Project Ducati Hypermotard: Part VI, Saving Weight
The Aviacompositi tail fits great as well.  The factory like fit is a nice touch.

Unfortunately the Desmo Challenge tail is a race only part with no provision for a rear light.  When doing a web search on Hypermotard images on Google we found images of a very clean carbon tail for the Hypermotard with a taillight.  With a little more searching we found the company that made the part, Aviacompositi in Italy.   We sent them an email and to our relief found that they could communicate in English perfectly.  Soon we had a beautiful carbon tail and license plate holder.

Project Ducati Hypermotard: Part VI, Saving Weight
The Aviacompositi tail comes with a tailight and all the correct brackets to make installation an easy plug and play affair.

The tail looks awesome and we really feel that this is truly the way the bike should have come from the factory.  Even better, the tail saves 2.5 lbs. from the rear of the bike in a high location as well.  This tail is one of the most satisfying mods we have done so far.

Project Ducati Hypermotard: Part VI, Saving Weight
The carbon licence plate holder looks cool and saves weight.
Project Ducati Hypermotard: Part VI, Saving Weight
The tail is one of the best looking things you can do to a Hypermotard in our opinion!

Finally we replaced our heavy sealed lead acid stock battery with a high tech lithium ion superlight battery from Braille Battery.  We selected the superlight ML7S battery.  The ML7S weighs only 2 lbs.!  Much lighter than the already light 8.5 lb stock battery.  This gives a savings of 6.5 lbs.!

Project Ducati Hypermotard: Part VI, Saving Weight
 The high tech Braille lithium ion battery weighs only a hair over 2 lbs.!

The battery fit perfectly in the Ducati’s battery tray, critical because it is a molded in part of the fuel tank that cannot be modified.  The battery is lower profile than stock but we discovered that all we had to do was to flip the stock battery hold down upside down to secure the battery.  The battery is also held in with Velcro strips so we stuck some Velcro to the bottom of the Braille battery so we could use the factory Velcro.

Project Ducati Hypermotard: Part VI, Saving Weight
The Braille Battery is lower in profile than the stock battery.

The battery uses a dry chemistry that means it can be held in any orientation and work fine.  It also has the ability to pulse up to 250 amps to give plenty of starting power.  It also has a pretty large capacity of 18 amp hours.  The battery can be fully charged in as little as 10 minutes.  Best of all the battery has a one year warranty, even if used for racing!

Project Ducati Hypermotard: Part VI, Saving Weight
To retain the battery, we found if you simply flipped the stock hold down over, it would work just fine!


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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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