The 796 version just came out last month, the 1000 has been out for a couple of years. "Hypermotard' is Ducatis naming of their model, it's not really a super motard, but I guess in a sense it could be. Super motards came from the streeting of a dirt bike. The new 796 has 3 color options, red, white, and black. All are the ultimate sexy wheels.
I fell in love with the 796 at the cycle show last month but decided it was more bike and more $$ than I needed or wanted. Was going to cost closer to eleven grand out the door compared to the versys I got for under seven.
The other bike I really considered was the Street Triple. Again, more money and more bike than I wanted. They are a very nice machine as well, especially the R model with the flat paint, custom seat, and other goodies.
I also had concerns about the cost of keeping a Ducati running. Although they have improved their maintenance longevity, they are still going to be a lot more than a kawi, and insurance was several hundred a year more as well.
2009 V - custom black-on-black - SOLD