The Ducati Hypermotard struck all the right notes for the Motorcycle Design Association, they voted it the best design for 2005. I’m curious if we’ll see more of this type of bike produced. They’re practical in all sorts of real world riding situations and it does look really good but I think a lot of people have to warm up to the style before they’ll actually put the money down. I like it.
Press release follows:
Bologna, February 2006: The Motorcycle Design Association, a group of designers and professionals from within the two-wheel industry worldwide, has voted the Ducati Hypermotard, designed by Pierre Terblanche, as the best overall motorcycle design trophy winner for 2005.
This award follows on from the ‘Best of Show’ award that was given to the Hypermotard during the Eicma Show in Milan last November, one of the most important shows worldwide for the motorcycle sector.
In winning the best overall design award, the Hypermotard scored 50% more votes than the runner-up, the Yamaha MT-05.
The Design Trophy was awarded for the first time in September 2001; since then, every year, over 70 top professionals from the worldwide design sector are called upon to vote for the best motorcycle design. The jury, made up of designers as well as representatives of the press and the main motorcycle manufacturers, gather to chose the winners in five categories, and then nominate the Motorcycle Design Trophy for the best overall motorbike design.
Ducati Hypermotard takes the power, the pleasure and the performance of a supermotard bike to a new extreme and interprets it in Ducati’s unmistakeable style. With 100 horsepower and just 175 kg of dry weight, it is still just a concept, but considering its success so far, it could easily become part of the prestigious Ducati range.