Hypermotard 950 Review: Ducati Hypermotard 950 RVE Review: The most sensible Ducati in India?

Performance motorcycling in India has been gaining ground in the past decade despite the recent covid induced slowdown. With more disposable income and a wide variety of options to choose from, Indian riders across the country are buying aspirational motorcycles today as their primary transport. While making a purchase decision, there are some common concerns that underline the big bike ownership experience in the country. These are, low ground clearance, engine heat, traffic manoeuvrability and high-maintenance cost, all reasonable concerns if you are going to be investing in a motorcycle that costs as much as a car. However, there is one offering from Ducati India that you most likely have not considered yet, the Hypermotard 950 RVE. Here is why you should take a look at the Hypermotard if you are someone who intends on using your motorcycle on a daily basis.
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Design:
The Ducati Hypermotard 950 RVE is definitely a looker from all angles. It will especially appeal to folks who appreciate a form following function ethos. The high-mounted front beak, front handlebar protectors with integrated LED DRLs and the slim single-pane seat running from the 14.5-litre fuel tank to the taillamp unit set the tone for its dirt bike inspiration. The exposed steel trellis frame and the off-set tail lamp unit give a raw utilitarian appeal and the upswept dual exhaust cans make the motorcycle look lean and mean from the rear.
The 17-inch alloy wheels in the RVE edition are finished in a dual-tone theme and look good when stationary and while on the move. The motorcycle we rode had a pair of Pirelli Diablo Rosso 3 tyres, 120/70 section on the front and 180/55 section tyre on the rear. Combined with its 195 mm ground clearance and the very comfortable 170 mm of suspension travel on each end, the Hypermotard is a very attractive supermotard motorcycle that is up for grabs in India.

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The only disappointment in terms of aesthetics is the Hypermotard’s halogen headlamp unit which is underwhelming both in design and performance. The sabre tooth style LED DRLs on the other hand look good.
Equipment on offer:
Now before we share our riding experience, let us quickly take you through the equipment that is on offer with the Ducati Hypermotard 950 RVE. It gets 45 mm fully adjustable Marzocchi USD forks on the front and a fully adjustable mono shock at the rear. Braking duties are performed by double 320 mm discs on the front and a 245 mm disc at the rear, which is pretty responsive. The front features two monobloc radially-mounted 4-piston Brembo M4.32 callipers. It also gets a single-side swing arm with a single nut lock for the wheel. The tapered aluminium handlebar is wide and adds to the motorcycle’s agility.

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Loaded with geeky tech:
Do not be fooled by the Hypermotard’s minimal design, Ducati has managed to pack in an entire suite of safety tech and rider assistance systems inside the motorcycle. It comes with cornering ABS from Bosch, Ducati

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