Top 200 Current Motorcycles: Best Or Worst? - Ducati Hypermotard & Multistrada
Let's see how far we can go on an alliteration marathon: These four Ducatis are Disgusting, Despicable, Detestable, Deplorable, Disgraceful... need I go on?
If you think any of these four horror shows are going to rate a BEST, you've got another thing coming!
From the tip of that anteater snout to the rear wheel that looks like it's about to fall off since someone removed the right hand side swingarm, and all of the girdery, misshapen, erector set junk inbetween, this is one profoundly ugly motorcycle... verging on Bimota Tesi or Buell Lightning ugly, and believe me, that's really ugly!
This model has a potent 1078 cc, air cooled, l-twin powerplant designed with a bore and stroke of 98 mm x 71.5 mm and a compression ratio of 10.5:1 which bestows upon the bike a satisfying 90 horsepower (66.2 kW). When we compute the total weight of the motorcycle being 394 pounds (179 Kg.), and factor that into the eyeball-flattening horsepower we get a total of 4.38 pounds per horsepower, which is a number that can compare favorably with the power to weight ratio of an SSC Aero SC/8T.
Ducati Hypermotard S
Aesthetically, the Hypermotard S just looks like a standard model with a bad sunburn. Either that or it's a lobster that's been boiled. Either way, it looks more like a railway bridge support than a motorcycle. Yuck!
This bike is driven by a whirlwind 1078 cc, air cooled, l-twin motor set up with a bore and stroke of 98 mm x 71.5 mm and a compression ratio of 10.5:1 which endows the model an alluring 90 horsepower (66.2 kW). When we work out the overall curb weight of the bike being 389 pounds (177 Kg.), and factor it into the stout power generated the result is 4.33 pounds per horsepower, a figure that approximates the power to weight ratio of a Vector WX3.
Ducati Multistrada 1100
Conversation overheard in Bologna: "Hey, since we already laid a huge Duck egg with the vomit inducing styling of the Hypermotard why don't we plunk the single most ungainly dual sport fairing this side of a Kawasaki Tengai on that already huge malodorous mound of rotten, maggot infested pig manure and call it the Multistrada!"
Let's put it this way: If I had to find a use for the Multistrada, it would be for target practice. And even then it would be a waste of good ammo.
This cycle is driven by a divine 1078 cc, air cooled, l-twin motor with a bore and stroke measuring 98 mm x 71.5 mm and a compression ratio of 10.5:1 which bestows upon the model an euphoric 95 horsepower (69.9 kW). When we look at the riderless weight of the bike equalling 431 pounds (196 Kg.), and factor it into the strong horsepower we get a final calculation of 4.54 pounds per horsepower, a total that is fairly close to the power to weight ratio of a Chrysler ME Four Twelve.
Ducati Multistrada 1100 S
You can get a much greater... er... "appreciation" of the profound hideousness of that multilayered fairing from the front three quarters view than from the profile. From this side the fairing seems separated into five, count 'em, five different and completely incoherent elements. How can any rider in his right mind part with his cash in exchange for this two wheeled gargoyle?
The bike has a fabulous 1078 cc, air cooled, l-twin engine featuring a bore and stroke of 98 mm x 71.5 mm and a compression ratio of 10.5:1 which endows the motorcycle an elating 95 horsepower (69.9 kW). When we calculate the basic weight of the motorcycle being 431 pounds (196 Kg.), and factor it into the mighty power available we get a total calculation of 4.54 pounds per horsepower, a total that approximates the power to weight ratio of a American V8 Supercar Series car.
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