Project Ducati Hypermotard: Part VI, Saving Weight
The air filter element is really small for 1100cc as well.


Project Ducati Hypermotard: Part VI, Saving Weight

Compared to the stock airbox, you can tell that there is no lack of flow here!

The Ducshop has dyno tested the stacks and tuned their length to complement the engine's characteristics.  The stack are also compatible with the engine's tuning, particularly the Ducati performance ECU that we have that runs richer than stock.  Dyno testing has shown that the Hyperstacks produce about 6 peak hp and more power across the board.  Pretty impressive!  We also found that the Hyperstacks shave about 3 lbs. from the total weight by ditching the airbox.

Project Ducati Hypermotard: Part VI, Saving Weight
These are typical dyno results from the Ducshop.  With gains accross the board, you can tell that the tuned length is right.

The Hypermotard’s trellis frame is made of chrome moly steel tubing.  A large part of the frame is a steel subframe that supports the rear part of the bike.  Since we had to remove the subframe to get to the bike's airbox, we decided to replace the subframe with a superlight alloy part from Motowheels.  Motowheels specializes in ubertrick parts for Ducatis, Aprilias and MV Agustas.

Project Ducati Hypermotard: Part VI, Saving Weight
The Motowheels alloy subframe is on the bottom.  It is featherweight and well crafted with excellent build quality.  We think the black looks better than the stock silver.

The subframe is made from tig welded aluminum and anodized black.  The fit is OEM perfect.  The subframe pares 8 lbs. from high and rearward on the bike exactly where you would want it.  This was an easy way to get rid of weight in a transparent way.

Project Ducati Hypermotard: Part VI, Saving Weight
The alloy subframe looks killer!

We admired the way that the factory Ducati Racing Desmo Challenge tail looked on the Hypermotard.  The tail was a sleek one piece fiberglass part that replaced the various pods that make up the rear tail of the bike.  We always found these pods to clutter up the bike and thought it was the worst looking part of the bike's styling.

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Dusty Duster
Dusty Dusterlink
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 2:08 AM
That is an impressive amount of weight savings for an already-light sports bike.
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 3:31 AM
You guys numbered it wrong, it's part 4 not 6. Bike looks great, makes me want to learn to ride and get a bike of my own.
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 7:21 AM
2lbs battery ??? Holy shit ! Too bad it doesn't have enough cranking power for my car.
Der Bruce
Der Brucelink
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 10:55 AM
I have mixed feelings about the supermoto style bikes but love the way this is looking!

Have you thought about getting an adjustable lowering link for the rear and then maybe lowering the front and rear, say 15mm before spending money on having the shocks revalved?
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 12:39 PM
I'm with Der Bruce on this one, nice parts going into this one!
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 1:39 PM
With the Lithium battery requiring a special battery charger - does one have to change the alternator/charging circuit?
Mike Kojima
Mike Kojimalink
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 2:44 PM
Braille makes ultra light race car batteries as well. Like one that weighs only 4 lbs!

The battery is completly compatable with the stock charing system.

The bike has the optional Ducati lowering link and it is aready lowered in the link and triple clamps to the max amount.
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 4:26 PM
Damn, such a nice bike.
Der Bruce
Der Brucelink
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 5:44 PM
I can see it on the clamps now that you mention it, geez it just doesn't seem like that much but that looks like a good 15-20mm.

Have you tuned this suspension yet Mike or is that what you guys are still debating right now?
Mike Kojima
Mike Kojimalink
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 6:19 PM
We are considering ohlins inset for the forks or Racetech.
Der Bruce
Der Brucelink
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 7:24 PM
Ohlins to match front and rear would be tight. Spendy but tight! I think Racetech has a good rep for being helpful.

I'm a sucker for Euro bikes. In my twenty years of riding dirt bikes, quads and even 3 wheelers all my bikes were Huskys both Swedish and Italian in origin. Love Ducatis and what your doing with yours!
Thursday, June 16, 2011 7:06 AM
oooooo Li-ion battery... drool... too bad I can't afford one of those! (or have prices gone down?)
Thursday, June 16, 2011 8:20 AM
it already shares the SBK suspension right?

Get some of the 848 or 1098 takeoffs.

Tell me where to come pick up the old battery, my M620ie has a leaky replacement battery that scares me sometimes
Mike Kojima
Mike Kojimalink
Sunday, June 19, 2011 10:51 PM
PM me and I will give you our office address.
Monday, March 12, 2012 2:10 AM
Where are the rear turn signale, are they incorperted in the tail light?
Saturday, January 14, 2017 6:48 AM
Is project Hypermotard still around? I wish they made that intake for my 2014 821 SP.
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