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Old May 8th, 2017, 12:47 PM   #11
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Yup
I'm pretty much with appliance and mongo. The Strada is my touring/everyday bike.

Kuksul, the stuff you mention doesn't even bother me. There may be a combination of things that affect it besides personal preference.

I'm thinking of relegating the Hyper 1100S to track only duty. Not sure what I'm going to do with my KLR yet.

Someday I'll get the suspension sorted, but as I don't intend to track it I don't feel like its limiting my use. 6" 1" and 205 or so geared up. I don't scrape the centerstand unless there's a dip or bump in the corner. I have upset the heck out of the suspension turning into some parking lots without paying attention to weather or not there is a lip, and come out unscathed so far.
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Old May 8th, 2017, 12:59 PM   #12
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OK, try this Strada review. A review on the roads I enjoy riding.

https://www.revzilla.com/common-trea...rstrada-review

Overall, I think the Hyperstrada does an incredible job of delivering on all that's asked from it. It isn't a supermoto, naked, or touring bike, yet it really does excel at all three, as long as your standards aren't too strict. Is it going to crush the competition at the supermoto track? Nope. Will it be the talk of the town in touring forums, where shaft drives reign king? Nuh uh.

However, if you like to ride supermotos but want something that can do a ton of highway miles and you don't mind a little extra fairly well suspended weight, or you want to take the "sport" in sport-touring to the next level, it's just about perfect. My actual ideal would be a Ducati Hyperstrada SP, but I think adding the Strada's panniers, seat, and windscreen to the SP will suffice quite nicely.
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Old May 8th, 2017, 01:13 PM   #13
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This guy is certainly a harder rider than I am:

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“Is it useful as actual transportation?” - Yes! Actually, the little screen from the Hyperstrada is perfect for keeping enough wind off your chest to make this perfect for pretty much anything except land speed records. I’d commute on one in a heartbeat.

“Did you get to ride the Hyperstrada version? I still think that the Hyperstrada is close to the perfect Ducati to commute and tour on. Am I wrong?” - They didn’t have these on hand and we’ll likely do something a little more distance oriented on them. However, the answer it to your question is that yes, you are wrong, and the correct answer is the SP with the touring seat, windscreen, and bags.

“Is this one of those ‘if you could only have one bike’ bikes?” - ABSOLUTELY. If I get fired tomorrow and can’t find a job with another site or magazine and I become a one bike man, this is first on my list.

Honestly, I don’t see Ducati improving on the package, unless it’s to add the cornering ABS and traction control system from the Multistrada. Other than that, it’s a near perfect machine and it will one day find its way into my garage.
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Old May 8th, 2017, 01:21 PM   #14
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The seat height issue is something not added into my review of reviews.

If low seat height is important to a rider, then that changes the entire equation.

My 2013 was purchased because it was the same height as the Hypermotard, but with the little screen and side cases, along with other add-ons. Spending less than the upgrade to the Hypermotard SP the Mupo suspension change gave me what I think is the best of all Hyper bikes. 300 to 400 mile days on my favorite backroads with a plush yet firm suspension that keeps the tires connected. Enough suspension travel to absorb the big hits. A small windscreen to take the wind pressure from my chest, yet leave my helmet in the clean air.
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Old May 8th, 2017, 01:30 PM   #15
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Reading things like this makes me believe that the 'strada must be vastly different than SP. Maybe it's the ergonomics, the height, the suspension tune... I can't put my finger on it. It must be something big.

I would put my hyper at the complete opposite end of the spectrum. I think I'd die trying to go more than 300 miles in a day on it. It's exhausting and a sensory overload - trying to tame the engine, feeling every pebble in the road, the wind at higher speeds. It's more aggressive and race-ready than any bike I've ever ridden.
I tried riding my hyper without a windscreen. I turned around to head home after 20 miles of 80+ mph. The wind on my helmet/chest was just insane. I don't know how SP owners ride them.

Once you get the wind off your chest, and get clean air on the helmet, it becomes a very comfortable bike. And I know the seat is vastly different too.
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Old May 8th, 2017, 01:57 PM   #16
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We also may be using the term "touring" differently.

Touring for me is when I used to ride across the US. 6,000 to 7,000 mile loops. For me those loops were at warp speed, and at least 1/3 on the tiny backroads I so enjoy. 1,000 mile days were common when transiting states quickly. So maybe Sport Touring, not the slow parade cruising of the Hardley set. But, also not the 48 state loops of the Iron Butt crowd either, even though I do have the IBR membership.

If seeing the fantastic beauty of America's backroads and countryside with daily loops of 250 to 400 miles is what you consider touring, then yes indeed, that's the kind of "touring" I do.

I just don't see the Hyper series as being the kind of motorcycle I want for boring freeways and 1,000 mile days.
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Certainly it comes down to preference. I've ridden a fair number of bikes now and have learned that I like a soft bike because truth be told - a stiffer, louder, more aggressive bike isn't any quicker. It's actually slower in most cases. It can be more fun, depending on the type of riding you like to do. I don't think any of us doubt that - the Hyper is ridiculously fun!!

So at one point I tried the touring windscreen and didn't like it. I actually hit my helmet into it at one point, and it made the bike feel cramped. A shorter windscreen further away would be something to try.

I also went with the racing seat, because I don't like how the stock seat holds you in one little spot. The downside is the racing seat is even taller, putting you more out in the wind. It's actually firmer too. I think a seat similarly shaped to the race seat but much much softer would be interesting.

Anyway... all I really know for sure is that RSL loves loves LOVES his Mupo suspension. It really must be heavenly.
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Old May 8th, 2017, 02:31 PM   #18
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We also may be using the term "touring" differently.

Touring for me is when I used to ride across the US. 6,000 to 7,000 mile loops. For me those loops were at warp speed, and at least 1/3 on the tiny backroads I so enjoy. 1,000 mile days were common when transiting states quickly. So maybe Sport Touring, not the slow parade cruising of the Hardley set. But, also not the 48 state loops of the Iron Butt crowd either, even though I do have the IBR membership.

If seeing the fantastic beauty of America's backroads and countryside with daily loops of 250 to 400 miles is what you consider touring, then yes indeed, that's the kind of "touring" I do.

I just don't see the Hyper series as being the kind of motorcycle I want for boring freeways and 1,000 mile days.
I'm talking about my 700-800 mile trips to Iowa and back. Even the back roads there are boring.
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Old May 8th, 2017, 03:29 PM   #19
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I Ride: 16 Honda CRF250l, 2016 Hyperstada 939
I don't have a lot of riding experience. In fact the only bikes I have ridden are my crf250l, a new street triple, a honda cub 90 which I commuted on in London for 3 years and my new 939. This bike is an absolute hoot. I'm riding the crf across the country this summer from DC to Northwest Montana only because it seems a great challenge, not because it makes any sense. I see the 939 as my long term one bike solution.

I did put the race seat on it as the stock journey low was uncomfortable after about two hours and there was no way to move. I hope I get used to the race seat because it sure feels hard. If not I'll send it to Renazco who worked wonders on my crf brick of a seat.
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Old May 8th, 2017, 04:02 PM   #20
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I'm talking about my 700-800 mile trips to Iowa and back. Even the back roads there are boring.
This is how I cross the boring road sections now:



Guess I'm getting soft.
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