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Old November 2nd, 2015, 07:06 AM   #1
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Has anyone ridden both standard and lowered model?

I am still considering best options to upgrade my Hyperstrada‘s suspension. The idea I like the best right now is to order Adriani cartridge and Wilbers rear shock, both for the 2014 model to get back those two centimeters of suspension travel that Ducati took away in MY2015.

But I am not sure what to expect in terms of straight-line stability in motorway speeds (80 mph+). Is the bike going to be twitchy or even nervous? (I am asking since I still don’t know what exactly led Ducati to the lowered-only strategy.)

I would love to hear from anyone who has ridden both the standard (2013 or 2014) and lowered (standard for 2015) version. I know it won’t be the same since the components I am considering are different, but anyway…

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Old December 24th, 2015, 01:14 PM   #2
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I've rode both standard and Low before purchase. I think the main reason for the low version was demand. I'm 5'9 and I can't get both heels on the ground on the standard. The 20mm lower version made a difference when waiting in traffic. But in the end I went for the standard to give me more clearance because I was concerned about the centre stand touching the ground on bends.
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Old December 24th, 2015, 05:20 PM   #3
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Fitting a cartridge kit won't give you the 2cm of travel. The forks and shock are different lengths on the standard and lower versions. As are stands.
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