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201407 Apr

Scoop! Ducati Considering Hyperstrada for India

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Touring screen and panniers are immediate visual diferentiators on the new Ducati Hyperstrada compared to the Hypermotard.

 

It just keeps getting better for Indian bike lovers, doesn’t it? We have it on good authority that Ducati India (the new, fully-owned subsidiary in the country, not the much-maligned dealer-importer) is keen to launch the Hyperstrada in the country.

 

So what is the Hyperstrada? Put simply, it is a sport-touring version of the Hypermotard. It comes with semi-rigid side panniers (50 litres of stowage in total), a pillion grab-handle, heated handlebar grips, sat-nav, touring windscreen, touring seat, centre stand and has two 12V power sockets, useful for charging your phone, or making yourself a cup of tea, if you have one of those little kettles. The mud-guards are larger than those found on the Hypermotard too, to protect you from road splash.

 

Mechanically, it is identical to the Hypermotard, making use of the same 821cc Desmodromic L-twin, which produces 110 PS and 89 Nm of torque, more than enough for most riders on most roads in India. Ducati’s trademark steel trellis frame should be rigid enough, and the suspension consists of high-quality 43 mm upside down forks in the front and a monoshock rear on a single-sided swing-arm. The rear suspension is remote-adjustable for spring preload, useful if you have a pillion / extra luggage / varying terrain.

There are three ride modes as well on the Hyperstrada, called Sport, Touring and Urban. The riding modes alter the throttle response, traction control and ABS intervention. Sport and Touring put out the full 110 PS but with different throttle response (Sport is more aggressive), while Urban mode cuts power and restricts the throttle response quite severely.   

A 16-litre tank should give the Hyperstrada a range of approximately 200 kilometres on a tank-full, which is above the endurance level of an average rider on Indian roads.

The Hyperstrada has received positive reviews from people around the globe, who appreciate its light-weight manners and ease of use.    

 

What should get Indian bikers really excited is the price. Ducati India is aiming to launch the bike at less than Rs 10 lakh, we’ve been told, which will make it cheaper than the Triumph Tiger 800 XC. However, it is more of a sport-tourer compared to the Triumph, with limited off-road usability.

At the price, Ducati Hyperstrada will make bike lovers all over the country begin to salivate with expectation. It also at a stroke puts a dent in the product and pricing plans for the competition. Ducati’s brand recall is admittedly higher than many other premium bike makers, which will hold it in good stead once it commences full-fledged operations in India.