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Old October 6th, 2016, 03:42 PM   #1
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Why buy a Hyperstrada?

For me is is the size of the bike, in that it is svelte like a dirt bike. Yes, about 100 pounds more, but then there are plenty of dual sport bikes that weigh as much, and many a whole lot more.

It is also the range of capabilities.

I configure my Hyperstrada to put up with my National Forest exploration.





Replacing the knobby tires with performance street tires, and removing the skid plate, the little Hyperstrada becomes a fun twisty road hooligan. (That is as much of a hooligan I can be at my age.)





Another big reason I selected the Hyperstrada is that I can take it with me on all my travels. Easy to roll onto the back of my car, secured with three straps, and concealed with a cover when parked at motels.





I have about 7,000 reliable miles on the Hyperstrada. I've carried it on the back of my car some 11,000+ miles safely and effortlessly. (BTW: My car is now 13 years old and has 300,000 miles.)

Not too big, not too small, just right for the riding I want to do right now.

That's why I purchased a Hyperstrada. Why did you buy yours?

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Old October 6th, 2016, 03:53 PM   #2
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Nice pics and good points. Got mine because I like a machine with a wide range of capabilities. Fun backroad scratcher, but also handles long rides on the highway quite well. Versatile, good performance, and good looks. A nice combination!
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Old October 6th, 2016, 04:01 PM   #3
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I used to have a supermoto, but I wanted a bike that could handle the highway a little better and had more juice. But still could rip up the twisties. The Hyper is a good balance. Not the best at any one thing, but great overall.

To be honest though, the styling is really what appealed to me. I can't have an emotional attachment to an ugly bike.
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Old October 6th, 2016, 09:18 PM   #4
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I used to have a supermoto, but I wanted a bike that could handle the highway a little better and had more juice. But still could rip up the twisties. The Hyper is a good balance. Not the best at any one thing, but great overall.

To be honest though, the styling is really what appealed to me. I can't have an emotional attachment to an ugly bike.
Basically this.
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Old October 6th, 2016, 10:00 PM   #5
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It was a combination of things.

•*Grew up with dirt bikes, competed in motocross.
• When I was in high school, I came to know the whole Supermotard thing and wanted to make one out of KDX125 that I was riding then, but didn't have the skill or money.
• As an adult, I had tendency of turning anything into a cafe racer, and I didn't want to make the bike touring or long ride friendly because it just didn't look right.
• Got married. Wanted something my wife can enjoy riding on.
• Had Scrambler for 10 months or so, and that brought me back to my dirt bike days.
• My "Pride" bike is 1966 Triumph T120R, which is marvelous but not practical.
•*I live in SF with tiny rented garage I can have only one more bike in addition to the T120R.

Right then, Hyperstrada came into my life.


"Hypermotrada" by Suguru Nishioka, on Flickr
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Old October 7th, 2016, 05:06 AM   #6
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I made my decision based purely on a test ride. I was about to get back to riding after a three-year pause and wasn’t even sure what would I want this time. (I used to own a 2006 R1200 GS and a 2008 H-D 1200 Roadster but sold both after our baby was born.) I was considering bikes as different as a H-D Switchback or a Honda CB1100, but I saw a Hyperstrada pic somewhere and liked it, so I called the dealer to ask if it’d be possible to test ride it. It would, as it turned out –and I was sold. Coming from the GS I honestly couldn’t imagine having so much fun on a bike.
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Old October 7th, 2016, 08:07 AM   #7
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I knew I made the right decision when my shops courier came to pick my bike up for recall work. He owned practically everything but I asked him about the GS as it was one of my first choices. He told me it was certainly the most versatile bike he owned but just numb to ride.

Performance was a plus when I focused on the Strada but, I would be lying if I didn't say I fell in love with the looks, too. I could never drive a Multi for this reason.

KTM was on my short list. But I would have to get a Super Duke and it doesn't have as much touring in it as the Strada.
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Old October 7th, 2016, 01:25 PM   #8
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Because the fun factory outweighs the over-priced-ness and Ducati's reputation for putting looks and sounds ahead of reliability and quality on their priorities list.
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Old October 11th, 2016, 10:56 AM   #9
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For those of us who come from dirt bike backgrounds, sitting ON the bike feels more natural than sitting IN the bike.

These three photos describe what I mean:

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Old October 11th, 2016, 11:04 AM   #10
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Vision from the seat is another distinction between dirt bikes and street bikes, in that seeing from the front wheel forward is important when off-road.

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