2019 Ducati Hypermotard 950/950 SP First Ride Review

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By John Burns

2019 Ducati Hypermotard 950

Editor Score: 90.5%

Engine 19.0/20
Suspension/Handling 14.5/15
Transmission/Clutch 9.25/10
Brakes 8.5/10
Instruments/Controls 4.5/5
Ergonomics/Comfort 8.0/10
Appearance/Quality 9.5/10
Desirability 9.25/10
Value 8.0/10
Overall Score 90.5/100

I’m pretty sure I could’ve ridden the new Hypermotard 950 SP like Ruben Xaus rides it, if only the Ducati press people had coughed up the technical info in the press kit a little sooner than right before our first track session. Ahh, now I’m reading about it on the airplane on the way home:

At the front, Level 1 guarantees sports-grade intervention of the Cornering system and, at the rear, activates the Slide by Brake function to permit motard-style drifting into the bends. Level 1 deactivates the rear wheel anti lift-up function. Given its more specialised profile, Level 1 is not the default setting on any Riding Mode but can be selected by the rider via the ABS menu.

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This is how Ruben Xaus does it.

Or maybe I just wasn’t paying attention and missed this frame of the slide show?

Well that sounds easy enough…

Dang, I had my Hypermotard in Sport mode in all three of our short sessions at Circuito Maspalomas, and never could get sideways into corners. In Sport mode, your rear ABS is still on (level 2 of 8). Probably just as well, really.

This is how I do it. Not quite as exciting. And look: Too preoccupied to mash the rear brake anyway.

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