Mike Stevens | Dec 14, 2009

OFFERED AS A smaller, more agile alternative to the Hypermotard 1100, Ducati distributor NF Importers has today announced pricing and details for the 2010 Ducati Hypermotard 796.

Bearing the same dramatic design cues as its bigger brother, the 796 is lighter with a dry weight of 167kg and more accessible thanks to its lower 825mm seat height.

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Rather than using a revised version of 696 engine, the 796 is powered by a brand-new Demosdue engine developing 59.6kW at 8000rpm and 76Nm of torque at 6250rpm.

The 17-inch Enkei wheels are of lightweight aluminium stock, improving handling, braking and acceleration. Sizes mirror those of the 1100; 3.50 up front and 5.50 to the rear.

Suspension is managed up front by 43mm Marzocchi forks, while a Sachs shock handles the rear end, along with an adjustable spring preload and return damping.

An APTC 'wet' clutch creates a 'slipper' action, preventing the rear-end from destabilising on downshifts, while improving the lever's usability in peak-hour traffic thanks to its lighter feel.

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The 796's brake package features twin 305mm semi-floating Brembo discs with radially mounted four-piston Brembo callipers up front. Up back, a 245mm disc and two-piston calliper features.

The instrument panel features lap time memory storage, an automatic light-off function and immobiliser status.

 

Pricing and Availability

Available now, the Ducati Hypermotard 796 is priced at $16,390 RRP, plus dealer and statutory charges.

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