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Ducati launches Hypermotard bike in ‘Graffiti’ livery

Graphics will look as if they were done by custom airbrush, says Italian bike company


Ducati has unveiled its  new Hypermotard 950 RVE motorcycle, which wears special “Graffiti” livery inspired by that on the concept bike showcased at the 2019 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este concours.

The bike is part of the Borgo Panigala fun-bike family and is slotted between the Hypermotard 950 and the Hypermotard 950 SP, the Italian motorcycle manufacturer said.

Adding to the fun dimension of the bike are its graphics, which Ducati said guarantee a look comparable to a custom airbrushed paint job.

Ducati, Ducati launches Hypermotard bike in ‘Graffiti’ livery, ClassicCars.com Journal

“Wanting to transfer the same manufacturing quality of the concept bike from which it derives to the production motorcycle, it was necessary in the painting phases, to employ highly skilled labor, use very low thickness decals and adopt a particularly long and complex process,” Ducati said. “The result is comparable to that of an airbrushed bodywork.

“Not only graphics, but also a standard equipment upgrade for this new version. The electronic package of the Hypermotard 950 RVE is enhanced by the Ducati Quick Shift Up and Down EVO, which is added to the components already present in the standard version, namely Bosch Cornering ABS with Slide by Brake function (in setting 1), Ducati Traction Control Evo (DTC EVO) and Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC) EVO.”

Ducati said the design was inspired by “the motard look,” which features twin exhausts under the seat and smaller superstructures “that leave the mechanical components visible, including the trellis rear frame that communicates lightness and essentiality.

“Ergonomics ensure the rider maximum responsiveness in all conditions. The seat is flat, particularly tapered to ensure wide movement and allows you to touch the ground with ease.”

Power is provided by a twin-cylinder 937cc Testastretta 11° engine, rated at 114 horsepower. 

Ducati said the bike will be available in July with an MSRP of £11,750 ($14,795).

For more information, visit the Ducati website.

Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.


  1. Rode a first gen KTM Duke hypermotard some years back. Dirtbike suspension and seating meets crotch rocket power and tires.
    I’m too old and fragile for these, but it would wheelie at will in any gear, leapt things like railroad rails (the rails, not paved crossings) and curbs with very little effort, and could kneedrag pavement right along with similarly powered sportbikes. If I’d bought it, I’d be long dead; the envelope never seems to end. One’s skill, however… and my skills are somewhat less than mad.
    Love to be 25 and have this. Sigh.


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