Doug Westly | Safety Editor
Let’s get something straight right now. The Ducati’s Hypermotard SP is not for everyone. First off, it is not a beginner’s bike. The bike reacts to rider input so quickly that it takes an experienced rider to manage it, otherwise over-controlling the bike is a real possibility. Newbies need not apply. Next, the riding position is unlike other “normal” sport bikes. While you sit upright and comfortable, the feeling is more like a giant dual-sport on steroids than a regular sport bike. Nevertheless, if you’re into sport bikes and are looking for something different, I invite you to strap on the Hypermotard SP. My past stable of sport bikes has included V-4s, inline 4s and V-twins. I’ve gone from a Honda 996 Superhawk to a CBR Repsol 1000RR, onto a Ducati 749 and 1098. I’ve done track time on the last three of those, as well as a track-only, race-prepped CBR600RR. However, none of those offer the handling and responsiveness of the SP. Take all of the characteristics of the SP and add in one more nice surprise…comfort, and the SP is one fun bike!