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Old January 31st, 2017, 12:53 PM   #1
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Buying a Hyperstrada on Friday...

Hi everyone. First post. After being motorcycle-less for two years I'm getting back into the game.

Last bike was a S4R. Absolutely loved it and rode the hell out of it for 6 years. Painful when I had to sell it but having a baby and remodeling our house left no time to ride and not even enough money for gas.

Anyway... I'm driving down to Boston on Friday to pick up a completely stock white 2013 Hyperstrada. I haven't seen the bike in person yet, just photos and talked to the shop owner who is selling it. He doesn't seem to know much about the bike (it's not a Ducati shop) other than that the previously owner had no time to ride it and then traded it in for a jet-ski. The bike only has 350 miles on it.

Judging from this forum and others, it seems like that first model year might have had more issues than future years. What do I need to know? Anything I should keep an eye on during the test ride before I buy? Anything I should look for as signs there could some kind of issue with the bike? It seems fueling issues were common... should I plan to take the evap canister off right away and/or invest in a custom map?
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Old January 31st, 2017, 01:31 PM   #2
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Just get all the recalls taken care of.

Ride & Enjoy
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Old January 31st, 2017, 03:05 PM   #3
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As RSL said, as long as the recalls are taken care of (they're free from Ducati regardless if it's still under warranty or not), and do all your preventative maintenance stuff on time, then ride it.

So far my '13 HS has been the most rock solid, and reliable bike I've ever owned.
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Old January 31st, 2017, 03:31 PM   #4
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My 13 has been rock solid. Just small mostly negligible things that we nit pick around here, since the major things aren't an issue.
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Old January 31st, 2017, 05:07 PM   #5
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It's been decent bike with its own quirks. If you don't count cracking exhaust pipes, burned up starter motors, and oil leaks, it's pretty good! Get the throttle unit, CAN filter, and software updates as soon as you can.
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Old February 1st, 2017, 08:50 AM   #6
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Thanks everyone. I'll check with my local dealer on recalls. According to Ducati's VIN lookup, there are no active recalls for the bike. I'm assuming there's more to the story than that?
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Old February 1st, 2017, 09:15 AM   #7
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Thanks everyone. I'll check with my local dealer on recalls. According to Ducati's VIN lookup, there are no active recalls for the bike. I'm assuming there's more to the story than that?
According to Ducati vin lookup recall site, there are no recalls outstanding on my bike.
In reality there ARE TWO, a critical software update and the can bus filter for the dash, which I only found out because I asked my supplying dealer to check. I haven't had a recall letter from Ducati either (I've owned the bike from new too), I have since emailed Ducati and asked them why??
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Old February 1st, 2017, 04:28 PM   #8
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This has been discussed since the TCU issue. They don't classify them as official recalls. Never have. ou have to go to the dealer. Be interested in what Ducati says because they leave people in a potentially dangerous situation.
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Old February 1st, 2017, 04:33 PM   #9
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Very helpful. The bike will visit the dealer on Saturday morning. They already have the VIN and are going to let me know what, if anything, she needs. I can report back what they say. I don't think this bike has seen a mechanic since it rolled out of the showroom, so this might be an interesting test to show what Ducati knows these bikes need for fixes.
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Old February 1st, 2017, 06:40 PM   #10
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On the flip side, they're very good about doing the repairs when the need is discerned. Also, it's a great bike. Enjoy.

In Boston, Riverside is a good shop - and all they sell now is Ducati. You probably have someone in Portland, but thought this might be helpful.

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