Project Ducati Hypermotard: Part VI, Saving Weight

Project Ducati Hypermotard: Part IV - Saving Weight

By Jeff Naeyaert

Although the Ducati Hypermotard S is a pretty light bike from the factory at 390 lbs. we figured that we could always make a good thing better by getting rid of some of the weight.  For 2010 Ducati freshened up the Hypermotard model with the Evo SP which weighs only 379 lbs.  This is mostly due to lighter engine cases, flywheel, alternator and crank.

Read More About Project Hypermotard Here!

Project Ducati Hypermotard: Part VI, Saving Weight
Our Aviacompositi tail really gives Project Hypermotard a sleek look and cleans up the cluttered area of the bike.  We think that this is a huge difference and is how the bike should come from the factory.  The Aviacompositi tail is a street going version of the factory racing Desmo Challenge tail.

We had originally installed a Ducati Performance exhaust that got rid of 15.5 lbs. of weight.  A bunch of carbon fiber deleted a couple of pounds but we added back a couple with beefier handguards, bars and mirrors.  We were already lighter than the Evo SP but wanted to see what else we could do.

Project Ducati Hypermotard: Part VI, Saving Weight
The Ducshop Hyperstack air intake system replaces the restrictive stock airbox with tuned stacks and K&N pod filters.  The kit is complete and comes with everything you need to do the install.

The first thing we tried was to replace the restrictive stock airbox with a Hyperstack air intake from the Ducshop.  The Ducshop is a Ducati Tuner that makes a wide range of performance, track proven parts for Ducatis. The Ducshop Hyperstacks are CNC machined billet aluminum velocity stacks that clamp to the stock intake ducts right past the throttle bodies.   K&N pod filters attach to the stacks.  This system is totally free flowing, much more than the stock intake that breathes through a tiny hole in the airbox.

Project Ducati Hypermotard: Part VI, Saving Weight
Look at the tiny hole that the engine breathes through in the stock airbox!

Project Ducati Hypermotard: Part VI, Saving Weight

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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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