For all those who lust after the much loved Multistrada or the extreme Hypermotard, but find them a little too out of reach or, for whatever reason, a tad excessive; there’s a smaller, more sensible alternative. Ducati will introduce the new Hyperstrada adventure tourer in the Indian market by end-May 2013. It brings a smaller capacity engine and features an equipment list which makes it a touring-focused machine which is equally suitable on and off the road.
The Hyperstrada uses an 821.1cc version of the water-cooled Testastretta L-twin and makes 110 PS at 9,250 rpm and a heady 89 Nm of torque at 7,750 rpm paired to a 6-speed transmission. It also receives a windscreen, a touring seat and a slightly taller handlebar. Dry weight is an impressive 181 kg, with the kerb weight rising up to just over 200 kg. Ducati has given it a set of Pirelli Scorpion Trail tyres with a 120/70 ZR17 up front and a 180/55 ZR17 at the rear. The Hyperstrada receives Ducati’s Safety Pack of 3-level ABS and 8-level Ducati Traction Control along with preset Riding Modes. Twin semi-rigid side pannier boxes totaling 50 litres, two 12V outlets and satellite navigation are standard as well. If more storage space is needed, a 31-litre top box is available as an accessory.
The 2013 Ducati Hyperstrada has a price tag of $13,295 (Rs.7.20 lakh approx) internationally, before duties and taxes.
Story: Jim Gorde