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Old October 14th, 2014, 09:22 AM   #1
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Hellllloooo All,

I am the proud new owner of a 2014 Red Hyperstrada. I rode it first out in San Francisco about a year ago from a rental place and loved it. That love was eclipsed when I rented the 848 Evo Corse SE but.... well, an amount of practicality is good (especially over here in Boston where we don't have as many nice canyons)

Like a lot of people I was torn between the Hypermotard SP (with touring bits) and the Hyperstrada. Dollars spoke and I ended up with the Hyperstrada. I've read a bit about pegs/centerstand scraping and was wondering what everyone's experience with this is? I'm on the shorter/lighter side (5'8") and about 145-150. I've read some posts here talking about a race tech suspension upgrade and was wondering if this was more for street riding or off roading, as I'm focusing more on the street side of things.

Any advice/suggestions is appreciated from you guys who already own it!
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Old October 14th, 2014, 09:35 AM   #2
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Hi,

Another Boston hyperstrada rider here. I've found the suspension gets better the smoother and quicker you ride. I've done a lot of riding on the frost heaved broken roads of Maine, Vt, NH, and Massachusetts and have a lot of confidence in the bike. I'm not the fastest - but the thing has never stepped out of line.

The key seems to be getting the rear preload set where you want it. I'll admit I didn't use science. I loaded the bike for camping - dialed it up about 12 clicks from full - seemed better than the last trip when I didn't do this, and then I just left it alone. (I'm 200lbs)

In town it can be a bumpy ride - but, to me, this bike kind of sucks in town anyway. Too loud, not happiest at low revs, brakes a little grabby etc.

But regarding Racetech: they have a website that explains their mods. They can set you up for whatever style of riding you want.

My suggestion: ride the bike - get on those fast twisty backroads - then see how you feel.
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Old October 14th, 2014, 11:19 AM   #3
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Good point! Gotta love those frost heaved roads. My plates come in today and I think my brain was trying to find ways to contain itself in the meanwhile (aka reading about it and watching videos).
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Old October 16th, 2014, 03:38 AM   #4
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I'm down to less than 160, and I leave the rear preload at zero unless I'm carrying a passenger. Might bring it up if I put it on the track, too. But the stock forks beat me to death on bumpy roads. The $500 I put into the forks were well worth it. You can firm up the too-soft (even for me) springs but it's not possible to fix the too-stiff compression damping (by changing fluid) without reducing the rebound as well. The valving needs help too. See my "Fork Upgrade for Hyperstrada" thread in the "Mechanical and Technical" section; also "The Suspension Thread." There are other, more expensive solutions, but I think the RT setup gives the best bang for the buck. It is, as was pointed out, tailored to your weight and riding style, which can be just plain street.
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Old October 17th, 2014, 12:04 PM   #5
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I'm down to less than 160, and I leave the rear preload at zero unless I'm carrying a passenger. Might bring it up if I put it on the track, too. But the stock forks beat me to death on bumpy roads. The $500 I put into the forks were well worth it. You can firm up the too-soft (even for me) springs but it's not possible to fix the too-stiff compression damping (by changing fluid) without reducing the rebound as well. The valving needs help too. See my "Fork Upgrade for Hyperstrada" thread in the "Mechanical and Technical" section; also "The Suspension Thread." There are other, more expensive solutions, but I think the RT setup gives the best bang for the buck. It is, as was pointed out, tailored to your weight and riding style, which can be just plain street.
I bumped up the preload and damping a bit (it seemed a bit soft, but I don't mind it a bit rigid) and so far it feels pretty planted. The front end is a bit flightier than I remember at higher speeds (i.e., prone to wobble). Handles great though. The stock forks are pretty bumpy, although I suppose they're still wearing in as well. the $500 seems worth it - was it difficult to get the forks off?

Also I can't really tell if I got the lowered version or the normal version. It has the sticker warning about ground clearance on lower version - but seems to measure (to the set and to the sump guard) according to the non-lowered version. Did your guys' bike have the clearance warning sticker as well?

Overall... it's beautiful. Great to own a Ducati!
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Old October 17th, 2014, 02:43 PM   #6
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Where is this sticker? Next time I'm out I'll look for it.
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Old October 22nd, 2014, 07:18 PM   #7
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Where is this sticker? Next time I'm out I'll look for it.
It's the white sticker on top, hopefully it's visible with the small image!
Basically it says: "Vehicle having a lowered riding height, reduced lean angle and ground clearance" which is a near literal translation of the Italian version. Isn't really that specific
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Old October 25th, 2014, 05:02 PM   #8
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Congrats - also in Boston

Love this bike for in an around Boston (work in city, live on south shore) - its the right size for the streets and just enough for shorter hwy trips. The suspension soaks up downtown boston just fine. Hope to see you out there - if you are in the city - I park on pearl st.


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Hellllloooo All,

I am the proud new owner of a 2014 Red Hyperstrada. I rode it first out in San Francisco about a year ago from a rental place and loved it. That love was eclipsed when I rented the 848 Evo Corse SE but.... well, an amount of practicality is good (especially over here in Boston where we don't have as many nice canyons)

Like a lot of people I was torn between the Hypermotard SP (with touring bits) and the Hyperstrada. Dollars spoke and I ended up with the Hyperstrada. I've read a bit about pegs/centerstand scraping and was wondering what everyone's experience with this is? I'm on the shorter/lighter side (5'8") and about 145-150. I've read some posts here talking about a race tech suspension upgrade and was wondering if this was more for street riding or off roading, as I'm focusing more on the street side of things.

Any advice/suggestions is appreciated from you guys who already own it!
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