Ducati North America introduced today the newest model in its Hypermotard family: the Hypermotard 796. It's the first 2010 model announced by the company.
Ducati claims that compared to the other Hypermotards, the 796 has a more striking color selection, a lighter weight, a lower price point and a lower seat height. The company says it will release full specifications in a few weeks.
The bike features Ducati’s Adler Power Torque Plate Clutch (APTC) that makes the clutch lever easier to pull. The APTC also acts as a slipper clutch.
The 796’s air-cooled L-twin engine (two valves per cylinder) is brand-new, reportedly producing 81 hp and 56 ft. lbs. of torque.
The bike's chassis has redesigned top and bottom fork clamps, and “an improved frame layout which eliminates almost all of the forged elements used previously on the 1100,” according to Ducati. “This adds up to an agile, lightweight 368 lb. package that is guaranteed to attack corners.”
The Hypermotard 796 is scheduled to hit showrooms in December. Color selections will include Ducati red, matte black and matte white. MSRP will be $9,995, joining the Monster 696 in Ducati’s sub-$10,000 price bracket.
The first public showing of the Hypermotard 796 will be at EICMA in November.