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Old August 2nd, 2016, 02:12 AM   #1
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Is the 939 Hyperstrada the perfect bike ?

After years of riding different guises of bikes and trying to home in as to what is the best all rounder, have Ducati managed to do it ? On paper at least, this thing might actually be on the money. Power to weight ratio @ 0.6hp/kg. Great Brakes. Comfortable riding style for both touring and scratching. Luggage carrying capabilities. Pillion Capabilities. I have just done a mini tour of Ireland on my Diavel, and although it did it fairly well, I felt as though I just needed to be a little higher on the bike and sat more upright for those long 250 mile plus days. I have yet to test ride this new Hyperstrada, but gotta say, kinda looking forward to it........

Unless someone tells me different..... ?

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Old August 2nd, 2016, 05:35 AM   #2
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Absolutely it's a damn good all-around bike. But it's a jack-of-all-trades, while being a master of none. There's plenty of info (and opinions) around here, but you'll have to be the one to make up your mind on whether or not you'll like it.
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Old August 2nd, 2016, 11:20 AM   #3
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It's an amazing bike. I can't think of anything else that I want at this time... nothing fits the bill.

I just wish it was a little better quality and people didn't have so many issues. And the fueling was better.
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Old August 2nd, 2016, 01:20 PM   #4
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I've gone through different type of bikes within "standard" to "sport standard" range in recent years (with competitive motocross racing and dirt bike background as a kid).

Namely,
Triumph Bonneville (modern but carbureted), Triumph Street Triple R, Monster 796 ABS, Sport Classic 1000S, and Scrambler.

I think Hyperstrada delivers as an extremely versatile machine. I think "jack-of-all-trades, master of none" statement definitely fits as well, but none of my past bikes was a definitive specialist of certain category neither (e.g. super moto, full-on adventure etc), and I think Hyperstrada does equally good or better in the aspect of my other bikes' strengths while it does remarkably better in the aspect other bikes didn't do well.

I live in city with a very limited parking/storage space. My other bike is a true vintage 1966 Triumph T120R. As the ONE practical and versatile bike to go with, I'm not seeing a better choice than my Hyperstrada right now.

I've only had her for 600 miles so far and the original owner had just over 3k miles. So far no issues whatsoever, and I've got an extended warranty for 6 more years.
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Old August 2nd, 2016, 02:21 PM   #5
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It's an amazing bike. I can't think of anything else that I want at this time... nothing fits the bill.

I just wish it was a little better quality and people didn't have so many issues. And the fueling was better.
My feelings exactly.

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I've got an extended warranty for 6 more years.
You lucky man. I would've gone the same route but Ducati UK had pulled the plug on the extended warranty when I bought. I've kinda been cursing that fact since my standard 2 year ran out...

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Old August 2nd, 2016, 06:32 PM   #6
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It's a versatile bike but I wouldn't call it perfect. It's basically a rebadged 821 Hyperstrada with Euro 4 engine, so in terms of electronics and features it's more or less 2013 standard and looks and feels a little bit dated given the price hasn't changed.

I like my Hyper (821) a lot and never had any real problems so far, but I wouldn't be satisfied if it was my only bike. A few things I seriously dislike:

* Other (better) pannier bags won't fit, because Ducati has designed its own system for the Hyperstrada and (as far as I'm aware) there no side carrier racks available for this bike. The only alternatives are some soft panniers like Blaze. The stock panniers are ok as long as they work, but on a recent trip I bumped into something at low sped and one pannier got ripped off. The plastic hinge broke, a tiny part, and it's around $200 to replace.

* Terrible throttle response. Can be fixed with different sprockets, at the expense of acceleration, but feels like something Ducati could have done better.

* Front light is pretty weak. Again, can be fixed, but also feels like something Ducati could have done better.

* The two 12V sockets are both located in the worst possible places. At least one should be near the cockpit display.

Overall I like it as a fun commuting bike, and for overnight trips. But I feel like sooner or later I will upgrade to something more serious like a Multistrada or BMW GS.

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Old August 3rd, 2016, 01:56 AM   #7
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Interesting review there 01101101.
That's what my concern is. Fun, for short trips. But hey you can have fun , short ,trips on a 450 KTM supermoto for half the money ! Think I will stick with my Diavel for now....
Although I will test ride the Strada for curiosity......
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Old August 3rd, 2016, 05:34 AM   #8
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You can certainly use it for longer trips too, you just need to know the limitations of the bike, work around it and plan ahead. I recently spent 8 days riding 2000km all around Tasmania on a camping trip. The bike handled it well in all conditions, only once I got stuck in sand because the stock tyres aren't the greatest for full off-road. And I had to carry a canister with emergency fuel since the reserve light comes on after about 190km, which can be tight in remote areas.

I'd recommend test riding it. I think if you come from a Diavel you'll be surprised how agile the Hyper is. The way I see my Hyperstrada is like an entry to bike touring. That's probably what it's made for too. I know a few more people who started with a Hyperstrada and later moved to Multi.
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Old August 3rd, 2016, 07:21 AM   #9
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Granted. But I do not want a Multi , or any other full on Tourer for that matter. My riding is 80 % Sunday play time and 20 % little tours, 2-5 days away here and there. The Diavel does it all quite well, but in the tighter twistier territory it / I struggles....
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Old August 3rd, 2016, 08:47 AM   #10
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Granted. But I do not want a Multi , or any other full on Tourer for that matter. My riding is 80 % Sunday play time and 20 % little tours, 2-5 days away here and there. The Diavel does it all quite well, but in the tighter twistier territory it / I struggles....
That sounds like something Hyperstrada excels at, and that's how I'm looking at mine. Mostly for weekend fun, but can do casual touring, casual two-ups, and plenty of luggage capability for those use cases. Like you, I didn't want Multi or other full-on tourers for various reasons. Nothing against them, but I like lighter, compact, simpler bike.

I'm sure Diavel is no sloth and comparing it to conventional cruiser bikes isn't fair at all, but Hyper is VERY nimble. I think it's definitely worth a test ride. Just IMHO, if my friend asks me "which Ducati should I buy" with the use case you just said above, Hyperstrada comes at the very top of my suggestion list.
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