A Look at the New Ducati Hypermotard 950 RVE

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Fresh news from Borgo Panigale: Ducati have just thrown the wraps off the new Ducati Hypermotard 950 RVE. Riffing off the eye-catching Hypermotard 950 Concept that they unveiled at the prestigious Concorso d’Eleganza last year, the RVE is mostly a styling exercise—but it should hit the mark for fans of Ducati’s twin-cylinder hooligan machine.

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The biggest drawcard is the ‘graffiti’ livery, lifted directly from the original concept bike. Ducati used a different method to apply the graphics than they usually do, with ultra-thin decals and a lengthy finishing process that results in an airbrushed-like finish.

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The graphics extend onto the front fender and radiator side panels, and the seat now features a two-tone cover. There’s a hit of red on the RVE’s wheels too, and the front and back sections of the trellis frame are finished in black and silver, respectively.

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On the tech side, Ducati have given the RVE one of the higher-spec SP’s features: a quick-shifter. And it naturally features all the same rider aids as the base model Hypermotard 950 too, like cornering ABS with a ‘slide by brake’ function, traction control and wheelie control.

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What it doesn’t have, is the SP’s longer-travel Öhlins suspension or Marchesini forged rims, but it’s probably not going to cost the same as the SP either. Last year’s Hypermotard 950 Concept also had a few carbon and hop-up bits that are missing here, but again, these would have priced it out of contention. *

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Even though Ducati have really just pulled the old ‘bold new graphics’ trick here, the RVE’s styling suits the Hypermotard’s raucous nature. It’s a wildly fun bike, with aggressive ergonomics, and a hearty 114 hp / 98 Nm from its 937 cc Testastretta motor. And that quick-shifter upgrade might seal the deal for many riders.

Are you tempted?

* Pricing and availability for South Africa to be confirmed.