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Ducati Unveils Hypermotard 698 Mono Powered by 77 HP Single

After boasting about its new Superquadro Mono engine, a 659cc single making a claimed 77.5 hp, Ducati has now unveiled the first bike housing this powereplant.

The 2024 Ducati Hypermotard 698 Mono weighs a claimed 333 pounds wet, has fully adjustable suspension and the trademark Ducati steel trellis frame. As the video below illustrates, in experienced hands, this motorcycle should be an absolute blast to ride. It should be in dealers in February, 2024 starting at $12,995.

Here is the press release from Ducati along with a video:

  • The perfect fun-bike: fun, essential and light like a racing Supermotard; beautiful, sophisticated and high-performance like every Ducati
  • The first Ducati single-cylinder Supermotard is equipped with the new Superquadro Mono engine, the most sophisticated and high-performance in its category thanks to 77.5 hp of maximum power and a maximum rotation speed of 10,250 rpm
  • The Hypermotard 698 Mono is equipped as standard with electronics that allow you to learn to ride like a real Supermotard rider
  • Thanks to technical solutions derived from the world of the Panigale, the Hypermotard 698 Mono is a motorcycle with great responsiveness and sports-like riding precision, with an engine that pulls like no other

Borgo Panigale (Bologna, Italy), 2 November 2023 – In the fifth episode of the Ducati World Première web series 2024, Ducati revealed to the public the new Hypermotard 698 Mono, the first Ducati single-cylinder Supermotard.

The Hypermotard 698 Mono was created with the sole objective of thrilling through the curves, between the curbs of the tracks but also in the city, transforming every move into the most fun moment of the day. An objective achieved by applying technical solutions derived from the world of the Panigale for the engine, electronics and chassis to a new segment for Ducati, thus creating a motorbike capable of providing unforgettable emotions once on the saddle.

The Hypermotard 698 Mono is in fact designed and built to achieve maximum performance on asphalt and is equipped with the new Superquadro Mono, the most sophisticated and high-performance single-cylinder road engine ever made. A record-breaking engine thanks to the maximum power of 77.5 hp and the 10,250 rpm maximum rotation which constitute new benchmarks for the category. This engine derives from the twin-cylinder of the 1299 Panigale, from which it inherits the 116 mm bore piston, combustion chamber, titanium intake and steel exhaust valves and Desmodromic distribution, the same solution that Ducati uses in MotoGP.

Its electronic package, unrivalled in the category, allows the less expert to learn to ride like a Supermotard rider, supported by ABS Cornering which for this bike boasts settings specifically developed to manage “sideways riding” on the track.

The same package allows more experienced riders to fully exploit the high power of the Superquadro Mono engine and the stable and rigorous chassis. The Hypermotard 698 Mono combines the precision of the front end of Ducati sports bikes with the typical nimbleness of Supermotards, for easy, intuitive and above all fun riding like a fun bike should have. This balance was achieved thanks to chassis dimensions that allow for a more neutral and communicative front end compared to motorcycles derived from the offroad world, which are typically more understeering.

Added to all this is a design that enhances the presence of the new Superquadro Mono engine and which combines the distinctive traits of racing Supermotards such as simplicity, aggressiveness and visual lightness with the cleanliness and sophistication of the surfaces to which Ducatisti are now accustomed.

Unmistakable Ducati style
The new Hypermotard 698 Mono combines a typically Supermotard racing aesthetic, essential, compact and aggressive, with the clean lines and attention to surfaces typical of Ducati design.

The result is a slim and sleek motorcycle. The superstructures reduced to a minimum immediately communicate Ducati sportiness and enhance the vertical development of the new Superquadro Mono. The high and flat seat, the high front mudguard, the sharp tail and the rear number plates are all elements that confirm its attitude.

In line with Ducati style, the five-spoke alloy wheels with a “Y” design combine a sporty look with the advantage of lightness. Another unique element are the double silencers mounted at the top, on the sides of the tail, a distinctive element of the Hypermotard family as well as the racing Supermotards. The super compact LED headlight integrates the DRL function with a double “C” light profile and makes the Hypermotard 698 Mono a motorcycle that does not go unnoticed. The same light signature is found in the rear position light.

The fun-bike personality of the Hypermotard 698 Mono emerges clearly in the RVE version, characterized by the dedicated ‘Graffiti’ livery. This colouring was created with the use of water decals with the aim of obtaining refined and complex graphics inspired by works of street art.

Superquadro Mono engine
The Ducati Hypermotard 698 Mono debuts the new Superquadro Mono, the latest addition to the Borgo Panigale engines which presents itself as a new performance benchmark among single-cylinder road bikes.  

Powerful, light and compact, it comes from the most powerful and refined twin-cylinder ever created by Ducati: the 1,285 cc Superquadro of the 1299 Panigale. It retains the 116 mm bore of that engine, a record value for a road single-cylinder, combined with a stroke of 62.4 mm for a displacement of 659 cc, and highly sophisticated solutions.

The box-in-box piston, the titanium intake valves, the aluminium cylinder liner, the piston pin equipped with DLC coating and naturally Desmodromic distribution make the Superquadro Mono capable of revving at speeds normally reserved only for racing single cylinders (the limiter is set at 10,250 rpm) and delivers a maximum power of 77.5 hp at 9,750 rpm.

The torque, whose maximum value is 6.4 kgm at 8,000 rpm, is distributed in a particularly favourable manner, resulting in linear delivery that can be exploited in sports riding. Furthermore, thanks to the Termignoni racing exhaust, in track configuration the power increases by 7 horsepower reaching the incredible value of 84.5 hp, another record for a single-cylinder.

The standard electronic equipment of the Hypermotard 698 Mono is the most complete in its category and includes many of the controls present on the Panigale V4, developed specifically for this bike. There are ABS Cornering, Ducati Traction Control, Ducati Wheelie Control, Engine Brake Control, Ducati Power Launch and Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) Up/Down, which can be purchased as an accessory for the standard version and is supplied as standard on the RVE version.

The goal is always the same: to increase riding fun. And with the Hypermotard 698 Mono, less experienced riders will be able to approach Motard-style riding with the certainty of being able to count on sophisticated electronics.

The Hypermotard 698 Mono has four riding modes (Sport, Road, Urban and Wet) to which the Engine Mode (available on 3 levels), DTC, EBC and ABS levels are assigned by default, which can be modified by the rider. Everything is managed by the 3.8″ LCD instrumentation with white characters on a black background to ensure the readability of the information. As on the Panigale V4, the Hypermotard 698 Mono also features an indication of gear change and when the limiter is reached.

The Hypermotard 698 Mono is the first Ducati to offer four levels of ABS. Two of these integrate the Slide-by-Brake functionality, which through the use of the rear brake allows safe and repeatable cornering when powersliding in sporty riding on the track.

With the ABS set to level 3, when using the rear brake during aggressive braking on the track, the Slide-by-Brake activates, allowing the bike a contained yaw angle that is easier to manage. Just brake, start entering the corner and the electronics will take care of the rest. This level was developed for less experienced riders on the track who want to start approaching sideways riding when entering corners. With this level of Slide-by-Brake, rear powerslides become more easily controllable, leaving room for fun.

When ABS is set to level 2, Slide-by-Brake allows for a wider sideways angle and more pronounced powerslides into the corner. This level was developed for sporting use on the track for those who already have experience with powerslides but want to be able to count on the safety offered by the ABS system.
For more experienced riders who want to independently manage powerslides when entering corners on the track, level 1 is available in which the ABS, not Cornering, is active only on the front.

Finally, the ABS of the Hypermotard 698 Mono also has level 4, developed for low-grip situations to guarantee maximum stability and safety. It is associated by default with Wet Riding Mode.

The bike offers 4 levels of Wheelie Control. Levels 4, 3 and 2 ensure maximum acceleration out of corners while minimizing lift from the front wheel. Level 1, however, was developed for use on the track and allows controlled and safe lifting of the front, maximizing both performance and fun.

Furthermore, exclusively for use on the track, the Ducati Performance software for Ducati Wheelie Control is available as an accessory. This functionality can be activated only in association with the Termignoni Ducati Performance exhaust, not street-legal, and provides an additional assistance strategy called Wheelie Assist. In this case the electronics assist the rider in executing and maintaining a prolonged wheelie, regulating the angle using the engine torque delivered.

Chassis and ergonomics
The Hypermotard 698 Mono is compact and lightweight, with a curb weight of 151 kg without fuel. A result obtained thanks to solutions such as the trellis frame with differentiated sections and thicknesses weighing only 7.2 kg, capable of combining strength with rigidity and lightness, to the cast rims (-0.5 kg compared to similar spoked wheels), to the brake discs with aluminium flange (-17% compared to a steel unit) and to the lightweight Marzocchi fork, fully adjustable and equipped with external adjusters, with upside-down front forks and 45 mm aluminium sliders, weighing only 8.1 kg.

The double-sided swingarm, light and essential, works via a progressive linkage with a fully adjustable rear shock absorber. The rims are fitted with Pirelli Diablo Rosso IV tyres, measuring 120/70 ZR 17 at the front and 160/60 ZR 17 at the rear.

The front braking system relies on a single 330 mm disc developed specifically by Brembo for the Hypermotard 698 Mono, with Brembo M4.32 radial caliper. At the rear there is a single 240 mm disc, also with a dedicated design.

The riding position is designed to guarantee maximum control in sports riding, supporting both traditional riding with the leg stretched towards the ground and that with the knee on the ground. The variable section handlebar determines a dominant position, favouring body movements. The advancement is adjustable through eccentric U-bolts.

The design of the footrests is studied to maximize the lean angle. Furthermore, by removing the rubber inserts it is possible to obtain maximum grip with racing boots when used on the track thanks to a specific processing of the edge. The extremely slim upper structure of the bike and the flat saddle covered with an optimized grip fabric facilitate body and leg movements.

Enthusiasts who wish to exploit the high performance of the Hypermotard 698 Mono on the circuit will find various proposals in the Ducati Performance catalogue, starting from the Termignoni racing exhaust, racing seat, motard footrests, as well as sliders and protective covers for the engine crankcases.

There are also different carbon fibre components, which help to lighten the Ducati single-cylinder and make it more aggressive: from the front panel to the heat shield for the exhaust manifold, up to a homologated muffler in titanium and carbon fibre. Finally, those who want to embellish the aesthetics will find various parts in aluminium machined from solid, such as brake and clutch levers, the relative reservoirs or the fuel cap, and dynamic direction indicators.

The Hypermotard 698 Mono is a fun bike. Easy to ride, fun and with great style. For this reason, Ducati has created a dedicated clothing line.

The Overlay Yo jacket is the main piece of the collection, with a contemporary and original design created in collaboration with Drudi Performance. It combines a transparent outer fabric with a thermoregulating 3D mesh. This super-versatile jacket, produced by Spidi Sport, can be connected to a protective vest for use on a motorbike.

The collection is enriched by the sweatshirt, certified for use on motorbikes thanks to the technical fabric reinforcements and CE protectors on the shoulders and elbows. The perfect match is with the dedicated helmet with an aggressive Supermotard look and a strong personality.

The collection also includes technical boots specific for Motard riding and sports shoes designed for daily motorbike use.

Colours and availability
The new Hypermotard 698 Mono will be available in dealerships in the Ducati network starting from January in the classic Ducati Red with powder-coated frame, or in the RVE version with dedicated graphics, black frame and DQS quickshifter as standard.

For younger riders, in possession of an A2 licence, Ducati offers the version with power limited to 35 kW. In this version the Superquadro Mono delivers 43.5 hp at 6,250 rpm and 5 kgm at 5,750 rpm.

The dynamic video of the Hypermotard 698 Mono can be seen on the Ducati YouTube channel.

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Hypermotard 698 Mono

Main standard equipment

  • Ducati Superquadro Mono engine with bore and stroke of 116 and 62.4 mm, 659 cc, maximum power of 77.5 hp at 9,750 rpm, maximum torque of 6.4 kgm at 8,000 rpm (A2 version 43.5 hp at 6,250 rpm and 5 kgm at 5,750 rpm), box-in-box piston, desmodromic distribution with titanium intake valves
  • Steel trellis frame with tubes of different sections and thicknesses, steel tube subframe and aluminium double-sided swingarm
  • 45 mm Marzocchi upside-down fork, fully adjustable, with upper adjusters for hydraulic calibrations, 215 mm travel. Fully adjustable Sachs monoshock with interposition of progressive linkages, external adjusters for hydraulic calibrations, wheel travel 240 mm.
  • 5-spoke alloy wheels 120/70-17” and 160/60-17”with Pirelli DIABLO™ Rosso IV tyres
  • Bosch-Brembo ABS 10.3ME Cornering braking system
  • 330 mm diameter front disc with aluminium flange and Brembo M4.32 4-piston radial caliper
  • Rider footrests optimized for sport riding with removable rubber covering for maximum grip with racing boots
  • Full LED headlight with double-C DRL, Full-LED rear light
  • Dashboard with 3.8” IBN (Improved Black Nematic) LCD screen with gear shift LED
  • Lithium ion battery
  • Bosch Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU)
  • 3 Power Modes (Low, Mid, High)
  • 4 Riding Modes (Sport, Road, Urban, Wet)
  • Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC)
  • Ducati Traction Control (DTC)
  • Engine Brake Control (EBC)
  • Ducati Power Launch (DPL)
  • Ducati Link Ready with infotainment apps
  • Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) Up&Down


  • RVE, with dedicated graphics and DQS as standard
  • Standard, with Ducati red graphics


  1. joe b says:

    As a gear head, and having had to sit through many a promo video before, its about 5:20 to 7:20 where the video has images of the engine bits. All nice stuff, I’d say this will be like the KTM, a hooligan bike, ridden by older experienced riders. I do agree, the players in the intro, probably have never rode a bike. Those that want this to be something else should just realize, this isnt the bike they are looking for and move on.

  2. Scott says:

    Sounds like this would be an amazing bike if I was a better rider.

  3. Tom R says:

    This bike is a niche within a niche…and maybe within another niche.

  4. Jim says:

    Looking forward to the ADV model.

  5. Nick says:

    I’ve enjoyed several ADV-style singles with long-travel suspensions that suit poor local road surfaces, the current ones being from Cagiva and Gilera, but neither of them are what you’d call mad like the new Ducati is portrayed to be. I wonder if there is any chance that this motor will end up in a bike that is designed for real-world riding enjoyment rather than anti-social antics? Maybe the motor itself is too radical for that to make sense? I’m thinking of a mono version of the taller Scrambler-twin model, not that I’m likely to ever buy one.

    • Jonathan says:

      I’d like to see it go into the “Streetfighter” format; something more aggressive than just a Monster format. Like a single-cylinder Aprilia Tuono 660.

  6. says:

    Looks wicked fun. Must be nice to be that rich. Imagine dropping 17K on a stock motard and not feeling guilty

  7. Stuki Moi says:

    Anything about vibration? Or, more to the point, lack of it? The latest LC4 is almost eerily smooth, for such a big single. That’s a much more valuable trait than a few peak HP and some electronics aimed at letting those who can’t pretend they can. It’s one thing for a Super Moto racer to shake like crazy, but for this to be a desirable street bike for those who actually use it much, it needs to be at least in the same ballpark as the LC4 wrt subduing the big single’s vibes.

    • Jim says:

      Funny when KTM is 2nd place in the HP war it’s suddenly about the quality of the power and the ride. Lol.

  8. jimmihaffa says:

    As much as I’ve never needed a 77HP hypermoto bike, the looks, technology and the wicked picture of the mid-turn power wheelie sure make me want to relive my youth on this bike.

  9. Mick says:

    I really should buy one of these bikes on pricible. When I sold the 916 I said that I would buy another off rack street bike when I could get one that made 80hp and weighed less than 350 real pounds with electric start. But that was a couple of decades ago. Since that time power has been solved in a big way. So I came down 325 pounds about a decade back. But I also wanted a twin.

    Whatever. I feel that whatever support that I could offer for coming close should rewarded..,with the race kit that gets it over at least one hump. I may be able to lose some fat off the thing if I am careful.

    • dt 175 says:

      i hope you’re as critical of your own bodyfat precentage as you are of these motorcycles. don’t put it all on the manufacturer. espargo and bautista look like bullwhips in order to help out their bikes…

    • Tom R says:

      Well, someone finally introduces a bike that fits your requirements. The response? You “update” your criteria.

      • TimC says:

        LOL I was like “huh” then got to “but that was a couple decades ago.”

        I think Mick is some kind of advanced tardbot that is just baiting us.

    • Mick says:

      Actually I updated my criteria around 2015 when 80hp became easy.

      My body weight is heavily dependant on where I live. I’m in a bit of a heavy zone right now. I can’t say that I’m happy about that. But whatever I weigh when I get up in the morning is what sits on my motorcycle. If you have a light motorcycle. It will forever be that way.

      I find it odd how many times I have heard similar arguments from people who ride really heavy bikes. Most of the time they aren’t people who are very lean. And if you’re talking about a 500 pound ADV bike that could be replaced by something that weighs 325 pounds, which is still heavy for something that you want to ride off road. Well, you would have to be pretty portly indeed to be able to lose 175 pounds.

      I guess it’s a perspective thing. If all you have ever ridden are street bikes I’m sure I sound like some kind of nut talking about “impossibly light” bikes. But if most of what you ride are dirt bikes, mountain bikes, and observed trials bikes. The idea of somebody suggesting that something that weighs as much as all three of those bikes combined is resonable just doesn’t fly. The combined weight of the three bikes above is about 400 pounds. Few street bikes have a wet weight in that ballpark. And the situation is not improving. Now that they have all but killed the sport bike the average street bike’s weight is increasing. It’s a market driven much more by a esthetics and power numbers than actual phisical properties. I find that really frustrating.

      • Dave says:

        “The combined weight of the three bikes above is about 400 pounds. Few street bikes have a wet weight in that ballpark.”

        Many do. You ignore them or find some other attribute to nitpick about when anyone cites them for you. Like I’ve told you before, the KTM Duke 690 is the bike you say you want. Money -> mouth.

        • Mick says:

          I don’t get it Dave. The 690 isn’t a good enough package to replace my current 650 in my opinion. I have covered that repeatedly. They are kind of cool. I get a kick out of how they Rev out for a single. My 650 is significantly lighter and has a fatter midrange. That gives it a more aggressive feel. That and it’s wholesale lack of technology gives it a certain charm. Many of the issues KTM street bike owners experience are often related to the technology package. The 650 is twenty years old, it has been raced and hammered on, and it never complains.

          The above single would have to unseat my current Hypermotard. That is a tough row to hoe. I’ll have to go out and weigh the thing to see where it’s at. It’s no secret that I like the air cooled two vavle Ducati engine. There are three of them on the property right now, one goes on sale next spring. If the new single were 300 pounds I might hold my nose and buy a ride by wire bike. I had to laugh when I read a quote from the Ducati CEO saying that Ducati has a lot of experience building lightweight bikes when he was talking about Ducati making a motocross bike. Brother, Ducati is about to start making lightweight bikes. Hopefully they will learn something about how it’s done. Making street bikes to a price is one thing. But charging a dirt bike and a half for a single cylinder motorcycle that weighs a full hundred pounds more than a dirt bike is quite another. My wife weighs less than 100 pounds.

  10. todd says:

    People act like this is somehow new. KTM has been right in the range all along. This is 73% more $$$$ than my 690 Duke with 2 or 3 more hp and the same weight. This is not progress, this is imitation.

  11. motopuff says:

    Looks like a true spiritual successor to the KTM LC4 – and, if plopped into a street scrambler, would happily fill the gaps left by the 690 Duke / Husqvarna 701 ‘pilens.

  12. My2cents says:

    Add suspension, 21f 18r, a 23L tank, center stand, more robust sub frame and it’ll be a great adv motorcycle.

  13. xLaYN says:

    “Its electronic package, unrivalled in the category, allows the less expert to learn to ride like a Supermotard rider, supported by ABS Cornering which for this bike boasts settings specifically developed to manage “sideways riding” on the track.”

    remembers me about the hayabusa engine with 6 miles sold in craigslist, Reason “bike wreck after buying bike and leave dealer”

  14. Jim says:

    They would have given the Orange Empire a good kick in the shorts if they’d have undercut the 690/701/700 price a bit.

  15. TP says:

    Pretty cool. 77 hp from a single. Nice urban blaster. Looks like fun!

  16. Artem says:

    Noway. I like bycicle insteand.
    Do not want to fuel you, just go to watch others.

    • Artem says:

      Besides. Yamaha FJR1300. Powerfull. Big. yes it is.

      • todd says:

        Some people like outright performance, not large touring bikes. The 1300 could beat bikes like this and the KTMs in top speed tests and comfort in a straight line. That’s about it.

  17. Reginald Van Blunt says:

    Earlier this year I wished here, that Ducati would make a thumper again, but modern. This 659/698 BS is not a thumper. Fine for screaming mimis, but useless with an 8,000 rpm torque peak of 47 ft/lbs, on the street. It is a very impressive crotch rocket with ALL the electronic gadget/control an experienced rider can do without. 77 Hp from a 650 is simply amazing.
    I hope it is durable making such power for the long run at $ 13+ k a pop.
    P.S. 333 pounds semi dri is not bad Mick.

  18. Tom says:

    Just found the replacement for my Husqvarna SMR450. Very well done Ducati.

  19. mark says:

    The video portion is absurb…….all those young people talking about Freedom, Adrenaline Rush, blah, blah……..guarantee you NONE of them are “riders”…….just hired to read scripts. A joke.

  20. Fastship says:

    I came of age in the seventies, an era that culminated with the epic CBX1000, a 105bhp superbike that caused somewhat of a moral panic and that for me both defined and delineated the period. There was the time before the CBX and after. It is astonishing to me therefore, that there is now a single cylinder 700cc bike that can make almost 80bhp!

    Even more astonishing is the fact that the CBX arrived 44 years ago. Going back 44 years further we find that Harley Davidson was a young, 30 year old company, the Golden Gate bridge had started construction, the jet engine hadn’t been invented, the Great Depression was raging, prohibition came to an end, Adolf Hitler was sworn in as Chancellor of Germany and my mum was born!

  21. Mick says:

    I have been watching the development of this engine. Sadly Ducati boasted about their experience of building light weight bikes during the development. So of course the this is at least two cases of beer up from being anything approaching light.

    But it’s a step in the right direction and they seem to be pimping the 7hp race kit like a consumer product.

    Hopefully they added ballast to appease the fearful and there is lot of things that you can fairly easily recycle.

    And how much crap do you have to remove to get at the valves, Desmo vales aren’t really as bad as the diesel motocross bikes. You can do Desmo valves without removing the cam for instance.

  22. RenoRider says:

    Arrest me now

    • paquo says:

      Call me an ambulance now

    • Tommy D says:

      I had a 701SM for a couple years. A former club racer and supermoto racer I loved riding it but wheelies were a problem for me. They were just so easy to do! I got pulled over all the time. The problem for most cops was seeing an ugly old man under the helmet and they would let me go with the warning to start acting my age. So while there is a real desire to own one of these I may show some restraint for the first time in my 61 years.

  23. joe b says:

    WOW! and a good wow! so many new bikes, 800 twins, and this being 700 single, and supermono, I’m sure it will be really something special. today, here in 2023, there seems to be every bike imaginable that one can buy. Ah, but now I am old, thats just how it is.

  24. Skybullet says:

    I have ridden singles for years (GB 500 and DR 650) most recently. The light weight feel and flickablity has to be experienced compared to any Liter bike. If you aren’t on long stretches at 75 mph plus the virtues of a big thumper will have you fumbling for your wallet. This one REALLY looks appealing.

  25. Curt says:

    I’m not looking for, or at, new bikes, but this has caught my eye! I’m drawn to twin cylinder engines, and up, but this particular single seems to really have something going for it. Nice!

  26. SparkyK says:

    Specs sounds great, but not being very tall, I was hoping for less “supermoto,” more “supermono.” Hope they put the engine in a lightweight sportbike or Monster frame. I think that latter would be especially popular.

  27. Gary in NJ says:

    I love everything about it, but that price. KTM must have had a massive sigh of relief.

    • Artem says:

      That is for sure. This bullsh..t price for a “biclycle”. Pecco Bagnia for shure has his mind but not Ducati.

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