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"Fast Bikes", May 1, 2013

HYPERMOTARD SP

PIC: MILAGRO

In time honoured tradition, Ducati has launched two versions of its new bike, the stocker and this SP version. If you can stretch to an extra £2,300, you get a bike that doesn’t just look razor-sharp – it’s diamond tipped. In terms of extras it’s the usual fare; fully adjustable Marzocchi forks, an Öhlins rear shock with piggy back reservoir (both with extra travel), a set of Panigale-like forged aluminium Marchesini wheels, all topped off with a liberal cover of carbon in all the right places. Final figures vary to stock in terms of weight (now 171kg from 175kg) and seat height (now 890mm from 870mm). The electronics are fiddled with, essentially to give new names to the modes; Race, Sport and Wet mode that tailor the ABS functions accordingly to prevent rear wheel lift to varying degrees. We managed a whole lap of the magnificent Ascari circuit on the SP. Although the electronics cumulate into the Hypermotard’s ‘Safety Pack’ the Supercorsa SP tyres were dubbed the weak link. So our judgement will have to wait, and the fact that will be done back in the UK on roads and tracks not as smooth as Ascari is probably no bad thing.

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