Ducati’s mix of unrivaled twin-cylinder power, sportsbike heredity and lightweight yet minimalist supermotard concept come alive with the new 796 Hypermotard.

The dual purpose machine was launched by Next Bike Sdn Bhd, a company under the NAZA Group of Companies, at the sprawling NAZA World of Bikes showroom at the TTDI Plaza in Taman Tun Dr Ismail here yesterday.

Among bike enthusiasts, the 796 Hypermotard has been dubbed as riding the “common ground between manners and madness.”

NAZA Group of companies Joint Group Executive Chairman Dato’ Haji SM Faisal Tan Sri SM Nasimuddin said the Hypermotard’s very concept is a creation of an innovative segment that bridges the gap between Hyper-Sports bikes and supermotards.

“It takes the high speed handling and smooth engine from a hyper-sport bike and combines it with the aggressive styling, lightweight minimalism and slow corner precision of a supermotard,” he said.

He added that the Hypermotard 796 would be the first for subsequent model launches from Ducati Malaysia for 2010.

“At NAZA, we strive to offer our customer choices to own their lifestyle. And so, Ducati Malaysia will offer the very best of the brand, and subsequently a comprehensive range of bikes, from lifestyle hypermotards to the ultimate superbikes.”

The result is an easy to handle motorcycle with unbelievable agility incredibly sure-footed handling and a flexible engine that deals with city traffic just as easily as a spirited ride through the winding mountain roads.

The Hypermotard is all about motorcycling enjoyment. Thus, its upright and commanding riding position puts riders in control and its motard DNA offers fun with every twist of the throttle. It adjusts to individual riding styles while a lightweight and taut chassis enables the rider to explore new and interesting riding techniques.

The Hypermotard’s mix of hyper-sports and super motard heredity encourages a similar mix of riding styles and riding gear and has become a thrilling fusion of motorcycle lifestyles.

This, coupled with minimalism and functionality, have shaped and styled the Hypermotard, which has set it apart from the rest. The line of its distinctive beak blending into the stylish headlamp fairing makes it instantly recognizable, while the carefully shaped tank that tapers into a skinny waistline gives a supermotard feel when aboard.

from the sturdy look of the Marzocchi front forks to the Ducati signature single-sided swing-arm and under-seat exhausts, the Hypermotard’s design remains unique and purely Ducati.

The Hypermotard 796’s new engine produces an impressive 81bhp at 8,000rpm and 75.5Nm of torque at 6,250rpm, and is mated to a 6-speed gearbox.

Twin 305mm semi-floating discs gripped by radially mounted 4-piston Brembo callipers provide powerful and progressive front-end braking with that all-important rider-friendly ‘feeling’, while the rear is equipped with a 245mm disc and 2-piston calliper, also by Brembo.

At 825mm, the seat height of the 796 is a sure-footed 20mm lower than the 1100.

Suspension duties up front are taken care of by very capable 43mm Marzocchi forks, which are gripped by completely redesigned top and bottom fork clamps. The fork bottoms, which also have radial mounting for the brake callipers, are redesigned with a far more compact profile.

Through decades of racing and development, Ducati have proven that innovative chassis engineering and evolutionary frame advancement win races. The tubular Trellis frame, used on every Ducati motorcycle, is a signature design element.

This unique Ducati frame is light, rigid and beautiful thanks to its ingenious Trellis design and use of high quality ALS 450 tubing. Each tube is mitred and micro-fusion welded in a complex triangulated pattern and our incredibly strong L-Twin engine cases are functional ‘stressed members’ of the chassis.

The rear Sachs suspension features adjustable spring pre-load and return damping, allowing adjustments for riding styles or load, while the wheels are 17″ 5-spoke Enkei.

For further information, please call Next Bike Sdn Bhd at 03-77225990.



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