hypomotard 1100 EVO SP: Performance Extras
The Hypermotard 1100EVO SP has serrated footpegs for increased boot grip during extreme conditions and a Teflon slider under each peg for protection in extreme lean angles. Ducati include a rubber insert with the bike for riders who prefer to cover the serration for increased comfort.
To enhance control, the tapered alloy handlebars have a 20mm longer bar-riser that effectively changes the riding positioning to enable greater leverage under extreme riding conditions.
The risers are finished in black along with the new Marzocchi forks, upper and lower fork clamps, footpeg carriers and pedals, exhaust guard, rear subframe and rear sprocket carrier.
A carbon fiber rear hugger is fitted as standard equipment, enhancing the SP's already extreme image and also providing protection for the Öhlins rear suspension unit. The advanced composite is also used for the fork protectors, timing belt covers, front fender rear section and tail side covers.
Hypomotard 1100 EVO SP: Advanced Control and Instrumentation
The entire Hypermotard family uses the electronic advances made in the compact and user-friendly switchgear and instrumentation first created for the Streetfighter.
The slim-line switch bodies house easy-to-use switches and buttons, and feature a unique weapons-like 'trigger catch' that slides down to cover the starter button when the kill-switch is activated. Their minimalist design fits perfectly in the clean and essential lines of the Hypermotard's sporting image.
Looking clean and purposeful, the display provides an extensive amount of data including speed, revs, time, oil temperature, battery voltage, A & B trips, fuel reserve trip and scheduled maintenance, while the warning lights illuminate for neutral, turn signals, high-beam, rev-limit, oil pressure and fuel reserve.
In addition, it can list recorded lap times by using the high-beam flash button as a stopwatch. The 1100EVO SP use a white back-lighting.
The instrument display also doubles as a control panel for the activation of the Ducati Data Analyzer (DDA) system, which is supplied as standard equipment on the 1100EVO SP. The DDA-intended USB connection port under all of the Hypermotard seats doubles as a charging point for a handy battery charger, which is available as an accessory from Ducati Performance.
Hypomotard 1100 EVO SP: Hyper Mirrors
Ducati pushed motorcycle design limits to find an innovative solution for the original Hypermotard mirrors and these are now used throughout the family. The challenge of maintaining a clean, racing look around the handlebar area motivated the design of the folding mirror concept which is based on the handguards typically found on off-road bikes.
Flipped out for high visibility street mode and easily folded in for a quick change to 'Hypermode', the mirror handguard assemblies also integrate the LED directional indicators for an even cleaner front-end.
Hypomotard 1100 EVO SP: Stylized Lighting
The headlamp uses a highly compact lighting shape which blends with the single piece nose fairing and front fender molding, while the rear light employs a specially designed strip of LEDs enhanced by a high diffusion lens shaped into the sleek lines of the tailpiece.
The same LEDs are intensified under braking. The front directional indicators also employ the latest in LED technology for illumination, and are ingeniously integrated into the handguards which support the foldable rear view mirrors.
The high intensity LED rear light assembly is molded into a unique tailpiece positioned high behind the seat. The supporting structure has been designed so that the under tray of the tailpiece is formed perfectly to offer a sturdy pair of pillion grab-handles.
This ingenious solution not only helps to merge the rear light into the Hypermotard styling but also provides a safe grip for the passenger.
Hypomotard 1100 EVO SP Colors:
The Hypermotard 1100EVO SP is boldly finished in a choice of red-themed or white-themed Ducati Corse livery to underline its competition intention.
The white-themed livery has a white tank with thin red stripe and red Ducati graphic, contrasted with a black knee-panel area.
The headlight fairing and beak section are also white with a wide red stripe along the centre of the beak and thin black striping around the fairing section. The tailpiece is white with a wide red stripe along its centre.
The red-themed livery has a red tank with thin white stripe and white Ducati graphic, contrasted with a black knee-panel area.
The headlight fairing and beak section are also red with a wide white stripe along the centre of the beak and thin white striping around the fairing section. The tailpiece is red with a wide white stripe along its centre.
Both color schemes have red Trellis frames with black wheels and the Ducati Corse logo proudly displayed on the Hypermotard's beak section.
2011 Ducati Hypomotard 1100 EVO SP Price:
US MSRP: $14,495
Canadian MSRP: $17,495CDN
Mexican MSRP: $16,995 (EVA included)