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Old April 23rd, 2015, 12:44 PM   #1
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Question Hyperstrada general advice

Hello.

I'm looking to move from a Fireblade to a Hyperstrada. I commute in central London and the position would be more comfortable, also think being unaired it's less likely to get so hot.

I have some questions if that's ok? A bike has come up and if I don't move quick, as in buy it now it's going to go. I don't have time to test ride before I buy due to work so I'm taking a punt. I've sat on one so know I will fit.

I've heard the clutch is snappy, not much slip more like on or off. Is this true? How would it be commuting on this bike in heavy traffic? Is the clutch going to get annoying? My KTM Duke had a clutch that was very binary and it was annoying pretty quickly.

Fuel consumption, is it as good as people say? How much are you getting from a tank?

Mechanically how reliable are they proving to be? I do 70 miles per day, 5 days per week. That will be reduced to 3 days per week when I start mixing it up with my Monster. I know they have services at 9000 mile intervals, are people swapping out oil in between these services?

Red or white

EDIT: Oh, and can you remove and keep removed the centre stand? I'll never use it and think it's ugly. Will I have to bodge any switches etc?

Thanks.

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Old April 23rd, 2015, 02:30 PM   #2
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Actually. Did you consider the Hypermotard? If you don't need the bags as welll... your call.

The clucth? What clutch? I guess I got used to it. The throtle is very sensitive and feels jerky but I guess I got used to it as well. The clucth is most active under the 15mph but in snail paced traffic the idle is effective to move the bike up to the third gear. So much torque! I drive 5 days a week in medium to heavy traffic for around 15 to 25 miles (it depend of the hooligan path I choose) and it's fine. The bike dosen't like to be lug around but with time you'll get to tame it. It is an extremely agile machine.
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Old April 23rd, 2015, 02:41 PM   #3
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If your communting just use the urban made to start....it softens the clutch and throttle operation...makes the bike just like a Honda 250....then once you get used to it flick to Touring....which is all I use around town...

Fuel consumption is good and the numbers quoted are achievable but if you spank it....welll that's another story.

I've a '14 and have 12000klms in 6 months...had had no mechancial issues. Changed oil and filter at 7500klms.

Because the bars are so wide it's really flickable in traffic...but you need to take care when filtering.
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Old April 23rd, 2015, 05:37 PM   #4
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Wow, you make the fourth person since I've been on the forum in March (myself included) who's a current Fireblade rider and is interested in a 'strada! Coincidence? Or is there a pattern emerging here...?

Anyways, I commute in London myself - Fireblade in summer, Hyperstrada the rest of the year (previously a VFR). Been on the 'strada since Jan now, and it's fuckin great. Only thing that makes it a bit tricky is filtering with the wide bars as mentioned above. Other than that, it's a great tool for the job.

I get about 120 miles a tank, but I ride in Sport mode and ride pretty hard. Touring/Urban will give you a few more miles. The throttle is snappy in sport mode but you soon get used to it.

I'm hoping the reliability will not be true to Ducati's old reputation, as coming from a pure Honda background I'm used to die-hard reliability.

Long story short, I think you'll love it in that environment. The 821 is a really stunning little motor. That says a lot coming from someone who never really got on with V-Twin's before I test rode this!!
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Old April 23rd, 2015, 06:09 PM   #5
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I get about 120 miles a tank, but I ride in Sport mode and ride pretty hard. Touring/Urban will give you a few more miles. The throttle is snappy in sport mode but you soon get used to it.
Is that 120 miles until the fuel light comes on, or 120 until you stop? I'm on the regular Hypermotard (and tend to ride fairly quickly), and the best I can do is around 100 miles until I get the light. It holds around 2.5 - 2.7 gallons once it does come on.
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Old April 23rd, 2015, 06:39 PM   #6
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If I'm on the highway I get 52 mpg,around town about 40 and takes about 2.5 or so to refill it.
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Old April 23rd, 2015, 06:45 PM   #7
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Is that 120 miles until the fuel light comes on, or 120 until you stop? I'm on the regular Hypermotard (and tend to ride fairly quickly), and the best I can do is around 100 miles until I get the light. It holds around 2.5 - 2.7 gallons once it does come on.
120 Miles until refill. Light comes on around 100.
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Old April 23rd, 2015, 11:59 PM   #8
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You soon get used to the clutch. I commute in and around Brisbane, and apart from the odd stall this bike is way more fun than my old Rockster. Sport mode unless it is raining for me and then it is Urban.
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Old April 24th, 2015, 02:19 AM   #9
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Putting a little extra freeplay in the clutch made it feel much smoother and more like a normal bike. Lol
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Old April 24th, 2015, 06:44 AM   #10
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Sport mode, for me, just makes rapid takeoffs more difficult. I have no trouble beating my friend on his R6 through the first three gears in Touring. You still get full power above 4k or so. Rollons are addictive, the bike seems to have almost no flywheel.

But yes, it takes a bit of getting used to. After that, it's one of the best bikes I've ever owned. Maybe The Best. I've had more than 50 in my 49 years of riding. Check out my "Bikes I've known" thread in the "Motorcycle Talk" forum here.

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