Ducati unveiled a new version of its twitchy little torque monster today

The Italian manufacturer’s much-loved Hypermotard will soon be available in a 796 cc version for $2,000 less than its 1,100 cc older brother.

Final specs for the bike aren’t yet available, but the mini Hypermotard will be lighter weight with a lower seat height without sacrificing much of its Ritalin-esque appeal. The new 796 L-twin is a brand-new powerplant for Ducati, boasting a respectable 81 horsepower and 56 pound-feet of torque from its 368-pound dirt bike-inspired body. While the chassis has been redesigned to incorporate a new frame layout and the clutch is being upgraded for lighter action, the single-sided swingarm remains the same.

For more information please visit: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/uptospeed/2009/09/ducati-unveils-the-796-cc-version-of-its-popular-hypermotard.html

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