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Old April 23rd, 2013, 10:38 PM   #1
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Hyperstrada for first "real" bike

I've been getting around for the last two years on a 200cc Aprilia scooter. I'm looking to upgrade to a "real" bike and the Hyperstrada ticks a lot of boxes, in particular the ability to restrict throttle response via the urban mode setting.

What are people's thoughts on the Hyperstrada as a first proper bike? I realise most people here haven't had the opporunity to ride it, but from the reviews on the web it would appear the urban setting does serve it's purpose of taming the bike's engine.

I'm also getting some private lessons beforehand to acquire the necessary skills of gear/clutch/brakes, etc.
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Old April 23rd, 2013, 11:00 PM   #2
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Way to go on getting some miles in on a smaller bike and taking some lessons, that's awesome. How are you feeling so far with the controls and balance? Are you comfortable in traffic? Everyone's learning speed is different so you'll have to gauge yourself, and get some time in on dirt if you get a chance - there's no substitute for it in the learning process. If you've never ridden a motorcycle with gears and other controls it may not be the best idea to jump on a much more powerful (even in Urban mode) and heavier machine, but see how you feel after some time shifting through gears, downshifting when a different power delivery is necessary, countersteering, etc. I think there comes a time for most riders when you can adapt almost intuitively to a larger, more powerful bike but see how well you can control and appropriately maneuver your practice bike with the added variables of clutch & gears (there's all kinds of fun stuff you can do with them!). At that point you'll know whether you feel ready for the Hyper.
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Old April 27th, 2013, 06:00 AM   #3
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I agree with Dstrada, that's a big jump with LOTS of power to get you in trouble with. I'd maybe get a Motorcycle Safety Course under your belt first then a smaller used bike for a while before jumping into this sweet baby, I'm just heading out to check it out at our local dealer Moto Europa. Can't wait!
Good luck and ride safe whatever you choose, hope everyone doesn't get mad with me but try a BMW G650gs out as it's a reliable 50ish HP bike with good riding qualities. f650.com
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