Monday, December 9, 2013

Today in motorcycle history, December 9, 2005




  The EICMA (Esposizione Internazionale Ciclo Motociclo e Accessori) "Best of Show" winning concept bike, the Ducati Hypermotard, makes it's only North American appearance at the Long Beach (California) Cycle World International Motorcycle Show.

  Only a few hours after its unveiling, the Ducati Hypermotard, had already won its first important recognition.  The prototype designed by Pierre Terblanche was awarded the prestigious "Best of Show" at the "Designers Night" held by the Motorcycle Design Association.  The new Ducati jewel was chosen from the many new concept motorcycles proposed at EICMA, the 63rd International Motorcycle Exhibition.

  The Ducati Hypermotard was a radical concept bike that took power, aggressiveness, versatility and sport performance to new extremes. Taking advantage of the compactness and agility of a traditional Supermotard, Ducati upped the ante with leg-wetting street power thanks in part to it's 1078cc, fuel-injected, air-cooled,  90 degree twin.

  Supermotard's sexy styling can still make the blood boil.  However, this bike offered what no Supermotard could: speeds of 135 MPH, fuel injection and 100 horsepower and only 385 lbs of dry weight!

  Cycle World's review said it all, "The Ducati Hypermotard is  the most extreme mountain conquering, urban assaulting machine EVER."