By Wade Thiel
A Concept Bike That Looks Ready for Production
Based on the Hypermotard 950, this concept bike from Ducati appeared at the prestigious Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. The motorcycle dominated the concept category and managed to come away with the top prize. Ducati’s Hypermotard 950 Concept blends Moto GP graphics and styling to make the bike truly unique.
Andrea Ferraresi, director of the Centro Stile Ducati, calls the bike a style concept. He said that these types of concepts are extremely useful for getting a feel for how people react to certain things. For this particular bike, it was all about the graphics package. The mechanicals of the motorcycle are more or less unchanged. Ferraresi went on and said this:
I’m delighted with the success received by the concept bike we presented for the competition, which follows the award recently obtained at the Red Dot Awards for the Diavel 1260 … Given the importance and attention that we dedicate to style, one of the basic values of our company, receiving awards on occasions such as this one always makes us extremely proud.
Ducati made no mention of whether or not the motorcycle would make it to production. However, there’s really little reason why it wouldn’t. People seem to love the graphics and the bike looks more or less ready for production. Ducati could make a special or limited edition of the Hypermotard 950. I think Ducati should roll this out ASAP.
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