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The Other Rocket


As Italian motos have worked their way into American culture, two distinct schools have appeared. There’s the polished Vespas for the Apple crowd, and then there’s the ones with a little more kick…

This would be the latter. Ducati’s new Hypermotard 796 is smaller and lighter than the two-strokes they’re used to turning out, making it more useful for urban pursuits, but it still has the look of a powerful, well-engineered machine—and it doesn’t have to cover it up with polished metal. If you were looking for something to bridge the gap, this is it.