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Old May 23rd, 2013, 11:49 AM   #11
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I gotta say, I get stuck in some form of traffic on my Strada every morning and I'm very impressed with the heat dissipation. Every sport bike I owned cooked my calves and thighs during FL summers just idling for a stop light. But, chuggin along below 30 in 1st/2nd is not fun. I think really loose/slow trail work would be a lot of clutch work, even in Urban mode.

You adventurous types should give these stock Skorpion's an honest trail test. It would be nice to know their limits in the off chance I have to get dirty.
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Old May 23rd, 2013, 11:53 AM   #12
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I am very impressed with the K60 scout on the ST, but we have a 19" front.

However, they do make a 120/80/17 front.
Largest rear is 150/70/17, which might not be the best. The mileage on these tires is unreal. Over 10,000 miles with plenty of tread tho somewhat squared from lots of hwyway. ST weighs 650 lbs or more with camping gear and panniers plus topcase loaded. Would think the lightweight HyperStrada would get bunch better wear.
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Old May 23rd, 2013, 12:27 PM   #13
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Well I just came back from a dirt ride up the back of Sandia Mountain. It's a bumpy, rocky road with hard pack dirt, no loose sand. I must say the stock Scorps were not an issue. They did great. I may not need to do the TKC 80's unless sand is present. I set the bike up in Urban mode and had DTC and ABS turned off. I cruised mostly in 2nd gear at about 20 mph. The engine got up to about 215 and just stayed right there. The front end beat me up. It seems to have little compression and to much rebound. Hopefully either Race Tech or Progressive will come out with a fix. I stood on the pegs the whole time and will be looking for a larger set of pegs, like Piviot Pegz. Im only 5-8 and the bars were about 1 inch to low so my back started hurting since i was leaned over a bit. However, I was definitely impressed with the bike and those minor issues can eventually be fixed. It did just as good as any BMW or Triumph Explorer bikes I have owned. The good thing if it fell, I could probably get it off the ground. Those other bikes took 2 to 3 guys to lift them. Very happy and will look to fix the front end as soon as possible. Might even try the 5 wt oil trick others have had success using.

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Old May 23rd, 2013, 12:44 PM   #14
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I have a couple of photos I took on my I phone, but have no idea how to upload them here
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Old May 23rd, 2013, 03:17 PM   #15
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Righting the bike on your lonesome has got to be a huge deal for the adventure crowd. I don't know much about the enduro lifestyle but I've seen plenty of GS/KTM's that would take 3 guys to lift. I was 140 in college and could pick up my '00 R6 by myself (yes, multiple times). It was about 420 dry, if I recall. I'm sure the bags and wide bars would help with getting some leverage.

Maybe the hard core ADV guys have a "don't ride alone" motto but, I don't scrub a ride if I don't have a buddy. In fact, sometimes it's kinda nice to ride solo.
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Old May 24th, 2013, 01:14 AM   #16
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However, I was definitely impressed with the bike and those minor issues can eventually be fixed. It did just as good as any BMW or Triumph Explorer bikes I have owned.
Good to hear that maddoggie.

I went on a long ride last weekend on my Monster, it was 500 km trip and 200 km of those was on a really bad road condition, which I didn't expect. It was not off road, but normal road that has been neglected and not maintained by the local government and has deteriorated to almost off road like. I could only ride at 10-30 kph. Anyway, that trip made me sure that I would need a Tiger 800 XC or 800GS or a Sertao if I want to carry out my plan to ride around the country, cause I don't know how the road conditions are.

But your post sure gives me hope that a Hyper can handle bad road condition

The dealer here still doesn't have the hyper yet, they said late June or early July.

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Old May 24th, 2013, 06:31 AM   #17
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We have a lot of dirt, sand and gravel roads that I will eventually explore. I just hate to get a sparkly new bike dirty. Yes this bike can be picked up easily by one small individual. I'm 5'-6" 160 lbs and had to do it. It has something to do with being short and trying to get the kick stand up. Hence the lower seat now and no center stand to get in the way. There I said it, I fell over.
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Old May 24th, 2013, 08:51 AM   #18
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S10, I haven’t seen the K60 scout front in a 120/80/17 their site only lists 19” and 21” for the front the rear lists a 130 rear that could go on the front…

Reifenwerk Heidenau

I suspect that the radiator guard for the Multi12 will fit the Strada maybe somebody that has both bike like WildBill can confirm this same with the foot pegs. Speaking of footpegs SW-Mototec makes a reasonable priced set for the Multi12.





I rode the Rampart Range road yesterday afternoon that runs along the foothills south of Denver all dirt with wash board, gravel and had no issues with handling! The suspension was fine for my buck 50 weight and better than I’m used to. Not having much experience with well suspended bikes I don’t know what I’m missing. I did get the DTC to go off a time or two spinning the back tire and did not get busy with it enough to have the ABS go off, still getting a feel for the girl, couple of guys on big thumpers gave my quite the eye most likely thinking what the heck is that. Lots of twistys up in that area for big grin factor as well!
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Old May 24th, 2013, 10:18 AM   #19
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On page 8 of the owner’s manual is says “this motorcycle may be used on dirt roads or for off-road riding”


You have no excuse now!
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Old May 24th, 2013, 11:19 AM   #20
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On page 8 of the owner’s manual is says “this motorcycle may be used on dirt roads or for off-road riding”


You have no excuse now!
Well if Ducati says it's ok then I better get to it.
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