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Old May 8th, 2017, 03:51 PM   #21
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Since getting my 'tard last September I've done a road trip to Portland and back that had one 500 mile day along with a few day trips that have gotten into the 400+ range (Tahoe and back was a fun one. Maybe I just don't know any better but the bike fits me nicely and anything short of slab time is a pleasure and slabbing it is ok as long and the headwinds aren't too strong.

Then again my frame of reference prior was my Honda 599 which feels incredibly cramped when I hop on it now. I think I've managed a 400 miler or two on that bike as well. For me, even road trips are about having fun on the bike, so I'll happily sacrifice some comfort for more enjoyment on twisty roads.

As for what the bike was built for, I'm terrible at that. Never have done a wheelie intentionally, and I don't have any plans too try and I'm still more cautious in the corners than many riders I know, though I usually manage to keep the chicken strips mostly at bay. Hmm, now I want to go for a ride...
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Old May 8th, 2017, 06:29 PM   #22
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Anyway... all I really know for sure is that RSL loves loves LOVES his Mupo suspension. It really must be heavenly.
He does indeed. I've got no big problem with stock - but his mupo love has got me curious :-)

But 1000 mile days , 7000 mile trips - all respect. I might do the latter, but I'll never do the former.

On the screen - I might try the MRA at some point. The stock works well, but I think it directs air up under my helmet. The MRA might clean that up.
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Old May 9th, 2017, 03:07 AM   #23
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He does indeed. I've got no big problem with stock - but his mupo love has got me curious :-)

But 1000 mile days , 7000 mile trips - all respect. I might do the latter, but I'll never do the former.

On the screen - I might try the MRA at some point. The stock works well, but I think it directs air up under my helmet. The MRA might clean that up.
I have recently put the OEM touring screen on my Hypermotard 939 SP for winter and some distance work and been pleasantly surprised. I am 185cm tall.
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Old May 9th, 2017, 04:41 AM   #24
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He does indeed. I've got no big problem with stock - but his mupo love has got me curious :-)

But 1000 mile days , 7000 mile trips - all respect. I might do the latter, but I'll never do the former.

On the screen - I might try the MRA at some point. The stock works well, but I think it directs air up under my helmet. The MRA might clean that up.
I use the Gen-X by Fabbri. If you were closer, I'd let you try it out. It seems to keep the air off the chest, and directs it just onto the helmet. I'm still a bit curious about the MRA though.

I'm also weird in liking the position the stock seat puts you in.
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Old May 9th, 2017, 05:02 AM   #25
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I use the Gen-X by Fabbri. If you were closer, I'd let you try it out. It seems to keep the air off the chest, and directs it just onto the helmet. I'm still a bit curious about the MRA though.

I'm also weird in liking the position the stock seat puts you in.
Second for the Gen-X from Fabbri. I've used it for 600 mile days, and it sure makes slabbing much more comfortable. I'm 177cm tall, and it puts the wind right onto my helmet's screen. No weight on my chest. It also doesn't get in the way when I get back into the twisties.
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Old May 9th, 2017, 08:06 AM   #26
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My only complaint about long distance touring is the ride on our concrete slab Interstate highways. It's really choppy at anything over 70 mph. I don't expect it to feel like the air shocks did on our Road Glide, but even the FZ-09 in our garage rides better there. That's something I intend to address in the future; I've spent considerably more on upgrades for our 390 Duke than on the Strada.

As for the SP, it's way too tall for me and I have a 36" inseam. My wife even has trouble climbing up on the back of the Strada. But she will be 70 this year and I'm glad she still wants to ride with me.
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Old May 9th, 2017, 07:30 PM   #27
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Down here, we don't have concrete slabs for roads. And we don't tend to build them straight. Even our railway had to use a narrow gauge so it could twist its way round all the hills. In such conditions, the Hyper is a long-distance missile. It's light n' easy to chuck it around, so it's so much less tiring to ride over long distances than some two-wheeled luxury liner. Did a 500-miler the other day, two-thirds of it in a cyclone, and arrived feeling relatively relaxed, envigorated, and satisfied. Road conditions like New Zealand's make this a great touring bike.
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Old May 9th, 2017, 10:17 PM   #28
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“Is this one of those ‘if you could only have one bike’ bikes?” - ABSOLUTELY. If I ...become a one bike man, this is first on my list.
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Old May 11th, 2017, 03:16 AM   #29
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...20 miles of 80+ mph. The wind on my helmet/chest was just insane. I don't know how SP owners ride them.
Like this and this

It's the hypermotard's HUD speedometer.
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Old May 12th, 2017, 09:21 AM   #30
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It's funny the way we seem to keep wanting to justify this bikes lovability and utility. I'm sure a lot of odd models have gone through this.

I have a slightly different take on how I ended up in the 'Strada saddle. Yes, I started shopping thinking I wanted a GS. That was only on the basis that Bimmer bikes had a god rep and as I got older, fully kitted GS' on the highway made me drool.

However, the DRZ motards caught my fancy since I first saw one many years ago. Great concept and looked super fun, but I knew that tiny engine and lack of comfort/ tech would spoil fast for the driving I would do. I also always knew I could get by on a KLR, but only if I was forced into a financial situation or still single.

So, the 'Strada truly was the only bike that checked all those blocks on paper. I knew the Monster/ early Hyper drew cult like following and assumed this would have those models DNA. And big OBTW, loved the looks.

I knew from my first week of ownership that I would never sell this bike. I want other bikes more but this will always be in my garage.
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