French magazine Moto-Station is reporting and we've confirmed with a company source that the Ducati Hypermotard 796 will offer a cheaper, less-intimidating alternative to the Hypermotard 1100. The press launch for the 796 is occurring on October 12. Our official information stops there, but both Moto-Station and our source go on to suggest that, despite the name, the air-cooled motor will actually...

French magazine Moto-Station is reporting and we've confirmed with a company source that the Ducati Hypermotard 796 will offer a cheaper, less-intimidating alternative to the Hypermotard 1100. The press launch for the 796 is occurring on October 12. Our official information stops there, but both Moto-Station and our source go on to suggest that, despite the name, the air-cooled motor will actually be the same 696cc v-twin used in the Ducati Monster 696.
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Other logical changes would be a switch to non-adjustable forks and other running gear on par with the Monster 696, all designed to keep costs low in relation to the more expensive 1100 version. But, unlike the name and the launch date, that information is only informed speculation.

The Hypermotard 1100 makes 90bhp at 7,750rpm and 76lb/ft of torque at 4,750rpm. The Monster 696 makes 80bhp at 9,000rpm and 50.6lb/ft at 7,750rpm. If there are changes made to the smaller motor in order to justify the "796" designation, it's likely that they'll result in a fatter torque cover rather than more outright power.

In addition to the Hypermotard 796, the water-cooled Ducati Strada Aperta, a "practical superbike" in the mold of the KTM 990 SMT, is also planned for 2010 and ABS could also be coming to the Monster 696, making it more new rider-friendly.

via Moto-Station